While we love seeing our patients, we don’t want to see them more than we have to. In other words, our goal is to help you maintain your oral health with routine preventative care so that you don’t have to come back for unscheduled visits. While professional cleanings and exams can go a long way in protecting the health of your smile, these visits only occur twice out of the entire year. What you do the other 363 days can be the deciding factor in whether or not you avoid dental treatments such as cavity repair, gum disease therapy, root canals and other restorative procedures.
Your teeth are among the most important structures in your body. The mouth is the gateway for bacteria to enter your body and the teeth are a necessity for chewing, speaking and other important functions. Taking care of your teeth, therefore, should take priority. Are you making your dental health a priority? … Continue reading
As the new year begins, it is the perfect time for a fresh start. While you may be thinking about your exercise habits or your diet plan, you should also consider your oral health. One of the best (and easiest) ways to start the new year off right with your smile is to purchase a new toothbrush.
Here are four reasons why buying a new toothbrush can lay the groundwork for a healthier and more confident smile this year:
#1 Leave Behind Bacteria
Unless you just recently changed it out, there’s a solid chance that your toothbrush is carrying bacteria within its bristles. Considering that you use it twice a day to remove countless food particles and germs from your mouth, it makes sense to learn that that bacteria doesn’t always get removed from your brush once you’re done. This can also be true if you store your toothbrush close to someone else’s toothbrush or even too close to the toilet! A new toothbrush means a clean toothbrush! … Continue reading
Dental technology has made significant advancements in recent years. One of the most valued improvements is within dental imaging. Unlike past methods of using 2D film to take x-rays, today’s imaging can involve amazing three-dimensional views using a 3D Cone Beam CT scan. This modern form of imaging has certainly changed things for the better, whether you are a patient or a dentist. 3D cone beam imaging can improve diagnostics, patient experience and the overall outcome of the proposed procedure (particularly dental implants). Here’s a closer look at the benefits gained from using 3D imaging compared to conventional x-ray film: … Continue reading
Sports and energy drinks have become a very popular way to hydrate for kids and teens. While many sports drinks have electrolytes and some contain vitamins, nearly all of them are packed with high amounts of sugar and acids. Bathing your teeth in this harmful combo throughout the day can wreak havoc on the teeth. Even worse, the damage is most often irreversible!
The Academy of General Dentistry revealed a study that found that energy and sports drinks contain so much acid that they can start damaging the teeth after just five days of consistent use. According to the Academy of General Dentistry, an estimated 30 to 50% of U.S. teenagers consume energy drinks. 62% of them have at least one sports drink per day. Considering the serious dental effects of sports drinks, this is a pediatric dental topic worth discussing. … Continue reading
Did you know that your headaches, jaw pain and even ear pain can be traced to back to TMJ problems. TMJ, or the temporomandibular joint, is responsible for the action of biting down or opening and closing your mouth. This joint, as well as the nerves, muscles and tissues that support it, gets worked countless times a day as you eat, speak, laugh and even yawn. Unfortunately, the TMJ can become inflamed, irritated or strained – which leads to many disruptive symptoms of TMD (temporomandibular disorder).
To help you understand why you are experiencing the symptoms of a jaw disorder and how to treat it, here are some FAQs on TMD: … Continue reading
Teeth are remarkably strong. In fact, they are stronger than any substance in your entire body. But that doesn’t mean they can’t break, crack or chip under certain pressures. A chipped tooth can occur from accidental trauma, such as a bad fall, sports injury or biting down on something too hard. A chip or crack may develop from a teeth grinding habit, when the tooth was gradually weakened over time. Regardless of how you chipped your tooth, there are important reasons why you should see a dentist promptly. … Continue reading
Stress is “a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances.” Unfortunately, stress is all too common in today’s fast-paced society. Whether it is tackling a big job, lack of time or a difficult family situation, people of all ages can experience stress. While you may be familiar with how stress affects your heart or your stomach, stress can also impact your oral health in serious ways. In fact, your dentist may be able to detect your stress levels just by looking inside your mouth.
Here are three ways in which your mouth can respond to frequent episodes of stress: … Continue reading
Bad breath is an issue that affects everyone occasionally, yet it is a chronic condition for many. This can be an embarrassing situation both personally and professionally, and it is one that needs to be brought to your dentist’s attention. There are certain severe causes of bad breath that need to be medically treated, and there are others that require simple changes in your oral habits. For those who have ruled out medically related issues, the following can produce significant results in freshening your breath.
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Many people use mouthwash on a daily basis, even carrying it with them as a frequent breath freshener. Many others never use it. Yet, walking down any oral health care aisle at your local store may have you questioning whether or not you should be using mouthwash. True, it cannot harm your smile, but it is worth the extra cost and effort? Keep reading to learn more.
Mouthwash is not meant to replace daily flossing and regular brushing, but for many people it can add an extra benefit and promote oral health.
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There are many unpredictable things that occur in life:
- you cannot plan for an illness
- emergencies typically occur at the least convenient times
- a flat tire will hit your wallet right before it’s time to leave for a family vacation
Yet, there are things in life that you can, and should, plan for because you know that they will come:
- your car’s oil will need to be changed every 3,000 – 5,000 miles in order to keep your engine running
- your grass will need to be cut once a week during the summer
- your work deadlines will come no matter how much you procrastinate
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