The Trouble with Gingivitis

young man thinkingGingivitis, otherwise known as gum disease, starts when there is a growth of bacteria within your mouth. If it goes untreated, it can lead to tooth loss and the destruction of your gums and jawbone. Gingivitis comes before periodontitis; however, not all patients with gingivitis need to experience severe gum disease if the condition is treated in time.

How Does Gingivitis Occur?

There are quite a few reasons why you may develop gingivitis. While gingivitis is primarily caused by bacteria found in dental plaque, other factors can significantly increase your risk, including; hormonal changes due to pregnancy, menopause, and other factors, which can affect the healthy cell functions of your gums and oral tissues People with diabetes have a harder time dealing with infections as their bodies heal a lot slower than normal, making them prone to higher risks of developing dental diseases, such as periodontal diseases. (more…)

What Is Dry Mouth?

water in a desertDry mouth is a symptom caused by a decrease in the amount of saliva produced. When dry mouth occurs, there is not as much saliva to help digest your food and clean your mouth. In the drier environment, oral bacteria may grow more easily inside of your mouth and possibly increase the risk of developing gingivitis and/or tooth decay, which may lead to tooth loss if left untreated. (more…)

Missing Teeth? Why You Should Consider Dental Implants

consideringIf you or someone you know has lost one or more teeth with age, or to an underlying dental problem, you might understand the impact that missing teeth can have on your quality of life. Nevertheless, many patients (even those without a full set of teeth) don’t realize that tooth loss isn’t a natural part of aging, and when it occurs, its effects can significantly undermine the rest of your oral health. As dedicated restorative dentists in Shrewsbury, Dr. Todd Pizzi and Dr. Luciana Messina have helped many patients overcome the issues associated with tooth loss by replacing their lost teeth with an appropriate number of dental implants. (more…)

How to Fix Your Gummy Smile

beautiful even smileYour teeth are a natural focal point when considering your smile. Are they the right color? Are they straight? Are they too long, or too short? Your smile, however, consists of more than just your teeth, and the shape, length, and alignment of your gums can greatly influence its appearance. A gummy smile can make your teeth appear improperly sized and/or aligned, even if they’re perfectly shaped. With the help of a highly-skilled, onsite periodontist, your Shrewsbury dentists, Dr. Pizzi and Dr. Messina, can reshape your gum line to let your best smile shine through. (more…)

Why You Should Worry About Crooked Teeth

concept of straight teethMany people are unhappy with their smiles due to one or more crooked teeth, but as older teens and adults, may not be much more comfortable with the idea of wearing metal braces for a few years to correct them. If crowded, uneven, overlapping, and protruding teeth were merely a cosmetic concern, then the debate about the pros of straight teeth versus the cons of metal braces wouldn’t be an especially significant one. The truth is, however, that such a decision is weighed down by the fact that uneven teeth can pose a serious risk to your oral health if left unchecked. In our quest to help all of our patients reach the pinnacle of their oral health, Shrewsbury dentists, Dr. Pizzi and Dr. Messina, offer discrete orthodontic options, such as Invisalign® and ClearCorrect® clear braces, to eliminate most of the aesthetic concerns associated with traditional braces. (more…)

The Truth About Teeth Whitening

straight and happy smileIf you feel like your smile isn’t as white as it could be, or you become embarrassed when smiling due to teeth discoloration or stains, teeth whitening may be the solution for you. A dazzling smile doesn’t just appear. It requires oral hygiene maintenance at-home and in-office. Regular dental checkups and cleanings along with brushing, flossing, and mouthwash all reduce the chance of disease, decay, and organic wear to your teeth, gums, and other soft tissues in the mouth. (more…)

The Easiest Ways to Lose a Tooth

older woman covering her mouthFrom bad breath to stained teeth, from tooth-destroying decay to gum inflammation and disease, there are a wide number of issues that can affect your smile’s health, integrity, and appearance. Nevertheless, there are very few conditions that can affect your long-term dental health, as well as your overall quality of life, with the same severity as tooth loss. Once you lose a tooth, it will not grow back, and restoring your good oral health will rely on effectively replacing it. Fortunately, you can reduce your risk of permanent tooth loss by understanding the common reasons behind it, and taking proper precautions through good hygiene and dental care. (more…)

The Loving Relationship Between Milk and Teeth

woman drinking a glass of milkMost people are aware that your dietary habits greatly influence the state of your oral health. After all, everything you eat and drink enters your body through your mouth, and without diligent care and maintenance, many of these substances can contribute to destructive dental diseases like tooth decay and gum disease. However, not everything in your meals is detrimental to your oral health; some foods and drink can actually benefit you’re the health of your smile. For instance, milk, which is known for improving the health and strength of your bones, can also be crucial to the health and strength of your teeth. Your Shrewsbury dentists, Dr. Pizzi and Dr. Messina, explain how milk benefits your oral health, and why your teeth thank you for drinking it. (more…)

Unveiling the Point of Your Dental Checkups

teeth cleaning instrumentsSince childhood, most people have learned how to brush and floss their teeth, and the point of doing so every day. However, besides spending a few minutes at the sink with your toothbrush and floss, effective hygiene also requires professional dental attention every once in a while (as often as your dentist recommends). The point of routine dental checkups and cleanings is to ensure that your toothbrush and floss are doing their job, as well as to intercept trouble early in case your dental hygiene at home isn’t 100% effective. (more…)

FAQs About Dental Crowns

portrait of guyDental crowns are a popular choice for patients who need to reinforce a weak tooth or cover a severely-blemished one. As fabricated replicas of your tooth’s natural crown (top portion), dental crowns are an invaluable resource, and with expert craftsmanship and an artful eye, your Shrewsbury dentists, Dr. Todd Pizzi and Dr. Luciana Messina, offer lifelike dental crowns that look and function as well as the real thing. Today, they answer some of your frequently-asked questions about dental crowns and what the modern marvels can accomplish. (more…)