20 Mar

Oral Hygiene and Heart Disease

When you think about oral hygiene, it’s easy to assume that it only impacts the health of your teeth and gums. However, poor oral hygiene has a more widespread impact on your body than you might think. In fact, people who don’t keep up with their oral health can develop a higher risk of heart disease. 

The Connection Between Gum Disease and Heart Disease

Gum disease is linked to heart disease, making oral hygiene an essential practice for keeping your heart healthy. People who have moderate or advanced gum disease are at a heightened risk for heart disease than those who don’t have gum disease.  Read More

10 Mar

Tooth Sensitivity Myths

Tooth sensitivity is an oral concern that affects many dental patients. As a common issue among people of all ages, tooth sensitivity is widely discussed among patients and dental professionals alike. This means that tooth sensitivity, as is the case with many popular health topics, has many myths surrounding it. 

Here, we’ll debunk prevalent tooth sensitivity myths so that you can tell facts from fiction. With proper care from your dental team here at Lowry & Obrochta Dentistry, you can find relief from tooth sensitivity and protect your long-term oral health.  Read More

20 Feb

What You Need To Know About Dry Mouth

Dry mouth, which is also called xerostomia, is a condition impacting the salivary glands. In patients with dry mouth, the salivary glands produce insufficient volumes of saliva. 

While you may not think about it often, saliva is essential for digestion and oral health. It softens the foods that you eat so that they can be effectively processed by the digestive system. Saliva also acts as an important line of defense against tooth decay and gum disease. This illustrates that while dry mouth itself isn’t a major medical concern, it can lead to significant oral health problems. 

Understanding dry mouth can help you avoid its causes and receive proper treatment if you experience this oral condition.  Read More

10 Feb

Best Practices To Achieve Optimal Oral Health

Your oral health impacts not only the beauty of your smile, but also the wellbeing of your entire body. Maintaining optimal oral health is a lifelong practice that requires care and thoughtfulness. Once you integrate positive oral habits into your daily routine, you’ll be well on your way to preserving the health of your teeth and gums. 

Brush, Floss, and Water-Pick

When it comes to your oral health, the simplest tasks are often the most important. Brushing and flossing your teeth, as well as using a water-pick, are crucial daily tasks to complete for the health of your mouth.  Read More

20 Jan

What to Do If a Crown Becomes Loose or Falls Out

Most people don’t know what to do if their crown becomes loose or falls out. This happens more often than you might think. It can be pretty shocking as it usually happens spontaneously while eating. If you start feeling a problem with your crown, it’s important to see dental care as soon as possible to decrease the likelihood of expensive crown repairs or a new tooth restoration.

Contact your dentist as soon as your crown becomes loose.

If your crown comes away from your tooth and loosens, it’s likely to cause some significant discomfort. In addition, when a crown is loose, bacteria in your spit is getting under it and can cause a cavity. That crown protects your tooth from bacteria and prevents sensitivity when sealed. Seeing a dentist before it falls out completely can save you money and discomfort. Read More

10 Jan

Advantages of a Crown Restoration vs. an Extraction

Do you have a severely broken, decayed, or infected tooth? If so, the tooth pain may be severe enough for you to consider drastic measures. Often, people have teeth extracted when they think their tooth is too far gone. However, in many instances your tooth can be saved and kept intact for 10-15 more years.

What is a crown?

A crown is a porcelain covering custom fit to your tooth’s shape to give it the appearance of a whole tooth while also protecting the damaged tooth from further breakage. The crown is a more permanent solution than simple fillings, and it is able to be done even if up to two-thirds of your tooth is missing or broken off.  Read More

20 Nov

Difference Between a Full Mouth of Dental Implants and a Hybrid Implant Denture

Dental implants sound like a great replacement for lost teeth, but the idea of having an entire mouth full of implants isn’t appealing to most people. On the other hand, young people who have lost their teeth due to certain conditions or health issues may not want to accept having a removable denture that can lead to embarrassing moments.

But there is a solution that lies between the two: a Hybrid Implant Denture. Read More

10 Nov

The Surprising Truth: Dental Crowns Don’t Last Forever

When you visit your dentist for an expensive dental restoration, you expect that the investment is going to last you quite some time, if not be a permanent solution; but rarely are any tooth restorations completely permanent. 

One of the most common myths is that dental crowns are permanent and never need to be replaced. This could not be further from the truth. In fact, the only dental appliance that never has to be replaced is a dental implant. Even the crown covering the implant post will need to be replaced eventually.  Read More

10 Sep

Would You Rather a Full Mouth of Dental Implants or Dentures? Why Not Both?

Are you missing so many of your teeth that you are better off without them? There are several medical conditions that can lead your teeth to decay and the need to be removed. In addition, lifestyle can also play a large role. Those who do not get regular dental treatments are at more risk of decay.  Having multiple missing teeth is an unfortunate situation to be in. Today you have two choices to replace your teeth entirely — traditional dentures, dental implants, or both.

Both? Really? Read More