How long should I Brush My Teeth?

About 2 years ago, I was reading a dental magazine and one of the articles was on how long we should brush our teeth each time we brush them.  I found the results quite interesting and try to share the information with my patients at their regular appointments for cleanings.  We always tell them that […]

My Child has a loose Permanent Front Tooth.

I received an e-mail at drmax@drmaxwood.com from a C. Biswas in another country asking for advice on a dental problem their child was having.  The problem was that the milk tooth (baby tooth) had been lost and the permanent front tooth (central incisor) had replaced it, but the tooth had become loose.  The child’s parent […]

What is Periodontal, or Gum Disease?

Periodontal disease, also known as periodontitis, is a generalized term for any inflammatory and infectious disease that affects the gums and supportive tissue surrounding the teeth.  The gingival (gum) changes are the same as those that occur with gingivits, with same clinical signs as gingivitis If gingivitis is left untreated and the accumulated plaque and […]

What is gingivitis?

Gingivitis is a general term for any inflammation of the gingival (gum) tissue.   The primary cause of gingivitis is the build up of plaque and tartar on the teeth and especially around the gum tissue at the base of the teeth where the gum tissue and teeth meet.  The plaque and tartar secrete chemicals that […]

What is dental plaque and tartar?

Dental plaque is the white stuff that looks like soggy bread and sticks to your teeth, especially at the gumline.  It is made up of old food and food debris that is then colonized by the bacteria that we have in our mouth.  It takes about 24 hours for plaque to form.  Within about 3 […]