Are you or a loved one planning a pregnancy, currently expecting, or recently had a baby? The arrival of a new life is an exciting time and full of planning and preparation. Between all of the doctor appointments, preparing the nursery, and planning for a baby, it can be easy to forget about your oral health. However, dental care before, during, and after pregnancy is a must.
We know that life can be extremely busy for many of our patients. There always seems to be something going on, whether it’s a work event, a family obligation, time with friends, and the list goes on and on. Now that the craziness of the holiday season has passed and we are into the new year, it is a perfect time to evaluate the state of your oral health. When was the last time you and your loved ones visited our office for a hygiene examination and cleaning? If it has been longer than six months, you are definitely due for a visit! Read on to learn about why regular oral hygiene examinations and cleanings are a must.
December has arrived, which means that we are in the thick of planning for the holiday season. Nothing is more exciting than finding the perfect gift for your loved ones during this special time. It can be a difficult task to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list. While it may not be your first thought, there are a few dental gifts that would be perfect for your friends and family, and we know they would feel nothing but joy to receive them. Sometimes the best gifts are the most useful ones. Read on to learn more about these dental gift ideas.
At Smiles by Holsinger & Higgins, we are not just passionate about your oral health, but we care deeply about your overall health as well. Your mouth is considered the gateway to the body. This means that bacteria of all kinds are constantly entering your mouth and, therefore, your body. Bacteria can be on the food you eat, if you bite your nails, and if you breathe in harmful fumes, such as cigarette smoke. One of the best ways you can keep harmful bacteria at bay is to maintain a thorough oral hygiene routine. Unfortunately, the longer harmful bacteria remains in your mouth, it can negatively affect your overall health. We want to share three health issues that can be impacted by the way you care for your oral health.
Now that we are well into the fall season, we know that many of our patients are enjoying activities and outings with their families. It is also the time of year when people start coming down with seasonal illnesses. The past few years have taught us a lot about taking precautions when we aren’t feeling our best, but you might not be aware that there are certain precautions you need to take with your oral health as well. While we hope all of our patients remain healthy during this time, occasional illnesses are always possible. If you should happen to fall ill, you should make some changes to help your oral health.
For years, we have been sharing tips and tricks to help you care for your oral health. We have explained that an overabundance of sugar is harmful to your teeth and gums. We also hope you know about the importance of thoroughly brushing your teeth twice daily as well as using dental floss every day. You may be surprised to learn that certain things you may do without realizing it are causing harm to your oral health and may eventually lead to discomfort or a dental emergency. Continue reading to see if you need to change one of these habits:
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.
Have we recommended a dental crown treatment and you have postponed scheduling it due to nerves? Even if we haven’t recommended a dental crown treatment at this time, there is a chance that you or a loved one might need the treatment in the future. An unfamiliar treatment makes some of our patients feel uneasy, so we want to take a few moments and explain more about this common treatment that can be used to restore and improve your oral health. Continue reading to learn more.
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:
We are so excited the summer season is a few short weeks away! After a long winter, we have been enjoying the spring weather and are looking forward to the hot summer days full of fun and relaxation. On a hot summer day, there is nothing quite like eating some ice cream to cool off. Would you love to enjoy ice cream but find yourself cringing due to discomfort in your teeth? You are most likely suffering from tooth sensitivity. While it is common to experience tooth sensitivity on occasion, repeated occurrences are a warning that there may be a problem with your oral health. Continue reading to learn what your mouth may be trying to tell you.