1. Extrinsic – This type of discoloration takes place when the enamel (outer layer of the tooth) is stained; cola, wine, coffee or other beverages or foods can discolor teeth, as can smoking, which has been known to cause extrinsic stains.
One of the most unpleasant symptoms of poor oral health comes in the form of bleeding, sore or otherwise swollen gums. Sometimes, there’s nothing quite as annoying as inflamed, sore gums that seem committed to making our entire day miserable… but what’s behind the core causes of these symptoms? Is there anything that can be done to prevent them? What’s the best way to predict they may be coming?
What is gum disease? Also known as periodontal disease, it is classified by most dental professionals as a devastating infection that eventually leads to loss of teeth if not treated. While approaches such as possible surgical intervention, antibiotics and plaque removal have proven quite effective in slowing down the associated infection while restoring diseased tissues, the fact of the matter remains: The more advanced the disease, the more difficult it is to treat. The answer, then, is to understand and acknowledge the warning signs of gum disease before the affliction can grab hold of one’s overall oral health.
Contrary to popular enduring myth, wisdom teeth need not be removed if they’re healthy, grown in completely (what dental professionals call “fully erupted”), positioned correctly and biting properly with their opposite teeth and are able to be cleaned per a daily hygiene regimen. What often happens, however, is that wisdom teeth – representing the third molar package in the very back of your mouth – find themselves without room to grow properly, leading to the common problems we often see. In extreme cases, “erupting” wisdom teeth can jut out at various angles in the jaw, sometimes even horizontally.
Have you ever woken in the middle of the night during a delightful, peaceful sleep to the sound of obnoxious snoring coming from your spouse? Has the virtual growling, snarling and audible cues that suggest this individual may have swallowed a kazoo gotten so bad it seems the walls within your home may crumble at any time? Are you simply fed up with stuffing ear plugs in your canals or wrapping a pillow around your head to no avail?
The person you are sharing a bed with may have what is known as obstructive sleep apnea, a potentially dangerous sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts during this nightly human ritual of rest. There are different types of sleep apnea that exist, but obstructive apnea is by far the most common kind; it occurs specifically when muscles intermittently relax and block the airway during sleep, with the most noticeable sign of this problem being the aforementioned snoring.