Whiter, brighter teeth are on the top of everyone’s smile wish list – and for good reason! White teeth look young and healthy. The good news is that teeth whitening is one of the cheapest and easiest ways to improve your smile, and the results are almost immediate. If you’re already taking good care of your oral health, whitening your teeth will truly put the polish on all of your efforts. Read more ›
Accidents are never planned and rarely anticipated, but good dental care is always ready and available 24/7. Like all medical emergencies, dental emergencies require quality care, and fast! Here’s what to do if you think you have a dental emergency on your hands.
What is a Dental Emergency?
If you are in a lot of pain or have experienced trauma that puts your oral health at risk, you should seek emergency dental treatment immediately. Sports impact, chewing hard food, using teeth as scissors, and infections can all cause a dental emergency.
Pain and swelling, discoloration of gums or teeth, or a broken or knocked out tooth should send you to the dentist immediately. Dental emergencies can lead to complicated health issues if left untreated.
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It’s often said that a true friend will tell you if you have bad breath. Bad breath, formally known as halitosis, is embarrassing and can hold you back from truly enjoying your life and social situations. Like good friends, Dr. Muse & Dr. Moss in Lafayette will tell it to you straight. Read more below to determine what to do about your bad breath.
Is Bad Breath Normal?
Yes. Sorry. But some bad breath is just unavoidable. Moderate and occasional bad breath is caused by the normal breakdown of foods for digestion. Most people don’t wake up with minty fresh breath because bacteria build up in your mouth overnight while you are sleeping. Keep normal bouts of bad breath at bay with good oral hygiene, by drinking plenty of water, and by chewing sugar-free gum containing xylitol. Read more ›
Cold sore. Fever blister. Herpes simplex virus-1. These babies go by a lot of different names, but the experience is always the same:
- Tell-tale burning or itching near the lip
- Red bump appears a day or so later
- Bump becomes a cluster of blisters
- Blisters dry up and scab over
- The scab falls off
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Good News for Grown Ups
“Adulting” can be hard. Between rent, bills, kids, a career, and other responsibilities, it can be hard to make time for yourself. But independence, parenting, fulfilling work, and the wisdom that comes with age can be pretty fantastic, too. So how does your oral healthcare fit into a grown-up lifestyle?
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Nicknamed for the fact that they come into your mouth (and your life) by the time you are finally mature and supposedly “wise” wisdom teeth are simply molars in the far back of your mouth.
Whether or not these molars cause you problems is anyone’s guess, but if you’re experiencing some specific pain in your gums and jaw, you may be wondering if you have impacted wisdom teeth.
Drs. Muse & Moss take care of wisdom teeth from all around Lafayette! Let us tell you more about impacted wisdom teeth and what to do if you have them.
What are Impacted Wisdom Teeth?
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Someone once said, “Do not regret growing older. It is a privilege denied to many.” How true!
It can be disorienting and frustrating to watch your health change with age, but you don’t have to accept poor oral health and tooth loss as just a part of the game. On the contrary, your oral health is just as important now as ever, and it’s linked closely with your overall health and wellness. Read more ›
What is Gum Disease?
The short answer: gum disease is a common gum infection that can become very problematic if left untreated, but you can prevent it!
The long answer: All over your body, tissues have a self-defense mechanism called “inflammation.” When bacterium builds up in your mouth, your gum tissue will inflame to try and kill it. Inflammation in your gums is called gingivitis. Gingivitis looks like red, soft, and sore gum tissue.
Over time, gingivitis can lead to more troublesome gum disease (called periodontitis) that can grow even deeper and start to harm the bones of your teeth and jaw. Severe gum disease can wreak havoc in your mouth. Pregnant women need to be especially careful because gum disease is linked with pre-term births and low birth weight. Read more ›
There is a law of nature that “function follows form.” It’s a saying that means how something looks actually determines how it works.
For example, you may own many screwdrivers of different sizes and shapes (form) to loosen all different kinds of screws (function). Think of a watering can with a long spout that’s perfect for pouring water right where you want it, versus one with a broad spout to cover large areas more quickly. Read more ›
Temporomandibular joint dysfunction is a really long name … so let’s call it TMJ. Ah, yes, that’s right, now the name is more familiar! You’ve heard it before. Maybe even some lingering pain in your chewing muscles and bones has you wondering if you’ve got it.
TMJ dysfunction is sometimes called TMD, TMJD, or TMJ Syndrome if there seems to be a collection of related issues with your jaw. Dr. Danielle Decou Muse DDS and Dr. Samuel R. Moss DDS are here to tell you more about TMJ and what to do if you’ve got it.
What is TMJ?
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