Dental Problems and Symptoms College Students Shouldn't Ignore This Summer

College is a great time for learning, fun, and adventure. You're away from home and on your own when it comes to deciding what to do and when to do it. That's great most of the time, but sometimes you forget about the basics -- like taking the best care of your teeth. 

You may have been enjoying all the pizza and Chinese takeout so much you didn't notice the problems occurring in your mouth. Little problems might have cropped up that were simply easier to ignore than to find time to address during your busy class and social schedule. 

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3 Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures for Wedding Season

Your wedding day is one of the most memorable days of your life. Crooked or misaligned teeth, discolored or yellow teeth, and uneven gums can cause you to have a less-than-perfect smile. And that can really put a damper on your big day. Luckily, there are numerous cosmetic dentistry procedures that can quickly and easily help you improve your smile so you feel confident and beautiful on your special day.


If you are comfortable with the overall appearance of your smile, but think your teeth appear dull or discolored, professional teeth ... Read more

What to Do in a Dental Emergency

Dental emergencies have the potential to be serious! You really can't afford to ignore them - prompt care is critical! In fact, failing to get proper treatment quickly can increase your risk of permanent damage, and could result in more expensive treatment in the future.

So how do you determine what is a true dental emergency? And what do you do when you have that dental emergency? We've put together a guide to some of the most common dental emergencies and a summary of what to do when you face these problems.


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Is a Custom Occlusal Guard (a.k.a. “Nightguard”) Right for You?

Woman in Jaw PainIf you suffer from clenching or grinding of your teeth, you may need a custom occlusal guard to protect your pearly whites. Bruxism (teeth grinding) is a common condition, affecting 10% of adults and 15% of children, according to the American Sleep Association. How do you know if you grind your teeth?

4 telltale signs...

  • Your spouse hears your teeth squeaking or grinding.
  • Your canine teeth are completely flat, or even "notched out," instead of having their original pointed tip.
  • You frequently wake up with jaw muscle soreness or headaches.
  • You suffer from tooth sensitivity.

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Antimicrobial Therapy For Gum Disease

Dental ToolsAntimicrobial therapy is a form of oral treatment used to eliminate or reduce the development of bacterial infections in the mouth. The therapy aims to prevent periodontal disease resulting from infections, which can cause painful, bleeding gums and loosening of your teeth.

Preparation and Treatment

If your dentist decides you will benefit from antimicrobial treatment, they will likely start with scaling and root planing. This process removes plaque and calculus (tartar) from the sulcus area around the teeth using either a scaler or instruments as well as an ultrasonic scaling device. In severe cases where there are periodontal ... Read more

Why Dentin Is Just as Important as Tooth Enamel

When it comes to teeth, there's a lot of talk about enamel and why we should protect it, but you never really know why. Is it to keep your teeth shiny and white? Is it to prevent cavities? Both of these answers are YES, but there's an even more important answer: If you don't take care of your enamel, your dentin will become exposed.

If enamel is the star of the show, dentin is the supporting actor. Located beneath your enamel, dentin consists of a sensitive layer of living tissue and tubules that communicate with the nerve ... Read more

Sore Gums: Causes, Treatments and Relief for Sensitive Gums

sore gumsWhat do Sore Gums Mean?

Millions of Americans have experienced sore gums. You're brushing or flossing and notice a painful sensation in your gums. Sometimes your sore gums may even start bleeding while you're brushing or flossing. Since the pain from sore gums isn't usually very severe and is such a common problem, many people don't pay much attention to sore gums. But sore gums could be an early sign of gum disease. Fortunately, addressing sore gums isn't usually very difficult, especially if you catch it during the early stages of gum disease.... Read more

Can Sensitive Teeth Cause Grinding Pain?

No matter how good you are to your teeth all day, there's a common condition that could be harming your teeth at night: teeth grinding. You may not have any idea that you're doing it, but once you know the symptoms, you might be surprised.

Grinding your teeth at night can have pretty subtle symptoms. Most people simply notice that they're waking up stressed with a sore, painful jaw. They also often report having a persistent headache throughout the day. And because these symptoms can often go overlooked, the nightly grinding continues and lots of unseen damage ... Read more

What Causes Sensitive Teeth?

Is the taste of ice cream or a sip of hot coffee sometimes a painful experience for you? Does brushing or flossing make you wince occasionally? If so, you may have sensitive teeth. Possible causes include:

  • Tooth decay (cavities)
  • Fractured teeth
  • Worn fillings
  • Gum disease
  • Worn tooth enamel
  • Exposed tooth root
In healthy teeth, a layer of enamel protects the crowns of your teeth--the part above the gum line. Under the gum line a layer called cementum protects the tooth root. Underneath both the enamel and the cementum is dentin. 
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Rampant Caries: What Is It?

dental cariesRampant caries can stem from a variety of factors, such as poor diet, mouth pH, root recession and weakened enamel. Anyone of any age is susceptible to cavities, but luckily there are treatments that can restore your oral health.

What is Dental Caries?

Dental caries is classified one of three ways, and its classification is based on the location of where it occurs in the mouth.
  1. Interproximal caries - On the sides of the tooth or in between teeth.
  2. Pit and fissure caries - In the deep grooves on the biting surface of the teeth.
  3. Root caries - On the root surface of the tooth or teeth, found most often when a patient has gum recession.
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