What is Gum Disease?
The short answer: Gum disease is a common gum infection that can become very problematic, but you can prevent it!
The long answer: all the tissues in your body have a self-defense mechanism called “inflammation.” When bacteria build up in your mouth, your gum tissue will inflame to try and kill it. Gum inflammation is called gingivitis and looks like red, soft, and sore gum tissue.
Over time, gingivitis can lead to more troublesome gum disease (called periodontitis) that can grow even deeper and start to harm the bones of your teeth and jaw. Severe gum disease can wreak havoc in your mouth. Pregnant women need to be especially careful because gum disease is linked with pre-term births and babies with low birth weight.
Every mom and mom-to-be wants the best start for their baby on their journey into parenthood. Read on from Dr. Colleran at Michael Colleran, DDS to learn more about gum disease and pregnancy. Read more ›
You’ve been hearing it for years – “make sure to visit Dr. Colleran twice a year for your regular cleanings.” Just in case you’ve ever wondered why regular dental cleanings are so important, we at the office of Michael Colleran, DDS would like to take this opportunity to let San Luis Obispo residents in on some information you don’t often hear. Let this article serve as your personal guide to the benefits of getting your teeth cleaned.
Why You Should Get Your Teeth Professionally Cleaned
Unfortunately, some folks in San Luis Obispo believe that visiting the dentist is unnecessary as long as you brush and floss regularly. That just isn’t the case. In addition to keeping your teeth clean and healthy, regular visits to our expert hygienists at the office of Michael Colleran, DDS ensure that we can have a good look at your pearly whites and make sure nothing is wrong. If you don’t come in for cleanings, you’ll only need more expensive work later in life. Read more ›
Many San Luis Obispo residents will lose a tooth at some point in their lives, but that doesn’t mean your smile needs to suffer. There are numerous ways to fix a lost tooth, but today, Dr. Colleran would like to educate you about the best option for a healthy smile that will last a lifetime: dental implants. If you have any questions or would like to schedule a consultation, don’t hesitate to give us at Michael Colleran, DDS a call. Read more ›
We’ve all had a toothache at some point or another. While you should always consult your San Luis Obispo dentist, it’s not always a serious problem. Often, the issue can be fixed with a filling or a root canal. However, many San Luis Obispo residents have found themselves in a situation where the tooth is not salvageable, and the only solution is for Dr. Colleran to perform an extraction, or remove the tooth. Today, Dr. Colleran at Michael Colleran, DDS would like to talk about what you can expect from an extraction and why it’s not something to fear! Read more ›
For many San Luis Obispo residents, one thing stands in the way of a healthy, beautiful smile – fear of the dentist! Even routine cleanings can be scary for folks with dental phobia. However, at Michael Colleran, DDS we have made it our business to offer you the most comfortable dental experience possible, which is why Dr. Colleran offers sedation dentistry services. There’s a lot of misinformation floating around, so here are the facts about sedation dentistry. Read more ›
The image of a glass full of false teeth on the nightstand is plastered all throughout popular culture. You would think that soaking your dentures in water and cleaner is sufficient, but Dr. Colleran reminds us that proper denture care requires more than just that. In fact, denture maintenance is an important part of oral health. For San Luis Obispo residents who have dentures or are considering them, it is important to know exactly how they function and how to care for them. If you have any questions, please give us a call at Michael Colleran, DDS. Read more ›
If you’ve visited our blog before, you know that we love to talk about tooth decay. The chances are, everyone in San Luis Obispo has had or will have tooth decay at one point. It is classified by the National Institutes of Health as the most prevalent disease in the world. Today we’re going to talk about a few of the factors involved in causing tooth decay and what you and Dr. Colleran can do to protect your smile.
The unique makeup of your teeth
Even within your own mouth, teeth vary widely in shape, size, and enamel quality and consistency. Some teeth are harder than others, and some – especially molars – may have deep fissures that trap bacteria, causing decay. Additional defects in enamel formation can cause yellow or brown areas on your teeth that are more susceptible to caries (tooth decay).
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One of the most common and destructive myths about dental hygiene is that it’s normal for gums to bleed. Dr. Colleran would like everyone in San Luis Obispo to know that this is not the case! Imagine if we weren’t talking about gums- should any part of your body start to bleed whenever you touch it? The truth about bleeding gums is they are a sign of infection and/or irritation and can lead to serious problems that go way beyond your mouth if left untreated. Please read this article and educate yourself on how to keep your family’s teeth and gums safe. Read more ›
If you had to give up your toothbrush or your car, which would it be? According to a recent survey, 42 percent of adults and 34 percent of teens would rather turn in their keys, computer, cell phone, or microwave than get rid of their toothbrush. It seems that many San Luis Obispo residents love toothbrushes the way Dr. Colleran does. We at the office of Michael Colleran, DDS would like to take this opportunity to celebrate the history of the toothbrush and talk about how to pick the right one.
Did you know that toothbrushes were invented before soap, deodorant, and even toilets? The idea of the toothbrush is over 5,000 years old, although back then they were a lot different than what we have now. In ancient times, people used sticks, bones, and all manner of animal hair and products to brush their teeth and take care of their gums. The switch from animal hair to synthetic materials (for bristles) is fairly new, and mass production of toothbrushes has only existed for a couple of centuries. Read more ›
Did you know the same plaque that decays your teeth can cause major heart problems? What if you could fight plaque and heart failure both by improving your oral health? Dr. Colleran in San Luis Obispo is here to tell you more!
Someone dies from a heart attack every minute, according to the American Heart Association, and most heart attacks (and 85% of strokes) are caused by cholesterol build-up – aka plaque.
But there is good news. You can work with your San Luis Obispo dentist and your doctor to understand and minimize your risk factors for developing plaque and tooth decay. Read more ›