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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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3 Steps You Can Take to Help Maintain Healthy Gums

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Focusing on your teeth when cleaning your mouth every day is good, but giving just as much attention to your gums is better! This doesn’t mean aggressively brushing your gums, but you should clean your gums to help maintain healthy gum tissue.

Gums are an integral part of our mouths, helping to support the teeth, protect the tooth roots, and nurture our smiles. How can you maintain healthy gum tissue?

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

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Am I Brushing My Teeth Too Hard? What Are the Signs?

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Brushing your teeth is so important to your oral health, but like most things, there’s a right and a wrong way to do it. Brushing your teeth too hard can hurt your teeth in more ways than you think. How can you know if you’re being too hard on your teeth when brushing?

The following are some signs that you might be harming your smile by brushing a little too aggressively. Don’t ignore them!

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

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Top Oral Care Tips for Seniors

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As we age, our bodies require more care to maintain than they did when we were younger. The same is also true for our oral cavity—this is because our risk for oral cancers and gum disease increases as we age.

Fortunately, taking care of our smiles as we go through life and enter our golden years isn’t all that different from our regular oral care routine, with a few exceptions. Here are our top oral care tips for seniors!

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

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Are You Missing These Important Places When You Brush?

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Brushing your teeth is an important event that should ideally happen two times every day. Although many people are consistent about brushing their teeth, few people brush everywhere they need to in their mouths.

Due to the grooves of teeth and hard-to- reach back teeth, spots get missed and plaque can build up. When plaque isn’t consistently removed, it can turn into tartar, where it will need to be removed by a dentist.

The following are important places you should brush in your mouth that many people miss. Are you missing these places? Read on to find out more!

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

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Can I Get Cavities Under a Filling?

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A filling is supposed to fill in your cavity and protect your tooth from further decay. In larger cavities, fillings can help reinforce the tooth structure and circumvent the need for a root canal. Most of us know that fillings need to be replaced at some point in time—but did you know that cavities can actually happen underneath fillings? Here’s how cavities under fillings can happen,
including what you can do to prevent them!

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

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Dental Specialist Spotlight: What Is a Periodontist?

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A periodontist is still a dentist, but these professionals have an additional three years of training to become specialists in all things related to your gums. This includes the prevention of gum disease, diagnosis of gum disease, and the treatment of gum disease. Sometimes, periodontists will even help patients with the placement of dental implants to ensure the best fit. What else do periodontists do?

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

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