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NOV 14 2018
Am I at Risk for Gum Disease? November 14th, 2018

A few decades ago, it was believed that the biggest risk factor for gum (periodontal) disease was aging. Today we know that aging in itself doesn't put you at risk for gum disease, and that other conditions may increase your susceptibility. Luckily, knowing the risk factors and being proactive can ...

OCT 30 2018
Tips and Techniques - Holiday Tooth Care to Make Your Smile the Brightest! October 30th, 2018

The vast majority of holidays are upon us, and for many of us that means engaging with plenty of friends, family and rekindling old connections. Although we should be excited for all of these forthcoming events, it behooves us to remember all of the goodies that can be detrimental to the health of ...

OCT 16 2018
Dental Probing: What’s the Point? October 16th, 2018

Have you ever wondered why your dentist pokes your gums? What your dentist is doing is checking the depth of gum tissue pockets that surround your tooth. It's a proactive way to identify your risk for gum disease, and when done regularly, can help catch the condition early. Dental probing can save ...

SEP 20 2018
Pregnancy and Dental Care September 20th, 2018

Naturally, it's always important to take good care of your teeth and gums. While pregnant, however, it’s even more important to follow through with routine dental care. This is because pregnancy causes hormonal changes that increase the risk of developing gum disease, which could affect the h...

SEP 13 2018
Do I Need a Dentist or Oral Surgeon for my Tooth Extraction? September 13th, 2018

Patients in need of tooth extraction often wonder whether they should turn to a dentist, or an oral surgeon. A tooth extraction is nothing to take lightly, so it’s important to choose the right provider for your situation, especially if it’s an emergency procedure. Both dentists and ora...

SEP 11 2018
Tips to Manage Your Child’s Dental Anxiety September 11th, 2018

Some children enjoy coming to the dentist and actually look forward to it. Others, not so much. In fact, for some kids all it takes is the word “dentist” to throw them into a panic. Your children’s oral health is very important, but forcing a stressed, scared child into a dentist ...

SEP 4 2018
What is a Crossbite? September 4th, 2018

You may not have a full understanding of what a crossbite is until you, or a member of your family, is diagnosed with one. There are two types of crossbites and both of them can lead to jaw pain, TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction), and other issues such as receding gums and loose teeth. Thes...

AUG 30 2018
Back to School Dental Health Tips August 30th, 2018

Labor Day is right around the corner, which means the kids are heading back to school, and summer fun will soon come to an end. While you’re double-checking the school supply list, don’t forget to make sure they have everything they need for a healthy smile to last them through many sea...

AUG 14 2018
What is an Underbite? August 14th, 2018

Few dental patients have a perfectly balanced bite, but for most, treatment is unnecessary. However, an uneven bite can cause significant problems like teeth-clenching, jaw misalignment, and speech issues. One of the most common bite problems is an underbite when the lower jaw protrudes past the up...

AUG 2 2018
Warning Signs of Gum Disease August 2nd, 2018

Have you noticed a bit of blood in your sink when you brush your teeth lately? That bleeding can be one of the earliest indicators of gum disease. The mild variety of gum disease is called gingivitis, and in this case, only your gums are infected. However, if left untreated, the infection can trave...

JUL 24 2018
What are the Signs of Enamel Dysplasia? July 24th, 2018

Enamel dysplasia is a condition that affects the normal levels of one's tooth enamel. A form of exceptionally hard tissue, enamel acts as a protective outer shell to cover the part of the tooth that contains the sensitive pulp, dentin and cementum tissues. The condition is usually caused by hypopla...

JUL 5 2018
The History of Toothbrushes July 5th, 2018

Toothbrushes play an essential role in keeping our mouth and teeth healthy, and have for decades. But, toothbrushes have seen many changes before reaching the brightly colored dental cleaning device they are today. We take a look at how far they have come.   Ancient Egyptians and Chewing S...

JUL 3 2018
Impacted Wisdom Teeth: What You Need to Know July 3rd, 2018

There are few oral health issues that can be as painful or disruptive to daily life as impacted wisdom teeth. Although the pain of impacted wisdom teeth is often enough to let you know that something is wrong, it is still important that you are able to identify the issue as early as possible. Impac...

JUN 28 2018
Cutting Back on Sugar -- For the Sake of Your Teeth June 28th, 2018

Sugar plays a key role in tooth decay. The bacteria that forms together to become plaque uses sugar as a form of energy. They multiply faster and the plaque grows in size and thickness. Some of the bacteria turns the sugar into a sort of glue that they use to stick themselves to the tooth surface. ...

JUN 26 2018
What Causes Toothaches? June 26th, 2018

No matter how conscientious you are about your oral care routine, at some point in your life you will probably experience the discomfort of a toothache. Though a cavity is the most likely culprit, it is only one of several possible causes of toothaches. We take a look at what might be causing that ...

MAY 29 2018
What Foods Are Good For Teeth? May 29th, 2018

When it comes to the health of your teeth, you really are what you eat. Sugary foods, such as candy and soda, contribute to tooth decay. One of the first areas to decline when your diet is less than ideal is your oral health. Below is a list of some foods that are not only delicious but help to imp...

MAY 24 2018
Understanding the Difference Between Your Dentist and Dental Hygienist May 24th, 2018

When you go to the dentist, usually the first person you see is the dental hygienist. Just as there are doctors and nurses in hospitals, in dental practices you have dentists and dental hygienists. Understanding what each person does can help you feel more comfortable during your next appointm...

MAR 29 2018
Chewing Gum: Good or Bad for Teeth? March 29th, 2018

Did you know that the average American consumes 1.8 pounds of gum each year? Many people chew gum habitually and mindlessly, chewing away for hours each day. It’s important to know how chewing gum affects our dental health. You may have heard that it’s both good and bad for your te...

MAR 8 2018
What is Mandibular Tori? March 8th, 2018

Did you know there’s an oral disease that affects between 5 and 7 percent of the U.S. adult population? This condition is called Mandibular Tori, which causes pain and discomfort, and some of its symptoms are almost unnoticeable. It is a bony growth that develops on the lower jaw, beneath and...

FEB 27 2018
What is Lockjaw? February 27th, 2018

There are many ailments that can plague our everyday lives from simple colds to serious medical conditions. The most dangerous thing about these is that they are often overlooked and people attempt to “tough them out” when really, they are symptoms of serious and sometimes lethal proble...

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...

DEC 21 2017
Eating Disorders and Your Oral Health December 21st, 2017

Eating Disorders and Your Oral Health Eating disorders are a serious health problem, however, most people suffer in silence. Eating disorders can do a great deal of damage to a person’s body and brain functions, but you may not realize the impacts an eating disorder can also have on a perso...

DEC 19 2017
What is Temporomandibular Joint Disorder? December 19th, 2017

What is Temporomandibular Joint Disorder?   Temporomandibular joint and muscle disorders, commonly referred to as TMJ, are a group of conditions that cause pain and dysfunction in the jaw joint and the muscles that control jaw movement. It is not known for certain how many people...

DEC 13 2017
What is Bruxism? December 13th, 2017

What is Bruxism?   Do you ever wake up from a night's sleep with sore teeth and jaws? It’s possible you could grinding your teeth in your sleep, and not even know it. Grinding your teeth is known as bruxism. This rhythmic clenching of the jaws and grinding of the teeth may develop at...

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 9 2017
What is Xylitol? November 9th, 2017

What is Xylitol? Tooth decay happens when bacteria in your mouth consume the sugars we eat. When you eat food containing ordinary sugar (sucrose), it gives bacteria on your teeth energy, allowing them to multiply and start making acids that can eat away the enamel on the teeth. This “acid at...

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 5 2017
How to Survive Sensitive Teeth September 5th, 2017

How to Survive Sensitive Teeth Ask any ice cream lover: sensitive teeth can be a real drag. A number of things can exacerbate sensitive teeth, from food to brushing, so it can go from a minor annoyance to a big problem pretty quickly. Although desensitizing toothpastes can help ease the pain, you ...

AUG 10 2017
What are canker sores? August 10th, 2017

Canker sores are small, painful ulcers inside the mouth. They may occur on the tongue and on the inside linings of the cheeks, lips, and throat. They usually appear white, gray, or yellow in color, with a red border. Canker sores are among the most common types of oral lesions, affecting about 20% ...

AUG 8 2017
Sugar Free Gum: A Cavity Fighter? August 8th, 2017

Sugar Free Gum: A Cavity Fighter?
 You can't go past a cash register in a convenience store, pharmacy or grocery store without running into a display rack of chewing gum. It's a perennial American favorite. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the average American consumes 1.8 pounds of gum each ...

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 7 2017
What Teeth Are Filling Up Your Mouth? July 7th, 2017

What Teeth Are Filling Up Your Mouth? As we all know, teeth are very important, which is why we should work so hard to keep them clean. The Dental Health Foundation states that a child will have twenty primary teeth by age two. By adulthood, people normally have 32 teeth. But what types of teeth ...

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 20 2017
You Should Really Love Visiting Your Dentist June 20th, 2017

We know that most people do not usually look forward to visiting their dentists. Often, you’re worried about something being wrong or think that you’re healthy and don’t need to go to our bi-annual appointment. But the truth is that you need to see your dentist, and you should loo...

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...

JUN 1 2017
Ways to Keep Your Teeth Protected While Playing Sports June 1st, 2017

When you lace up your skates or shoes to play hockey, football, or any other number of sports, you often also suit up with shin guards, gloves, and beyond. One of the most important things that you need to protect, though, is your teeth. In this piece, we’ll explain a few different things to u...

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...

MAR 23 2017
Learn More About Commonly Diagnosed TMJ March 23rd, 2017

Temporomandibular Joint Disorders, which are most commonly referred to as TMJ and sometimes TMD, are diagnosed when issues occur with the jaw and muscles that control the Temporomandibular joint, which connects your skull and jaw. There are varying degrees of TMJ severity but is almost always painfu...

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...