It happens to the best of us: As we become comfortable in our clinical practice, we forget the ways in which our verbiage can dramatically alter the way our patients understand our recommendations.
Pale gums may indicate that a person has anemia, which is often the result of an iron deficiency. However, if the gums are white or painful, the cause may be more serious.
Healthy gums should be a relatively consistent shade of pink. They may appear slightly lighter around the teeth and darker around the sides of the mouth. One person's gums may be naturally a little paler or darker than another's.
Your Checklist for Healthy Mouths
A healthy lunch and snack should definitely be part of your child's regular eating habits.
If you want to maintain strong teeth for your lifetime, you need to ensure you are eating enough whole grain breads and cereals, fruits and vegetables and lean meats.
Whether you use sticks, pens, mini tanks or any other kind of vaporizer, the Ontario Dental Association (ODA) wants you to know now is the time to kick your vaping habit for good. Oral Health Month is underway and along with our usual reminder to brush twice a day, floss daily and keep regular appointments with your dentist, the ODA is warning you to be on guard with every breath of flavoured smoke you take.
Research shows that gum disease and diabetes may affect one another. For instance, gum disease can intensify the complications associated with diabetes by increasing blood sugar levels. High blood sugar levels over an extended period of time are associated with premature degeneration of eyes, kidneys, nerves and blood vessels.
Practicing good oral hygiene is the most important action that a person can take to prevent and treat gum disease. Most people tend to overlook their gums when it comes to oral health and focus on getting a bright, white smile instead. However, healthy teeth require healthy gums. Gum disease can lead to tooth loss. Fortunately, a person can take many steps to prevent and even reverse gum disease. These include:
Change is key to progress in any industry, and the evolution of technology in dentistry is definitely something to keep an eye on.
As the old expression goes, the only constant is change. As I type this, the days are getting longer and the holiday season is receding into life’s rearview mirror. Such is the way things go.
Research out of the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health suggests preventive dental care provided by a dentist for children before the age of 2 enrolled in Medicaid in Alabama may lead to more care long-term. Early preventive dental care was associated with more frequent subsequent treatment for tooth decay, more visits and more spending on dental care, compared with no early preventive dental care for children, according to a study.