As children are growing, parents pay close attention to their developing teeth as they erupt and form. They want to monitor the teeth closely to set them up for a lifetime of good oral health. You teach them how to brush and floss, limit sugar, and eat a balanced diet. Conversely, as they enter adulthood, teeth are no longer growing, and people sometimes become lax and less attentive about our own oral hygiene.
One of the key ways to keep teeth in their best shape is with fluoride. Fluoride is a mineral found in nature, many foods, and in city water. Each day you are taking in some fluoride, but you are also losing it as our teeth experience demineralization, or erosion, from oral bacteria. (more…)
Busy lives and full schedules make priorities a necessity, otherwise important events slip through the cracks. Even things you know should be easy priorities often get put off or pushed aside. For instance, you know you should exercise 5x a week, yet work days are long, evenings are jam-packed with kids’ sporting schedules, dinner needs to be eaten, homework needs to be done – and it is often too late in the day to even think about exercising once you actually have the time. Many people find themselves in the same situation regarding dental visits: they know they should go to the dentist and they even made their appointment, but when it comes time for the appointment it is often difficult to juggle the demands of a work day around a visit to the dentist. Yet, neglecting to go to the dentist affects more than “just” your oral health, and should, therefore, be a priority that you keep. (more…)
Pregnancy is a huge moment in time for a woman, whether it is her first pregnancy or her fifth. During the nine months of pregnancy, there is a lot to be done: tell friends and family, make and keep prenatal appointments, decorate a nursery, buy all the essentials, and make and keep dental appointments. Wait, dental appointments? Yes.
During pregnancy, huge changes occur in a woman’s body – more than just a growing abdomen. The entire body must accommodate the development of a growing baby which includes the respiratory system rising to accommodate more oxygen that the mother and baby needs, the blood supply doubling, the breasts growing and preparing to produce milk, and the hormones drastically fluctuating to adapt to the developing baby and for the preparation for delivery. To fully appreciate that all of that occurs in just nine months is actually remarkable! (more…)
People overlook many things regarding their health assuming that they will “just go away.” While the body is designed with amazing healing properties, intervention is often necessary to ensure that certain issues do not wreak havoc on your life. Receding gums is an issue that many people tend to overlook until severe consequences have occurred. The gum tissues within the mouth serve two vital roles: 1) helping the jaw bone hold the teeth securely in place, and 2) protecting the roots and nerve fibers of the teeth. When the gum tissue recedes, the health of the teeth is vulnerable to deterioration. (more…)
Having a routine in place is a helpful way to achieve your goals. Without a routine, many people find that they either take longer to reach their goals or do not reach them at all. All a routine is, is a plan laid out to help you reach a certain objective. Routines do not need to be complicated. In fact, a simple routine often provides an easier path to where you want to go. When it comes to your oral health, making it through life with a healthy and complete smile is the ultimate objective. By following the steps below, you will have simple strides for implementing a good dental routine. (more…)
Any time you need specialized services, it is important that you find a qualified specialist. When your car needs service, you take it to a mechanic not a vet; when your appliances need repair, you call in a home service company. Therefore, when your teeth need specific attention, it is essential that you find a dentist that is qualified in cosmetic dentistry to trust. If your smile needs care and attention, Dr. Hieu Nguyen, DDS, is an experienced and highly exceptional dentist with both general and cosmetic dentistry. At Heritage Dental, we understand that your smile is one of your most personal features, and when you are unhappy with your smile it can affect your entire life. That is why our dental practice is committed to providing exceptional dentistry to patients of all ages. (more…)
Smoking and the use of all tobacco products poses significant risks to your health. Breathing problems and lung cancer are widely known to be direct results from smoking, and there are two other serious concerns that you may not be as aware of. Understanding how devastating smoking can be on your overall and oral health can help to encourage you or a loved one to finally call it quits with tobacco.
Periodontal disease and oral cancer may not receive as much attention as lung cancer and breathing problems (e.g. COPD), but both of these have the ability to destroy your oral health and compromise the health of your entire body. The mouth is made up of living tissues that have direct links to your blood supply. Any type of infection or disease that occurs inside the mouth can easily pass through the blood stream and affect the rest of the body. This is what makes periodontal disease so dangerous. (more…)
Chewing gum has been advertised in magazines, on the TV, and even in dentists’ offices as a method for preventing the development of cavities. Many people look at these and wonder, “Does it really work?”
People chew gum for a variety of reasons: some simply enjoy the taste, some use it to fight stress, many people chew gum as a distraction from breaking a negative habit (e.g. smoking), and others pop it in their mouth after a particularly potent meal. Whatever your reason for chewing gum, it is encouraging to know that chewing gum can help prevent cavities. However, it is essential that you choose the type of gum that you will chew carefully. (more…)
Typically, the average person develops 32 teeth, yet our mouths most comfortably hold only 28 teeth. The four “extra” teeth are the third molars, commonly called wisdom teeth. Sometimes wisdom teeth come in normally and cause no problems. Unfortunately, that is not the norm. Most wisdom teeth develop in the mid-teens when other permanent teeth are already in their best position (frequently involving orthodontic treatment). Crowding can occur, or those final molars can become trapped or impacted below the gum line. The pressure causes the neighboring teeth to become crooked and we often see bacteria, decay, and infection in and around wisdom teeth. (more…)
Everyone everywhere only gets one set of permanent teeth, so taking the measures to ensure that they last for a lifetime is incredibly important. While the teeth are made up of the hardest substance within the human body, known as enamel, they are not invincible to damage or decay. Trauma, injury, decay, and infection are common problems that many people face with their dental health, and having these problems treated is essential. Any type of damage, decay, or infection that affects the health of the tooth usually requires that a root canal procedure be done to save the tooth.