If you’ve recently been taken aback by a gum disease diagnosis, you really shouldn’t be too surprised. According to the CDC, those with periodontal disease have plenty of company with 47.2% of adults 30 and over and 70.1% of adults over age 65 who suffer from gum disease.
The wisdom teeth are a third set of molars that develop later in life, between the ages of 17 and 25. They commonly need to be removed, and wisdom teeth removal has become like a rite of passage for young adults.
As much as you care for your teeth, they can break or chip for a variety of reasons. Sometimes, teeth chip or break while chewing on a hard piece of candy, become damaged playing sports, and often teeth break due to an old amalgam filling weakening the tooth’s structure. However a tooth chips, it’s important to see a dentist right away.
Stress is abundant. Wracked with cluttered schedules, traffic jams, financial burdens, medical worries, and too many electronic screens, no one’s blaming anyone for feeling a bit stressed out.
We don’t want to add to your list of worries, but you might not realize that excessive stress could negatively impact your teeth.
If you’ve always dreamed of making your smile the best it can be, but aren’t sure which cosmetic option is right for you, then Schaffer Dental Excellence can help! Many patients have imperfect smiles that they would like to improve, but they aren’t certain whether porcelain veneers or Invisalign® is the right choice.
Halloween’s an exciting time, and whether you’re dressed as a vampire with fangs or a more benign character, you shouldn’t let your teeth spoil all the fun. That being said, Halloween tends to increase everyone’s sugar intake — not just trick-or-treaters’ — and exposes their teeth and gums to loads of sugars that feed bacteria, which produce acids that break down enamel, causing tooth decay and cavities.
At Schaffer Dental Excellence, we understand choosing a new dentist — especially in an area rich with dental practices, like San Diego — can be challenging and overwhelming. We recommend narrowing the search with a list that can help you select the best dentist.
If you’ve been told you’re grinding or gnashing your teeth or clenching your jaw at night, a condition called sleep bruxism, then you probably do need a night guard.
Ignoring dental problems — whether due to accident, decay, or infection — can lead to serious problems. In the event of a true dental emergency, acting quickly and knowing what to do could mean the difference between saving a tooth and living with permanent damage.
If you experience extreme anxiety around even just the notion of visiting the dentist, you’re not alone. Dental anxiety affects many patients, leading many to neglect their oral health, develop more serious dental problems, and then require dental procedures and care that are much more complicated and expensive than a simple professional cleaning and examination.