A Quick Guide to Fresher Breath

Teeth stains may be the most common cosmetic dental blemish, but foul breath is more prevalent, and affects nearly everyone at some point in their lives. Fortunately, bad breath is also typically easier to defeat than teeth stains, or other dental health issues, like cavities or gum disease. Though chronically bad breath, or halitosis, can sometimes indicate an underlying health issue, it’s often the result of poor hygiene. Therefore, beating bad breath could simply mean improving how well you take care of your teeth and gums. (more…)

A Surprising Secret in Your Wisdom Teeth

By the time most people reach their early 20s, all of their permanent teeth have grown in. For many, those include a third set of molars, often referred to as wisdom teeth, that may not fit as comfortably on the dental ridges as other teeth do. Impacted wisdom teeth are third molars that can’t erupt properly because your other molars are in the way, and they’re infamous for the discomfort they cause and the frequency with which they’re extracted. However, there’s more to know about your wisdom teeth than what common knowledge encompasses, and their secret may revolutionize modern dental and health care. (more…)

Important Facts About Oral Cancer Detection

Cancer occurs from the uncontrolled division of abnormal cells, and it can manifest itself in virtually any part of your body. Many casual conversations about cancer, however, do not always include oral cancer, instead concentrating on more notorious forms, such as breast cancer. Despite the lack of attention, however, oral cancer continues to run rampant with close to 40,000 Americans newly diagnosed every year. To help raise awareness of this destructive malady, we discuss oral cancer and the importance of early detection. (more…)

The Advantage of Lifelike Dental Implants

Although advanced dentistry can help save your smile from almost any dental issue, there are still occasions when tooth loss is imminent, such as from dental trauma or severe periodontal disease. As impressive as preventive dental treatments are, our ability to replace the entire structure of a lost tooth is even more so. As a periodontal specialist, Dr. Kania is specially trained to restore teeth and their foundations. Today, we help you gain a better understanding of tooth loss and the benefits of dental implants. (more…)

What Is the Difference Between Gingivitis and Periodontitis?

The terms, gingivitis and periodontal disease, are often used interchangeably. However, it is important to realize that they are significantly different. Gingivitis is the earliest stage of periodontal disease (also known as gum disease). As the mildest form, it can often be treated with targeted periodontal cleaning and an improved preventive dental routine. By contrast, periodontitis is a much more severe form of gum disease, and if allowed to progress, treating the condition may involve specialized periodontal treatment and maintenance. (more…)

Are Some Foods Better for Your Oral Health?

That fact that food affects your oral health should not come as a surprise. After all, food enters your body through your mouth. What is less-known, however, is how certain foods interact with your mouth, or what particular nutrients can dictate the status of your oral health. The truth is that your oral and periodontal structures require a healthy flow of essential minerals and nutrients just as the rest of your body’s systems. Below, we explore a few minerals and nutrients that are particularly important to your continued good oral health(more…)

Connections Between Alzheimer’s and Periodontal Disease

A study conducted by NYU dental researchers in 2010 determined that the presence of gum disease can increase your risk of Alzheimer’s disease. The team examined over 20 years of data and research on 152 elderly subjects. The findings indicated that subjects who exhibited gum inflammation at the beginning of the study were nine times more likely to score lower on cognitive tests than their counterparts who had no inflammation. By highlighting the connections between periodontal disease and cognitive decline, the study also emphasizes the systemic benefits of maintaining good periodontal health. (more…)