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The Ins and Outs of Gum Recession

Hello Team Dental Blog Followers!  It’s Lea! The Team Dental Northern Liberties Hygienist. This week, I wanted to discuss Gum Recession. This is conclusively the number one reason for sensitivity that I and many other fellow hygienists have noted over the years. In order to understand why recession causes sensitivity, let’s discuss the tooth. The…

Does Oral Piercing Have Any Negative Health Side Effects?

Thinking of getting an oral piercing? I advise against it. I made a previous post about this but I wanted to show how the piercing can affect the gums. If you notice, the gums have receded where the piercing is constantly rubbing against them. This exposed the root of the tooth. Gums do not grow…

Welcome to the launch of the Team Dental Blog!

T Minus Zero… We have ignition and liftoff! This project has been a long time in the making, and we are officially ready and very excited to get this off the ground! We all know what a blog is, but why create a dental blog? The Team Dental Blog will provide a place for us…

Are You Long In the Tooth? (and I Don’t Mean Your Age!)

Our teeth are pretty important. They help us speak, eat, and give us confidence when we smile.  The gum tissue surrounding them is just as important, as it helps protect our teeth from bacteria entering where they don’t belong and helps protect our roots from damage. “Long-appearing teeth” can be a sign of gingival recession….

February is American Heart Month

February is American Heart Month, a great time to commit to a healthy lifestyle and making small changes that can lead to a lifetime of heart health.  Heart disease claims approximately 610,000 lives each year, making it the #1 killer of both men and women in the United States. Most people are aware of the…

Snapshot: Public Health and Oral Care

Given my background, I felt it’s appropriate to discuss oral cancer public health efforts for the first post. Amidst the uncertainty surrounding a potential repeal of the Affordable Care Act, public health efforts have been minimally discussed. Healthcare is a (shaky) pillar of our GDP – roughly 17%. Key Stats: Healthcare accounts for about 17%…

How to Screen For Oral Cancer

Hi! Here’s my mouth! I saw an interesting post on my feed this morning and I thought it could benefit everyone. As I’ve mentioned before, if you go to the dentist every 6 months you should be receiving an intra-oral examination from your hygienist as an oral cancer screening tool. I will explain in more…