If you've recently returned to the U.S. from an overseas assignment as a Peace Corps volunteer, you may still be catching up on all the tasks and paperwork you missed while you were away. Although seeking dental treatment shortly after your return may have fallen low on your list of priorities, having a checkup (and any necessary repair work performed) when you get back is crucial to safeguarding your oral health.
If you want to keep your teeth healthy and strong, your main goal should be to prevent cavities from forming. Cavities not only destroy teeth, but they can also lead to problems with your gums. The best way to prevent cavities from forming is to understand the way they develop. There are three main conditions that must be present for cavities to form, and you may be able to prevent cavities by understanding these conditions.
Periodontitis is a severe form of gum disease that damages the tissues that support your teeth, such as your ligaments and bones, in addition to your gums. If your dentist has diagnosed you with this condition, you will need to start treatment right away. One treatment that your dentist may recommend is periodontal flap surgery. Here are four things you need to know about it.
Why is this surgery performed?
You may think that proper flossing technique is common sense, but lots of people aren't doing it properly, and you may be one of them. Here are four flossing mistakes that you need to stop making to ensure your teeth and gums stay healthy.
Not flossing often enough
Dentists recommend flossing your teeth at least once a day, but many people don't do this. According to the American Dental Association, just over half of Americans floss their teeth every day.
A bite reclamation is a type of cosmetic dentistry designed to fix and reverse wear and tear to your teeth that's resulted in a shorter vertical profile. If your dental professional recommended a bite reclamation, here is the information you need to know before making your decision.
What Causes This Condition?
Loss of vertical length can be caused by a variety of factors, including injury, acid reflux, a lifetime of grinding your teeth, alcoholism, bulemia, or excessive erosion of enamel.