According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, roughly 8 million American women have osteoporosis, a disease that is characterized by weak and brittle bones as the result of decreased bone mass. If you are in menopause, your primary care physician may recommend a bone density scan to evaluate your bone health, but did you know that some early signs of osteoporosis may first be detected by your dentist? Find out how, and learn what you should do to preserve your bone and dental health. [Read More]
Gummy Smile? Here's A Look At Treatments Your Dentist May Recommend
When you smile, do you feel like you see more gums than teeth? Some people are born with gummy smiles, and for others, it is the result of excessive gum tissue growth or a wearing away of the teeth. There's generally no medical reason why a gummy smile needs to be addressed, but if you don't like its appearance, a dentist who specializes in cosmetic dentistry may use one or more of the following treatments to make your teeth the center of attention again. [Read More]
How Does Oral Health Affect The Rest Of The Body?
Because your mouth is full of bacteria, both harmless and malicious, at all times, the health of the rest of your body is affected by your oral health. Your oral health, in turn, is affected by health issues from diseases and disorders that inhibit your immune system and its ability to fight bacterial infections. While maintaining good oral health is important for everyone, it is especially important for those who are most vulnerable to infection because of compromised overall health from specific diseases and disorders. [Read More]
Protect Your Temporary Dental Crowns At The Holidays
Dental crowns are like caps for your teeth that are used to correct cosmetic damage and to restore the appearance of your enamel. The installation of dental crowns is a process that can take several weeks. Once the teeth are ground down, they're fitted with temporary crowns that are left in place until the permanent crowns are ready. While permanent crowns are nearly as durable as natural teeth, temporary crowns are more fragile. [Read More]