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Of the Gums
Gingivitis: Gingivitis is a chronic inflammation of the gum tissue (gingiva) that is generally associated with poor oral hygiene and is the early stages of gum disease.

Gum Disease: Gum disease is an inflammatory condition affecting the tissues surrounding a tooth, and is the leading cause of tooth loss.

Gummy Smile: A smile should reveal the least amount of gum tissue possible. Gum tissue visible in the smile line should have balanced, even contours that are in harmony with the upper lip.

Trench Mouth: Necrotizing ulcerative gingivitis, better known as trench mouth, is an acute gingival infection caused by bacterial plaque.
 

Of the Mouth

Bad Breath (Halitosis): Bad breath, otherwise known as halitosis, is a very common oral health issue. Research has determined that bad breath typically originates during open-air interaction with bacteria in the mouth, the nose or the stomach.

Bad Breath Solutions: Good dental hygiene prevents halitosis that originates in the mouth.

Burning Mouth Syndrome: Burning mouth syndrome (BMS) is a chronic, painful condition characterized by burning sensations in the tongue, lips, palate (roof of the mouth), gums, inside of the cheeks and the back of the mouth or throat.

Canker Sores: Canker sores are one of the most common oral conditions affecting people everywhere. Up to 25 percent of the population has these small, painful, persistent sores, with recurrence rates of up to 50 percent.

Dry Mouth Syndrome: Dry mouth syndrome, also known as xerostomia, is a dry, uncomfortable feeling in your mouth that results from a decrease in the amount of your saliva.

Oral Cancer: More than 28,000 cases of oral cancer are diagnosed annually, with more than 7,000 of these cases resulting in death.

Oral Cancer Treatment and Prevention: To treat oral cancer, doctors may administer one or more of three primary treatment modalities: surgery, radiation therapy or chemotherapy.

Oral Herpes: Oral herpes is a common and generally benign viral condition that produces painful and frequently unsightly sores on the lips or adjacent skin.

Oral Thrush: Oral thrush – or oral candidiasis – is a fungal infection of the mouth common among denture wearers, infants and people with weakened or compromised immune systems.
 

Of the Teeth

Dental Plaque: Dental plaque is a sticky, colorless film that continually forms in between and on the surface of the teeth.

Root Canal Procedure: At the first dental visit, you may be prescribed antibiotic treatment for a number of days before the root canal procedure is performed.

Toothache Causes and Solutions: Treatment for toothaches varies significantly depending on the severity of the pain and its cause. Your dentist may advise you to take ibuprofen, acetaminophen or aspirin to dull the pain.

Toothaches: Studies have demonstrated that heart attacks may be signaled by the sensation of pain on the left side of the jaw. Soreness in the jaw and cheekbones or difficulty in chewing may also be the first sign of temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD), a serious maxillofacial condition.

Tooth Decay: Tooth decay is a degenerative oral health condition that results from the breakdown of tooth enamel.

Tooth Pain & Sinuses: Studies have indicated that in many cases, a correlation exists between sinus infections and caries (cavities), impacted wisdom teeth, incomplete dental work, and tooth or crown fracture.
 

Other

Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate: In the United States, an estimated one in 700 babies each year – and possibly as many as one in 500 – are born with one or both of the birth defects known as cleft lip and cleft palate. Meaning “split” or “opening,” clefts are among the most common major birth defects.

Dental Anxiety and Phobia: Dental anxiety and phobia are disorders causing people to avoid dentists and important dental treatments.

Osteonecrosis of the Jaw: “dead jaw syndrome,”is a rare but serious condition involving severe loss or destruction of the jawbone.

Sleep Apnea:. The National Institutes of Health estimate that more than 12 million Americans have sleep apnea, most often undetected or misdiagnosed. Sleep apnea may contribute to high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease and erectile dysfunction, as well as to memory and concentration impairment.

Teeth Grinding: The latest research sees lifestyle reflexes – our ways of dealing with anxiety and stress – as the primary cause of teeth grinding, with sleep disturbances and malocclusion serving as secondary and tertiary causes.

Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ/TMD): Affects the temporomandibular joint, an area that includes the hinge jaw joint and the temporal bone of the skull located in front of each ear, the muscles surrounding the jaw and the jaw itself. The pain and discomfort caused by TMJ disorder may be severe, can be either intermittent or constant and may last for many years.

TMJ Causes, Symptoms and Diagnosis: There are several TMJ disorders, any one of which can result from multiple causes. The most common factor contributing to TMD is a bite problem affecting the joint itself. The most common symptom of TMD is pain in the chewing muscles or jaw joint, the onset of which is typically the first step toward diagnosis.

TMJ Treatments: There are a number of treatment options available to correct TMJ disorder. Your particular TMD treatment should be determined through consultation with a dental professional highly experienced in temporomandibular joint problems. “Conservative” is the key word when it comes to TMJ treatment.

Roughly 45 million Americans experience tooth sensitivity, a condition characterized by a tingly feeling or a flash pinch of pain affecting all teeth, certain areas of certain teeth or all of one or more teeth.

Wisdom Teeth: Wisdom teeth molars typically develop at age 10 and may begin to surface any time during adolescence or in a person's twenties. Impacted wisdom teeth may become painful and problematic, at which point they are often extracted through minor oral surgery.

Bad Breath (Halitosis): Bad breath, otherwise known as halitosis, is a very common oral health issue. Research has determined that bad breath typically originates during open-air interaction with bacteria in the mouth, the nose or the stomach.

Bad Breath Solutions: Good dental hygiene prevents halitosis that originates in the mouth.

Burning Mouth Syndrome: Burning mouth syndrome (BMS) is a chronic, painful condition characterized by burning sensations in the tongue, lips, palate (roof of the mouth), gums, inside of the cheeks and the back of the mouth or throat.

Canker Sores: Canker sores are one of the most common oral conditions affecting people everywhere. Up to 25 percent of the population has these small, painful, persistent sores, with recurrence rates of up to 50 percent.

Dry Mouth Syndrome: Dry mouth syndrome, also known as xerostomia, is a dry, uncomfortable feeling in your mouth that results from a decrease in the amount of your saliva.

Oral Cancer: More than 28,000 cases of oral cancer are diagnosed annually, with more than 7,000 of these cases resulting in death.

Oral Cancer Treatment and Prevention: To treat oral cancer, doctors may administer one or more of three primary treatment modalities: surgery, radiation therapy or chemotherapy.

Oral Herpes: Oral herpes is a common and generally benign viral condition that produces painful and frequently unsightly sores on the lips or adjacent skin.

Oral Thrush: Oral thrush – or oral candidiasis – is a fungal infection of the mouth common among denture wearers, infants and people with weakened or compromised immune systems.
 
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