As a dentist or a parent concerned about oral health, Halloween can be a tricky time of year - no pun intended. This is because we want children to enjoy the spirit of the holiday, but the unhealthy candy that goes along with it is much less desirable. While a few pieces of candy here or there won’t offset an otherwise healthy dental routine, it’s wise to have some healthier alternatives ready for the season. So before you hit the store to grab a bag of surgery sweets, we recommend reading this list of healthy alternatives to Halloween candy.Read More
Fall is officially here, and with the change in seasons comes the approaching colder weather. While many aspects of fall can be pleasurable like turning leaves, bonfires and so much more, there can also be some uncomfortable sensations that come with the colder temperatures. One you may wonder about is the increase in tooth sensitivity as the temperatures drop, but is this a real condition? Let’s get to the bottom of the question: “does cold weather cause tooth sensitivity?”Read More
No doubt most everyone has heard the term fluoride discussed in dental health to some regard. Items like “fluoride toothpaste” and “fluoride mouthwash” crowd the shelves of the dental health aisle. Even the American Dental Association (ADA) likely won’t approve a toothpaste or mouthwash unless it contains an active ingredient of fluoride. Fluoride is extremely important as far as dental health goes, but you may not know why. So before you squeeze out the next dollop of fluoride toothpaste onto your toothbrush, let’s look at why fluoride matters in dental health.Read More
You may have heard the term cosmetic dentistry before, either in your dentist's office or outside of it. But what is cosmetic dentistry and how does it compare to the regular cleaning and care you usually get from your dentist? Well in essence every dentist specializes in cosmetic dentistry to some degree, which is essentially the procedures and treatments designed to improve the appearance of your smile and teeth. Some of us may assume cosmetic dentistry is something that only happens in Hollywood and is used by the "stars." However this is not true, dentists everywhere are capable of administering most cosmetic procedures today. Let's learn more about cosmetic dentistry and how it might apply to you.Read More
Toothaches are no fun, and there's certainly no need to dig into that uncomfortable feeling more than is needed. However there are times when a toothache may surface or get worse at a time when the dentist isn't available. If this happens to you, there is no need to panic. You'll simply want to consider how severe the potential issue is, and rely upon some simple home care techniques if the toothache can wait until you can get to the dentist. Here are some easy tips to reduce any pains if you experience a toothache.Read More
Sometimes even the best of us fall behind schedule. This can happen in everything from routine car maintenance to yes, a visit to your dentist. Other times you may change dentists or move to a new area. In any of these circumstances, it's easy to forget quite what to expect out of a dental cleaning when you get back into the office. So whether it motivates you to schedule that overdue checkup, or if it's reassuring reminder that you're receiving proper dental care, here's what to expect in a dental cleaning.Read More
As we write about frequently, dental care is important for all ages. From age one to the teen years and beyond, dental care never stops. It only follows that seniors should continue proper dental health care, but it's also important to remember that they have their own distinct set of care needs as well. To ensure seniors receive the best care possible, we recommend they consider the following guidelines.Read More
It is time for the afternoon trip to the dentist, and all the sudden the anxiety sets in. It's a formless, almost unconscious fear, but before you know it, the feeling overtakes the rest of the day. Dental anxiety is something that many people struggle with, be it an anxiety that originated in childhood or one that has developed in adulthood. Letting this anxiety go is a struggle for anyone who experiences it. However, it is a condition that is well worth addressing before it goes on too long. Here are some tips and guidelines to help ease dental anxiety.Read More
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