Dental Blog

The Toll That Smoking Takes On Dental Health

Submitted by Dr. Ernst on 19-Jan-17 16:25.
It’s safe to assume that everyone is aware of the damaging effects of smoking on one’s health. From cancer to cardiovascular and pulmonary concerns to respiratory problems and more, the health risks are severe. While 40 million adults continue to smoke, there’s another serious consequence that dental professionals urge individuals to consider the toll that smoking takes on dental health.

Is It Wise To Remove Wisdom Teeth?

Submitted by Dr. Ernst on 30-Dec-16 01:47.
As the last teeth to erupt, wisdom teeth are really no different than any other teeth. In fact, they are incredibly useful, assuming that they are able to erupt correctly and have healthy gum tissue surrounding them. Yet, many individuals run into problems when wisdom teeth begin to erupt, leading them to have them removed. Is it wise to remove wisdom teeth?

Does Pregnancy Affect Oral Health?

Submitted by Dr. Ernst on 14-Nov-16 14:09.
While pregnancy and the promise of new life brings much happiness and expectation, the onset of biological and physical changes to a woman’s body has dental professionals urging “expecting” patients not to neglect their oral health. Considering the many changes, not to mention the effects of morning sickness, that the average woman will experience, this may be easier said than done.

Short-Term Orthodontics

Submitted by Dr. Ernst on 20-Oct-16 13:12.
While “accelerated orthodontics” or “six month braces” may seem new for most, many are surprised to learn that there’s nothing new about short-term orthodontic treatments. For the most part, braces used by dentists offering a shorter treatment time are essentially the same as those offered by orthodontists. In fact, the rate at which teeth move is believed to be the same, which may have you wondering, “How can patients achieve the same orthodontic result in only six months?”

The Luxury Of Lumineers

Submitted by Dr. Ernst on 22-Sep-16 12:04.
Designed to give patients a beautiful smile with a simple, pain-free process, Lumineers are easily one of the most requested veneer systems today. For front teeth that are chipped, cracked, broken, or even stained, Lumineers are Cerinate Porcelain coverings that are as thin as a contact lens. While they are comfortable and aesthetically pleasing, they require minimal preparation. Thus, it’s easy to see why many are enjoying the Luxury of Lumineers.

Burning Mouth Syndrome

Submitted by Dr. Ernst on 12-Aug-16 15:17.
We’re all familiar with the scalding sensation felt from drinking a hot beverage, right? Can you imagine feeling this intense burning in your tongue, gums, and palate on a daily basis? Burning Mouth Syndrome, sometimes called Burning Tongue Syndrome, is a real oral concern, and the exact causes are difficult to pinpoint. Even so, dentists have identified a few causes believed to be associated with Burning Mouth Syndrome.

What is Meth Mouth?

Submitted by Dr. Ernst on 17-Jul-16 21:51.
The widespread use of methamphetamine in the United States is growing in intensity and complexity. While it contributes to physical and psychological issues short-term, the long-term effects can be irreversible, often ending in death. Dental health professionals are becoming more and more familiar with the devastating oral effects of methamphetamine usage, given the distinct pattern of tooth decay they see in patients that use it. Known as Meth Mouth, teeth become blackened, stained, and rotted, and often fall out.

Fastbraces: How Are They Different?

Submitted by Dr. Ernst on 13-Jun-16 13:36.
In keeping with top-notch technology and orthodontic advancements, many dentists have followed the trend towards faster and more affordable treatments for patients. This is not to say that quality is comprised, however. For instance, when it comes to Fastbraces, patients will find a proven track record of success and a rich history of product development.

Sedation Dentistry: Freedom From Your Dental Fears

Submitted by Dr. Ernst on 09-May-16 11:16.
It’s estimated that nearly 75 million Americans experience some degree of fear when it comes to visiting the dentist. Some have had traumatic experiences, while others simply fear undergoing a routine dental exam.

Halitosis: A Real Breath Condition

Submitted by Dr. Ernst on 04-Apr-16 16:06.
Halitosis, or bad breath, is estimated to be the third most frequent reason for individuals to seek dental care. In fact, nearly 20% of Americans are affected by this condition. Yet, not all who think that they have Halitosis have a genuine problem. If you suspect that you have bad breath, it’s important to know that it may not be your fault.

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