Category Archives: Dental Health

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

Foods That Are Good for Your Teeth

Though there are many foods that can harm your teeth such as soda, candy, and coffee, there are also many foods that are good for your teeth. If you want healthy teeth that kill plaque, fight bacteria and build enamel, there are dozens of foods you can fit into your diet that will help.

Dairy: Teeth need calcium in order to stay strong, there is almost no better food to get it than through dairy products. Cheese and milk especially are great for your jawbone and teeth. Calcium prevents tooth decay by protecting your teeth from periodontal disease, a form of gum disease, as well as maintaining healthy bone structure of the jaw and teeth. About one-third of your body’s teeth and bones are made of calcium, so it is important to have a great deal of it in your system. Soy milk, tofu, and yogurt are also good sources of calcium. Continue reading

What to Expect at Your Dental Cleaning Appointment?

When you come in for your routine teeth cleaning you will be seen by both your dentist and a dental hygienist. The job of your dental hygienist is to check the health of your gums and teeth, as well as to clean and polish your teeth and offer any advice for at-home dental care. Here is what to expect from your next dental visit at our dental practice.

Cleaning
The main goal of a professional dental cleaning is to remove tartar buildup from your teeth and below the gum-line. While brushing and flossing properly and regularly at home will help to reduce plaque buildup, if you happen to miss spots here and there plaque easily turns to tartar, which your at-home toothbrush just can not remove. Therefore, you need to see your dentist to have tartar properly removed from your teeth. Continue reading

What Is Dental Bonding?

Nothing is more attractive than a healthy, beautiful, white smile. When you have a beautiful smile then you are more likely to show it off. And, as we all know, smiling can certainly boost your mood, alleviate stress and rev up your immune system.

About Dental Bonding
Dental bonding can be an ideal option for those looking to fix small imperfections and to improve smile aesthetics. Bonding is a cosmetic treatment that uses either tooth colored plastic or composite resin to apply to certain issues like discolorations, chips, cracks, unevenness or gaps between teeth. Instead of opting for more invasive procedures like dental veneers or crowns, bonding can easily make over a smile without any tooth preparation or irreversible changes. Continue reading

How Does Tooth Whitening Work?

If you are discouraged by your dull and yellow smile, you can safely and quickly revitalize your stained teeth with in-office whitening. Zoom WhiteSpeed is an in-office professional teeth whitening that improves smiles by as much as eight shades of color.

How Does Tooth Whitening Work?
Zoom WhiteSpeed is one of the most popular whitening systems on the market. This is an in-office appointment during which a special bleaching gel will be applied to your teeth. Once applied to your teeth, the bleach is activated by a specialized light that brightens and whitens your smile in just one appointment. Zoom WhiteSpeed comes with an in-home whitening kit that you can use for subsequent touch ups, if needed. Continue reading

Dietary Habits That Weaken Teeth

healthy-teethTo keep your teeth healthy and strong, you need to practice great oral hygiene including brushing twice daily, flossing at least once a day and visiting the dentist regularly. However, there are dietary factors that may lead to sensitive or weakened teeth and undermine your efforts. By avoiding these behaviors, you can maintain a healthy, beautiful smile.

Sugary Beverages
Consuming a lot of sugar, particularly in liquid form can cause tartar buildup, tooth decay, cavities and eventual tooth loss. This is particularly true of sugary beverages, which tend to wash over the teeth and stay in the mouth. Sugary drinks have also been shown to increase the risk of developing diabetes. Continue reading

Keeping Your Teeth White After Whitening Treatment

white-teethYou just had your teeth whitened, and you can not stop looking at how sparkling white they are. It is an incredible feeling to have a healthy, beautiful smile, which is why it is important to take the right steps to preserve its beauty. While teeth whitening does not last forever, these tips will help to make it last longer.

Avoid Stain Causing Beverages
One of the most common causes of tooth discoloration are drinks that can cause stains. These include soft drinks, tea, red wine, and coffee. While it would be a bit much to try and cut all of that out of your diet completely, limiting the amount of drinks that could stain your teeth or using a straw can keep your teeth white for longer. Continue reading

Common Dental Emergencies and What to Do About Them

beauty image of young asian womanDental emergencies are usually characterized by impending or actual tooth loss, oral pain, swelling or discomfort that the patient cannot resolve on his or her own. While most dental emergencies are not life threatening, they can certainly make it less comfortable and can lead to permanent damage. Below are some of the most common dental emergencies and how to manage them until professional medical attention is available.

Common Dental Emergencies
• Broken teeth
• Teeth that have been knocked loose or knocked out
• Unexplained toothache Continue reading