Tag: dental

Diabetes and Oral Health

Diabetes is the seventh most common cause of death in the United States, accounting for more than 87,000 deaths in 2019¹. Unfortunately, diabetes isn’t quite understood by the general population, and many individuals fail to recognize the gravity of the disease on their health.… Continue Reading “Diabetes and Oral Health”

How To Stop The Spread of Cavities in Kids

Why do children get cavities? Are their baby teeth important? How can I stop them from getting cavities?

Understanding Tooth Pain: When Do I Need To Make An Appointment?

The correct answer is every 6 months – prevention is key to identifying disease and making sure gum disease, caries progression, and cancer are caught early. With this in mind, it’s important to understand tooth pain and why it is beneficial to catch it… Continue Reading “Understanding Tooth Pain: When Do I Need To Make An Appointment?”

The Lingual Nerve

The lingual nerve is a part of the mandibular branch of the trigeminal nerve (V3). The lingual nerve provides general sensory information to the floor of the mouth, the lingual mucosa, as well as the anterior 2/3rds of the tongue. What makes the lingual… Continue Reading “The Lingual Nerve”

Extraction of the Maxillary First Premolar

What does the maxillary first premolar look like? The maxillary first premolar has the longest crown of any of the maxillary posterior teeth and has a prominent mesiolingual developmental groove on its mesial side. The maxillary first premolar is single rooted for the first… Continue Reading “Extraction of the Maxillary First Premolar”

Treating a Pregnant Patient

When is it safe to treat a pregnant patient? Pregnancy is divided into trimesters – the first trimester is between 1-12 weeks, the second 13-20 weeks, and the third 20-40 weeks. It is safe to treat a pregnant patient during all three trimesters. Of… Continue Reading “Treating a Pregnant Patient”

How to Diagnose Periodontal Disease

‘Under-treatment may lead to disease progression, over-treatment will lead to loss of attachment’ Dr. David Dunivan, A.T. Still Missouri School of Dentistry and Oral Health The severity of periodontitis is measured by the amount of clinical attachment loss¹ (CAL). A CAL of 1-2 mm… Continue Reading “How to Diagnose Periodontal Disease”

Dr. Angle’s Orthodontic Classification

Who was Dr. Angle? Considered the ‘father of orthodontics,’ Dr. Angle was the first to develop a classification system for orthodontics. According to Dr. Angle, the first molars were the foundation of the arches. The classification system therefore is based off the relationship between… Continue Reading “Dr. Angle’s Orthodontic Classification”

The Evolution of Periodontal Disease

What is gum disease? There are multiple types of gum disease, but we will focus on two of the most common – gingivitis and chronic periodontitis. Gingivitis is a plaque-induced disease of the gums where inflammation is present. Plaque is a material that is… Continue Reading “The Evolution of Periodontal Disease”

Lichen Planus and its Association with Hypothyroidism

What is oral lichen planus? Lichen planus is a common dermatologic disease that affects the oral mucosa caused by an overreaction of T lymphocytes in the immune system. Most patients that present with lichen planus are middle aged, and are more commonly female. The… Continue Reading “Lichen Planus and its Association with Hypothyroidism”