Archive for 'Oral Health' Category

Tooth Extraction Is Nothing to Fear

Oral Health

Extraction may be the final step required to prevent a cracked or decayed tooth from causing further damage. Or, in the case of crowding or an impacted wisdom tooth, it may be needed to prevent trouble from occurring later. In most cases, however, it's a routine procedure that's nothing to more...

Treating TMD: A Cautious Approach

Oral Health

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the ball-and-socket joint where the jawbone (mandible) meets the temporal bone of the skull. Everyone has two TMJs, one on the left side and one on the right. TMD (Temporomandibular Joint Disorders) is a group of diseases that cause pain and dysfunction in the TMJ. more...

When Is Tooth Extraction Needed?

Oral Health

One of the main goals of modern dentistry is to preserve your natural teeth for as long as possible — a lifetime, we hope. That's why we're always reminding you to brush, floss, and come in for regular examinations and cleanings. But sometimes, one or more of the teeth may more...

If A Back Tooth Is Lost, Will You Miss It?

Dental Health Tips, dental implants, Oral Health

A surprising number of Americans — some 70% of the U.S. population — is thought to be missing at least one tooth, usually one of the molars in back. But if you can't see the missing tooth, does it truly matter? Perhaps unexpectedly, the answer is: Yes, it does! The more...

Early Milestones for Your Child’s Teeth

Dental Health Tips, Oral Health, Pediatric Dentistry

Your child's babyhood won't last forever — and neither will the baby teeth. Yet those primary teeth will be there for most of childhood, and they'll set the stage for the permanent teeth that follow. That's why it's important to care for them just as you care for your grown-up more...

Olivia Newton-John Encourages Cancer Screenings

Celebrity Smiles, oral cancer, Oral Health

Want to know whether early cancer detection is beneficial? Just ask Grammy-award-winning singer and long-term cancer survivor (or as she prefers it, “cancer thriver”) Olivia Newton-John. “Early detection is key to survival!” she recently told Dear Doctor magazine. How does she know? About 20 years ago, Newton-John discovered a lump more...

Nate Berkus Grateful for Preventive Dental Care in Childhood

Celebrity Smiles, Oral Health, Pediatric Dentistry

Nate Berkus, TV host and author, got his start in interior design at an early age. “I was barely in grade school when I helped my mother rearrange the living room furniture for the first time,” he recently told Dear Doctor magazine. Berkus credits his sparkling smile to another early more...

What is TMD/TMJ?

Oral Health

Do you hear clicking or popping sounds when you open or close your jaw? Has your jaw joint ever felt like it was “stuck” in the open or closed position? Do you experience soreness or stiffness in your jaw after you awaken in the morning, or recurring pain in the more...

Florence Henderson: Good Oral Health Habits a Must

Celebrity Smiles, Oral Health, Pediatric Dentistry

Florence Henderson, the actress who portrayed wise and lovable mom Carol Brady, had plenty of challenges wrangling six kids on the long-running TV series The Brady Bunch. But some of the challenges she faced in real life may have been tougher. In her own childhood, she recalled to an interviewer more...

Getting Your New Year Off to a Healthy Start

Oral Health

A New Year's resolution is a great opportunity that many people use to establish some health goals for each year. Unfortunately, most of these goals are too lofty and completely overlook oral health. When you consider that many Americans have some form of gum disease, such as bleeding when brushing more...