Smoking isn't only bad for your lungs, it's bad for your dental health. You don't have to be a cigarette smoker to be at risk for a number of dental problems. Smoking cigars and pipes can be just as bad when it comes to oral health problems. Smokeless tobacco products are no safer. Therefore, it pays to be aware of the potentially serious oral health problems that the use of any type of tobacco product can cause.
While it is considered normal to experience minor discomfort when wearing new dentures, persistent, long-term pain needs to be evaluated by your dentist. In most cases, mild denture pain will resolve after the individual gets used to wearing them. If you experience pain while wearing your dentures that fails to improve after a few days, one or more of the following medical conditions may be to blame:
Osteoarthritis not only causes pain and inflammation in the spine, hips, knees, and hands, it can also lead to moderate jaw pain.
Tobacco-associated keratosis, also known as smokeless tobacco keratosis, is an oral condition that is associated with the use of smokeless tobacco, like chewing tobacco or snuff. Here are four things that you need to know about this condition.
What are the signs of tobacco-associated keratosis?
The main sign of tobacco-associated keratosis is the development of lesions on the oral soft tissues. These lesions form on the tissues that frequently come into contact with your smokeless tobacco, like the insides of your cheeks or the insides of your lips.
Do you dread taking your child to the dentist? Does the process of getting your child into the chair take longer than the actual dentist appointment? If your child is like most children and expresses a fear of visiting the family dentist, don't worry; there are ways to help him or her. Listed below are three tips for helping kids overcome their fear of the dentist:
1. Increase Exposure
One of the reasons many children fear the dentist is because they are unsure of what to expect when they visit.
A tooth lost to decay or trauma needs to be replaced to prevent bite issues, keep jawbone and gums healthy, and to improve your self-confidence. There are several dental replacement options available but two of the more affordable and time efficient options are dental bridges and partial dentures.
How do you decide what dental replacement option is best for you? You should discuss your choices with your cosmetic dentistry specialist during the next office visit, but in the meantime, here are the pros and cons of bridges and partial dentures to consider.