As we age, it is important to maintain good oral hygiene to keep a healthy mouth. Seniors are more at risk of dry mouth, cavities (especially near the roots), gum disease, and oral cancer. Those who rely on a caregiver may find it difficult to maintain a clean mouth. Fortunately, with regular dental visits and proper care, these issues can be treated or avoided to allow you to keep smiling. What to Expect? Please click here.
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Gum boils are a generic term that refers to various types of swelling or tissue overgrowth that occurs in the mouth. Gum boils may be fluid filled or made of solid fibrous gum tissue. Color may appear normal or the gum boil area can appear red and raw.} Types of Gum Boils • What causes gum boils? Gum boils have different causes and variations. Knowing what causes gum boils in your mouth can help you treat them appropriately. • Gum overgrowth may be due to a side effect of prescription medications, ill-fitting dentures, or wearing braces. These are probably the most common form of gum boils. • A common form of gum tumor is a “pregnancy tumor” on the gums, induced by hormone levels during pregnancy. These quickly go away after the pregnancy is completed and hormone levels return to normal. • Dental abscesses due to severe decay and infection of the tooth nerve may appear as a boil on [...]
Cavities, which are decayed areas of the teeth, are one of the most common oral health problems faced around the world. If not treated, cavities can cause infection, toothache and ultimately total tooth loss. It is important to your overall health to maintain a healthy smile. Here are six symptoms to watch out for. 1. Bad Breath If tooth decay is ignored, bacteria will increase, leading to bad breath. When you start noticing bad breath and you are brushing your teeth and tongue regularly, you should visit your dentist to check for the possibility of cavities. 2. Bad Taste Gargle with mouthwash and brush your teeth and tongue to rid the bad taste in your mouth. But if you notice a chronic bad taste, get your teeth checked out as it may be a sign that a cavity needs to be cleaned out and filled. 3. Tooth Pain Tooth pain is often associated with a cavity. The pain is usually [...]
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Scaling and root planing removes plaque and tartar from below the gum line to control the growth of harmful bacteria and restore health to the teeth and gums. It also helps the gums reattach firmly to the teeth by scraping and smoothing the root surfaces. What to Expect This type of cleaning goes deeper than regular hygiene appointments, and you may need local anesthetic. It may require more than one appointment in order to clean each part of the mouth. During the cleaning, you will not feel any pain. After the appointment when the freezing wears off, you may experience sore gums, which can be alleviated by taking a painkiller. Results Scaling and root planing can greatly improve the health of your teeth and gums, and reverse the damage of periodontal disease. It is important to maintain proper oral hygiene and regular dental visits.
TMJ and Bruxism (Tooth Grinding Syndrome) Do you suffer from pain in your face, jaw, or teeth, have trouble chewing, or hear popping and clicking noises in your jaw? Can you see your teeth shortening or chipping? These could all be symptoms of a temporo-mandibular disorder (also known as TMD). TMD describes a range of problems related to the temporo-mandibular joint (TMJ). There are a variety of treatments of TMD, including a custom TMJ appliance. These appliances will also protect the teeth if you are a night grinder. Read more
Dr. Macdonald is an excellent dentist. He is caring, considerate and goes above and beyond. The staff are corteous. Jodi, the hygienist, is the best at her work. Starting to wear braces at 57 has been an easy transition thanks to the doctor and the thorough understanding of what to expect. Janice Azwonik