Caring For Your Mouth While You’re Sick
If you’ve caught a cold or flu virus this season, our deepest sympathies are with you. However, it’s our job to look out for your oral health, despite how bad your body feels. While you may want to just stay in bed and neglect your oral hygiene routine while you’re under the weather, this can be a serious mistake. Not only are your teeth and gums at risk for certain dental problems if you’re sick, but maintaining a clean mouth can actually help speed up your recovery.
What is Plaque?
You’ve likely heard the term since learning about dental care as a child. You know plaque is harmful and it’s something you need to remove from your smile. But how much more do you know? What actually is plaque?
The Link Between Gum Disease and Rheumatoid Arthritis
Gum disease is a serious oral health condition. Not only is it the leading cause of tooth loss, but it has also been linked several overall health issues including heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Most recently, rheumatoid arthritis has been added to this list. Studies indicate that rheumatoid arthritis and gum disease seem to have a two-way connection.
It’s the strongest muscle in your body. Are you taking care of it? Your tongue delivers powerful capabilities, allowing you to speak, taste and swallow. However, your tongue can also be the culprit to bad breath, gum disease and other disruptive problems if it is not cleaned properly.
Hidden Culprits To Chipped Teeth
When we think of chipping or fracturing a tooth, we typically think of a fall or injury. While accidental trauma is the most common reason for chipped teeth, there are everyday habits and lifestyle choices that can lead to tooth damage.
How To Handle Your Child’s Loose Tooth
Loose baby teeth can cause mixed emotions for both the child and the parent. If you have a child that has been wiggling or complaining of a loose tooth for several days or weeks, it can be tempting to just ask to yank it out.