Is Chewing Gum Bad for You or Your Smile?

 

Two happy young women chewing gum.

A stick of gum can freshen your breath or keep your mouth busy. From sweet bubblegum for kids to gum with whiteners for adults, gum is loved by people of all ages. But is chewing gum bad for you or your smile? When it comes to caring for your teeth, you should know how what…

How to Get Rid of White Spots on Teeth

 

Woman looking at her teeth in the mirror while teeth cleaning.

Dark stains from beverages or tobacco are not the only discolorations that occur on teeth. Some people also have white spots on their teeth. The uneven coloration can impact the teeth appearance, but it can also be a sign of oral or overall health issues. If you want to know how to get rid of…

Importance of Orthodontics for Teenagers

 

teenager on orthodontics consultation

Many adolescents and teenagers are seen wearing braces or aligners. Orthodontic treatment is often recommended for teens and pre-teens to straighten the teeth and align bites. While it is common for teens to receive orthodontic treatment, not everyone knows why it is important for young people to undergo these procedures. Here is what you need…

Why Do My Gums Bleed When I Floss?

 

A young woman flossing her teeth.

Have you noticed that your gums bleed when flossing? Gums that bleed when brushing or flossing are often swollen or inflamed, which can be caused by a variety of issues. One of the main causes of bleeding gums is gingivitis, or periodontal disease, which can cause the gums to be swollen. If you wonder, “Why…

How Long Do You Have to Wear a Retainer After Braces?

 

A teenage girl holding a dental model with braces in one hand and a retainer in the second hand.

Orthodontics can help you achieve a healthy and beautiful smile by aligning your bite and teeth. Braces and clear aligners are the most common orthodontic treatment to shift teeth into the right position, usually requiring wearing these devices for several months or more. After the orthodontic treatment, patients need to wear a retainer to maintain…

Prevention and Treatment of Cavities In Between Teeth

 

A satisfied woman in a dental chair after cavities treatment.

Cavities or tooth decay are caused by the acid produced by bacteria feeding off food particles on the teeth. Brushing and flossing are meant to remove food debris, bacteria and plaque, which can prevent tooth decay and oral conditions like gum disease. Cavities between teeth are harder to prevent and treat due to their location.…

Is Charcoal Toothpaste Safe for My Teeth?

 

charcoal paste and a toothbrush

There are many cosmetic products being introduced that contain charcoal. Activated charcoal is known for its ability to absorb toxins and it can be used as a mild abrasive, which is why you will see both skin and dental products with this ingredient. One of the dental uses for charcoal is teeth whitening and there…

Does Dental Insurance Cover Veneers?

 

Woman pointing at her perfect teeth.

Do you have crooked teeth, gaps or other dental flaws you want to hide? Cosmetic dental veneers offer a wonderful way to cover flaws in your smile and give you a smile makeover. However, you may be wondering, “Does dental insurance cover veneers?” Here is what you need to know about cosmetic dental veneers and…

Popular Types of Teeth Bleaching

 

Satisfied man in a dental chair after teeth bleaching procedure.

White teeth are a desirable asset – they help a smile look youthful, healthy and attractive. There are many teeth bleaching products on the market, from gum and toothpaste that claim to whiten teeth to strips, pens and gels that you can use at home. There are also professional teeth bleaching services performed at a…

What You Need to Know About Titanium Dental Implants

 

Titanium Dental Implant

If you lose a tooth or you are missing several teeth, you may be wondering about dental implants for restoring your teeth. Titanium dental implants are considered the premium option in tooth restoration, but you may wonder if this is the right option for you. Are titanium dental implants safe? How long do they last?…