What causes tooth loss?
Tooth loss is most commonly caused by tooth decay and periodontal disease. Tooth decay happens when most of the tooth's mineral makeup has been dissolved away and a cavity has formed. If this cavity is not properly treated, it can lead to loss of the tooth. Periodontal disease is an infection of the gums caused by the buildup of plaque. In its early stages, periodontal disease is known as gingivitis. Like a cavity, gingivitis can also be treated to prevent loss of the tooth.
How many times a day should I brush my teeth?
Teeth should be brushed at least twice a day. The best way to maintain good dental health is to brush after every meal and floss at least once a day.
What is the difference between a dentist and an endodontist?
Endodontics is the study of the inner workings of the tooth. Endodontists are dentists who have additional training in the field of Endodontics. Root canal therapy is one of the most common dental treatments performed by an Endodontist.
What is the difference between a dentist and a periodontist?
Periodontics is the study of gum disease or periodontitis. Periodontists are dentists who have additional training in the field of Periodontics. Because Periodontists specialize in diseased teeth, they are also skilled in the implementation and maintenance of dental implants to replace missing teeth.
Are silver fillings safe?
Yes. Silver Fillings or Dental Amalgams have been used in tooth restorations worldwide for more than 100 years. Studies have failed to find any link between silver fillings and any medical disorder.
What can I do about bad breath?
Maintaining good oral hygiene, eliminating gum disease and scheduling regular professional cleanings will help reduce bad breath. During your regular check-up, your dentist will look for problems such as gum disease, a dry mouth or other disorders that may be the cause bad breath. Regardless of the cause, preventative measures are the most effective weapon in the fight against bad breath. Brushing twice a day (don't forget to brush your tongue too) and flossing will help eliminate bad breath.
What are some signs of oral cancer?
Signs and symptoms that could indicate oral cancer include:
- Irritation, tenderness, burning or a sore that will not heal
- Pain, tenderness or numbness anywhere in the mouth or lips
- A lump, or a leathery, wrinkled or bumpy patch inside your mouth
- Changes in the color of your oral soft tissues (gray, red or white spots or patches), rather than a healthy pink color.
- Difficulty chewing, swallowing, speaking or moving the jaw or tongue
- Changes in the way your teeth fit together