Category Archives: Dental Health

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.

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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

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

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

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