What is Microdontia

It’s an established fact that genetics have an impact on a person’s overall health. But did you know they can also determine how teeth develop? Characterized by very small teeth, microdontia is a common oral health problem that often runs in families. Adults affected by microdontia may have small teeth with gaps between them, making [...]


What is Gum Contouring and Reshaping?

If your gums rest too low or too high on your teeth and you are unhappy with your smile, you may be a candidate for gum contouring surgery. Also known as gum reshaping or tissue sculpting, this cosmetic dental procedure can even out an uneven gum line and give you a smile you can be proud of. While this [...]


What is Amelogenesis Imperfecta?

Tooth enamel is composed almost exclusively of the mineral hydroxyapatite, making it the hardest tissue in the body. Although it helps create beautiful smiles, its most important role is protecting the teeth's more sensitive inner layers. Occasionally, however, a child's teeth develop without this vital surface material. Having no enamel on the teeth puts [...]


What is the Importance of Saliva?

What is the Importance of Saliva? Saliva isn’t something you probably spend much time thinking about. But did you know that at every moment of every day, your saliva is affecting your health? Saliva is vital for a healthy mouth, good digestion, and more. Read on to learn how saliva does a mouth good. What [...]


Genetics and Your Oral Health

Genetics and Your Oral Health Your parents may have given you more than just your eye color and your sense of humor: you also may have inherited an increased risk for dental problems. Yes, dental issues can run in the family, and it’s not just because you’ve learned bad habits from your family, or passed [...]


What Do I Do if My Tooth is Knocked Out?

More than 5 million teeth are knocked out every year among children and adults. Dentists refer to a knocked-out tooth as an "avulsed" tooth. If you lose a tooth due to an accident or injury, it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s lost for good. Taking the right action and getting proper emergency care can save the [...]


STD’s and Your Oral Health

STDs and Your Oral Health Can having a sexually transmitted infection affect your oral health? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are approximately 20 million new cases of sexually transmitted diseases reported each year -- and some of these diseases come with symptoms that can affect your mouth. Sexually transmitted diseases [...]


Diabetes and Your Oral Health

Diabetes and Your Oral Health Did you know that 29.1 million people living in the United States have diabetes? That’s 9.3% of the population. Approximately 1.7 million new cases are diagnosed each year and 8.1 million people living with diabetes don’t even know they have it.  Diabetes affects your body’s ability to process sugar. All food [...]


Dental Emergencies and Oral First Aid Kits

Accidents, including those that affect your teeth and mouth, can happen at anytime of the day or night. Some oral injuries may need immediate treatment, while others can wait until your dentist's normal business hours. If the situation doesn’t call for immediate care, it is important to have the right tools around to take care [...]


Oral Piercings: What You Should Know

Oral Piercings: What You Should Know Oral piercings are a popular form of self-expression. While people think they look cool, they can be hazardous to your health. That’s because your mouth contains millions of bacteria, and infection and swelling often occur with mouth piercings. For instance, your mouth and tongue could swell so much that [...]