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Dental implants are undoubtedly one of the most effective, reliable, and successful methods for replacing missing teeth. Nevertheless, as with any surgery, what you do following your dental implant procedure will play a huge role in the overall outcome of your treatment. Doing the right things will help minimize your risk of complications and help you to recover as quickly as possible while failing to follow the instructions you’ve been given can cause a range of problems and even put the success of your implant procedure at risk.

Everyone would like to have a white, bright smile. Most people, however, do not have the brilliantly white teeth they desire. Some of the at-home methods people use to remove surface stains and brighten their teeth include the use of special gels and strips. Others choose to visit their dentist’s office to have their teeth whitened.

The condition of our gums is integral to our oral health and, many people are surprised to learn, it even affects our wider health and wellbeing. Nevertheless, gum disease is a very common, progressive condition affecting most adults in the United States. It is predominantly characterized by the swelling, irritation, and infection of the tissues that support the teeth. In its early stages, gum disease is also referred to as gingivitis and the symptoms are very mild and easy to overlook. However, if it isn’t addressed early, it can cause permanent damage to the gums, to the structures supporting the teeth, and your wider oral and general health.

Nowadays, dentists can straighten people’s teeth in several different ways. Two of the most popular ways, however, are Invisalign® and traditional braces. Both of these treatments come with their own set of pros and cons. Therefore, it can be difficult to pick the right choice in your quest for a more attractive smile and straighter teeth.

There are abbreviations for a lot of different medical conditions, so it is easy to get confused over what they are and what they mean. This is especially the case when two terms are very similar. One of the most obvious examples of this is TMJ and TMD. You’ve probably heard of at least one of these, but do you think that they are one and the same thing? If so, you aren’t alone. These terms are often used interchangeably, but there are some distinct similarities and differences between the two. Let’s explore these further.

Dental health professionals deserve recognition for their dedication to helping their patients maintain good oral health. This month is the time to appreciate them and, at the same time, boost your efforts in keeping your mouth in good shape. As part of celebrating the National Dental Hygiene Month, the American Dental Association encourages everyone to promote a lifetime of healthy teeth. To participate, here’s what you should know.

The health of your gums is incredibly important. Many people don’t realize it, but good general health starts in the mouth, and this is because anything that is present in our mouths can enter our bodies – including bad bacteria and other harmful microorganisms. Poor oral health can cause periodontal disease – a chronic inflammation of the gum tissue that results in bleeding gums, pain, loose teeth, jawbone deterioration and tooth loss. That’s not all either. Severe periodontal disease has been linked to chronic health conditions including high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, stroke and even cancer. With this in mind, it’s clear just why we need to ensure that we don’t overlook our gum health in favor of worrying purely about our teeth.

Most people are taught to brush their teeth from an early age, but at the time we don’t fully appreciate how integral this oral hygiene practice is for keeping our teeth and mouth in good condition and for protecting our overall health. In fact, even now you may be surprised to discover that studies have uncovered a link between poor oral hygiene and many general health conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke and some types of cancer. Gum disease in particular is thought to be responsible for many of these conditions, since it occurs when bacteria from plaque travel from the teeth and onto the soft tissue of the gums, where they can then penetrate the bloodstream and pass around the body. Poor oral hygiene can also cause issues such as decay, severe dental pain, staining and even tooth loss that will affect the appearance and function of your teeth.

Dental implants are non-natural teeth implanted into the jaw and mouth. Adults usually use them when they lose teeth thanks to the aging process. Most implants act, feel, and look like natural, healthy teeth.

Dental sedation is an option for patients with anxiety or difficulty undergoing oral surgery and other dental procedures. While generally safe and effective, many people often wonder how long it takes to wear off. Like many people, you may not know that there are several forms of sedation.

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