All posts by Dr. Mariana Conant

Ways to Improve Your Bad Breath

One of the most nerve wrecking dental concerns experienced by our patients is chronic bad breath. It is a problem that affects millions of people. Patients who feel that they have persistent bad breath want effective solutions, and quickly.

If you believe that you might suffer from bad breath or would just like to avoid this condition in the future is it most important to understand the underlying causes. Chronic bad breath, which is also known as halitosis, can be completely avoided or corrected in most dental patients.

Causes Of Bad Breath
A high level of bacteria in your mouth is the number one cause of bad breath. This bacterium is often found on the back of your tongue and the roof of your mouth. Some dentists even assert that you can immediately reduce your bad breath by brushing your tongue daily.

The use of tobacco is also a connected to chronic bad breath, even with frequent brushing throughout the day. This gives you another reason to kick that bad habit today.

Keep Bad Breath Under Control

In order to avoid bad breath you should practice good oral hygiene habits, which includes brushing, flossing and using a mouthwash everyday. Good oral habits also keep your teeth and gums healthy. It is also important to visit our office twice a year for professional cleaning and check ups. Unaddressed tooth decay or gum disease can increase your chances of developing halitosis. Hydration also plays an important role in maintaining your breath. The more water you drink, the fresher your breath will become.

Contact Us Today
Seeing us on a regular basis will not just ensure better breath, but also a healthy mouth and gums. With regular check ups we can identify problems and stop them before they become worse. If you have questions or concerns around your oral health or recurring bad breath, call our office today.

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Composite Fillings

One of the most common dental conditions is tooth decay. Dental fillings are the most popular restorative dentistry procedures performed in our office every year. Patients of all ages are subject to tooth decay. The good news is that unattractive metal amalgam fillings are a thing of the past.

Amalgam fillings were the only option for repairing tooth decay years ago. Amalgam fillings could not adjust themselves to changes in temperatures and other conditions, they would move and eventually break within teeth over a number of months or years. This caused the fillings to fall out, or even worse, for teeth to crack. Continue reading

Bring out the Best in Your Smile

Many of us are considering how we can make life better as we look forward to a new year ahead of us. Our resolutions may include things like creating healthy habits that will promote more energy and weight loss. Some may choose to expand their skills in their career. Our dental team is here to help you make the most of your smile this year, and every year to come! Dental care in our office means more than the occasional routine visit, it means working with an experienced dentist who has the passion and the knowledge for supporting attractive, healthy smiles. Continue reading

5 Tips for Keeping Your Mouth Healthy Between Cleanings

Regular dental cleanings are imperative to maintaining oral health. But it is what you do at home in between your dental cleanings that really makes a difference in the strength and health of your teeth and gums. Follow our dental tips below to keep your oral health on track.

Refine Your Brushing Technique
You might be brushing your teeth twice a day, but are you doing it the right way? The proper way of brushing is to hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle as you make contact with your teeth and gums. Brush lightly in an up-and-down motion, focusing on the front and back of each tooth and along the gum line. You should be brushing for a total of two minutes! Continue reading

Create a Straighter Smile With Cosmetic Dentistry

Our dental office provides cosmetic dentistry services to help create a smile to be proud of. We want to partner with you to increase your confidence in smile and yourself. Misaligned or crooked teeth can hinder your confidence and create insecurities. The truth is that you are perfect just the way you are, but we want you to feel that way at all times. We are here to help.

Crooked Teeth
Crooked teeth can be results of hereditary or nutritional issues but it can also be due to incorrect jaw development, thumb sucking during teeth development, teeth crowding or other persistent gentle pressure. Even consistent tongue pressure on the teeth over a long period of time has been said to cause crooked teeth. Whatever the cause, crooked teeth can cause pain, make it difficult to eat and be more difficult to clean. Continue reading

Common Dental Symptoms You Should Never Ignore

We all know the importance of scheduling our routine six-month dental checkups, but some dental ailments warrant immediate attention. Our dental practice offers services for all dental health concerns. Below are a few symptoms you should never ignore.

Tooth Pain Or Sensitivity
If you notice irritation when your teeth are exposed to hot and cold or sugar, you are experiencing sensitivity. Sensitive gums or teeth can result from a variety of ailments including root exposure, gum recession, a cavity, a cracked, chipped or damaged tooth,tooth grinding or clenching and more. Sensitive teeth can be one of the first signs of a problem and the best time to treat any issues are before significant damage occurs. Continue reading

5 Signs That You Could Benefit from a Night Guard

When we grind our teeth, this bad habit can cause our teeth to age quickly and cause jaw problems. Teeth grinding can also cause teeth to fracture and can deteriorate the appearance of our smile. Millions of Americans suffer from a teeth grinding habit. Our dental practice offers night guards, so that you can enjoy a healthy and comfortable smile. Below are five signs you may benefit from a night guard.

Morning Headaches Or Migraines
Headaches, migraines, facial muscles, sore shoulders, head muscles, and ringing in your ears all indicate a teeth grinding habit. Patients who seek treatment with a night guard often enjoy a dramatic reduction of symptoms. Continue reading

Your Oral Health and Overall Wellbeing

In dentistry, your smile is the window to your overall health. That is why it is imperative to brush your teeth twice daily with toothpaste and floss each night before bed as well as visiting our practice for regular professional teeth cleanings. You can develop periodontal disease if you do not take these necessary steps to remove plaque from your teeth and gums. Periodontal disease has a serious impact on your overall wellbeing.

Diabetes
There is a link between gum disease and diabetes. Diabetics are more likely to develop periodontal disease. Individuals who suffer from diabetes have a suppressed immune system that makes them more prone to infection. If your diabetes symptoms are not under control, you are at a higher risk for developing periodontal disease and facing more serious side effects. Periodontal disease can lead to missing teeth and red, bleeding gums. Always inform your dentist of any health changes, such as diabetes. Continue reading

Suffering from Yellowing Teeth? These Culprits May Be to Blame

Everybody knows that a brighter, whiter smile can make you appear younger and healthier looking. That is why teeth whitening procedures and over-the-counter products are so popular. But one of the best ways to maintain your pearly whites actually begins with what you eat and drink, and some foods and beverages are bigger culprits than others. To follow are some of the worst offenders for yellowing your teeth.

Soda And Sports Drinks
Cola and other sodas contain citric and phosphoric acids that wear down tooth enamel. And sports drinks have been shown to contain even higher levels of acids than soda, making them major culprits for turning your teeth yellow. Continue reading

How You Can Create a Better Smile

Thanks to the advancement in dental technology, dentists are able to provide patients with a variety of options to improve their smile. Bonding, veneers, and implants are some of the cosmetic dentistry services provided that can give you a brighter, whiter smile.

Dental Bonding
Teeth with stains, cracks, chips or spaces, dental bonding is an excellent dental procedure. Bonding can enhance the look of teeth by improving the appearance of these dental imperfections. Bonding can also be used to protect and cover an exposed tooth root and fill cavities. A bonding procedure can easily be done during one dental office visit. The dentist will use an etching solution with enamel colored materials and apply them directly to the surface of the tooth. Continue reading