The American Sleep Association tells us that around 10% of US adults grind their teeth (a condition known as "bruxism"), while about 15% of kids in United States do the same. You might think that teeth grinding and jaw clenching are perfectly harmless habits, but think again: they can negatively affect your oral health and more.
Most U.S. adults will develop some form of gum disease at some point in their life, and one of the earliest signs that gum disease may soon appear is a receding gum line. In years past, the only way to correct a receding gum line was through gum graft surgery, which is still the best solution in certain cases. But today, periodontics has been blessed with a new, minimally invasive procedure called the pinhole surgical graft technique.
Perhaps, you have heard the term "crown lengthening" but still aren't quite sure what exactly it is, how it is performed, or whether it is right for you. If so, read on to find out the basics about the dental procedure called crown lengthening.
Gum disease, more professionally referred to as periodontal disease, involves the deterioration and infection of gum tissue and the widening of gaps between gums and teeth. In its most advanced stages, it can lead to tooth loss and other serious health conditions like cardiac disease or an exasperated form of diabetes.
Almost everyone has heard the term "gingivitis" and understands it refers to some form of gum disease, but most do not know the exact definition of gingivitis, and many are not sure what they can do to prevent gum disease or to help reverse its effects. Given the devastating effects gum disease can have if left untreated, it is critical to get at least a basic education on what you can do to fight back against gingivitis.