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The Four Most Common Types of Impacted Wisdom Teeth

Did You Know?  All Impacted Wisdom Teeth are Not Created the Same

 

When a wisdom tooth erupts through the gums and into the open it is known as eruption. However, when a tooth doesn’t fully grow in, it is “impacted” – usually unable to break through the gums because there isn’t enough room.

Many people are quick to assume that when their wisdom teeth are impacted, they require immediate oral surgery. There are four common types of impaction we see at McGann Facial Design. Understanding the different types of impacted wisdom teeth is helpful. Depending on which type you experience, it may or may not require surgery and removal.

 

 

 

Vertical Impaction

Vertical impaction almost never requires wisdom teeth removal since it is an almost …

Coffee Hack: Tips for Getting a (Healthier) Caffeine Fix

Between mountains of whipped cream and caramel drizzles, it can be hard to stay away from sugar at coffee shops. But balance can be found at our favorite coffee chain. Here’s how to order healthy coffee shop drinks:

Choose a Smaller Size The larger your drink, the more sugar you consume. It’s always okay to treat yourself, but treat yourself in moderation. One of the easiest ways to do that is to opt for a smaller size.

Skip the Extras Sweeter coffee selections often include whipped cream, sprinkles, drizzles, syrups, or additional toppings. Caramel drizzle, for example, adds 4 grams of sugar to your drink! Skip them…or at least ask for less.

Ask for Less Syrup Flavored syrup sends already sweet coffee drinks over the edge in sugar content. Did …

Transform Your Smile with Dental Implants

Did You Know? Dental Implants Are a Permanent and Natural Looking Replacement for Lost Teeth

Dental implants are changing the way people live. They are made of titanium posts that are capped with durable, attractive artificial teeth. The implants are surgically placed to your jaw bone, similar to natural tooth roots, making them extremely tough and stable. They perform like natural teeth allowing you to chew foods that you love, smile with ease, and speak with confidence. Dental implants may help preserve the health of your jaw and mouth as compared to other tooth replacement options.

Dental implant surgery is, of course, surgery and is best performed by a trained surgeon with specialized education and training, like Dr. McGann. A 2014 study suggests greater implant success rates when performed by a …

Sports & Dental Health…What You Should Know

Dental Health Can Take a Hit When it Comes to Some Sports

 

Kids and adults who compete in sports are more likely to maintain a healthy weight, have better mental health and develop stronger bones and muscles. But despite the benefits, dental health takes a hit when it comes to some sports.

Here are some of the top smile-harming offenders:

Basketball Many contact sports require players to wear facial protection and mouthguards, but basketball is not always among them. Not wearing a mouthguard makes teeth 5Xs more vulnerable to damage, whether it’s from being hit by the ball or a flying elbow.

Football/Hockey While joint sprains and concussions are the most common injuries out on the field and ice, dental trauma is also frequent. …

How to Prevent Dry Mouth

The Technical Term for Dry Mouth is Xerostomia

 

Have you ever woken up with your mouth feeling like a barren desert? Then you’ve probably experienced dry mouth, although it can be even more severe, making it difficult to speak or even eat. Dry mouth affects a tenth of the population, but why is it such a problem, why does it happen, and what can we do about it?

In The Absence Of Saliva…

Saliva is the mouth’s first line of defense against bacteria, bad breath, and tooth decay. It washes away leftover food particles and neutralizes acids, protecting our teeth and gums. Consequently, when there isn’t enough saliva to perform all of these important tasks, the result is much more serious than just an unpleasant sandpaper feeling.

Easy Ways To Improve Your Dental Health

We’ve all heard that if we want healthy teeth, we should brush twice a day, floss once a day, and schedule regular dental cleaning appointments twice a year. Definitely keep doing those things, but if you want to step up your oral health game, here are a few easy ways to do that.

Replace Your Toothbrush Regularly

One of the simplest ways you can improve your dental health and hygiene is to replace your toothbrush on a regular basis. Vigorous brushing will make the bristles fray and reduce the brush’s cleaning ability, but that’s not the only reason toothbrushes should be replaced often.

A lot of the bacteria we brush off our teeth stays on the bristles of our toothbrushes. Proper storage–meaning storing the toothbrush upright and letting …

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