The world of the microbiome is a strange and blindingly new place. With science in every area evolving at a rapid pace, it's easy to see why scientists are eager to dive into this new frontier and learn as much as possible. However, when looking at the mouth as a kind of microbiome, new questions (and new problems) can arise about the bacteria that outnumber human cells more than 10 to 1.
When most people think of visiting the dentist, they think of all the traditional dental services that their family dentist provides on a regular basis: thorough cleanings, fluoride treatments, cavity fillings, and so forth. However, dentists also offer a wide variety of cosmetic dental treatments that can improve your smile and boost your confidence. Take a look below at four types of cosmetic dental procedures to see if one might be the perfect fit for you.
Caring for dentures if you have arthritis can be challenging, but it certainly isn't impossible. Here is a look at why proper denture care is so important and tips on taking care of your dentures when you have arthritis:
The Importance of Denture Care
Unfortunately, people with arthritis and many other chronic diseases struggle with related oral issues. They take longer to heal after procedures, and plaque tends to build up in their mouths more easily.
Many people dread getting braces, usually because they are worried about the way that the braces will affect their appearance. However, there are alternatives to traditional braces that can help you straighten your teeth without having to deal with metal braces. Two alternatives to consider are low-visibility braces and aligners.
Clear braces are one of the most popular low-visibility braces and are a great alternative to traditional braces. Now, clear braces do not mean that your braces are going to be completely invisible, just that they are going to be much harder to notice.
If you notice a large bony bump in your mouth along the gum line that wasn't always there, it may be cause for concern. While all new lesions in the mouth should be checked by a dental professional, there is one that is both normal and benign: the torus. Read on to find out about this oral phenomenon and how it affects your dental care.
What Is a Torus?
A torus (plural: tori) is a bony growth that can occur along the upper or lower gumline near the tongue.