What Is Dental Plaque And How Do We Clean It Off the Teeth?

Do you often find that your teeth feel slimy or fuzzy and not very clean? If so, you may have plaque buildup on your teeth. Plaque is a sticky film that coats the teeth and is caused by the bacteria from food and beverages that are introduced into the mouth. Plaque is easy to remove, but failure to do so properly can lead to a number of problems. When plaque is not removed from your mouth, it will continue to accumulate and turn into tartar. Tartar can lead to issues such as decay and gum disease.

What’s That Smell? What Your Bad Breath is Trying to Tell You

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.

Important Steps to Combat Gum Disease

There is a disease that is running rampant through American adults, and while your thoughts probably immediately go to the pandemic situation that we are currently experiencing, we are referencing something that greatly affects your oral health: Gum Disease. Gum disease currently affects more than half of American adults. Since February is Gum Disease Awareness Month, we wanted to discuss the importance of taking care of your gum health and ways that you can help prevent this disease from affecting you or a loved one.

Important Hygiene Habits

Spring is here! Are you looking forward to warmer weather and longer days as much as we are? It’s a great time of year to freshen our homes, wardrobes and even our dental routines. We can fall into a rut when it comes to taking care of our teeth, but every now and then it’s a good idea to be reminded of these important dental hygiene habits. Read more to find out what you should be doing to take care of your teeth at home.

Prevention Is Key

As a child, you may have constantly been reminded to brush your teeth every morning and night, as well as floss, so that you would have healthy white teeth when you grew up. You may also have been taken to the dentist twice a year and never missed a routine cleaning and exam appointment. As adults, however, we can get complacent with our dental care because we don’t have any problems. We might think it’s ok to miss a night here or there of brushing and no big deal if we skip a dental visit because we are too busy. This is a bad habit to fall into, however. Taking care of your teeth is just as important as it was when you were a child. Consistent care can reduce many of the tooth, gum and mouth diseases that not only wreak havoc on your mouth, but can affect your overall health, as well.

How Did Halloween Become a Dental Nightmare?

Kids of all ages with a sweet tooth look forward to Halloween and a treasure trove of candies and treats. It is also the time emergency visits to see us skyrocket due to a chipped or cracked tooth from biting hard candy. And we all know the long-term effect that sugar has for creating dental caries and related issues. But Halloween hasn’t always been a day drenched in sugar. Read on to discover how Halloween has evolved into what it is today, and some tips to make it less frightening.