Does COVID-19 Affect Your Teeth and Mouth?

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You’ve probably heard that COVID19 can make patients lose their sense of taste and smell. Hopefully, you haven’t experienced that yourself. Let’s consider other oral issues linked to COVID-19. Dry Mouth is as Common as Loss of Taste A group of Brazilian scientists led by University of Brasilia researcher E.N.S. Guerra analyzed more than 180 […]

Signs Of Oral Cancer: What Not To Ignore

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Today’s article focuses on a very serious issue—oral (oropharyngeal) cancers. The medical community categorizes oral cancers as a subset of head and neck cancers. Oral cancers can develop in the following locations: The tongue The roof of the mouth and under the tongue The inside of the cheeks The oropharynx (the part behind the soft […]

The 4 Stages of Gum Disease

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You may be wondering why every so often your gums are red and swollen, or your breath is bad. Maybe you’re just interested in improving your dental health and want to be more aware for your next appointment. Learn about the four stages of gum disease you may be overlooking when thinking of your comprehensive […]

The Tea And Teeth Question

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What do you call a dentist who doesn’t like tea? Why, Denis, of course. Lame jokes aside, a common concern for patients is stained teeth. I’m Dr. Mark Phan of OKC Smiles. Today, let’s talk a little bit about a common cause of tooth staining: dark beverages including tea. Over time, tea can stain the […]

The Rate of Bone Loss After Extraction Can Be Slowed or Stopped With an Implant

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The alveolar bone The bone surrounding the teeth is called alveolar bone. Its main job is to support the teeth and provide a heavy-duty foundation for tooth roots. Normal mouth function maintains bone health. As you chew, it stimulates bone cells to continually generate new bone. What can cause alveolar bone loss? Extraction When a […]

Avoid These 5 Smile Wreckers

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We hope today’s post will alert blog visitors to some harmful oral health risks. At OKC Smiles, too often, we treat cavities and damage caused by the following: 1. Sports Injuries Many parents send their children out on the playing field with a mouthguard but fail to protect themselves when they participate in activities that […]