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What Does an Effective Daily Oral Health Routine Look Like?

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You want to take the best possible care of your teeth for a lifetime of great oral health. Preventing tooth decay and gum disease should be on everyone’s priority list, which makes taking care of your teeth all the more important.

But what does an effective daily oral health routine look like? Is brushing and flossing all there is to it? The following pointers can help you compose the best oral health routine that’ll impress your dentist during your next checkup!

An article by Dr. Sowmya Kanumilli. Originally published by Your Dental Health Resource.

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Is Teeth Whitening Harmful to Your Oral Health?

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It’s estimated that 45 million Americans have had their teeth professionally whitened. This number doesn’t include those who have tried over-the-counter teeth whitening products for their smiles.

With so many people receiving a professional whitening treatment, it’s natural to wonder how this procedure affects your teeth and gums. For those who want a whiter smile and are considering teeth whitening, is this procedure harmful to your oral health?

An article by Dr. Sowmya Kanumilli. Originally published by Your Dental Health Resource.

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What Could Be Causing That Painful Toothache?

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A tooth that’s painful, aching, or sensitive is not something to be ignored. Toothaches can happen for a variety of reasons and it’s hard to know the exact one without help from your professional dentist.

If you’re experiencing symptoms of a toothache, you may have pain accompanied by a persistent bad taste in your mouth, swelling in your face or gum tissue, and even a fever. These are all signs and symptoms that you need to see a dentist as soon as possible.

Here are a few potential causes of your painful toothache that your dentist can evaluate your smile for!

 

An article by Dr. Sowmya Kanumilli. Originally published by Your Dental Health Resource.

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Is Water Floss Better for Your Teeth Than Regular Floss?

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Flossing plays an instrumental role in removing plaque and food debris that gets stuck between your teeth that can contribute to cavities and gum disease. Brushing simply can’t reach the tight spaces between teeth like floss can. It’s why the American Dental Association recommends flossing once per day for best results.

There are many products on the market today that can help you floss. People often find themselves weighing the pros and cons of water floss compared to regular floss. Is there a verdict on which is better for your teeth?

An article by Dr. Sowmya Kanumilli. Originally published by Your Dental Health Resource.

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How to Care for a Tooth After a Root Canal?

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A root canal is a procedure done by an experienced dentist or an endodontist, a specialist at saving natural teeth. During root canal therapy, damaged or infected nerve tissue is removed from the center of the tooth, enabling the patient to keep their natural tooth and avoid an extraction.

Root canal therapy can help restore a weakened or damaged tooth. During your procedure, your tooth will be numbed and your dentist will clean out the affected tissue and seal your tooth, therefore helping to prevent any further problems. But what can you expect after the procedure? Here’s how to care for a tooth after a root canal.

An article by Dr. Sowmya Kanumilli. Originally published by Your Dental Health Resource.

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What Is a Dental Abscess, and How Is It Treated?

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A dental abscess is the result of an infected tooth or may be the result of severe gum disease. The abscess itself—which is a swollen area typically filled with pus—forms at the root of the tooth that’s infected. A dental abscess is usually painful and will require treatment as soon as possible.

But how exactly is a dental abscess treated? Your dentist may recommend the following treatment options depending on how severe your tooth abscess is.

An article by Dr. Sowmya Kanumilli. Originally published by Your Dental Health Resource.

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Tongue Discoloration: Symptoms, Causes, and Treatments

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It can be alarming to notice that your tongue is a different color than you remember—in some cases, the difference is subtle; others, dramatic.

Tongue discoloration happens when papillae—the structures that give the tongue its texture on the surface—become discolored. Discoloration of the tongue can happen for a variety of reasons, and its treatment will depend on the cause.

What are the symptoms, causes, and treatments of tongue discoloration that you should know about?

An article by Dr. Sowmya Kanumilli. Originally published by Your Dental Health Resource.

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How to Decrease Swelling After Wisdom Tooth Removal

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Getting your wisdom teeth removed is a very common procedure that the majority of people have done. Your wisdom teeth—also called your third molars—don’t erupt until some people are nearing the end of their teenage years, and for others still, the teeth may not make an appearance until the early 20s.

Wisdom tooth removal is usually done by an oral surgeon and will take a few days for you to begin feeling better. In those first hours and days after your wisdom tooth removal, how can you reduce swelling?

An article by Dr. Sowmya Kanumilli. Originally published by Your Dental Health Resource.

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Healthy Summer Snacks Your Teeth (And Your Kids) Will Love

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With the summer upon us, it’s time to enjoy many of the wonderful foods that this season has to offer. If you’re looking for snacks that will nourish your body as well as your teeth, you have plenty of options.

Whether you want to help your kids take better care of their oral health or if you just want to enjoy some teeth-friendly snacks, the following options are sure to make your summer (and your smile) shine all season long!

An article by Dr. Sowmya Kanumilli. Originally published by Your Dental Health Resource.

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How Can Tooth Bonding Improve My Smile?

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Tooth bonding involves the use of a tooth-colored material called composite resin. This material has many applications in dentistry. It’s pliable to form practically any shape, and can be customized to match the color of your teeth. Once bonded to your teeth, it’ll need to be maintained, but is considered a permanent solution to your smile.

What is tooth bonding used for at your dentist’s office, and how can it improve your smile? Here are a few of the ways tooth bonding can help restore your pearly whites!

An article by Dr. Sowmya Kanumilli. Originally published by Your Dental Health Resource.

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