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Why Oral Health Matters for Seniors

No matter your age, you need your teeth in order to talk, eat, and smile with confidence. As we get older, it can get harder to manage our oral health, especially if we didn’t properly maintain it while we’re younger, but it’s still important for seniors to take care of their teeth in order to maintain optimal overall health. Staining Smoking, eating and drinking acidic foods and beverages, experiencing dental trauma, and taking certain medications can all lead to weakened and damaged ... Read more

How to Combat Gingivitis

One of the most common dental problems that dentists must treat is gum disease. Gingivitis is the early stage of gum disease, with symptoms including red, swollen, and bleeding gums; receding gums; and bad breath. What exactly causes gingivitis, and what are the best ways to fight it? Causes of Gingivitis Risk factors for gingivitis range from taking certain contraceptives to genetics, but the most common cause of gum disease is a buildup of plaque, which is the layer of bacteria that coats ... Read more

Are X-Rays Safe?

You’ve heard about the dangers of radiation exposure from X-rays so maybe you're wondering why your dentist wants you to have X-rays of your teeth. What Is a Dental X-Ray? A dental X-ray is an X-ray of your teeth and gums. As you sit back in the dental chair, your dentist will take a series of X-rays of your teeth and gums at different angles over the span of a few minutes. All you have to do is wear the lead vest they ... Read more

Can Gums Grow Back?

Although we place a lot of emphasis on keeping our teeth clean, it's important to also keep our gums clean too. Gum disease affects millions of Americans every year and can lead to painful tooth decay and loss, not to mention it also has a negative impact on your overall health. Gum Recession Gums are the soft connective tissue that anchor teeth in place. They are the protective layer between your teeth and the rest of your body. The reason why it’s ... Read more

How Does Sugar Affect my Teeth?

Candy corn and skittles and chocolates, oh my! Halloween can be a difficult time for many dentists due to the increase in cavities as a result of candy consumption. At Silver Sage Family Dentistry, we aim to educate our patients on the effects of sugar on their teeth so they can make their own educated choices about their candy consumption. After all, a few M&Ms or gummy worms here and there won’t hurt – but overindulging your sweet tooth and neglecting ... Read more
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