At Smiles By Holsinger & Higgins, we not only care about our patients’ oral health but their overall health as well. You may be surprised to learn that your overall health can impact your oral health and the way we need to treat your mouth during your appointments. This is one of the reasons we ask about any changes to your medical history during each visit. Different medical conditions and medications can change the way we have to treat your mouth and may change what we are looking for during your examination. In addition, certain medications can have a negative impact on your teeth and gums.
Do you enjoy watching TV shows on a streaming service? As of late, there seems to be an endless amount of streaming services that you can join as a subscriber. With everyone home during the start of the pandemic two years ago, binge watching shows became a pastime to do with your family while there were no other entertainment options. The same mentality has continued each time the new season of a popular series is released. You might be wondering how this has anything to do with your oral health. Unfortunately, for some, binge watching TV can have negative effects on your oral health.
Do you notice your gums appear to be bleeding after you brush and floss your teeth? It is more common than you probably realize. Most people likely experience this from time to time. Most of the time, it is nothing to be concerned about. It can happen if something becomes stuck between your teeth and makes the area sore, for example if a kernel becomes lodged after eating popcorn. The problem arises when the gums continue to bleed daily, indicating there is an underlying issue that needs to be corrected. Some possible causes of bleeding gums can include:
At Smiles by Holsinger & Higgins, we are passionate about the state of our patient’s oral health. When we see patients for their routine hygiene examinations, they are always surprised to learn that we are inspecting for more than tooth decay. Gum disease is one of the additional conditions we are concerned about. If detected, gum disease can lead to serious oral and overall health complications.
Are you due for a visit to our office? We know that life is busy and it can be easy for time to get away from you. As we get older, it seems like time moves faster than ever. We encourage our patients to visit us at least twice per year for a routine hygiene examination and cleaning. During these visits, we inspect the state of your oral health and make treatment recommendations as needed. One of the best ways to avoid additional treatments is with your oral hygiene routine. We only see our patients for a short amount of time each year, so the bulk of our patients’ oral care lands on their shoulders. Are you using proper oral care routines to ensure your oral health is where it should be? Read on to see.
Are you self-conscious about the smell of your breath? We all experience bad breath from time to time, especially after eating certain foods such as garlic. However, after a thorough brushing and the use of dental floss, the problem is usually remedied. If you find that you are experiencing frequent bad breath, your mouth could be warning you that you may have an issue with your oral health.
Did we recommend a dental treatment the last time you visited our office and you have delayed scheduling your appointment? We know that the past few months have been hectic with the holidays and the start of the new year. It seems like life is constantly busy and there is always something new to take up free time whether it be work, school, extra-curricular activities, or social commitments. With the start of the new year, it is important to evaluate your oral health. Delaying needed dental treatments can lead to more severe problems. If you experience dental anxiety or fear, we never want your feelings to hold you back from getting the care you need. Read on to learn about the importance of scheduling your appointments and how we can help if you are nervous.
Last year, much of our lives were changed drastically. Many jobs became remote positions, or were terminated, schools became virtual, and even our office was closed for some time. This greatly affected the health of many of our patients. Healthy habits such as going to the gym, eating the right foods, and oral health care may have been lacking for those who had a difficult time with the pandemic. Even though our lives are returning to normal, getting back into healthy habits can be difficult. We wanted to stress the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle to help ensure that you have healthy teeth and gums.
When visiting our office for a hygiene appointment, we do more than clean your teeth and inspect for cavities. We also provide an oral cancer screening, which takes only moments to perform but can save not only your oral health but also your life. According to the Oral Cancer Foundation and the American Cancer Society, approximately 54,000 Americans are diagnosed with oral cancer yearly. If diagnosed and treated early, the effects may not be long lasting; however, routine examinations will continue for the rest of your life because the potential for recurrence is high.
When was the last time you visited our office for a hygiene examination and dental cleaning? If you can’t recall or it has been quite awhile, we want you to call and schedule your next appointment today. Believe it or not, we understand everyone is busy, especially with everything going on during the past year. It seems like schedules are constantly changing, and it has been easy to forget to schedule your appointment, or maybe you needed to cancel your appointment and haven’t rescheduled. No matter the reason, delaying hygiene visits and needed treatments can cause major consequences. Read on to find out more.