Category Archives: Disease Prevention

Tooth Decay, Chewing Gum, and Mouthwash

What Causes Tooth Decay? Bacterial Plaque acids or “cavity bugs,” as I call them, are one of the main causes of tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease. These cavity bugs feed on tiny bits of food left in your mouth after you eat a meal. Cavity bugs basically “poop” out acid that attacks your teeth…

Clean Teeth, Healthy Body

You hear a lot about how important it is to see your dentist twice a year for a good checkup and cleaning. But it might surprise you how important it is to make sure your oral health care team is aware of your medical history. Your mouth has a special relationship with virtually every other…

Grinding Teeth Grinding to a Halt

Teeth grinding is a habit known also as bruxism. It typically includes clenching of the jaw; can have serious effects teeth, gums and supporting bones; and can result in cosmetic damage if left untreated. Temperature sensitivity, chipped teeth, worn enamel, broken fillings, eroded gums, or a worsening of temporormandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ) are a few…

Three tips for avoiding Gingivitis and Bad Breath

Gingivitis is a gum disease that can lead to bad breath, but here are three things that you can do keep your mouth healthy and your breath smelling good. If you are already seeing receding or swollen gums, see a good local periodontist and ask for an exam. First, floss your teeth. It’s important to…

Smiling in Montgomery County

Montgomery County, Maryland offers a lot to smile about: Lot’s of parks, one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country, friendly people and solid public services. With so much to smile about, you want to keep your smile clean, white and healthy. Good oral health isn’t something that you should try to manage alone….

Tips to help you avoid damaging your gums and teeth

You may be surprised to learn that brushing your teeth can be damaging to your teeth and gums. Applying too much pressure, for example, can lead to an increase in stains and cavities. Fortunately, learning good tooth brushing technique is something your dentist can easily help you with. In our practice, we are seeing an…

Steps you can take to prevent bottle mouth

One of the most common causes of serious tooth decay in children is called “bottle mouth.” Bottle mouth can occur when an infant or toddler is given bottles containing formula, milk or juices for extended periods of time. These products contain sugars, which become acids when they react with bacteria in the mouth. These acids…

Tips for getting your kids to brush and floss

You can’t begin teaching good dental hygiene too soon. The benefits will last a lifetime. Toddlers With toddlers, choose a fun brush made for little ones and use a pea-size dab of a toothpaste. Choose a brand recommended by the American Dental Association. (You’ll find this information on the toothpaste box.) Make sure the child…