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Having a Gummy Smile Does Not Lead to Health Issues, Does It?

Posted on 6/22/2020 by Karl Olson
A smile is the first thing we remember about someone after a pleasant encounter. It helps recall the shape of their mouth and their teeth color. Most times we rarely notice the gums until the second or third encounter. However, for people with gummy smiles, their gums are the first thing we notice and remember later. This is because those smiles reveal more than 4mm of their gums. Is This Purely Genetic Or Are There Other Causes? For most of the people with gummy smiles, the cause is normally genetic. But there are those who grow a gummy smile from other causes. One of them is poor mouth hygiene. When you don't brush your teeth and floss regularly, you are at a higher risk of breeding bacteria and build up in your mouth that causes gingivitis thus extra growth of the gums. During pregnancy and puberty, one is always at risk of having hormonal imbalances that could offset gum sensitivity and trigger more growth. Having diseases that affect your blood such as leukemia also puts you at a risk of growing longer gums. The hyperplastic effect which refers to the continued intake of a certain drug can be a causative of growing gums as well. What Are The Health Implications That Come With It? The biggest health implication of having a gummy smile would be to not know what causes it. If it's triggered by some medication you're on or a disease in your blood, then it is paramount that treatment begins immediately. This ensures that growth doesn't continue unmonitored if at all. For cosmetic alterations, we recommend speaking to one of our doctors before proceeding just so that they can advise accordingly in terms of causes. This will offer you better grounding as to whether to focus on your lips, teeth or just gums. Give us a call at our office today and keep smiling....
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How to Keep Your Mouthguard from Harming Your Teeth

Posted on 6/8/2020 by Karl Olson
Mouthguards are excellent at preventing damage to the teeth from bruxism (teeth grinding) - but knowing how to care for your mouthguard to ensure it keeps doing its job without harming the teeth it is meant to protect is highly important. We will be going over a couple of general things to follow when it comes to keeping your mouthguard safe for your teeth. Clean After Usage After a night of usage, you can wash a mouthguard with anti-bacterial soap and water. This is highly effective in getting rid of bacteria. You can also use hydrogen peroxide or toothpaste containing minimal abrasive ingredients. However, you choose to clean your mouthguard, it is important to do this every morning. You do not want to put harmful bacteria back into your mouth that will simply be allowed to sit on your tooth and do their thing for 8 hours! This is incredibly counterproductive after brushing and puts you at risk for oral health problems. Wear the Mouthguard Properly Because the mouthguard is designed to protect your teeth from grinding and clenching it is crucial to ensure that the mouthguard is sitting straight on your teeth. Wearing a mouthguard that is not aligned properly will put tremendous strain on your teeth as you unintentionally clench or grind your teeth during sleep for those long hours. It is very possible to speed up any damages by not wearing the mouthguard properly than not wearing one. So, we can't reiterate enough- make sure it is on properly before going to bed! Do You Need Help with Treating Bruxism? If you are currently struggling with bruxism, mouthguards help prevent damage during the night. But if you would like to talk to us about how we can help you, don't hesitate to call our office with your questions. We are here to help everyone with their oral care needs....
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How to Inspire Yourself to Adapt to a New Hygiene Routine

Posted on 5/29/2020 by Karl Olson
Adapting to a new dental hygiene program can make a big difference in your life. After all, a person's smile speaks volumes. That is why you want to make sure you keep your teeth and gums in good shape and schedule regular dental exams and cleanings. The following information can be used to inspire you to practice good oral health habits for the rest of your life. Tips that Work in Maintaining a Brighter Smile If you want to make brushing and good oral hygiene a habit, we suggest that you add a reminder on your phone. That way, you can have an easier time of getting into the habit of good dental care. You might also think of creating a smile journal – one where you can add the things that make you smile and what you would like to do to improve your current smile. It also helps to invest in your smile. For example, maybe you would like to straighten your teeth. If so, find out how you can pay for a service, such as Invisalign, and arrange a time for a consultation. Find Dental Aids that Make Brushing Fun If you want to get involved in better dental hygiene, you also have to consider the dental accessories you are using. The best way to do this is to start with your toothpaste. Find a brand and product that tastes good and makes you look forward to using it. You should also consider buying a water flosser. Using this type of system permits you to rinse off the residue that brushing and traditional flossing leaves behind. Also, think about how money you can save by making it a habit to brush and floss daily. You will experience fewer fillings or restorations and can direct that money to a dream vacation or to a similar fun activity. Just don't forget to take your toothbrush. We want you to feel good about taking care of your gums and teeth. That is why we do everything we can to make our dental customers feel comfortable. In fact, some of our patients brush with their partner, or wife or husband, and never develop an excuse not to brush. When you have a brushing buddy at-home, you can make dental care a routine habit for life. Call us today to schedule a check-up and cleaning....
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All Posts:
Having a Gummy Smile Does Not Lead to Health Issues, Does It?
6/22/2020
How to Keep Your Mouthguard from Harming Your Teeth
6/8/2020
How to Inspire Yourself to Adapt to a New Hygiene Routine
5/29/2020
Uncommon Causes of Severe Oral Pain
5/15/2020
Tips for Keeping Your New Veneers Pristine
4/25/2020
Things to Never Do if You Have Veneers
4/15/2020
Smokeless Tobacco May do More Damage Than You Think
3/25/2020
How Long is the Right Amount of Time to Brush?
3/15/2020
Is Baking Soda a Necessary Ingredient in Toothpaste?
2/29/2020
How to Respond if a Tooth Gets Knocked Out
2/15/2020
How to Keep Teeth Safe When Playing Sports
1/25/2020
What Are the Most Common Reasons People Fear Coming to See Us?
1/15/2020
Which Drinks Can Discolor Your Teeth Most?
12/25/2019
Where Acids Could Be Hiding in Your Daily Diet
12/15/2019
How We Can Help You With Erupting Wisdom Teeth
11/25/2019
Keeping Your Toothbrush Healthy
11/15/2019
The Difference Between Panoramic X-Rays and Digital X-Rays
10/25/2019
Why a Healthy Mouth During Cancer Treatment is So Important?
10/15/2019
Some People Do Not Need to Have Their Wisdom Teeth Extracted
9/25/2019
The Basics of Bruxism - Should You Be Worried?
9/15/2019
How Fillings Can Help Decrease Tooth Sensitivity
8/25/2019
Make Sure Your Teeth Have Help Staying White
8/15/2019
Are Your Gums Trying to Tell You About an Underlying Illness?
7/23/2019
Relieving the Harmful Effects of Chronic Dry Mouth Can Start with Water
7/13/2019
Soothing Burn Pain in Your Mouth
6/25/2019
Signs You Need to Improve Your Brushing Technique
6/15/2019
Which New Patient Questions Should You Always Ask When Going to a New Dental Office?
5/25/2019
What Stress Does to Your Gums
5/15/2019
Ideal Dental Goals for 2019
4/25/2019
How Your Tongue Affects Your Breath
4/15/2019
Ways of Getting Your Smile Ready for Photographs
3/30/2019
There Are Many Myths About Root Canals - Do Not Let Them Stop You From Getting Treatment!
3/20/2019
Dental Reviews Can Help You Find the Right Dentist
2/28/2019
Could Sound Reduction Reduce Your Dental Anxiety?
2/20/2019
Questions to Ask the Hygienist at Your Next Appointment
1/30/2019
Problems You May Face with Overlapping Teeth
1/20/2019
What Dry Mouth Can Do to Your Teeth
12/30/2018
What Does the Most Damage to Your Tooth's Enamel?
12/20/2018
Common Procedures That Fall Under Restorative Dentistry
11/30/2018
Caring for Elderly Teeth is Different than Young Adult Teeth
11/20/2018
Recovering from Receding Gums
10/20/2018
Do Some People Tend to Get More Cavities?
9/30/2018
Can Your Bite Get Adjusted?
9/20/2018
Ways of Explaining Dental Pain When You Come See Us
8/30/2018
Uncommon Things That Erode Your Enamel
8/20/2018
Things to Do to Decrease Tooth Sensitivity Between Visits to Our Office
7/20/2018
How Long Does a Socket Take to Heal?
7/10/2018
Composite Resin Allows You to Get Veneers Without the Trimming!
6/23/2018
Chewing Tobacco Hurts More Than Just Your Teeth
6/13/2018
Do Some Foods Clean Off Common Dental Stains?
5/23/2018
Do Dental Chips Need Repair?
5/13/2018
Should You Make Homemade Mouthwash?
10/30/2010

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