October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month & Dental Hygiene Month

October is here and fall has officially begun, bringing with it Breast Cancer Awareness Month as well as National Dental Hygiene Month. This is a time to raise awareness for both and help to prevent problems by monitoring your health and being mindful of your lifestyle choices. Whether you are fighting cancer or dental problems,... Read more »

Dental Implant Placement Basics as a Step-by-Step Process

If you have ever lost a tooth, you might have more than just a gap between your teeth. If a lost tooth is not replaced, the bone in the jaw that supported the lost tooth starts to deteriorate. That’s because when you chew your food, there’s no more stimulation to the bone from the missing... Read more »

Enamel-Friendly Foods for Your Teeth

When it comes to protecting your teeth, your first line of defense against tooth decay and cavities is tooth enamel, as it is the outermost covering that protects the more vulnerable dentin and tooth pulp below. Your enamel comes equipped for the job as the hardest substance in your body. However, because it doesn’t have... Read more »

How Routine Dental Checkups Help Your Smile in the Long Run

When you come in for dental exams and we have cleaned your teeth and gum line and removed any hardened plaque, our dentist can look at them for any signs of trouble, such as cavities, loose or broken teeth, damaged fillings, and evaluate your risk rate of certain diseases which might also take into account... Read more »

Tooth Extraction: What Does It Entail?

Even though we believe that your teeth should stay in your smile, and we may do what we can to preserve a tooth, there could be times when a tooth requires an extraction. It may need to go as a result of an oral trauma or because of dental decay, but it can’t stay if… Read more »

Without Endodontic Treatment a Badly Decayed Tooth Could Develop a Dental Abscess

A small cavity that goes without professional attention can continue to grow in size and depth. Over time the area of tooth decay can penetrate into the pulp and root of the tooth causing a toothache and potentially serious complications. In some of these cases the bacterial presence can cause a concentrated pocket of infected… Read more »

There Is a Link Between Your Smile and Diabetes

Keeping your smile healthy can become more difficult if you have diabetes. Diabetes is a health condition that threatens your oral health and your overall health. By keeping excellent oral health habits like brushing and flossing regularly, you could be helping protect your smile from the damage diabetes can do to your smile. Our experienced… Read more »

Oral Health Care Damage Control: Dental Erosion Prevention

Caring for dental erosion begins by preventing it. Dental erosion occurs when harmful acids on your tooth enamel slowly begin to eat away at your teeth. If your teeth are worn down due to dental erosion, they will be susceptible to damage that could potentially lead to tooth death. To prevent this from happening, take… Read more »

Mercury in Amalgam Fillings Is Generally Harmless

Amalgam is a mixture of silver, zinc, mercury, and a few other metals. You may be concerned about the mercury, as mercury alone is toxic by itself. However, the concern is not as necessary, as the mercury mixes with the other metals and forms a fairly harmless compound. Amalgam has often be used to fill… Read more »

Inconsistent Flossing Efforts Increase Your Chances of Suffering from Gum Disease

Brushing your teeth at least twice a day helps remove sugar residue, plaque buildup, and stray food particles from the face and contours of your teeth. However, even the most effective toothbrush and brushing technique still cannot effectively clear bacterial deposits from between teeth and the gumline. To address these areas the American Dental Association… Read more »