Tooth sensitivity is a common condition that every patient experiences at some point in their life. It can be triggered by a variety of situations including exposure to hot and cold food or drink, eating sugary or acidic substances, or simply breathing air. Even some dental procedures can lead to a period of sensitivity in the teeth. The symptoms of sensitivity include sharp, sudden pains and a general feeling of discomfort that can last several minutes or more. The good news is the symptoms of tooth sensitivity often subside after a while, and your dentist can help treat them so they won't become a long term problem. Let's take a closer look at the causes and treatments for tooth sensitivity.Read More
Teeth whitening is without a doubt one of the most common requests for procedures that we hear from patients. After all, who doesn't want whiter teeth? Especially since many common foods and drinks can create surface stains that can be unsightly for those concerned about the whiteness of their teeth. This said, there are several options centered around teeth whitening, and not all of them are created equal. Patients also need to exercise caution around teeth whitening procedures, especially in-home options, because overuse can create unwanted issues. Before you decide to get your teeth whitened, let's get to the facts about teeth whitening.Read More
School is about out for the summer and soon children everywhere will be attending camp, playing sports or just enjoying time in the back yard. Summer is also the time when children can get into trouble, be it scraped knees, bruises, or even a knocked out tooth. It's especially easy to panic when your child shows up with a loose or knocked out tooth, but there is actually a lot both you and your dentists can do to ensure your child will keep their tooth. Let's take a closer look at what to do if your child (or the parent) dislodges or knocks out a tooth.Read More
Dental technology is better than ever today, and dentists have a lot of valuable tools at their disposal to provide the best care possible. An often overlooked but extremely valuable tool is that of dental X-rays, and dentists turn to these scans to diagnose long term issues and track tooth development. Let's take a closer look at why dental x-rays are important and a key part of proper dental care.Read More
We all brush our teeth at least twice a day (if you're not, then we need to see you as soon as possible). However how many of us are relying on brushing techniques that are incorrect and ingrained as bad habits we learned in the past? Can you be sure you're brushing the way that makes the most of each session at the bathroom sink? Not to worry, we have an outline on proper brushing techniques so you can either correct your bad habits or rest easy knowing you're doing things right.
It's no secret that brushing is extremely important when it comes to dental health. Everyone from young children to adults should brush at least twice a day, not to mention floss at least once a day and rinse with mouthwash one to two times a day. Since brushing is so important and so frequently brought up as a staple of dental health, some people have the tendency to brush really hard. This way they think they're making the most of their time at the sink. This brings up the question - how hard should you brush? Let's take a closer look at what is considered brushing hard and how it can impact your teeth.Read More
We all know there are three key steps to regular dental health and maintenance - brushing, flossing and rinsing with mouthwash. If you perform all three regularly and visit your dentist every six months, you should be in good shape. However you may be curious which order of the three produces the best results. Let's look at the combinations that work and a combination that you should avoid.Read More
We talk about it often, but brushing, flossing, and mouthwash make up the three key pillars of dental health. All too often, flossing gets left out of the picture for some people, and this can really impact their overall dental health. These days there are modern devices that make it easier to keep up on brushing and flossing. Just like electric toothbrushes, water flossers or waterpicks are a high-tech way to ensure you get your daily flossing in. You may wonder how effective a water flosser is vs. traditional floss. Let's compare the two and see which option makes more sense for your needs.
We consistently talk about how flossing is an important part of proper dental care, and daily flossing is a cornerstone alongside brushing and using mouthwash. This said, you may not know which floss is best for you. Wait, there are different types of floss? Just like toothbrushes and mouthwash, companies find plenty of ways to sell floss be it adding flavor, increasing or decreasing width, or even attaching small pieces to plastic handles. You may have been using a certain type of floss up until now and might not realize there's a better option for your needs. Let's break down different types of floss and discuss the strengths of each type.
The loss of baby teeth can be a big milestone in your child's development. While it can be unsettling for children to lose the baby teeth they've become accustomed to, the appearance of permanent adult teeth is an important experience for them. As they start to lose baby teeth, parents will want to do their best to guide their child through the experience and instill proper dental care techniques for the years to come. Tooth fairy conversations aside, here are some important tips parents need to know when their child begins to lose baby teeth.Read More
At one time or another it happens to us all. You're on a camping trip, or an overnight stay with friends or family, and you forget your toothbrush. Since most of us have developed a routine of brushing at least morning and night, this circumstance can feel rather annoying. Often times you don't realize it until it's later in the evening, and at that point a trip to the store is pretty inconvenient. In some cases a trip to the store might not even be possible at that time. So what are you to do? Instead of giving up and doing nothing for the night, here are some tips on dental care without a toothbrush that will help until you can brush your teeth properly.Read More
As we look ahead to 2018, it's natural to think of changes and resolutions we can make to ensure the coming year is even better than the last. When most people think of common dental resolutions, it's usually things like brush more often, floss more, or simply to see the dentist more. While these are all important, this year we thought we'd focus on the most important dental resolution you can make. If you've been putting off that more substantial dental procedure for one reason or another, make this year the year you finally get it done.Read More
We all lead busy schedules packed with to-dos, appointments, and much more. Sometimes it can be hard to simply eat enough, let alone eat healthy. Unfortunately sometimes dental health falls by the wayside for busy individuals as well, but the well being of your teeth doesn't have to take a back seat when your schedule gets busy. Here are five quick ways you can improve your dental health.Read More
None of us like to think about it, but some people at one time or another in their life have to consider dentures. This is not to say it is an inevitability for everyone. There is plenty you can do now and in the future to prevent the need for dentures. It all starts with regular visits to your dentist, every six months on schedule. Even with a regular dental cleaning and checkup, it may be wise to get evaluated for dentures. Here are the warning signs that might indicate you need dentures and the different treatment options you have available.
As we've already detailed in Children's Brushing Tips, good dental care for your child starts soon after they are born. Your influence will be the first dental care measures your child becomes familiar with, and it's important to establish good brushing habits when they are young. A parent's positive influence will be an important factor in a healthy outlook for your children's teeth, but a big part of healthy teeth will always be the family dentist. However, taking your child there regularly can be difficult if they have developed a fear of the dentist. The good news is this fear can be overcome early in their childhood. Let's talk about what to do if your child is afraid of the dentist.Read More
You may have heard dental professionals hate Halloween, but that is simply not true! We love this season just as much as the next costumed trick or treater. This said, it's part of our profession to exercise caution around things like excess candy intake around Halloween, for both you and your children. So why we'll gladly join you for a happy Halloween, we also would like to share these tips for a safe and healthy Halloween for you and your teeth.
There are plenty of reasons to seek out a new dentist. You may have moved recently, or you're simply not satisfied with your current dentist. Whatever your reasons, it may have been a while since you stepped into a new dentist's office for the first time. It's natural to be anxious, but knowing what to expect before you go can certainly make things easier. Let's talk about your first visit to a new dentist and what you can expect.Read More
When you're home, dental care, even in emergency situations is relatively easy to deal with. You know your family dentist well, hopefully in this case your dentist is Grace & Leedy Family Dentistry, and you can trust them to be honest about your dental health and effectively give you all the care you need. This can all change when you jump on a plane and fly far from your home. Suddenly every dentist is a stranger and a dental emergency can feel like a nightmare. While you'll never be completely comfortable with dental care while traveling, there are some measures you can take to make it easier. Here is what to do for your dental health before and during travel.Read More
A trip to the dentist can bring up a lot of emotions for a patient. Some people will be nervous, while others will be eager to get a cleaning, and still others will be downright relaxed. We like to foster the third option in our patients, which is why we do all we can to keep our patients and prospective clients informed and comfortable. It's natural to come to the dentist with a lot of questions in mind, but it can be a bit nerve-wracking not knowing what the answers will be. We thought we'd put your mind at ease by answering some of the frequently asked questions we hear everyday in our office.Read More
If you're considering dental crowns as a potential treatment option, it can be hard to know what you're facing both in the procedure and costs. Crowns are a substantial treatment option that many patients turn to when they have a problem tooth. You're not alone in considering this treatment option, and we'll help you understand the process before you decide at your next office visit. Let's break down the basics on dental crowns.Read More