Archive for April, 2018
What is dry mouth? Dry mouth or xerostomia is a condition in which the salivary glands do not function properly. In some cases, there is some limited salivary flow. In others, there is no salivary flow at all. At rest (when not eating), your body is supposed to produce more than 1/10mL of saliva per […]
High Risk for Teeth Grinding
What is Bruxism? Bruxism is the medical term for the grinding of teeth or the clenching of jaws. Bruxism often occurs during deep sleep or while under stress. Clenching and/or grinding the teeth can be a subconscious act, meaning you are unaware that you are doing it. Many people clench or grind their teeth when […]
April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month!
Cancer is a disease caused by uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells in a part of the body. Oral cancer is a type of cancer in which these abnormal cells originate in the mouth. Cancer is classified by the original site of abnormal cells. Oral cancer kills approximately one person every hour in the United States. […]
What Does It Mean to be High Risk for Gum Disease?
What is Gum Disease? Gum disease, referred to as periodontal disease, is a disease that affects the structures supporting the teeth, including both the gums and the jawbone. Its primary cause is bacterial buildup on the teeth, and some people have a higher risk due to genetic factors, systemic disorders (such as diabetes), and habits […]