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What Is Gum Grafting?

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Gum grafting is the process of taking gum tissue from another area in the mouth and attaching it to places where gum tissue is lacking, such as in areas where gum recession has occurred. Since gum recession is a symptom of gum disease, if left untreated, it can progress to expose the tooth roots and cause severe tooth sensitivity.

What types of gum grafts are commonly done and what can you expect from this procedure?

An article by Dr. Hayes Aronson.  Originally published by Your Dental Health Resource.

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The Consequences of Skipping Those Yearly Teeth Cleanings

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Getting your teeth cleaned at least once a year doesn’t seem like a huge chore, yet so many people neglect to schedule their regular checkup at the dentist.

Regardless of what’s holding you back from visiting your dentist, keep in mind that there are few things scarier than the consequences of skipping your annual teeth cleaning. Consider the following health risks before you decide to forgo that essential dentist appointment!

An article by Dr. Thomas Bucker. Originally published by Your Dental Health Resource.

Read the full article here: THE CONSEQUENCES OF SKIPPING THOSE YEARLY TEETH CLEANINGS

At What Age Should My Child Wear a Mouthguard During Sports?

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Mouthguards are essential when it comes to sports, even for adults. Mouthguards are usually mandatory for contact sports such as football, lacrosse, wrestling, and hockey.

However, even wearing a mouthguard during non-contact sports such as soccer, basketball, and baseball can help prevent injuries. Any child who plays a sport—regardless of age—should wear a mouthguard. But why?

An article by Dr. Thomas Bucker. Originally published by Your Dental Health Resource.

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What Is an Impacted Wisdom Tooth and How Is It Treated?

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Wisdom teeth are those third molars way at the back of the mouth that don’t come in until your latter teenage years, sometimes not even until your 20s! While some people won’t experience problems with their wisdom teeth, many people find that they have impacted wisdom teeth.

What exactly is an impacted wisdom tooth?

An article by Dr. Hayes Aronson.  Originally published by Your Dental Health Resource.

Read the full article here: WHAT IS AN IMPACTED WISDOM TOOTH AND HOW IS IT TREATED?

How to Best Manage Your Child’s Teething

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Children begin the teething process anywhere from 3 months old to 6 months old. You may notice your baby drooling more, being more irritable, or trying to chew things. You may also be able to see a tooth beginning to erupt through the gumline.

Although teething can be a challenging time for both parents and kids, it’s important to remember that this is only a temporary experience for your child. Teething tends to be worse when children are tired or at night, making it harder for both you and your baby to sleep. How can you help your baby feel better when the pain of teething is present? Here are some suggestions to best manage your child’s teething.

An article by Dr. Hayes Aronson.  Originally published by Your Dental Health Resource.

Read the full article here: HOW TO BEST MANAGE YOUR CHILD’S TEETHING

Is Too Much Fluoride Bad for Your Smile?

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Fluoride has long been known to be beneficial in the fight against tooth decay. Fluoride is a naturally occurring element, but can also be found in toothpaste, drinking water, and you can receive it from treatments at your local dentist office.

However, there is such a thing as too much fluoride. Whether you get fluoride from a drinking source or your dental care products, it’s important to know whether or not the amount you’re getting is safe and beneficial for your smile.

Here’s how too much fluoride could negatively impact your teeth.

An article by Dr. Hayes Aronson.  Originally published by Your Dental Health Resource.

Read the full article here: IS TOO MUCH FLUORIDE BAD FOR YOUR SMILE?

How Does a Dentist Diagnose Sleep Apnea?

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Sleep apnea is a debilitating sleep disorder in which a person actually stops breathing at numerous points throughout the night. Usually, a person isn’t aware that they wake up gasping for breath after these episodes. A spouse or partner is typically the one to alert them of the instances.

Although dentists cannot provide an official diagnosis for sleep apnea, these professionals are often the first people to come into contact with the disorder and can provide further guidance and even initiate treatment.

Here’s how your dentist can help with your sleep apnea diagnosis and treatment.

An article by Dr. Thomas Bucker. Originally published by Your Dental Health Resource.

Read the full article here: HOW DOES A DENTIST DIAGNOSE SLEEP APNEA?

How Does Sugar Cause Cavities?

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Tooth decay happens for a variety of reasons, and although sugar itself can certainly lead to cavity formation, it doesn’t do it by itself.

So what exactly is sugar’s role in dental caries? Here we discover how cavities form and what sugar has to do with it.

An article by Dr. Thomas Bucker. Originally published by Your Dental Health Resource.

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Steps to Stop Clenching Your Teeth

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Clenching your teeth and jaw can be extremely damaging to your oral health. Not only does it put stress on the jaw muscles, it also puts an undue amount of stress on your teeth. Your teeth were meant for chewing, not for clenching!

You can take simple steps to stop clenching your teeth and prevent damage to your gum tissue and tooth enamel with the help of your dentist. Here’s how.

An article by Dr. Thomas Bucker. Originally published by Your Dental Health Resource.

Read the full article here: STEPS TO STOP CLENCHING YOUR TEETH

Top Signs of Wisdom Tooth Infection

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Although approximately 85% of people will need to have their wisdom teeth removed at some point, some people won’t have a problem with these third molars and will leave them in. When your wisdom teeth don’t have room to come in all the way, they may only erupt through the gums partially, or push horizontally against the other teeth. Either way, these impacted wisdom teeth can cause damage through crowding or problems with the gum tissue. Partially erupted wisdom teeth can cause bacteria to grow, causing pericoronitis, or an infection in your wisdom teeth.

What are the signs of a wisdom tooth infection? Here’s what you need to look out for!

An article by Dr. Thomas Bucker. Originally published by Your Dental Health Resource.

Read the full article here: TOP SIGNS OF WISDOM TOOTH INFECTION

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