Archive for February, 2015

Braces

If you have a malocclusion(or “bad bite”) ,crooked or misaligned teeth, you may benefit from braces.  Braces can help improve your smile and correct these problems.  They can also improve your overall health. Untreated orthodontic problems can lead to cavities or gum disease because it may be hard to clean between your teeth.  Braces come in many different styles, including natural colored braces or traditional metal braces in a variety of colors. Sometimes removable retainers that are smooth, clear, and virtually invisible can be used.  Remember- people of all ages can benefit from braces.  If you are unhappy with your smile consult with your dentist.

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Eating Disorders

Eating disorders arise from a variety of complex physical, emotional, and social issues.  They can also be devastating to your oral health.  More than 10 million Americans are affected by serious eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating, according to the National Eating Disorders Association.  These eating disorders can also affect a person’s oral health.  Without proper nutrition, gums and other soft tissue inside the mouth may bleed easily.  The glands that produce saliva may swell and individuals may experience chronic dry mouth. Vomiting frequently causes strong stomach acid to flow over your teeth. The tooth’s enamel can be lost to the point that the teeth change in color, shape, and strength.  If you suffer from an eating disorder, it’s important to seek counseling and talk to your health care provider.

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Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth, also referred to as third molars, get their name by being the last teeth to come in, between the ages of 17 and 21 when you gain maturity or wisdom. Sometimes they do not have enough room to grow normally. When that happens, your dentist may refer to them as impacted or crowded and they may need to be removed. Not everyone’s teeth develop in the same way. Even if your wisdom teeth aren’t causing any pain or other problems they may be affecting your oral health. The most common problems are decay, infection, crowding, or damage to other teeth. Those next to the wisdom teeth are more prone to developing gum problems. It’s important to see your dentist regularly so he or she can monitor the progress of your wisdom teeth.