What is deep cleaning when visiting the dentist?

Have you ever noticed bleeding when brushing or cleaning between your teeth? Swollen and bleeding gums are early signs that...
Have you ever noticed bleeding when brushing or cleaning between your teeth? Swollen and bleeding gums are early signs that your gums are inflamed and there is an infection. A healthy mouth has gums that are light pink in color and fit firmly around each tooth. There is no bleeding when you brush or clean between your teeth. Gingivitis is inflammation of the gums. Inflamed gums (gingivitis) are often red, swollen, bleed, and are tender. If left untreated, gingivitis may...
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The Hygienist - Recognizing the role dental hygienis...

Every October is National Dental Hygiene Month. The American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) initiates a national campaign to celebrate and...
Every October is National Dental Hygiene Month. The American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) initiates a national campaign to celebrate and recognize the role dental hygienists play in improving the health of their patients, as well as spread awareness about the importance of oral health. During this month the goal is to: Promote the value of oral health. Good oral health is essential for overall health, so this month is all about the importance of maintaining your healthy smile. Encourage you...
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Do I have to brush my dental implants?

You must maintain your dental implants with proper oral hygiene at home. Implants can develop disease, just like a natural...
You must maintain your dental implants with proper oral hygiene at home. Implants can develop disease, just like a natural tooth. Bacterial plaque is a sticky film that constantly forms on your teeth and implants. If you do not clean your implant(s) properly, the plaque builds up and can cause gum inflammation called peri-implant mucositis. Your gums may look red, swollen, feel sensitive or bleed easily. This can be reversed, but if plaque is not removed, the bone around the...
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The Dental Implant Process

Getting dental implants as a tooth replacement option can be a long process from start to finish. Your dental professional...
Getting dental implants as a tooth replacement option can be a long process from start to finish. Your dental professional should inform you of the process before starting to limit miscommunication and any false expectations.   A dental implant consists of a screw that is placed in the jawbone and a crown, which looks like a natural tooth, is anchored to the implant. Dental implants are one of the most viable methods of teeth replacement.   Before Placing the Implant:...
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What are the advantages to implants?

Dental implants allow for a replacement of a single missing tooth or several missing teeth. Perhaps you were born without...
Dental implants allow for a replacement of a single missing tooth or several missing teeth. Perhaps you were born without a tooth or have had to have teeth removed due to injury, infection, or decay.   If you have a missing tooth, there are several options. You could get a bridge, dentures, implant(s), or do nothing. Here are 5 advantages of dental implants (AAID, 2022). Feel, look, fit, and function like healthy, natural teeth. Don’t slip or click when you...
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Helping the Aging Population Achieve Healthy Mouths

May is Older Americans Month, established in 1963 to acknowledge the contributions of past and current older persons. The theme...
May is Older Americans Month, established in 1963 to acknowledge the contributions of past and current older persons. The theme for 2022 is ‘Age My Way’, an opportunity to explore the many ways older adults can remain in and be involved with their communities. It focuses on living independently within a community for as long as possible. The ability to access routine professional oral health services, have proper oral health education, and daily oral hygiene are all essential factors related...
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Is Teeth Whitening Safe?

Teeth-whitening - also known as teeth-bleaching - is a common dental treatment. Despite that it is called bleaching, bleach is...
Teeth-whitening - also known as teeth-bleaching - is a common dental treatment. Despite that it is called bleaching, bleach is not used during the procedure. Recommended whitening agents usually contain hydrogen peroxide and are safe to use if current guidelines are followed. Teeth Discoloration Teeth discoloration is a natural process that gradually occurs over time. External discoloration affects the outside of the tooth, and internal discoloration comes from the inside. Smoking, coffee and tea can cause external discoloration. It can be managed...
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Oral Cancer Awareness Month

When we hear the word cancer it might seem like a distance term, or you may have a very personal...
When we hear the word cancer it might seem like a distance term, or you may have a very personal experience. “1 in 3 people will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime” (cancer.org). Cancer impacts many people.    April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month, which raises awareness about oral cancer and the importance of completing self-exams. Oral Cancer starts in the oral cavity (mouth) and the oropharynx (neck and throat). The oral cavity consists of your lips, the inside...
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Dental Professionals

During the month of March there are specific days set aside to show appreciation for dental professionals. The first week...
During the month of March there are specific days set aside to show appreciation for dental professionals. The first week is dental assistant appreciation week and March 6th is dentist day. This is also a time to remind everyone about the importance of regular dental checkups. Everyone on the dental team has a unique role in supporting excellent oral health. The different roles of dental professionals The dental assistant has many varied responsibilities from assisting the dentist during a variety...
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Common Oral Concerns

When visiting your dental professional, you may have questions related to the appearance of your teeth, how your mouth feels,...
When visiting your dental professional, you may have questions related to the appearance of your teeth, how your mouth feels, or you may be experiencing pain. Regardless of age, oral health is essential for quality of life. Here are a few common oral concerns. Bad breath Dry mouth Tooth sensitivity Bad Breath Bad breath, or halitosis, can be embarrassing and affect a person’s social life. There are different causes that can be considered. In 80-90% of cases, bad breath originates...
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Oral and General Health Connection

Oral and General Health Connection Your mouth is a window into your body. The mouth can show signs of general...
Oral and General Health Connection Your mouth is a window into your body. The mouth can show signs of general infection, side effects to medications, nutritional deficiencies, signs of systemic diseases, and more. By having good oral hygiene and visiting your dental professional regularly you are taking care of your entire body! What is gum disease? Have you ever noticed bleeding when brushing or cleaning between your teeth? Swollen and bleeding gums are early signs that your gums are inflamed...
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