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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
• 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