Archive for January, 2014

Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth, also referred to as third molars, get their name by being the last teeth to come in, between the ages of 17 and 21 when you gain maturity or wisdom. Sometimes they do not have enough room to grow normally. When that happens, your dentist may refer to them as impacted or crowded […]

Dental Medications

At times physicians and dentists recommend patients take antibiotics before certain dental procedures. This is called antibiotic prophylaxis. But why do healthcare providers suggest this extra step? We all have bacteria in our mouths, and a number of dental treatments can allow bacteria to enter the bloodstream. For most of us, this isn’t a problem; […]

Diabetes

It has been reported by the American Diabetes Association that 1.9 million new cases of diabetes were diagnosed in people aged 20 years and older in 2010. It has even been reported that 25% of individuals that have diabetes, do not know. Research indicates that periodontal disease and diabetes complicate each other. The ADA recommends […]

Dental History

The dental industry has come a long way. Did you know the first bristle toothbrushes were made with horse or hog bristle? Don’t worry. Today synthetic fibers are used. As kids we were told about George Washington’s wooden false teeth. They actually consisted of bone, hippopotamus ivory, human teeth, brass screws, lead, and even gold […]

Denture Maintenance

Over time, adjusting your dentures may be necessary. As you age, your mouth naturally changes, which can affect the fit of the denture. Your bone and gum ridges can recede or shrink, resulting in a loose-fitting denture. Dentures that do not fit properly should be adjusted by your dentist. Loose dentures can cause various problems, […]