• Periodontal Disease (Gum Disease) – Symptoms And Treatment

    What Is Periodontal Disease? Periodontal disease, or periodontitis, is a severe form of gum disease.  Gum disease starts off as gingivitis, which is inflammation of the gums.  If left untreated, gingivitis can then progress to periodontal disease, which is inflammation of the gums and bone which support the teeth.  In severe cases of periodontal disease, this loss of bone can eventually lead to tooth loss. Periodontal Disease Symptoms Some symptoms of periodontal disease include: Purple or red swollen gums Gums which are painful or tender Bleeding gums when brushing or flossing teeth Teeth which have shifted or are loose Persistent bad breath Receding gums Periodontal pockets, which are the gaps…

  • Gingivitis (Gum Disease) – Symptoms, Causes And Treatment

    What Is Gingivitis? Gingivitis, also called gum disease, is inflammation of the gums caused by plaque and tartar.  Plaque contains bacteria that irritate the gums, causing them to react by becoming red and inflamed.  Although gingivitis does not cause any permanent damage to the teeth and gums,  it often leads to periodontal disease, which does cause permanent damage, including tooth loss.  Therefore, it is important that it is treated to prevent it from becoming a more severe form of gum disease. What Are The Symptoms Of Gingivitis? Some people are not aware that they even have gingivitis until it is pointed out by their dentist. However, there are many symptoms…

  • Are Bleeding Gums When Brushing Your Teeth Normal?

    If your scalp started to bleed while washing your hair, would you consider this normal?  You would be very worried, but many people think having bleeding gums when brushing your teeth is normal.  But, is it normal for your gums to bleed while brushing your teeth?  This is definitely not the case, in fact, it’s a strong indication that you need to take better care of your teeth.  Not brushing and flossing properly can also lead to tooth decay and other problems with your teeth in the future. Causes Of Bleeding Gums When Brushing Teeth When plaque is not cleaned from your teeth and gums regularly, the hundreds of bacteria…

  • Why Do Baby Teeth Need Fillings?

    Parents often ask why their child’s baby teeth need fillings if they are going to fall out anyway.   Baby teeth are not as strong as adult teeth as they are only needed for the first 12 years of a child’s life.  They often develop decay which may require a filling.  There are many reasons why a dentist may fill a cavity in their teeth including: The Tooth May Become Painful A dentist may do a filling on a baby tooth if they believe that the tooth could become painful.  If the decay is close to the nerve, the tooth can become painful and infected.  Instead of waiting for the tooth…

  • Can A Chipped Or Broken Front Tooth Be Repaired?

    Do you have a troublesome front tooth that is always in need of repair?  Whether it’s a chipped tooth or a severely broken front tooth, it’s quite a common scenario.  As a kid, you fell off your bike and broke one of your front teeth, or perhaps you got hit in the mouth with a basketball.  At the time it may not have seemed like a big deal, just a simple visit to the dentist and it was fixed.  But as you’ve gotten older you may have realized how troublesome that tooth now is.  It may look different from your other teeth in terms of color or shape.  Or maybe…

  • Top Reasons Why Dental Crowns Fall Off

    Dental crowns can sometimes fall off after they have been in your mouth for a number of years.  There are many reasons why this may happen, including the following. The Tooth Developed Decay Although crowns themselves cannot develop decay, the tooth below the crown can.  The most commonplace for the decay to develop is near the gumline where the tooth and the crown meet.  Depending on the extent of the decay the dentist may or may not be able to salvage the crown.  The decay will need to be removed from the tooth and a filling will then need to be placed.  If possible, the crown can be placed back…

  • 9 Easy Ways To Chip Your Teeth

    Chipped teeth are unsightly and sometimes seem to happen for no reason. But there are a number of things which can cause them which you may be doing without realizing it. By knowing some of the most common things which cause chipped teeth, you can avoid them in the future. Bad Habits Can Cause You To Chip Teeth Chewing on a pen or biting your nails can lead to chipped front teeth.  Work-related habits, such as a seamstress holding pins with her teeth, can wear down and chip the teeth. Not Wearing A Mouthguard When Playing Sport Teeth can easily be chipped when playing contact sports.  A mouthguard needs to…

  • Acid Erosion Of Teeth – What Are The Causes And Treatment Of Tooth Erosion?

    Acid erosion can cause permanent damage to the teeth and can be quite painful.  Acids of varying concentration and strength can bring harm to the teeth.  The hard tissues of the teeth can erode when they are frequently exposed to acids, so part of the tooth can wear away to expose deeper layers of the teeth.  Tooth erosion can make the teeth sensitive, causing discomfort and pain when eating. What Is Tooth Erosion? Since enamel is the outermost covering of a tooth, it is affected the most by acid erosion of teeth.  Enamel is a translucent hard tissue that does not have cells.  Therefore, when it wears away, cracks, or…

  • Toothache Caused By Sinuses And How To Treat It

    What Are Sinuses? Sinuses are the cavities filled with air in the skull.  There are a number of sinuses, but the pair of sinuses which are associated with toothaches are located behind the cheekbones in the upper jaw. The tips of the roots of the upper molar teeth are very close to the sinus cavity.  This close proximity is why sinusitis is often mistaken for a toothache. When the sinuses become inflamed, this is called sinusitis.  Fluid also builds up in the sinuses which can increase the pressure in the sinuses and cause pain. What Are Some Signs Of A Sinus Toothache? Pain in a number of the upper teeth. …

  • Early Childhood Caries (ECC) – Baby Bottle Tooth Decay

    Even though baby teeth are temporary, they play an important role in the oral health of your child.  Baby teeth help your child speak properly and chew food thoroughly.  Baby teeth also reserve space in the mouth for the adult teeth to come through.  Baby teeth (also called deciduous teeth or milk teeth) start to appear at 6 months of age.  They will continue to come through until your child is around 33 months old.  Children don’t lose all of their baby teeth until they are around 12 years old.  Therefore, their baby teeth need to be healthy and remain in the mouth for a number of years before they…