Bumps in Your Mouth

Bumps in Your Mouth From my experience practicing dentistry over many years, I’ve learned that most people have very little idea of structures in their mouth beyond teeth and a tongue. Well, there’s lots going on in there, some of which is normal and some of which can be pathologic.  A tour of this small but busy universe, will reveal the following: For example, if you check with...

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Further Recommendations for the Water-Pik (Water Floss)

Further Recommendations for the Water- Pik (Water Floss)   Until a few years ago I would never recommended the Water-Pik.   Patients gave up doing all their other home care and did a really lazy job with their Water-Pik. When they came in for a cleaning their gums looked much worse. Over the last 5 years, I’ve learned that when patients do the other home care routine (proper...

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FRACTURE IN A TOOTH: A CASE STUDY

Fracture in a tooth: a case study   A patient in her 40s showed up in my office last summer. One of her complaints is that she could not chew on her lower right molar (#30), and the discomfort was persistent. I recommended that she see a root canal specialist, which she finally did almost a year later. The fracture was visible on a photo of the biting surface, and this extended to the...

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GUM DISEASE IN YOUNGER PATIENTS

Gum Disease in Younger Patients   Last week a new patient, in his early 20s came in for assessment and treatment.  After x-rays and periodontal charting, I determined that he had periodontal disease, in its early stages. Deep cleanings can go far in resolving such a situation and this is what I recommended.  His pocketing is 5 mm in the molar areas with red bleeding gums and bad...

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Why is Care of Your Gums So Important?

Why is Care of Your Gums So Important? Occasionally we have patients who come in with some cavities along with gum disease. They are eager to address the cavities but want to ignore the gum problems. Why are healthy gums so important? When gums are unhealthy the gum tissue develops inflammation which makes the gums red and tender, known as gingivitis. They bleed easily. And the bacteria causing...

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Grinding Your Teeth: How Bad Can It Get?

Grinding Your Teeth: How Bad Can It Get?   Many patients grind their teeth and stress is a frequent contributor to the condition.  Early signs can include wear on the teeth, gum recession and abfractions (tooth loss at the gum line due to the force of grinding).   Early treatment saves tooth structure and preserves a favorable bite. Treatments can include wearing occlusal guards (bite...

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