Medications And Oral Health

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.

Dental Crowns Demystified

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.

Why Are My Gums Bleeding?

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:

The Facts About Tooth Sensitivity

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.

Dental Trends To Avoid

With the popularity of social media, it seems that trends are continuously popping up, and people are eager to try them all. Beauty, cooking and home decor trends are always fun to try because, for the most part, if it doesn’t work out, there is no harm caused. The problem with viral trends is when they can negatively impact a person’s health. There have been some trends over the years that offer a promise to improve the appearance of teeth or overall wellness but can cause lasting damage. If you are unhappy with the state of your oral health, we know there can be some intrigue in trying one of the trends you may see. While it might be tempting to give these ideas a try, we are here to tell you that pretty much every trend you see on social media related to dental health is not a good idea. Here are some dental trends to avoid:

Are You Sure You’re Brushing Your Teeth The Right Way?

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.

What Are the Culprits of Bad Breath?

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.

Flossing Is Your Friend

From the time of your early youth, you have learned about the importance of brushing your teeth a minimum of twice daily. Did you know that using dental floss every day is just as important as brushing your teeth? Most of our patients have dental floss at home, but when asked if it is used on a daily basis, many patients admit that it is only used on occasion to remove a pesky piece of leftover food. We are here to tell you that floss is your friend and can help save your teeth from decay and costly repairs.

Ways Your Lifestyle and Eating Habits Can Impact Your Oral Health

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.

Has The State Of Your Oral Health Changed Recently?

Have you noticed a difference with your oral health and can’t quite put your finger on what might be causing the problem? A number of patients who maintain proper oral hygiene and continue to visit our office regularly are experiencing symptoms with their teeth and jaw that are a mystery. We know what the potential problem might be and the answer may surprise you. Continue reading to learn more about what might be causing your unexplained dental health concerns.