How to Develop a Good Dental Hygiene Routine

At McKim and Platt Dentistry of Eugene, we know that getting into good habits when it comes to your teeth and overall oral health can be challenging. That’s why we’re here to help, so you can show off your smile knowing that you are doing everything you should to maintain your teeth.

The Anatomy of a Tooth

At McKim and Platt Dentistry of Eugene, Oregon, we’ve spent years in school studying all different aspects of teeth. Not everyone shares our passion for teeth, but that doesn’t mean that learning about the anatomy of a tooth isn’t important. Knowing how our teeth are structured helps to understand the ailments that can affect our teeth and what we can do to treat and prevent them. Here is a crash course on the layers that comprise your teeth.

6 Common Reasons for Tooth Pain

Tooth pain can take many different forms, and none of them are enjoyable. At McKim and Platt Dentistry of Eugene, Oregon, we have seen and treated patients with a wide range of problems and ailments. If you are experiencing tooth pain or discomfort, it is best for you to consult a dentist. Here are the most common culprits we find at the root of tooth pain.

You Might Have Gum Disease and Not Even Know It

At McKim and Platt Dentistry of Eugene, Oregon, we are all too familiar with diagnosing and treating gum disease. Gum disease occurs when the tissues around your teeth become infected, and it is one of the most common causes for tooth loss amongst adults. The problem with gum disease is that you can have it without experiencing any pain or discomfort. According to the American Dental Association, 47.2% of American adults over the age of 30 suffer from chronic gum disease. In fact, people don’t tend to exhibit signs of gum disease until they are in their 30’s or 40’s.

Why Do We Have Wisdom Teeth?

Wisdom Teeth Removal and Consultation

Approximately 85% of people will need to have their wisdom teeth removed during their lifetime. At McKim and Platt Dentistry, your Eugene, Oregon dentists, we deal with wisdom teeth on a regular basis. But the question remains if so many people need to have their wisdom teeth removed, why do we even have them in the first place?

Can Your Dentist Help Your Sleep?

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There are actually a number of links between your teeth and sleep. Bruxism (grinding of the teeth or jaw clenching) commonly occurs during sleep and can cause pain and damage to teeth.

In addition, the shape of the jaws and arrangement of teeth, which are often reasons to seek dental or orthodontic treatment, can also predict the risk of sleep apnea and snoring.