THE DREADED CANKER SORES
Last updated on August 19, 2016 by Joy Driscoll
Canker sores are blisters that develop in the mouth and result in pain and discomfort. They can be of two types, simple canker sores and complex canker sores. Simple canker sores persist for about a week and usually affect individuals between the ages of 10 and 20 years. These sores may develop up to 3 to 4 times in a year. Complex canker sores mostly affect individuals who have had them before. They are less common than simple canker sores. Canker sores are often confused with cold sores. While canker sores generally develop inside the mouth, cold sores occur outside the mouth.
COLD SORES (HERPES SIMPLEX 1)
Last updated on August 3, 2016 by Joy Driscoll
This image shows a cold sore covering a larger area of the upper lip. If you have cold sores, it is wise to discard your toothbrush and replace with a new one. Repeat the process halfway through the cycle and again when the herpes cold sore has healed completely so that you do not re-introduce the infection. It takes just one kiss to pass on the virus so, if you have an active cold, refrain from kissing and cuddling a baby or young child. Unfortunately, most people contract the herpes cold sore virus when they are young as it is spread in saliva or mucus that comes from the nose and mouth.
So What Does Flossing Do For My Teeth and Gums?
Last updated on July 23, 2016 by Joy Driscoll
Floss removes food trapped between the teeth and removes the film of bacteria that forms there before it has a chance to harden into plaque. Toothbrush bristles alone cannot clean effectively between these tight spaces.
Plaque that is not removed can harden into tartar, a hard mineral deposit that forms on teeth and can only be removed through professional cleaning by a dental professional. When this happens, brushing and cleaning between teeth become more difficult, and gum tissue can become swollen or may bleed. This condition is called gingivitis, the early stage of gum disease.
What is Dry Mouth?
Last updated on July 7, 2016 by Joy Driscoll
Dry mouth is a feeling that you don’t have enough saliva or moisture in your mouth no matter how much water you drink. The term for dry mouth in the medical/dental world is Xerostomia. Dry mouth can feel uncomfortable, sticky, burning have difficult time eating. This condition can even cause sores in the mouth. Everyone has dry mouth once in a while, especially if they are under stress, nervous, anxious or dehydrated. But if you have dry mouth most or all of the time you need to visit a dental office so we can problem solve with you.
WHAT IS GUM DISEASE/PERIODONTAL DISEASE?
Last updated on June 26, 2016 by Joy Driscoll
Q: How do you diagnose gingivitis, gum disease, periodontal disease, or infection in my gums?
A: We use a diagnostic tool called a probe and x-rays. You may recall going to the dentist and the hygienist calling out numbers or writing them down after she/he uses this tool. We also look for signs of bleeding and inflammation (swollen gums), which are all signs that an infection is present. We also use x-ray which helps us understand how deep the infection has gone. Here is what a probe typically looks like and how we position it in around the teeth. Gingivitis is an infection in your gums (soft tissue) and usually this condition can be treated with regular dental cleanings and better oral care at home. Periodontitis is chronic infection that has gone deeper into your bone that support your teeth and probing depths are often 5mm and greater with signs of bleeding