What Causes Dry Mouth?

Dry mouth can happen to everyone if you are nervous or it can be a side effect of a medication you are taking, but Artistic Touch Dentist wants you to know that if you have constant dry mouth then there might be something wrong. WebMD shares a number of reasons that can cause dry mouth, such as:
  • Side effects of some medicines — more than 400 medicines can cause the salivary glands to make less saliva. Medicines for high blood pressure and depression often cause dry mouth
  • Disease — some diseases affect the salivary glands. Sjögren's Syndrome, HIV/AIDS, diabetes, and Parkinson's disease can all cause dry...
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Prevent Abscesses From Forming With Good Dental Hygiene

There are many things that can happen if you have poor dental hygiene and we want to discuss with you what an abscess is and how it is formed. The experts at Colgate explain that, "an abscess is a limited area of pus formed as a result of a bacterial infection. The body's immune system reacts to the infection, and sends white blood cells to the area to try to get rid of the bacteria. The pus in an abscess is a mixture of live and dead white blood cells, enzymes, and parts of destroyed cells and tissues. When there is no way for pus...
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Know How To Handle Dental Emergencies

We all know what to do in case of certain emergences, like if you accidentally catch on fire you stop, drop, and roll and if someone breaks into the house, you dial 911—but Artistic Touch Dentist wants you to know what to do in case of a dental emergency. The experts at Crest explain that, "unlike a chipped or cracked tooth, some dental hygiene injuries are not obvious. Trauma to the mouth can cause damage that may not be seen, but could result in loss of one or more teeth." So call our office and make an appointment as soon as possible after you have encountered...
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Avoid Painful Problems With Semi-Annual Visits

Gingivitis is one of those dental terms we might throw around when talking to you about the dangers of bad oral hygiene. But what is gingivitis and how exactly do you get it? WebMD defines, gingivitis as, "an inflammation of the gum tissues surrounding the teeth, and is an early stage of gum disease. If left untreated, gingivitis may progress to periodontitis, which can be a major cause of tooth loss in adults." Gingivitis can sometimes be painless and, therefore, people may be unaware they have it. However, seeing our dentists regularly will help you avoid this! "One of the primary factors contributing to gingivitis is plaque...
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Don’t Let Tooth Discoloration Stop You From Smiling

Your teeth can become discolored for many reasons and Artistic Touch Dentist wants want to help you have the healthiest and whitest smile possible. Your teeth can become discolored by stains on the surface or by changes in the tooth material. There are three main types of tooth discoloration explained by Colgate below:
  • Extrinsic discoloration — This occurs when the outer layer of the tooth (the enamel) is stained. Coffee, wine, cola or other drinks or foods can stain teeth. Smoking also causes extrinsic stains.
  • Intrinsic discoloration — This is when the inner structure of the tooth (the dentin) darkens or gets a yellow tint. You can...
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