Category Archives: Tooth Decay

THIS IS YOUR TEETH ON DRUGS: THE EFFECT OF ILLICIT DRUGS ON THE DENTITION

[mp_row] [mp_span col="12"] We all know illicit drugs affect our brains from the ad campaign “this is your brain on drugs” showing an egg bubbling in a frying pan. But your mouth takes a “hit” too. Let’s touch on just 3 of the culprits:  Heroin, Cocaine, and Methamphetamine. Heroin works in the central nervous system’s…
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BRACE YOURSELF TO STRAIGHTEN UP!

TEENAGERS HEAR IT CONSTANTLY….straighten up!!! …And it is no different when they go to the dentist. Tooth straightening options The options most widely used today include brackets bonded to the teeth and archwires (straightwire) or a series of aligners (such as Invisalign).  There are many straightwire adjuncts used such as palatal expanders, temporary anchorage devices…
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WHEN YOUR DOCTOR SAYS “DOH!, THAT’S GONNA HURT!”

PAIN…. …Is, you guessed it, an adverse stimuli that is perceived as OBNOXIOUS!.   Dentists are accustomed to patients equating dental care to PAIN. Pain is both physical and emotional.   The more elevated the emotion, the more physical pain becomes.  The treatment of pain centers on whether it is acute (pain less than 3 months) or…
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HELP! MY GUMS BLEED WHEN I BRUSH

Do you spit out blood with your toothpaste when you brush your teeth?  Are your gums swollen and red no matter how much you brush?  You may have gingivitis. GINGIVITIS Gingivitis is inflammation of the tissue surrounding the teeth.  It can be acute or chronic and is a response to bacteria on the teeth. The…
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