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April 18, 2018

Reasons for Toothaches

Toothaches are a dreadful pain that no one wishes to experience. No matter how conscientious you are about your dental hygiene, at some point in your life, you will probably be faced with dental discomfort. Here are reasons why you could be experiencing a toothache:

Tooth Decay

The most common reason most people go through the agony of a toothache is simply that of tooth decay from improper brushing or flossing. In order for the tooth to feel pain, the decay has to reach the inner layer of the tooth, called the dentin. When decay comes into contact with the dentin, the tooth becomes extremely sensitive and a cavity can develop. Cavities need to be quickly addressed because it can lead to bigger dental issues.

Tooth Abscess

When tooth decay is not properly taken care of, it advances to the point of affecting the root under the tooth. When the root becomes infected, it results in a torturing pain that makes it hard to carry on with your daily life. This is very se

February 8, 2018

The dental community has been developing an awareness over the last several years about just how crucial your oral health is to the systemic health of your body. Research largely suggests that poor dental hygiene can lead to bacteria entering the bloodstream that could link to serious and even life-threatening consequences. Your Charleston dental team at Cannon Park wants you to be informed on the links between oral and bodily health. We believe that a patient’s understanding of this information can lead to better care both in and out of the office. Here’s what we know: The links between oral and overall health are centered around periodontal disease. Research shows that inflammation from periodontal disease increases your risk of vascular disease. A link exists between the pathogens associated with periodontal disease and your vascular system. The research tells us that these pathogens (the disease-causing bacteria) can bind to the cells that make up inner-lining arteries and break them down. This makes it easier for other bacteria to invade the walls of your arteries. As a result of t

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January 3, 2018

A new year is full of new possibilities and new opportunity, a time to put away the old and bring in the new. It can be hard to tackle new challenges when old ones are still holding you back. If bad breath has been a problem for you, check out our tips on how to conquer it!

Eat Your Veggies

A healthy diet that includes vegetables is not only important for the health of your teeth and body, it also helps combat bad breath. Healthy diets reduce the amount of ketones in your stomach which can travel up with your breath and cause odor. Greens help balance your stomach acid which leads to better breath.

Drink Lots of Water

Lower your intake of sugary drinks like sport drinks, soda and juices. Sugar and preservatives in these drinks aren’t good for your teeth and can increase plaque and bacteria that create bad breath. Water naturally washes away these bad breath bacteria. Drinking enough water also keeps your mouth from becoming too dry, which can also cause

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December 7, 2017

In one of our November blogs, we mentioned that 30-40 million Americans avoid the dentist every year because of dental fears, anxieties and phobias. This number is staggering, and at Cannon Park, we believe that everyone should make their oral health a priority. As the new year approaches, consider taking your oral health seriously as a New Year’s resolution. If you are one of these 40 million Americans who has been avoiding the dentist, we hope these tips will help you. Take a look!

Admit Your Fears

The first step to overcoming a fear is admitting you have one. Looking into yourself to understand your fear of the dentist is important. It will help you come to terms with the fear and possibly hel

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October 6, 2017

You’ve heard it a million times from your mom and your dentist: floss your teeth every night before bed. Yet 1 in 3 Americans adults never floss their teeth. Although you can’t always see the immediate results from flossing, failure to floss can result in serious dental health problems. The following are just a few of the many benefits associated with flossing:

Cleans your entire tooth

Although brushing your teeth is important, even the best of toothbrushes can only clean the front and back of your teeth. Toothbrush bristles never reach the space between your teeth, allowing trapped food and bacteria to fester.

Prevents plaque buildup

Flossing removes

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July 11, 2017
Signs of Impacted Wisdom Teeth

Signs of Impacted Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth are a set of third molars that typically develop between the ages of 17 and 25. Many people might associate wisdom teeth with funny videos of patients coming off of anesthesia; however, wisdom teeth can cause serious problems if they aren’t treated properly. In many cases, an individual’s mouth is too crowded to allow wisdom teeth to develop properly behind the molars, so the teeth become trapped, or impacted, when they begin to grow. Fully impacted wisdom teeth fully break through the surface of the gums, while a partially impacted tooth only breaks through to where some of the crown may be visible. In both cases, the tooth may grow at the improper angle, which can result in complications including: damage to other teeth, cysts, infection, decay, and gum disease. While impacted wisdom teeth do not always show symptoms, there are certain signs that m

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June 28, 2017
How Smoking Affects Your Teeth

How Smoking Affects Your Teeth It’s no secret that smoking is bad for you, causing many health problems like lung cancer and heart damage. Cigarettes contain more than 7,000 chemicals, 69 of which are known to lead to cancer. Some of the chemicals used in cigarettes are also used in batteries, lighter fluid, nail polish remover, and more. But did you know that smoking is also bad for your teeth? Smoking can cause significant damage to the teeth, gums, and tongue, making it harder for your mouth to fight off infection and bacteria. The damage smoking does to your teeth varies from moderate to life threatening. Ways smoking affects your oral health include:

  • Yellowing or browning of the teeth
  • Foul breath
  • Dry mouth
  • Bleeding gums

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November 10, 2016

Add a dental appointment to your holiday check list When it comes to the holidays, the last thing most people want to think about is making dental visit, but it’s the perfect time! Booking your routine appointments during the year are more inconvenient around a busy work or school schedule. But with no work or school for many folks in November and December, you can take advantage of getting dentist appointments out of the way in time to relax and enjoy your holidays with your family. Between the pumpkin pie and sugar cookies, make sure you take the relevant steps to maintain your oral health and be smile ready! Would you like a bright white smile for the holidays? Look and feel your best with a smile that wows! We offer teeth whitening, periodontal treatment, implant restoration, cosmetic dentistry and more. New patients are always welcome at Cannon Park Dental, and this holiday season we are offering a New Patient Special of $99 for all first time visitors! This offer includes a dental exam, any x-rays and a cleaning. Our caring staff will take care of your entire family – from ki