The term “root canal” can invoke a bit of anxiety for most people. But do you know exactly what a root canal is and why someone might need one? Learning the basics about this procedure and the scenarios when root canals are needed can help alleviate your stress before heading to the dentist’s office.
As a parent, you know that kids can be unpredictable, but one thing is certain — they grow up fast. Before you know it, those first few baby teeth will begin showing and your little one will have an adorable toothy grin. Soon you’ll be wondering when you should take your child to the dentist for the first time to protect their new smile.
Kids may not be at high risk of getting very sick from COVID-19, but their lives have changed in so many ways during the pandemic.
No matter how devoted you are to at home care, regular exams and professional teeth cleanings are critical. Checkups involve more than a quick peek at your teeth – your dentist will screen you for oral cancer, tooth decay and gum disease. Caught early, these conditions are far easier to manage.
It’s not uncommon for people to lose their sense of taste either completely or partially for a short period of time and very often a problem with your sense of taste will be connected to your respiratory system. Other reasons that your sense of taste may be impaired include:
Foods with naturally-occurring sugar, like fruit, at least has nutritional benefits (rinse with water after eating) but in general, foods with added sugars – such as sodas, sports drinks, breakfast cereal and snack foods – are just a dietary wasteland that will destroy your smile and your health.
Skipping dental checkups and cleanings often result in the need for restorative care, and the longer you avoid the dentist the more likely you are to need expensive, lengthy treatments. If budget constraints are keeping you from seeing your dentist, consider getting a dental plan.
Your mouth’s ecosystem – they call it the “human oral microbiome.” A single mouth can be home to more than 6 billion bacteria, an impressive number when compared to 7.3 billion total human population of earth. Those billions of oral bacteria live in diverse communities, where they go about the business of life.