Toothbrush care

Toothbrush care

For the most part, common dental issues can be prevented with proper, consistent use of your toothbrush. Yet, the state of your toothbrush can determine how effective it is at cleaning and protecting your teeth. Learn proper toothbrush care. If you don’t care for it well, your toothbrush may cause more harm than good to… Read more »

A Crash-Course on Cavities

Cavities

It has affected over 90% of adults in America, and it is the most common chronic disease among school-aged children, yet many people do not even consider it a disease. Nevertheless, once tooth decay causes cavities to form in one or more of your teeth, seeking relief from the discomfort can become top priority fairly… Read more »

When’s the Best Time to Schedule a Dental Checkup?

Brushing and flossing your teeth at least twice a day is fairly easy, and it’s important to the continued good health of your teeth and gums. However, the simple act at home is not enough to maintain your healthy smile in the long-run. All patients, regardless of age, should attend regular checkup and cleaning appointments, usually… Read more »

Ways to Enjoy an Even Healthier Smile: Part One

Healthy Smile Tips from Your Preventive Dentist

Do you want to avoid the dental problems you experienced last year? Are you interested in maintaining a beautiful smile, now that you have finally had your braces removed, or competed professional teeth whitening? Whatever your most pressing reason for striving to take care of your smile, this year, the answer is the same: preventive dental… Read more »

Can Cosmetic Dentistry Help? Part Two

Could Cosmetic Dentistry Enhance Your Smile?

If you are tired of trying, in vain, to hide your less-than-pearly whites, you may have already considered cosmetic dental treatment. But do you know what can be done to improve those imperfections, or to provide you with a more beautiful, yet still natural-looking smile? Many patients have questions and even concerns about seeking cosmetic… Read more »

Keep Your Teeth Looking Great Through Preventive Care

Oral Health and Your Overall Wellbeing

Want to maintain a beautiful smile this year? Every great-looking smile starts with good oral health. And fortunately, developing a healthy smile does not involve a complicated process. It just requires maintaining a great dental hygiene routine, combined with regular checkups and cleanings at a general or preventive dentist. If you’re already brushing and flossing… Read more »

Feel Your Best by Fighting That Canker Sore

Ouch! Most Canker Sores Can Be Treated at Home

You have worked hard to maintain a healthy and beautiful smile, through regular dental care and even professional teeth whitening! Unfortunately you don’t feel like showing it off much, when you have a canker sore. Many children and adults alike, struggle with canker sores. But knowing they are common won’t make you feel any better…. Read more »

Preventing Plaque Is Key to Keeping Your Smile Shining

Preventing Plaque for Pearly White Teeth

From preventing unsightly yellow marks from appearing on the teeth, to avoiding dental problems like cavities and gum disease, there are almost countless reasons to try to avoid plaque buildup. But many people don’t realize some of the simplest preventive steps they can take to keeping their teeth and gums healthy and plaque-free. If you… Read more »

Build Smile confidence with Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain Veneers for a Great Smile

As you enter the holiday season, are you feeling a bit insecure about showing off your smile? Holiday parties and family get-togethers are great for catching up with one’s friends and family. Unfortunately, this quality time together can also heighten insecurities about one’s teeth. Fortunately, noticeable imperfections, such as deep staining, discoloration, or disproportionate teeth,… Read more »

Need to Deal With a Lost Tooth? A Dental Bridge Can Help

Dental Bridge for Tooth Loss

Whether it’s your keys in the morning or a $20 bill you thought you left in your pocket, losing anything can create unwanted anxiety, stress, and often frustration. But many temporary annoyances pale in comparison to the angst that is often caused by adult tooth loss. It can be incredibly difficult coping with an incomplete… Read more »

Understanding How Dental Implants Securely Restore Smiles

Senior Suffering Tooth Loss Dental Implant

Tooth loss as an adult may feel embarrassing and isolating, but you are hardly alone. In fact, recent studies estimate that there are over 175 million American adults that are missing at least one tooth. And approximately 35 million of those are missing all their teeth.* But unlike in years past, adults affected by tooth… Read more »

Completing Your Smile with Restorative Treatment

Completing Smile with Restorative Dentistry

Unfortunately adult tooth loss affects many Americans, and it can cause problems for not only a person’s confidence, but also for his or her ability to speak and chew comfortably. Luckily, there are a number of ways a dentist can help complete a smile after tooth loss, each with benefits and some drawbacks. Understanding each… Read more »

Relief for Your Jaw Pain

Have you been waking up with headaches, and feeling unrested? Maybe you have noticed a popping sound when you open your mouth wide, or a ringing in your ears. Are your teeth suddenly extra sensitive to cold foods and beverages? These may seem like unrelated annoyances, but they are actually common symptoms of temporal mandibular… Read more »

Cosmetic Bonding Could Solve Smile Woes

cosmetic tooth bonding

Are you unhappy with your smile, but you’ve put off seeing your dentist because you think improving your teeth is either unaffordable, or will take too long to see results? Did you know that cosmetic tooth bonding can be a quick way to resolve many issues, such as chipped, stained or disproportionally small teeth? Through… Read more »

What Happens if I Don’t Floss?

For many people flossing is at the very bottom of their priority list. It can seem cumbersome, and many see it as unnecessary. “If I’m brushing my teeth, what’s the big deal about flossing?” Unfortunately, while brushing is a good start, it can still leave behind plaque and bacteria. Dentists don’t just recommend, but strongly… Read more »

TMJ Disorder Cause: A Quiz

Dealing with the symptoms and frustrating side effects of a disorder is truly a challenge. When it comes to TMJ disorder, for instance, most patients find that the jaw popping, occasionally jaw locking, and the different types of associated discomfort present a serious daily struggle. However, what is not so cut and dry in most… Read more »

The Care You Deserve | Seeking another opinion

Visiting the dentist can cause you to feel a bit hesitant in some cases. We commonly find that patients feel concerned about whether they are being provided with dental care that is appropriate for their needs, whether diagnoses are accurate, and that they feel extremely passionate about receiving gentle care. When it comes to ensuring… Read more »

Designing Your Smile: Step By Step

Designing your smile

If you have visited us before, you are likely aware of our philosophy that extends into providing patients with beautiful, natural looking smiles. We base your care on artistic dentistry, an approach to guiding you toward the most beautiful smile that best complements your features, while matching your smile goals and other preferences, such as… Read more »

Where Do Dental Prosthetics Come From?

When you visit us because you are concerned with tooth loss – or cosmetic improvements to your existing smile – you may find that we suggest dental prosthetics. A prosthetic is an artificial tooth or portion of a tooth that will improve the function or beauty of your smile. For instance, we may suggest porcelain… Read more »

Computed Tomography For Precision Placement Of Implants

CT scans play an extremely important role in the planning the future locations of implants. It is rare today to find a surgeon willing to take the risk of placing titanium fixtures without a CT scan. Computed tomography is often combined with digital software that helps to specify the arch location, depth, and axial inclinations… Read more »

Pet dental health | It’s Not Too Late for your pet’s teeth

It may be the last few days of February which is National Pet Dental Health Month but it is never too late to take care of your pet’s dental health no matter the month.  The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) declared February National Pet Dental Health Month because they want to boost awareness regarding the… Read more »

Hygiene Recommendations for Your Gums

Taking care of your gums is important to both your tooth health and your overall health. Poor gum health can lead to periodontal disease which is the major reason for tooth loss. Periodontal disease has also been implicated in several other health conditions including diabetes, heart diseases, dementia, erectile dysfunction, and others. Unless gum disease… Read more »

Keep Your Teeth White with Whitening Floss

When you think of whitening your teeth you probably think of in-office whitening, take-home whitening kits, over-the-counter whitening kits, toothpastes, and even mouthwashes, but do you ever think of dental floss? Keeping your teeth white can be a challenge even after professional or over-the-counter whitening. Bleaching doesn’t last forever, sometimes not even for a few… Read more »

Do You Know What Ingredients Are In Your Tooth Whitening Products?

Everybody wants white teeth but going to the dentist for a bleaching isn’t always convenient. Sometimes it isn’t even an option. For instance, you may want a cheaper way out, or maybe your dentist doesn’t offer in-office whitening. You could get a take-home whitening kit from your dentist, or you could buy an over-the-counter whitening… Read more »

What Is Cosmetic Dentistry?

Dental treatments that improve the aesthetics  and function of a patient’s gums, teeth, or bite are considered cosmetic dentistry.  Your regular general dentist provides preventive dentistry to keep your teeth and gums healthy which includes a thorough oral examination, a professional dental cleaning, and x-rays. A true generalist dentist might do other treatments that commonly are… Read more »

The Golden Proportion Of Dentistry

Your smile is important. Not only does a nice smile make you feel good about yourself, it affects the public’s perception of you.  People with a great smile are perceived as more intelligent, more successful, friendlier, more outgoing, more honest, more brave, more, more, and more. A healthy, esthetic smile can get you more job… Read more »

Cosmetic Dentistry And Continued Education

The number of cosmetic dentists in the United States is expected to grow by 21 percent over the next six years. The utilization of cosmetic services is expected to continue to grow as well. With less invasive and faster services due to new treatments and technologies, a higher percentage of the population is considering aesthetic… Read more »

Tooth Decay On Indian Reservations

Dental caries, or childhood tooth decay, is a concern world-wide. One might wonder why anyone in the U.S. should have to worry about childhood tooth decay with fluoridated water supplies and advanced dental technology. What is even more worrying is the percentage of tooth decay among the Navajo Nation and American Indians overall.  Research has… Read more »

Olympic Teeth

Olympic athletes are larger than life to us average Joes. They seem to have everything they need: coaches, doctors, sports therapists. They have Olympic lives, Olympic bodies, Olympic medals, and Olympic teeth. Stop. The fact is that Olympic athletes have poor dental health. They don’t have what you would imagine to be Olympic teeth: perfect… Read more »

Treatments for Stomatitis

In our last blog we discussed Stomatitis (a sore or inflamed mouth), where it occurs, and the different types. Although it may sound like it refers to your stomach, stomat is actually Greek for “mouth.” While not dangerous or life-threatening, Stomatitis can be uncomfortable and can make it difficult to eat, drink, talk, and sleep…. Read more »

Bisphosphantes with Dental Problems | Is Your Jaw Safe

For those of you who have denture phobia (the fear of having to wear dentures) you may worry obsessively about your teeth and the health of your gums. Tooth loss is most commonly caused by periodontal disease, which in most cases can be avoided, and periodontal disease affects your gums. However, there are things that… Read more »

Posture And Poor Dental Health

Does your posture have anything to do with your dental health? Good posture has much to do with many aspects of your health actually. You probably didn’t think standing up straight was really important but not only does your posture affect the way you feel mentally (happy or depressed), and the way you feel physically… Read more »

Do Your Genetics Affect The Strength Of Your Tooth Enamel?

Tooth enamel is the hardest substance in your body. It protects your inner tooth (the dentin and pulp) from decay. Mature enamel consists of 96 percent minerals, 3 percent water, and 1 percent organic material. It is hard and fracture tough, yet tooth decay or childhood caries is a chronic worldwide disease. Caries begins on… Read more »

Adults With Developmental Disabilities

Many adults with developmental disabilities cannot tend to their own dental needs and therefore require assistance from caregivers. Research has shown that somewhere there is a disconnect between the caregivers of adults with developmental disabilities and the at-home dental care that adults with developmental disabilities receive.  Because of this there has been a call not… Read more »