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Oral Health

Oral Health Blog Archive

Oral health is an umbrella term encompassing the conditions, disorders, and diseases affecting the oral cavity and jaws.  Oral health concerns are much more than just the teeth.  While the health of the teeth play an important role in oral health, they are not the only factor affecting it.

Oral health includes the health of the anatomical structures surrounding the teeth, also known as the periodontium.  These periodontal tissues include the alveolar bone of the upper and lower jaws, the gum tissues covering the bone, and the ligaments connecting the teeth to the surrounding bone.  You can have perfectly healthy teeth and yet lose them to an unhealthy condition of the periodontium.

Oral health also involves disorders or conditions of the soft tissues of the mouth.  Many people suffer from sores, cysts, and tumors in the lips, cheeks, palate and tongue.  This includes temporary ulcers, like canker sores and fever blisters.  It also includes painful oral disorders like lichen planus and pemphigus.

Salivary function is an essential part of a healthy mouth.  A dry mouth will have impaired oral health, and your dentist will help you manage this condition.  A dry mouth cannot be a healthy mouth!

Orthodontics provides more than just cosmetic benefits

Orthodontics is More Than a Cosmetic Treatment

Is Orthodontic Treatment Purely Cosmetic? We hear these types of questions from patients and patients’ parents all the time.  Many people think straightening the teeth is unnecessary because it is “just cosmetic”.  Make no mistake: orthodontic treatment does improve the cosmetic appearance of a smile.  But that is not all it does. Orthodontic treatment provides

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Recognize National Fresh Breath Day With Fresh Breath!

The mouth is home to millions of bacteria, some of them good and some bad. In fact, half of the bacteria in your mouth can lead to bad breath! National Fresh Breath Day is observed every year on August 6th to create awareness of oral hygiene in the fight against bad breath. It is a

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Bad Habits to Avoid If You Want Healthy Teeth and Gums

As humans, we are regularly developing habits throughout our lifetime, and they aren’t always good ones. Bad habits are quite common, and a lot of them are formed unintentionally. Many times we develop habits that aren’t good for us without being aware of it, but bad oral habits can cause problems, pain, and cost a

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Celebrate Healthy Teeth and Gums With Healthy Foods and Drinks

Upcoming holidays are around the corner, and you’re probably already thinking of all the foodie goodness coming your way. November is Good Nutrition Month, so you might want to consider adding healthy options to your meals to maintain good oral and general health and wellbeing. The goal of our dental practice is to help you

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How Do Dental Checkups Impact Your Oral Health?

We learn at a young age that brushing and flossing are vital to keeping your smile healthy. We need to continue these daily habits in our ongoing quest to maintain healthy smiles for strong teeth and gums. Seeing your dentist regularly for professional cleanings and checkups at least twice a year is another habit you

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