Blog Archive

What is a Root Canal? Mar 5th, 2018

Having a toothache may be a sign that you need a root canal. Each tooth has at least one root, but some have more than one root. When you have cracked or chipped your tooth, or have a large filling or been hit in the face, it often causes (or contributes...

What is Invisalign? Feb 26th, 2018

Invisalign® is an orthodontic system using clear, custom aligners made from Invisalign’s own multilayer SmartTrack® material. Invisalign is for teens, adults, or any patient looking to get straighter, more attractive smiles without undergoing metal braces. The aligners do not poke and prod your mouth, and you can remain active in...

Bruxism FAQs Feb 18th, 2018

Your teeth and jaw are incredibly tough and super strong! Scientific American found that an average of 171 pounds of pressure is exerted when we chew. Bruxism is when you clench or grind your teeth throughout the night; all that pressure is now being put on your teeth. Stress and...

Night Guard FAQs Feb 12th, 2018

A night guard is a customized device that fits in your mouth and covers the teeth. With a guard, the enamel surfaces of each tooth are protected, which means you won’t grind away the all-important enamel while you sleep.Here are Frequently Asked Questions about night guards:How will I be fitted...

Dental Health in Your 60s: What to Expect Feb 5th, 2018

We can work with you as you age. By age 65, periodontal disease, root and coronal decay, cavities, and dry mouth (caused by over 500 medications) are all conditions associated with this phase of aging, according to the American Dental Association. The risk for being disabled, homebound or in a...

Dental Health in Your 50s: What to Expect Jan 29th, 2018

In your fifties, routine dental care remains more important and timely since poor hygiene can lead to other bodily ailments. First, we can figure out if you are one of the 67 million people with periodontal disease, which effects the critical gum tissues and bones supporting the teeth. Left unchecked,...

Dental Health in your 40s: What to Expect Jan 22nd, 2018

Keeping a nice smile is attainable in your 40s, but it helps if you continue to floss and brush those teeth and stay in touch with your dentist via regular checkups. She’ll be looking for bone loss, gum disease and stained teeth, which can be common issues in your fourth...

How to Use Dental Softpicks Jan 8th, 2018

If you have food particles and plaque between your gums, a product called a softpick is a convenient, easy and safe way to get rid of food particles and plaque—especially when you do not have access to a toothbrush or floss. Select a softpick with the American Dental Association (ADA)...

Should I Get an Electric Toothbrush? Jan 1st, 2018

Making the switch to an electric toothbrush is a good investment because it leads to cleaner teeth. For maintaining good overall health, the American Journal of Dentistry recommends electric toothbrushes and three separate studies favor the electric version.We have a Swedish clockmaker named Frederick Wilhelm to thank for first patenting the...

Do You Need a Gum Specialist? Dec 4th, 2017

Your dentist can help you with most issues related to dental care from fillings and cleanings to crowns, root canals, whitening, night guards and beyond. Broadly, your dentist offers care to your teeth. The dentist may refer you to a periodontist when you have signs of gum and bone disease called...

How to Maintain Good Dental Health with Cancer Nov 27th, 2017

If you are one of the reported 1.4 million people diagnosed with cancer this year, it is a good idea to get a dental evaluation. Your dentist can work with your oncologist to come up with a joint plant to help keep your mouth and teeth as healthy as possible...

How to Get Whiter Teeth Nov 21st, 2017

With the holidays comes the chance for parties and so many selfies, with a family posed picture thrown in for good measure. If you love coffee, wine and cigarettes, your teeth may be especially stained on the surface. There are often still options for getting a brighter smile.The results may...

What are Dental Sealants? Nov 20th, 2017

Parents can decide whether to get sealants for their kids around age five to seven, when their first molars grow into the back of the mouth. A second set of sealants is recommended when the “12-year” molars come in between ages 11 and 14. Getting sealants is routine and painless, and...

What is the Mouth-Body Connection? Nov 14th, 2017

Healthy mouth, healthy body? Quite possibly. The connection between mouth and body has gotten noted attention in the past decade and is becoming established in scientific circles. It’s interesting and worthwhile to know about the mouth-body connection, because when the body is healthy, the mouth will usually look and feel...

Implant FAQs Nov 6th, 2017

The most common reasons for needing a tooth implant is from when you break or lose a tooth from biting into hard candy or other dental accident—eater beware! Another big culprit for losing a tooth comes from the toll of periodontal disease over time. When bacteria in the mouth builds...

What is the Difference Between Implants and Dentures? Oct 30th, 2017

You want to keep your smile looking healthy and natural, ideally, for a lifetime. There are, however, extenuating circumstances that does not make that possible. If your original teeth need to be replaced due to damage or deterioration, implants and dentures are two options to consider.Learning the difference between implants...

What is Periodontal (Gum) Disease? Oct 19th, 2017

What is periodontal (gum) disease? When your gums and the surrounding tissues are tender, bleeding or red or you have loose teeth or loosening gum tissue, it may be periodontal (gum) disease. A visit to the dentist is recommended because early detection and treatment of gum disease is the best way...