Smoking weakens your body’s infection fighters (your immune system). This makes it harder to fight off a gum infection. Once you have gum damage, smoking also makes it harder for your gums to heal. What does this mean for me if I am a smoker? You have twice the risk for gum disease compared with…

Hard bristled toothbrushes can give your teeth a more vigorous scrub, so they’ll clean your mouth better, right? Actually, no. It’s a common misconception that hard bristled toothbrushes clean better. The truth is, they can actually damage your teeth and gums. Yes, hard bristles are great at removing plaque and stain, but they also wear…

Did you know that many dentists are trained to help treat and manage your snoring and sleep apnea? Dental sleep medicine is an area of dental practice that focuses on the use of oral appliance therapy to treat sleep-disordered breathing, including snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. Dentists work together with sleep physicians to identify the…

Causes of Bad Breath The odor is caused by waste from bacteria in the mouth, the breakdown(decay) of food particles, and poor oral hygiene. The decay and debris produce a sulfur compound responsible for the unpleasant odor. To eliminate bad breath, you need to stop it at the source. Infected Gums This can be one…

Tooth decay in infants and very young children is often referred to as baby bottle tooth decay. Baby bottle tooth decay happens when sweetened liquids or those with natural sugars (like milk, formula, and fruit juice) cling to an infant’s teeth for a long time. Bacteria in the mouth thrive on this sugar and make…

Bleeding gums are the most often symptom of gum disease. But it can also point to other health problems. Occasional bleeding of the gums can be caused by brushing your teeth too vigorously or flossing too aggressively. Dental Conditions That Can Cause Bleeding Gums Dental care issues are the primary cause of bleeding gums. Gingivitis…

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