I am proud to say that I have all my own teeth at the age of 65. While that may not sound unusual to some people, everyone in my family who is my age or older wears dentures. I always tell people that that flossing is the key to good dental health. I have arthritis in my hands, but I don't let it keep me from flossing every day. My trick is to use those little "flossers" you can buy at the drug store. They have plastic handles floss stretched out on top of the handle. These make flossing easier on days when my arthritis is acting up. I started this blog to let other people know that they can keep their teeth healthy into old age when they take care of them. If you have hand pain, find ways to make flossing easier, like I did.
7 January 2015
Kaposi's sarcoma is a type of oral cancer that is usually only seen in people who have compromised immune systems. It can sometimes develop after transplant surgery, but usually, it's associated with HIV infection. If you have HIV, you need to be aware of this condition since you may develop it. Here's what you need to know about this rare cancer. What causes Kaposi's sarcoma? Kaposi's sarcoma is caused by a type of herpes virus called HHV-8.
30 December 2014
Finding out that your young child has decay inside a molar baby tooth can be shocking to many parents, and this type of problem is something that will require treatment. Your child's dentist is likely to spot this problem during a normal checkup, and the dentist will tell you what you should do. There are several different ways to fix this problem, and it is definitely an issue that should be addressed sooner rather than later.
29 December 2014
Does your significant other banish you to the couch at night because your snoring is really loud? It may be simple snoring and you're just really good at it. Or, it could be an indicator of sleep apnea, which can be serious if left untreated. The following is an explanation of sleep apnea and a listing of treatment alternatives, some of which can be found at specially certified dentists' offices.
29 December 2014
On December 20, 2014, Dr. Per-Ingvar Branemark, the surgeon responsible for the modern titanium implant, passed away. His work contributed greatly to bone-grafted implants in all fields of medicine, but it is especially important to dentistry, as the titanium implant has created a beneficial solution to lost teeth that not only allows patients to chew and talk properly, but also prevents long-term bone and gum loss in the jaw. Still, 64 years after Dr.