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Troublesome Wisdom Teeth

Troublesome Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth are the third set of molars, at the very back of your mouth. Appearing in your late teens or early twenties, these teeth are often misaligned, meaning that they are coming in at odd angles. If this happens, they can interfere with the rest of your teeth, which is why they often need to be removed.

Why Are Wisdom Teeth Troublemakers?

Having wisdom teeth removed is often a rite of passage, something most people have to go through during the high school or early adulthood years.  If wisdom teeth come in too close to your other teeth, they can crowd your teeth, causing damage and increasing the risk of tooth decay. Poorly positioned wisdom teeth can also trap plaque and debris, resulting in cavities and infection.

Another complication that is often seen with wisdom teeth is impaction.  An impacted tooth is one that is permanently stuck within the jawbone or under the gum line. Impacted Wisdom teeth can lead to infection, tooth decay, and gum disease

What Can Be Done About Wisdom Teeth?

Your dentist will monitor the growth and progress of your wisdom teeth.  X-rays help determine the position of these teeth showing if they will be crooked, impacted, or will cause other problems.  If necessary, these teeth should be removed.

If you have any questions about wisdom teeth, please contact us. You can reach us at (514) 364-3366 or click here to visit our website. Also be sure to visit our Facebook page to keep up with information that affect your dental health and wellness.

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Oral Health and Overall Health

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Did you know that good oral health can improve your overall health, reduce your risk of serious disease, and help preserve your memory in your golden years? Here are six ways that good oral health can affect your overall health:

1. Lower Risk of Heart Disease:
Long-term gum disease has been associated with heart disease, blocked blood vessels, and stroke. Keeping your mouth healthy can help protect your heart.

2. Preserve Memory:
Studies show that gingivitis (swollen, bleeding gums) can affect your memory skills. If you have gingivitis, visit your dentist today. The damage in your mouth can be reversed.

3. Increase Confidence and Self-Esteem:
A healthy mouth helps you look younger, sleep better, and feel happier. A mouth filled with decayed teeth and gum disease can lead to bad breath, which can impact your confidence and self-esteem.

4. Healthy, Full-Term Pregnancy:
Hormone changes associated with pregnancy increase the risk of gum disease and gum inflammation. Maintaing a healthy oral care routine during this time can help reduce the chances of preterm, low-birth-weight babies.

5. Reduce Risk of Infection and Inflammation:
Studies suggest that the infection and inflammation associated with rheumatoid arthritis can come from the mouth. Keeping your mouth healthy can protect the connective tissues in other parts of the body.

6. Keep Blood Sugar Stable:
Gum disease and diabetes are invariably linked. With all of the bacteria in your mouth, it can be increasingly difficult to control blood sugar levels. Visiting your dentist regularly can help keep your diabetes and blood sugar in check.

Don’t neglect your oral health. Deal with any oral care issues before they can negatively affect your overall health.

If you have any questions or concerns about your oral health, please contact our office at (514) 364-3366 or click here to visit our website. Also, be sure to visit our Facebook page to keep up with information that affect your dental health and wellness.

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