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If the Bumps on Your Tongue Go Away, is That the Sign of a Problem?
Posted on 8/15/2019 by Alyce
Your tongue has a lot to say about your body's overall health. Although you probably won't even notice how your tongue feels most of the time, when it changes colors or becomes slightly painful it may be trying to warn you of something. What Your Tongue's Color is Trying to Tell You The color of your tongue should never be bright strawberry red. If it is, it's possible that you may be lacking vitamins such as B-12, folic acid, or iron. However, when your tongue is this color and you're running a high fever, you be tested for scarlet fever. Your tongue also should never be white all over. This is a sign that you have oral thrush, which is a type of yeast infection. Talk to your doctor about getting a prescription for an anti-fungal medication for this. However, if there are only patches of white on your tongue this is leukoplakia – something you shouldn't worry about unless you're a smoker in which case it may be an indication that you're about to get cancer. Another cause of concern occurs when your tongue starts growing black or brown hair all over it. This isn't actually hair, but cells that your tongue has grown before being able to shed them so bacteria get trapped therein. A lot of times this is caused by poor hygiene, poorly managed diabetes, or the overuse of antibiotics. Red bumps may sometimes form on your tongue. When they're on top of your tongue, it's probably because your papillae are inflamed. However, if these red bumps don't go away, you may have oral cancer. This is something you should have checked as soon as possible. Find Out More by Calling Us Today When you're having problems with your tongue, you'll want to give our office a call. We want to schedule an appointment to have you come in so that we can determine what's wrong and help you start feeling better soon....

Can You Brush Too Often?
Posted on 7/23/2019 by Alyce
Brushing your teeth is an important part of maintaining good oral hygiene. According to the American Dental Association (ADA) you should brush your teeth two times each day, making sure to use fluoride toothpaste when doing so. This will help you remove any food and plaque from your mouth, preventing oral health issues in the future. Brushing Your Teeth More Often Than Recommended While it isn't always a bad thing, you don't want to get into the habit of brushing your teeth too often or for too long. When you do get into this habit, you'll end up damaging your teeth eventually. This is why you should only brush your teeth no more than three times each day and for no longer than two minutes each time. Brushing your teeth more frequently can cause your tooth enamel to wear down too much and you may also end up damaging your gums. Nevertheless, many people still want to brush their teeth after eating each meal (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) throughout their day because they feel that this keeps their mouth cleaner and fresher. You must be careful here as well because you can damage your tooth's enamel if you do so too soon after finishing your meal. Not Brushing Frequently Enough While you can damage your teeth by brushing too often or for too long, it's also true that you can brush your teeth too infrequently or for not enough time each time you do brush your teeth. For instance, if you only brush your teeth once a day this will lead to the buildup of plaque and bacteria in your mouth. When this happens, you'll find yourself experiencing bad breath on a more frequent basis. This is why it's so important for you to brush and floss your teeth, then swish your mouth with an antiseptic mouth rinse at least twice a day....

Best Options for Handling a Fear of the Dental Chair
Posted on 7/13/2019 by Alyce
When we went into the field of dentistry, we knew one thing for certain. People would sometimes be afraid of us. They fear that there will be insurmountable pain with every visit, even routine checkups. If you come to the dentist and know that you will have work that has to be done, your anxiety increases. One thing we are taught in dental school is that many times, the anxiety a patient feels about the dentist is related to what they have heard from friends and also the fear of the unknown. Most people don't understand dental jargon. You may not realize how the tooth works, the role of enamel, saliva, gums and other aspects of the way a tooth is constructed and its relationship with the other parts of your oral cavity. You may not understand that your jawbone, gums, teeth, tongue, and saliva all work in concert to protect your oral health. Knowledge Is Power You have likely heard that knowledge is power and it is true. When you first meet with us, let us know that you are afraid of the dentist. We won't take offense; we are accustomed to it. Let us know what it is about us that you fear. If it is the tools, we will be happy to explain what each tool does. If it is that you don't understand what we're talking about, we will be glad to explain any procedures or questions you have until you feel comfortable. Remember that you are in control. If you begin to feel uncomfortable during a procedure, we can take a break. We can set up a signal before we begin that will indicate you need a break. You needn't fear us; we are here to help you....

All Posts:
If the Bumps on Your Tongue Go Away, is That the Sign of a Problem?
Can You Brush Too Often?
Best Options for Handling a Fear of the Dental Chair
Is Brushing Your Teeth for Too Long a Real Problem?
How to Protect Teeth When You Get Sick
Why You Should Expect to Drool More with a New Set of Dentures
You Need to Make Sure Your Teeth are Healthy Prior to Whitening
Eggs Can Give You Better Oral Health
Easy Ways of Boosting Your Daily Calcium Intake
Sterilization Methods We Can Use for Our Tools
How Exercise Impacts Your Oral Health
Bruxism Can Affect You for Years to Come if Left Untreated
Best Restorative Options for Chipped Teeth
Types of Implants That Can Restore a Lost Tooth
Top Restorative Procedures For Your Teeth
Where Do Dental Pit Stains Originate?
Where Can Bacteria from Your Mouth Migrate To?
Why You Should Look Forward to It If You Need a Root Canal
What You Drink Can Ruin Your Breath
Is Chewing Gum Actually Helpful for Improving Oral Health?
Is Brushing and Flossing Different with a Bridge?
Best Options to Drink for a Healthy Mouth
Besides Flossing, How Can You Get Items Out from Between Your Teeth?
Greens You Want to Eat for Improved Oral Health
Good Oral Health Saves You Time and Money
Signs Your Tooth May Be Decaying from the Inside
How Dental Chips Can Ruin Your Oral Health
Do Dental Bridges Need Any Special Cleaning?
Do Canker Sores Damage Your Oral Health?
Foods That Make Your Breath Smell Better
Flossing Needs to Be Done Gently
Is There Any Reason to Fear Having a Cavity Filled?
How to Keep Dental Bonding Looking Like New
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