How serious do you take your dental hygiene? Over 90% of adults in America admit to being afflicted by tooth decay in at least one of their permanent teeth. Nearly 80% have gum disease to some extent, which is incurable once it takes a hold. Nevertheless, many people do not consider such dental issues a major health concern, and proper oral hygiene even less so.
Ever-increasing amounts of data, however, paint a picture of the deeper concerns that can stem from an unhealthy mouth, a relationship commonly referred to as the oral-systemic connection. Today, we explore the importance of maintaining your mouth’s clean bill of health, and look at some of the more important factors of the mouth-body connection. Continue reading
It only happens while you sleep, but your penchant for snoring can affect several different aspects of your everyday life. If you snore loud enough to keep your partner awake at night, the tension can place a strain on your relationship, as well as deprive your sleeping partner of necessary rest. If you don’t stop snoring, then it may even interrupt your own sleep, either by causing you to wake up or by leading to obstructive sleep apnea—a disorder that repeatedly causes you to stop breathing in your sleep. Continue reading
Dental cleanings are, or at least should be, the most frequent reason for visiting your dentist. However, sometimes, a dental cleaning isn’t enough to clean the plaque and tartar from your teeth, such as when the biofilms develop out of sight on the roots of your teeth.
In such cases, periodontal scaling and root planing (or periodontal cleaning) may be necessary. The procedure involves carefully removing plaque and tartar from the surfaces of your teeth roots, underneath your gums, and can help you avoid extensive gingivitis and gum disease. Continue reading