Patients are often surprised to learn that, many times, there is a link between your oral and overall health. This is one of the reasons we request that patients update us on their medical history each time they visit the office. There are many conditions and medications that can affect your oral health and lead to complications in the future. The more we know about your overall health, the more we can prepare for the way we care for your oral health. For example, patients with certain heart conditions will need to take an antibiotic before treatment. Other medications may increase your likelihood of developing decay and other issues.
We don’t know about you, but we have been thoroughly enjoying the summer weather! There is nothing quite like a summer in New Jersey, with the endless number of activities right at our fingertips. While we hope you are having a summer full of fun, we want to remind you that accidents can happen at any time. Dental emergencies are last on the list of what we would expect, but it is always good to be prepared. Read on to learn more important information about dental emergencies.
Do you often see signs of pink or red when you brush your teeth? If so, you are experiencing bleeding gums. It is not uncommon to experience bleeding gums from time to time. It can happen from something as simple as food becoming trapped between the teeth and irritating the gums. However, if you frequently experience bleeding gums, it can be a sign you are experiencing an issue with your oral health that needs to be remedied sooner rather than later. Some possible causes of bleeding gums can include:
We know it can be nerve-racking when a dental treatment is recommended and you have never received the treatment before or it has been quite some time since your last experience. We always want our patients to be well-informed and comfortable while in our office and receiving treatment. Today we want to tell you a little more about one of our most common restorative treatments. Continue reading to learn more.
Do you know what the strongest substance in your body is? You may be surprised to learn it is your tooth enamel, which is the outer covering of your teeth. Your tooth enamel is even harder than your bones. The enamel of your teeth protects the dentin, which is found inside your teeth. Tooth enamel also helps protect your teeth from daily use, including chewing and biting. Although tooth enamel is strong, it is not indestructible and can become damaged when you don’t care for your teeth properly.
At Caring Dental of Spotswood, we do everything we can to keep your teeth and mouth in optimal health; however, we can only do so much in the short time that we see you each year. For the remainder of the year, your dental habits have the biggest effect on the state of your overall oral health. You may be surprised to learn that certain things you do on a daily basis are having a negative effect on your oral health and can lead to serious and expensive complications in the future. We want to share some bad dental habits that could be causing damage to your oral health:
Do you find yourself constantly reaching for a mint or gum to mask your breath? It is common to experience bad breath after enjoying certain foods such as coffee or an Italian feast full of garlic, but after you thoroughly brush your teeth, your breath should be fresh again. Bad breath can be a problem when you find yourself constantly dealing with the issue. It can be embarrassing and cause anxiety. Persistent bad breath is a sign that you are experiencing an issue with your oral health.
February is Gum Disease Awareness Month, and we want to take some time to explain the importance of caring for your teeth as well as your gums. When you visit our office for a routine hygiene examination, we do more than clean your teeth and inspect for decay. We also check your gums, tongue and cheeks for indicators that you may be experiencing other issues with your oral health. Gum Disease affects approximately half of American adults. Do you know the warning signs to look for to see if you are experiencing symptoms? Continue reading to learn more.
Since we are in the middle of December, we know that many of our patients are in the thick of their holiday celebrations and plans. Whether you are enjoying traditions with family and friends that you didn’t get to experience last year or you are taking a much needed trip or vacation, the winter sniffles and other illnesses can crop up at any moment. While we hope all of our patients remain healthy during this time, occasional illnesses are always possible. If you should happen to fall ill, there are certain changes that you should be making to help your oral health and help improve your overall health.
We are not sure about you, but we have been loving the crisp, cool fall mornings. A nice hot cup of tea or coffee is the perfect way to start the day when the temperature outside drops. Would you love to drink a hot beverage each morning but stop yourself because the temperature makes your teeth feel uncomfortable? Many of us experience sensitive teeth from time to time, but if you are avoiding your favorite foods and drinks because the temperature is too much for your teeth, your mouth might be telling you there is a problem. Read on to learn about what your teeth may be trying to tell you.