Category: Dental Hygiene

Folic Acid and Your Oral Health

Folic Acid and Your Oral Health

Folate and folic acid are essential for healthy cells. And these include the cells in your gums! You’ve probably heard about the importance of folate, or vitamin B9, for the prevention of birth defects when one is pregnant. But did you know this powerful nutrient can keep your gums and teeth healthy? Folate is an
How Do I Know if I Have a Cavity?

How Do I Know if I Have a Cavity?

You don’t have to wait to see your dentist to determine if you have a cavity. Know the signs and get treatment as soon as possible. Cavities are one of the most common dental problems in the U.S. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 26 percent of adults have an untreated cavity.
How Bulimia Affects Teeth

How Bulimia Affects Teeth

This eating disorder can damage vital organs — and that includes teeth! Bulimia is an eating disorder characterized by periods of binge eating followed by purging and affects approximately 1 percent of young women and 0.1 percent of young men. Unlike anorexia, bulimia patients can sometimes appear to be at an average weight. The constant
Here's Why Orange Juice and Toothpaste Don't Mix Well Together

Here’s Why Orange Juice and Toothpaste Don’t Mix Well Together

Have you ever wondered why your orange juice tastes weird after brushing your teeth? Hint: It has something to do with your toothpaste. Orange juice is sweet and tangy and filled with nutrients. But if you’ve ever sipped a glass of OJ right after brushing your teeth, you’ve probably noticed the taste is far from
Can Bad Oral Health Get Me Sick?

Can Bad Oral Health Get Me Sick?

Poor dental hygiene doesn’t just cause cavities and gum disease. It can also make you sick. Good oral hygiene doesn’t only keep cavities and gum disease at bay. When you practice healthy dental care habits, you also maintain your overall health and well-being. On the other hand, bad oral health can quite possibly make you
What is a Salivary Stone?

What is a Salivary Stone?

Stones can form in your salivary gland, causing much pain. The good news?  This condtion can be easily treated! Mouth pain is usually associated with a cavity or gum disease. But what if your pain is due to a salivary stone? A salivary stone, or sialolithiasis, is quite rare. According to the Eye & Ear
What Is Ludwig's Angina?

What Is Ludwig’s Angina?

Even though Ludwig’s angina is a rare bacterial infection of the mouth, you should still know how to identify its signs and seek proper treatment. Brushing and flossing daily keeps your smile bright and your teeth healthy. But did you know there’s another reason to practice good oral hygiene? It can prevent a rare yet
What is the Best Way to Clean Invisalign?

What is the Best Way to Clean Invisalign?

Invisalign aligners need proper care — just like your teeth!  Throughout your Invisalign treatment, you will receive several aligners every week or two to gradually pull your teeth into alignment. Although you use each tray for only short periods, you still must properly care for the aligners. Invisalign aligners are a significant dollar investment, and
Woman eating cereal, causing foamy saliva

Wait, Why is My Saliva Foamy?

Frothy, thick, or stringy saliva is a serious dental problem. But it’s easily managed if you take the right steps!  You probably don’t think too much about your saliva. You know it’s there, keeping your mouth moist, but otherwise, you probably don’t generally notice it. Yet saliva plays a vital role in your oral health.

Why Do My Gums Hurt When I Brush My Teeth?

Brushing your teeth is a vital part of good dental hygiene, but painful gums can make it harder to maintain it. Every dentist will tell you that the key to preventing dental diseases and complications is to floss and brush your teeth at least twice a day. But what if doing so causes your gums