Common Causes of Gum Disease

CWD EditorOral Health

Gum disease, or periodontal disease, is an infection of the tissues around your teeth. Gum disease affects almost 50% of American adults according to the Center for Disease Control. (https://www.perio.org/consumer/cdc-study.htm) Since this problem is so common, you may be wondering how you can avoid it. Cottonwood Dental has put together this list of some of the most common causes of … Read More

Health Issues Caused by Bad Oral Hygiene

CWD EditorOral Health

Many patients ask, can bad oral hygiene cause health problems? And the answer is yes! Research shows bad teeth and health issues are linked—and poor oral care can have serious consequences for the rest of the body.  Why? Well, without regular brushing, flossing, and dental checkups, bacteria can build up on teeth, triggering infection and inflammation in the mouth. This … Read More

Acid Reflux and Tooth Decay

CWD EditorCommon Dental Issues & Procedures

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), more commonly known as acid reflux, is a very common problem, affecting millions of Americans. Its symptoms include heartburn, nausea, vomiting, and a bitter taste in one’s mouth. As if these symptoms weren’t bad enough, acid reflux disease has also been linked to tooth decay. Here’s a look at the connection between acid reflux and teeth, … Read More

Pregnancy’s Effect on Gums

CWD EditorCommon Dental Issues & Procedures

Pregnancy brings with it a number of symptoms, from cravings and nausea to fatigue and mood swings. While it varies from person to person, swollen, sensitive and bleeding gums are commonly reported by pregnant women. Why does this happen? What can you do about it? The experts at Cottonwood Dental are here to explain! Sensitive, bleeding gums are typically associated … Read More

Lost a Tooth? Maybe an Implant Is Right for You

CWD EditorImplant Dentistry

If you have lost a tooth as an adult, whether as a result of disease, an automotive accident or a sports injury, you might feel shy about smiling. Cottonwood Dental understands your situation. You should know that patients who are looking to boost their confidence and want the feeling of a full set of teeth are often candidates for getting … Read More

Why do Children Lose Their Teeth?

CWD EditorPediatric Dentistry & Children

Have you ever wondered why babies grow teeth, only to lose them just a few years later? Typically, around the age of six or seven, a child will start to lose their “baby teeth” or deciduous teeth. The lost tooth is quickly replaced by a permanent tooth. Why does this process occur? The experts at Cottonwood Dental take a deeper … Read More

Oral Health for Seniors

CWD EditorOral Health

Oral health is important at all ages, but seniors especially should take care to maintain healthy teeth. Cottonwood Dental would like to bring attention to some common dental conditions that present challenges for older adults. Brushing and flossing twice daily is vital since older teeth are more susceptible to decay. The gum line and the area near fillings are more … Read More

Foods for Healthy Teeth

CWD EditorOral Health

Everyone knows that foods rich in sugar can lead to tooth decay, but did you know that certain healthy foods can actually strengthen your teeth and support healthy gums? Our staff at Cottonwood Dental has put together this list of foods that you can enjoy for a healthier mouth. Almonds: Almonds are full of calcium, which is great for your … Read More

Cracked Tooth Syndrome

CWD EditorCommon Dental Issues & Procedures

Sometimes, no matter how well you take care of your teeth, you may experience pain or sensitivity from time to time. Perhaps a tooth will hurt when you bit or chew, maybe only when you bite a certain way or eat certain foods. If it’s not a constant ache like with a cavity or abscess, there’s a good chance this … Read More

Botox Treatment for TMJ Disorder

CWD EditorOral Health

An estimated 10 million Americans are affected by a temporomandibular joint and muscle disorder, a group of conditions commonly referred to as TMJ disorder. These conditions can cause myofascial pain or discomfort, dislocated jaw, or even more serious injuries in some cases. At Cottonwood Dental, we know that the jaw tension and headache pain often associated with TMJ disorder can … Read More