What are Receding Gums? How to Treat & Prevent Gum Recession

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Gum recession happens when the gum tissue surrounding your teeth wears away or pulls back, exposing more of the tooth, or the tooth’s root. This allows gaps, or “pockets,” to form between your teeth and your gum line, where plaque and bacteria can collect. Left untreated, gum recession can cause cause bone and tooth loss.  Symptoms of Receding Gums Gum … Read More

Wisdom Tooth Removal: What to Expect & Aftercare

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Getting your wisdom teeth removed may not be at the top of your list if they’re not bothering you, but depending on how they’re positioned, they can cause problems for you and your mouth down the road. Wisdom Teeth Problems Sometimes wisdom teeth—the third molars in the very back of your mouth—grow in healthy, fully emerged, and positioned correctly. But … Read More

Different Types of Gum Disease

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Gingivitis (or gum disease) that remains untreated can progress into periodontitis and will eventually cause tooth loss and additional health problems which is why prevention is crucial. Gingivitis is the most tempered kind of periodontal disease. It leads to the gums becoming swollen, red and bleeding easily. There’s typically little or no feelings of discomfort at this degree. Gingivitis is … Read More

Activated Charcoal and Teeth Whitening

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Activated charcoal has been used for centuries for a multitude of purposes including treatment for illnesses and the production of bronze. It has antiseptic properties that ward against diseases and promote overall health. But in recent years, it has become increasingly popular to whiten your teeth. But the question arises, does it whiten your teeth? The answer is yes. Activated … Read More

Are You Grinding Your Teeth?

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So, you’re under a lot of stress lately. You notice your teeth are gradually wearing down. It is likely that you are grinding your teeth at night – or inadvertently during the day. Most people will wake up with jaw pain due to constant movement from bruxism. Bruxism, or tooth grinding, shows apparent damage to teeth. Most likely the rounded … Read More

Are Electric Toothbrushes Really More Efficient?

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Numerous studies have reported that electric toothbrushes help provide better dental health. Some studies looked at the rotating and oscillating effect of electric toothbrushes, and others looked at powered brush heads that just move side to side and don’t rotate. While researchers haven’t found an electric toothbrush that works better than the other, electric toothbrushes do have an edge over … Read More

Don’t Become a Jack-o’-lantern! Stay Away from These Halloween Candies!

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Trick-or-Treat is lots of fun for little ghosts and goblins, and we certainly don’t want to spoil that. But we also don’t want patients to need dental care appointments to address cavities. As such, Dr. G and the staff at Cottonwood Dental recommend avoiding sour candies o Halloween. These contain both sugar and acidic citrus, both of which can damage … Read More

What Causes a Cavity?

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What Causes a Cavity? At Cottonwood Dental, we often get questions about what causes cavities and how to prevent them. Cavities result from tooth decay, which happens in several stages. The good news is that decay is largely preventable with good oral hygiene habits, regular dental visits, and a healthy diet. How Does Teeth Decay? Although cavities are relatively common, … Read More

When Do You Need A Root Canal?

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An intense toothache could be the sign of poor dental health. However, it could also be the sign of an emergency. Tooth pain always has the potential to be related to nerve pain. If you believe that you are either experiencing nerve pain or tooth pain, a root canal may be needed. A root canal is needed when nerves connecting … Read More