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Blog: Dental Care


DEC 3 2018
The Truth About Scurvy December 3rd, 2018

You’ve probably heard it since you were a little kid: calcium will make your bones strong! A healthy supply of vitamins and minerals is essential for nutritional balance and optimizing your body’s natural processes. Calcium, or Vitamin C, is one such vitamin that plays an essential role...

NOV 16 2018
Dental Caries: Treatments, Signs, and Symptoms November 16th, 2018

Dental caries, which are also referred to as tooth decay or cavities, are one of the most widespread diseases today, but also among the most preventable conditions. When you eat certain foods, the bacteria on your teeth breaks them down and produces acids that have the ability to seriously damage t...

OCT 18 2018
Do Wisdom Teeth Need To Be Removed? October 18th, 2018

Throughout your life, you’ve probably heard someone, somewhere say, “My dentist said I need to have my wisdom teeth taken out.” Perhaps even your dentist has said this to you! Oral surgery to remove wisdom teeth is a standard practice, and hopefully it’ll be the last time yo...

SEP 27 2018
Damaging Teeth: What You Did and Didn’t Expect! September 27th, 2018

The surface of your teeth is called enamel. It helps protect them from decay. While some wear and tear is normal, there's plenty you can do to keep that barrier strong. We recommend these simple steps for a healthy mouth and a winning smile. Limiting Sugary Foods and Drinks This is the one ...

SEP 18 2018
How to Maintain a Straight Smile After Braces September 18th, 2018

The time has come. Nearly 18 months after having those metal contraptions installed in your mouth, you eagerly visit the orthodontist and finally have your braces removed, revealing a beautiful new smile. The deed is done, and you’re ready to strut your stuff out of the office when he suddenl...

AUG 9 2018
Brushing with Braces Tips August 9th, 2018

When your child gets braces, there will likely be many new things to get used to for both them and you. One of the major lessons to learn is how to take care of the braces. Once the orthodontist actually puts the braces on and your child is back at home, you inherit the role of the oral care expert...

AUG 7 2018
How Sugar Can Affect Developing Teeth August 7th, 2018

In general, kids tend to prefer both sweeter and saltier tastes than adults, and don’t have to learn to like sugar, because it’s actually a preference that’s biologically ingrained. Recent studies have shown that a child’s body may prompt more sugar cravings w...

JUL 26 2018
What is Fiberotomy? July 26th, 2018

A fiberotomy is a procedure that helps the teeth to stay in their new positions after they have been moved during orthodontic treatment. Retention of teeth in a new position is an important part of orthodontic measures such as braces, and this procedure is just one of the ways dental professio...

JUL 19 2018
Different Brushing Techniques July 19th, 2018

If there’s anything positive to be said about dental disease, it's that it is preventable. Your first line of defense is keeping your teeth clean by brushing twice a day; however, if you don't brush properly, harmful bacterial plaque can sneak in and lead to tooth decay and gum dise...

JUL 17 2018
The Importance of Flossing to Your Gums July 17th, 2018

Every time you visit the dentist for a checkup, there's one question you're almost certain to hear: "Have you been flossing regularly?" For a lot of patients, the answer isn't always yes. Many people make a point of brushing their teeth twice a day, as the American Dental Association (ADA...

JUL 12 2018
Dental Habits to Break Now! July 12th, 2018

You want to keep your teeth healthy, so you do your best to brush regularly, floss and use mouthwash, all of which make for a great start. But while you care for your teeth in the morning and night, your daily habits could be having a negative effect on your good oral hygiene. Whether it's guzzling...

JUN 14 2018
When is it Time to Change My Toothbrush? June 14th, 2018

It's easy to know when to replace worn out shoes or faded clothes. But how often should you change your toothbrush? It all depends on your usage, health and preferences. Before you brush again, ask yourself whether it’s time for a new toothbrush. Here are some tips on how to make that decision...

JUN 12 2018
What is a Gingivectomy? June 12th, 2018

According to the American Dental Association nearly 47.2 percent of Americans over 30 have some form of periodontal disease (also known as gum disease). Without preventing gum disease, or taking proper care once diagnosed, patients who have a form of gum disease will likely eventually los...

JUN 5 2018
Oral Care Tips for the Busy Professional June 5th, 2018

It’s not uncommon for patients to admit they wish they practiced better teeth and mouth cleaning habits. People who have demanding jobs are sometimes the worst offenders in maintaining consistent healthy mouth habits.  Because prevention is the key to a healthy mouth, we’ve compile...

MAY 22 2018
What are Alternatives to Braces for Straightening My Teeth? May 22nd, 2018

There's no denying it: People want to look good. One way to make the most of your appearance is to ensure that you have the best smile you can. If you aren't eligible for or interested in wearing braces your orthodontist might recommend an alternative to achieve the results you're looking for. We e...

MAY 15 2018
What are the Common Causes for Wisdom Teeth Removal? May 15th, 2018

When you're a young adult, the last four permanent teeth to appear in your mouth are the third molars, also known as wisdom teeth. Wisdom teeth usually start coming in anywhere after the age of about 18. But rather than giving us the wisdom we would like, they often become problematic – even ...

MAY 9 2018
What is a Tooth Extraction? May 9th, 2018

Natural teeth are ideal for biting, chewing and, maintaining mouth and jawbone structure, which is why a dentist’s first priority is to help restore, save, and repair your natural teeth. However, sometimes a tooth extraction is unavoidable. In this post, we take a look at what a tooth extract...

MAY 3 2018
How to Deal with Dental Phobia May 3rd, 2018

Let's be honest: not many people enjoy going to the dentist. Many people grumble about their preventive and restorative dental care appointments, and some even avoid them altogether. In fact, more than 80 percent of American adults have some fear of the dentist and nearly 25 percent of Americans ar...

APR 25 2018
Dental Inlays and Dental Onlays April 25th, 2018

What is a dental inlay? What about a dental onlay? When would your dentist recommend an inlay or onlay? The answers may be more familiar than you think. Dental inlays and dental onlays are both options for fillings, a common dental procedure to correct tooth decay. Here's some more information to f...

APR 19 2018
What are Bone Grafts and Why are They Necessary? April 19th, 2018

For those who are missing one or more teeth, the cosmetic effect of a dental implant is unparalleled. Dental implants look and function the same as regular teeth, so a successful implant is just about undetectable. With any oral surgery, it is important to make sure that you understand bo...

APR 17 2018
How to Avoid Being Plagued by Yellow Teeth April 17th, 2018

Though not as urgent as other dental conditions, yellow teeth can cost you your confidence and willingness to smile every day. Luckily, improving the color of your teeth can be as simple as changing what you eat and drink while fixing your oral care routine. You may even benefit from whitening trea...

APR 12 2018
Understanding Root Canals April 12th, 2018

Root canals get a bad rap – but the goal of the procedure is to save a tooth that is severely infected. A dentist performs the procedure to remove bacteria and dying or dead tissue from inside the tooth. Modern techniques and technology have helped root canals evolve into relatively comfortab...

APR 10 2018
Understanding the Connection Between Sinus Infections and Tooth Pain April 10th, 2018

If you've ever suffered from any type of tooth pain, you know how uncomfortable it can be. There are multiple reasons one can suffer from tooth pain. Some of the more common ailments include cavities, a cracked tooth or tooth sensitivity resulting from cold or hot foods. A lesser known ca...

MAR 27 2018
Signs of Dental Erosion March 27th, 2018

Look at your smile in the mirror. On the surface, you may have a full set of straight, white, natural-looking teeth. What might be visible, however, is whether your teeth are suffering from dental erosion. Dental erosion is the process when the enamel on your teeth wears away. If that's the case, i...

MAR 22 2018
Smoking and Your Oral Health March 22nd, 2018

Smoking and Your Oral Health Lung-related diseases – lung cancer, emphysema, and chronic bronchitis – immediately come to mind when discussing the health consequences of smoking. But because cigarette smoking can affect nearly every organ in your body, it's not surprising that your or...

MAR 20 2018
Should I Worry About the Sore on my Tongue? March 20th, 2018

A sore on your tongue can be a nuisance. Causes for these pesky sores can include the foods you eat, certain medications, broken teeth and some diseases. It’s important to be aware of certain signs that signal that a sore requires professional medical or dental attention. We take a look a...

MAR 6 2018
Understanding Cleft Lips and Palates and Your Treatment Options March 6th, 2018

Cleft lip and cleft palate are facial and oral malformations that occur very early in pregnancy, while the baby is developing inside the mother. Clefts result when there is not enough tissue in the mouth or lip area, and the tissue that is available does not join together p...

FEB 22 2018
What are Receding Gums? February 22nd, 2018

Receding gums, also known as gingival recession, is a condition in which the roots of the teeth become exposed, leading to a greater risk of decay and the eventual loss of teeth, if left untreated. Exposed roots can also lead to sensitivity to hot foods, cold foods or acids, making eating an uncomf...

FEB 15 2018
What is a Deep Cleaning? February 15th, 2018

Deep cleaning your teeth might sound like something you should do after you've missed a few visits to the dentist or eaten a particularly sticky, messy meal. A deep cleaning is actually a specific procedure performed by your dental hygienist to treat gum and periodontal disease. It's often complete...

FEB 6 2018
Is Periodontal Disease Contagious? February 6th, 2018

If you have been told you have periodontal disease, or gum disease, you’re not alone. Many adults in the U.S. currently have some form of the disease. Periodontal diseases range from simple gum inflammation to serious disease that results in major damage to the soft tissue and bone that suppo...

FEB 1 2018
Celiac Disease and Your Oral Health February 1st, 2018

  According to the Mayo Clinic, one in 141 Americans living in the U.S. has celiac disease. However, it is believed that as many as an additional two million people have it, but remain undiagnosed.Living with Celiac disease traditionally means a wheat-free diet, but it may require you to alt...

JAN 30 2018
What is a Water Pick? January 30th, 2018

What is a Water Pick? Do you find yourself frequently forgetting to floss? You’re not alone. Only half of Americans floss daily, and 18.5 percent don’t floss at all. Even if we don’t always remember to do it, flossing is a critical part of maintaining your or...

JAN 18 2018
What is Air Abrasion? January 18th, 2018

  Many people can’t think of the dentist without imagining the sound of the dental drill. That's because whether preparing a tooth for a dental crown, removing cavities or performing root canal therapy, dentists have relied on this time-tested technology for ye...

JAN 16 2018
Dry Mouth, Medication and Your Oral Health January 16th, 2018

Dry mouth, also called xerostomia, is the condition of not having enough saliva to keep the mouth wet.  Without enough saliva, chewing, eating, swallowing and even talking can be difficult.  Dry mouth also increases the risk for tooth decay because saliva helps keep harmful germs that ca...

JAN 11 2018
DDS and DMD: What’s the difference? January 11th, 2018

DDS and DMD: What’s the difference? When you go to the dentist’s office, you will notice that your dentist has either a DDS or DMD degree next to his or her last name. Have you ever wondered what the difference was? Is one degree better than the other? There has always been some confu...

JAN 9 2018
The Importance of Regular Dental Visits January 9th, 2018

More than 50 years ago, examinations of people entering the military showed that Americans' teeth were in pretty bad shape. Few people took good care of their teeth. There were no guidelines for how often you should see a dentist. There wasn’t a proactive approach to dentistry: many providers...

JAN 2 2018
What’s in Your Toothpaste? January 2nd, 2018

One of the first things you might notice about a person is a shiny, white smile – the type of smile that lights up a room and causes others to smile back. Fluoride, found in most varieties of toothpaste, is a natural mineral that hardens tooth enamel, which prevents cavities and helps keep te...

DEC 28 2017
What are Dental Bridges? December 28th, 2017

What are Dental Bridges?  Are you missing one or more teeth? If so, you're not alone. The American Dental Association reports that average adults between 20 and 64 years old have three decayed or missing teeth. Fortunately, you have multiple options for replacing these missing teeth, in...

DEC 7 2017
What is tartar? December 7th, 2017

  Many people ask their dental professional if there’s a difference between plaque and tartar—and it’s a great question. Both plaque and tartar buildup are common dental problems. Significant plaque buildup can result in tooth decay and gum disease. Tartar is...

DEC 5 2017
What is Plaque? December 5th, 2017

  Run your tongue over your teeth. Did you just eat or haven’t brushed in a while? That film that you feel on your teeth is called plaque. This is the buildup you’re trying to remove every time you brush and floss. But why is it harmful? And why is it so important remove? Plaque ...

NOV 30 2017
What is an Oral Abscess? November 30th, 2017

What is an Oral Abscess?  When the inside of your mouth gets hurt or irritated, bacteria may enter and cause an infection. Sometimes you will see a painful swelling filled with pus (a thick, yellowish fluid). If the pus can't drain out, the area will become more swollen and painful. This is ...

NOV 14 2017
Oral Health, and Your Heart’s Connection November 14th, 2017

It's increasingly common to hear that oral health is vital for overall health. More than 80 percent of Americans, for example, are living with periodontal or gum disease, which often goes undiagnosed. This may be because the patient's teeth feel fine, so they avoid going to the dentist, and visits ...

OCT 26 2017
Proper Flossing Technique October 26th, 2017

It's the question every dentist asks: "Do you floss daily?" Unfortunately, for many of us, the answer is no. Adding another step to your oral hygiene routine might seem like a hassle, but there are big benefits to making sure that you take your dentist's advice and add flossing to your oral care ro...

OCT 24 2017
What Are Periodontal Pockets October 24th, 2017

Periodontal (gum) disease affects millions of people all over the world. It is the number one cause of adult tooth loss, and has been linked to a host of other ailments like diabetes, heart disease and problems in pregnancy. However, because the symptoms can be very subtle, many don't realize they ...

OCT 19 2017
Prevent Oral Cancer October 19th, 2017

Oral Cancer: How to Spot It, How to Prevent It Cancer is defined as the uncontrollable growth of cells that invade and cause damage to surrounding tissue. Oral cancer usually appears as a growth or sore in the mouth that doesn’t go away. Oral cancer, which includes cance...

OCT 12 2017
Choosing Your Toothbrush Bristles October 12th, 2017

Choosing Your Toothbrush Bristles   From an early age, you’ve have been told that it’s important to brush your teeth on a daily basis to maintain oral and dental hygiene. One thing that isn’t often discussed is the importance of the toothbrush bristle on the...

OCT 5 2017
The Different Types of Fillings October 5th, 2017

The Different Types of Fillings Good news: the number of cavities and the need for fillings has decreased as modern dental practices have made it easier for people to better care for their teeth. However, some cavities still happen. Fortunately, there are more types of fillings for teeth today t...

OCT 3 2017
What Should I Know About Dry Mouth? October 3rd, 2017

What Should I Know About Dry Mouth?  Does your mouth feel parched? Do you have difficulty swallowing and trouble forming words? You may be one of the many people who experience dryness of the mouth from time to time. However, persistent dry mouth, also called xerostomia, can be a cause for co...

SEP 28 2017
What is Halitosis? September 28th, 2017

We've all been there: you've eaten some garlic bread or you have a dry mouth, and you realize that your breath isn't as fresh as it should be. But there's a big difference between the occasional bad breath that everyone experiences, and the misfortune of having chronic bad breath. Equipping purses ...

SEP 26 2017
Dental Work and Pregnancy September 26th, 2017

 In between trips to the doctor, hospital tours and setting up the nursery, don’t let visiting the dentist fall off your pregnancy to-do list before baby comes! Getting a checkup during pregnancy is safe and important for your dental health. Not only can you take care of cleani...

SEP 21 2017
Why Should I Use Mouthwash September 21st, 2017

Why Should I Use Mouthwash? Having a proper oral care regimen is important if you want to effectively prevent those undesirable oral health problems. That is why dental care experts continuously stress that you should make it a habit to brush and floss your teeth twice a day. In addition to r...

SEP 7 2017
Aging and Oral Health September 7th, 2017

Taking care of one’s teeth and gums is as important for senior citizens as it is for youngsters — if not more so. After all, the state of an elderly person’s oral health can have a significant influence on their quality of life: how comfortably he or she can eat, speak, and smile....

AUG 29 2017
Why is a Crown Needed after a Root Canal? August 29th, 2017

Why is a Crown Needed after a Root Canal?   When the root canal of a tooth becomes infected, it can lead to serious dental problems, including bone and tooth loss. In order to treat deep infections within a tooth, root canal therapy may be required. This treatment can save a tooth from extr...

AUG 24 2017
Film or Digital X-Rays August 24th, 2017

Film Vs. Digital X-Rays Dental X-ray images, also known as dental radiographs, are one of the most important pieces of equipment a dentist has for keeping teeth, gums and mouth healthy. A dental X-ray allows dentists to detect problems that are not visible to the naked eye, such as cracks in fill...

AUG 22 2017
Importance of X-Rays August 22nd, 2017

One of the primary reasons we go to the dentist is to detect problems before they turn into serious concerns. While a physical examination can find signs of issues, some oral diseases are just not visible to the naked eye. This is why dental X-rays are such an important part of oral care. Dental X-...

AUG 17 2017
What are Sugary Drinks Doing to Your Teeth? August 17th, 2017

What are Sugary Drinks Doing to Your Teeth? When it comes to keeping your family's teeth healthy, it's important to ensure they brush and floss, but it's just as important to be careful of what they put in their mouth. There is a long list of foods and drinks that are bad for your teeth. Some of ...

AUG 1 2017
How do Cavities Form? August 1st, 2017

You probably know that a hole in the tooth is known as a cavity. But did you know that a cavity is the result of the tooth decay process that happens over time? Many people want to be aware of what causes cavities, so they might avoid this common problem that leads to discomfort, pain and tooth los...

JUL 25 2017
Addressing the FAQ’s of Wisdom Teeth July 25th, 2017

Addressing the FAQ’s of Wisdom Teeth For decades, having wisdom teeth removed was a rite of passage – often, an oral surgery that many high school graduates squeezed in before leaving for college. That’s because it can be best to part with those mostly useless, ill-fitting teet...

JUL 20 2017
Electric Vs Manual Toothbrush: Which one should you choose? July 20th, 2017

Electric Vs Manual Toothbrush: Which one should you choose? There’s no doubt that a good, old-fashioned manual toothbrush is a key tool to keep dental hygiene issues at bay. But in recent years, the electric toothbrush has become more popular and has been proven to reduced dental plaque ...

JUL 17 2017
Gum Disease Myths July 17th, 2017

Gum Disease Myths Gum disease is an infection of the tissues that surround and support your teeth. This pesky problem is caused by plaque, the sticky film of bacteria that is constantly forming on our teeth. The American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) estimates that approximately three out of f...

JUL 11 2017
Should I Be Cleaning My Tongue? July 11th, 2017

Should I Be Cleaning My Tongue? Do you sometimes suffer from stubborn bad breath, despite the fact that you brush and floss your teeth twice a day? The problem isn’t necessarily your brushing technique -- but may in fact be that you aren’t cleaning your tongue properly. Here’s w...

JUL 6 2017
Floss Picks vs. Traditional String Floss: Do Picks Work?​ July 6th, 2017

In order to maintain oral health, it’s important to floss properly, and frequently. The American Dental Association recommends cleaning between the teeth once a day – but it’s a commonly overlooked hygiene practice. When it comes to flossing, what kind of floss works bes...

JUN 29 2017
Are You Flossing Correctly? June 29th, 2017

We recently wrote about how often you should be flossing your teeth, but we have yet to go into exactly how to floss properly. In this blog post, we will go through the entire process step-by-step as well as provide tips on how to be more effective when flossing.   How To: Floss Every ...

JUN 27 2017
How Many Times Per Day Do You Need to Brush Your Teeth June 27th, 2017

You’ve probably heard various advice when it comes to brushing your teeth – some people brush after each time they eat, some sing a song to make sure they brush long enough, and the list goes on. But how often do you really need to brush your teeth and how do you make sure you’re ...

JUN 22 2017
What to Do When Having a Dental Emergency? June 22nd, 2017

Most of us have been there, we have some pain in our mouth that continues to get worse, and we start to wonder if something is seriously wrong – is this a dental emergency? In this piece, we’ll go into detail about what constitutes a dental emergency and what to do if you or a loved one...

JUN 9 2017
Don’t Ignore Your Tooth Pain – See Your Dentist! June 9th, 2017

Almost all of us have been there – we have a pain somewhere in our body that we try to ignore and tell ourselves that we don’t need to see our doctor or dentist. However, when you have a constant or reoccurring tooth pain, it’s important that you see your dentist to get to the roo...

JUN 5 2017
The Reasons Behind Wisdom Tooth Removal June 5th, 2017

One of people’s least favorite topics to discuss is wisdom teeth removal. But, unfortunately, it is something that most people will have to go through during their lifetime to maintain a healthy, pain-free mouth. In this post, we’ll discuss why wisdom tooth removal is necessary for the v...

MAY 24 2017
The Importance of Children’s Tooth Care May 24th, 2017

The importance of brushing our teeth, visiting the dentist regularly, flossing, and beyond have all been drilled into our heads, but do you know how to best care for your child’s teeth? In this article, we’ll discuss important aspects of children’s teeth care.  Dentist Visits...

MAY 19 2017
Why You Need to Floss Daily May 19th, 2017

We’ve already talked about how going to regular dentist appointments are important for your health, but did you know the same is true of flossing daily? While brushing removes plaque and debris from the surface of your teeth, it’s difficult for the bristles to get in-between and under...

MAY 15 2017
Why Regular Dental Checkups Are Important May 15th, 2017

We all have been told numerous times that visiting your dentist twice a year is important, but many of us do not heed that advice. In this piece, we will explain why seeing your dentist this often is important for the health of your mouth and body. Tooth Decay and Cavities One of the most importa...

MAY 11 2017
Choosing the Best Toothbrush May 11th, 2017

We all know the feeling of standing in front of a large wall of toothbrushes in our local pharmacy. From soft and hard bristles to manual and electric, there are more options than any of us want to have to sort through, never mind figure out which is best for us! In this article, we will provide som...

MAY 1 2017
Tooth Whitening at Winning Smiles May 1st, 2017

One of the most common cosmetic dentistry related-inquiries are about whitening teeth - people are always searching for ways to make their smiles brighter! In this post, we will go through the top tooth whitening option, which we use at Winning Smiles.   Why is Tooth Whitening Needed? Th...

APR 25 2017
Keep Your Teeth and Gums Safe by Avoiding These Foods April 25th, 2017

Though we may love our treats, there are many foods commonly eaten that can wreak havoc on our teeth and gums, from chipped and cracked teeth to cavities and the breakdown of enamel. In the following piece, we will breakdown several foods that can have the most negative impact on your mouth.  ...

MAR 17 2017
Are All Toothpastes Created Equal? March 17th, 2017

 The dental hygiene aisle in your local grocery store is filled with multiple shelves filled with many brands and types of toothbrushes, floss and toothpaste. While most people choose a toothbrush based on personal preference, advertisements tend to determine toothpaste sales. When shopping for...