Posts for: April, 2014
None of us likes to hear that terrible word…CAVITY! Those small holes in our teeth are not uncommon and can be easily treated when caught early. Getting the cavity-detecting xrays on an annual basis helps to detect cavities before they progress into a more serious situation such as pain, infection or even tooth loss.
Every year, kids in North America spend close to half a billion dollars on chewing gum.
"Your mouth is connected to the rest of your body," says Anthony Iacopino, dean of the University of Manitoba Faculty of Dentistry and a spokesperson for the American Dental Association. "What we see in the mouth can have a significant effect on other organ systems and processes in the body. And the reverse is also true: Things that are going on systemically in the body can manifest in the mouth."
Do you tear open bags of potato chips or twist off bottle caps with your teeth? Using your mouth instead of a pair of scissors or a bottle opener might seem like a convenient shortcut, but it could mean a trip to the dentist. It is possible to chip or fracture a tooth while doing this. Tooth chips, cracks, and fractures can create openings for tooth decay to take hold. In more serious cases, a broken tooth may have to be pulled and replaced with a dental implant.