All posts by Dr. Mariana Conant

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

Diet and Nutrition: Achieve Optimal Oral Health

Our bodies are like complex machines which requires us to choose the right foods as fuel. How often we fuel up our bodies can significantly affect your general health as well as the health of your gums and teeth. According to the ADA, many dentists are concerned that their patients are consuming a record number of sugar filled sweetened fruit drinks, sodas, and non-nutritious snacks that affect their teeth. These types of foods and drinks typically have little, if any, nutritional value.

Choose Your Foods Wisely
When you eat, food passes through your mouth and meets the germs, or bacteria, that live in your mouth. Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria in your mouth that thrive on sugars that are found in many foods. When you do not properly clean your teeth after eating, bacteria use the sugar to produce acids that can destroy tooth enamel. Continue reading

Explore Your Smile with Cosmetic Dentistry

When you look in the mirror, there might be a few things that you want to change about your smile. Many people choose esthetic dental procedures because they are unhappy with the appearance their teeth and smile. Cosmetic dentistry is available to help improve the look and feel of your smile. If you are looking to enhance your image, there is a wide range of modern and sophisticated dental treatments available to fit your needs and your budget. By visiting our dental practice, you can take the next step toward an overall improvement in the appearance of your teeth, leaving you with one more reason to smile.

A Hollywood Smile
We have all noticed the perfect Hollywood smiles that actors and actresses have, but do you know how they achieved that red carpet worthy smile? It is simple, with dental veneers. If your teeth are stained, cracked, chipped or uneven, dental veneers might be the perfect option for transforming even the most damaged smiles. Dental veneers are thin, porcelain shells that are custom designed to perfectly cover and match your natural smile. Continue reading

Cavity Fighters for Kids

Most parents know children’s oral health basics. Brush regularly, limit snacking, reduce sugar intake and get adequate amounts of Vitamin D and calcium. Dentists recommend three additional tools for preventing cavities in toddlers and children.

• Sealants
• Fluoride Supplements
• Oral Rinses

Resin dental sealants are applied by your dentist or hygienist. The material bonds to the biting surfaces of the back teeth, protecting the pits and fissures from decay. As long as the sealant remains intact, the sealed surface will be protected from decay. Some dental insurance providers cover dental sealants, so check with your provider if you are planning to get them for your kids. Continue reading

Benefits of Drinking Green Tea

Green tea is widely known for its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, but new research is suggesting that it benefits the rest of your oral cavity as well. This drink is also rich in antioxidants, which have many health properties. Here are five reasons why green tea may be good for your oral health.

Cavity Prevention
Drinking green tea helps prevent cavities by lowering the bacteria level and acid in the mouth. This helps slow down or reduce the cavity build up in the mouth. Continue reading

Preventing Childhood Cavities

It is important for parents to implement an effective hygiene routine at an early age to protect their child’s developing smile. Childhood oral health plays a significant role in shaping adult smiles. The development of childhood caries can cause many oral health issues that require extensive restorative care in order to preserve oral hygiene.

What Causes Childhood Caries?
Like adult caries, childhood cavities are caused by the colonization of bacteria in the mouth. Bacteria produces acid which attack teeth, damaging the enamel and creating cavities. Adults are better able to withstand cavities because their enamel is harder. A child’s teeth and gums are still developing, putting them at risk of extensive infection. If left untreated, the bacteria can travel into the tooth, requiring root canals or the extraction of severely damaged teeth in order to restore health to the dentition. Continue reading