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What Are Those Bumps? Oral Tori
Unusual shapes and growths can be alarming anywhere in the body. If you’ve noticed hard bumps growing in your mouth, you might have oral tori. What are Oral Tori? Tori (or a single torus) are bumps in the mouth made of bone tissue covered by gum tissue. They grow slowly and some people have them […]Continue Reading »
Why Does My Jaw Hurt?
If your jaw clicks when it opens, or you can’t fully open it, or you have pain in your face and trouble chewing, then you’re among the 15% of Americans who have chronic jaw pain. Your jaw joint is called the temporomandibular joint, or TMJ. The name comes from the jaw’s role to connect your […]Continue Reading »
Could Brushing & Flossing Prevent a Heart Attack?
A lot of healthy lifestyle choices benefit more than one system within your body. Eating well, exercising, good sleep, and fresh air all support a lot of your physical needs. So, it shouldn’t be surprising that what hurts one area of your health can easily hurt another area, too. An important (though less known) connection […]Continue Reading »
This Film Can Wreak Havoc on Your Child’s Smile
We’re not talking about a movie, but a hardened substance on your child’s teeth called tartar or calculus—another slightly confusing term, right? No math equations here, except maybe Plaque + Time = Tartar. That’s right, tartar begins as plaque, which is the accumulation of tiny food particles and bacteria. Our mouths are home to upwards […]Continue Reading »
The Oral-Systemic Link: Risk Factors for Tooth Decay
Did you know the same plaque that decays your teeth can cause major heart problems? What if you could fight plaque and heart failure both by improving your oral health? Dr. Roger Sepich in Saxonburg is here to tell you more! Someone dies from a heart attack every minute, according to the American Heart Association, […]Continue Reading »
Is Flossing Really Necessary?
How do you feel when you see that little plastic floss container in your medicine cabinet? Eagerness to achieve that clean feeling in your mouth? Or regret over a habit you have trouble keeping? Did you get excited about recent headlines saying flossing isn’t necessary? We’re sorry to break the news, but as your oral […]Continue Reading »
Crack Down on Cracked Tooth Syndrome
Cracked tooth syndrome (CTS), also known as cracked cusp syndrome or split tooth syndrome, is a painful condition that results from a crack in one of your teeth. CTS can mean anything from a tiny hairline split in the crown to a fracture that goes all the way to the root. If you have a […]Continue Reading »
Tongue Talk – To Scrape or Not to Scrape?
For such a seemingly small part of your body, the tongue plays a major role in many everyday functions, such as talking, helping you digest and taste food, and swallowing. In fact, the appearance of your tongue may speak volumes (pun slightly intended) about the state of your oral and overall health. Today, Saxonburg dentist, […]Continue Reading »
Can Plaque Cause Tooth Loss?
If you’ve ever gone too long between brushing your teeth, you know how slimy and dirty your teeth can feel. Some people lovingly call this layer of grime “teeth sweaters.” But it has a real name: plaque. Plaque is common but it can cause poor oral health if you ignore it. Read below for more […]Continue Reading »
A Real Nail Biter
We all have those nervous habits we turn to when we feel awkward, stressed, or just plain bored. If your choice vice is biting your nails, you need to know that it can cause a lot of distress on your oral health and overall health. Dr. Roger Sepich and Dr. Andrew Dunlevy share why nail […]Continue Reading »