Category Archives: Dental Health

Why Fixing a Chipped Tooth Is Best Option for Your Dental Health

If you have a chipped tooth, addressing it is easy to fix. Our office has several different options to help restore your smile to its former glory. The exact treatment depends on the size of the chip and the overall health of the tooth. While esthetics is a major concern, repairing any chips in your teeth is also vital for your oral health.

How A Chipped Tooth Can Affect Your Dental Health
Our teeth are protected with a strong layer of tooth enamel that prevents bacteria from getting inside the tooth. When you have a chip in your tooth this layer is breeched, allowing bacteria to enter the tooth where it can effect the dentin. As the dentin erodes, it causes a cavity which will eventually reach the central part of your tooth called the pulp. There is a risk that these bacteria will infect the pulp, by which time you will need root canal treatment to save the tooth. An infected tooth can be painful so it is much easier, quicker and less expensive to repair the broken or damaged tooth. Continue reading

Is It Possible to Over Brush?

Most of can remember as children our parents chasing us down to brush our teeth. As adults, most of us have fallen into a good habit of keeping our teeth clean, but many of us also tend to overdo it. Some of us brush too often but most tend to brush too hard. Surprisingly you need very little pressure with your toothbrush in order to remove plaque from your teeth.

The Bad Effects Of Over Brushing
If you brush too often or brush too hard it can begin to have a negative effect on your teeth over time. Brushing too hard can remove the protective layer of enamel on your teeth, causing them to become sensitive to hot and cold foods and drinks. It can also cause your gums to recede, exposing the roots, which can lead to a lot of pain while eating and brushing. Continue reading

Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures: Create A Perfect Smile

There are several cosmetic dentistry procedures available to help you create the perfect smile. Cosmetic dentistry focuses on a number of dental procedures designed to improve the aspect of the teeth. Treatments have little or no impact on teeth’s functionality, but they change dramatically the way in which they look.

Teeth Whitening
One of the most popular cosmetic dentistry procedures is teeth whitening and we often use this treatment to help rejuvenate smiles. You can choose from in-office whitening treatments that can take as little as an hour, or home whitening kits that use custom fitted whitening trays to gently brighten the color of your teeth. Continue reading

Benefits of a Beautiful Smile

beautiful-smileTaking care of your teeth has a lot of health benefits. Maintaining an attractive white smile is an important factor to the overall appearance, attractiveness, and professionalism of yourself. A great smile allows others to feel comfortable and displays approachability. It not only makes you feel good, but allows others to feel more positive about their day and their surroundings. Here are just a few of the benefits that can come from having a beautiful smile.

Smiling Makes You Healthier
Stress is a killer. The less stressed out you are, the less pressure and strain you are exerting on your body. People who are happy and relaxed are more likely to live longer, and much less likely to develop blood pressure or heart problems that plague people afflicted with high stress levels. It also has an added health benefit, it makes your immune system stronger by making your body produce extra white blood cells. Continue reading

Common Root Canal Signs

root-canalIf you have a painful toothache that just will not go away or you feel some tenderness and pressure around a tooth, you may have a severe infection that requires a root canal. Many people are afraid to get a root canal and may even delay treatment to avoid going through with the procedure. However, undergoing root canal therapy will prevent an infection from spreading and can ward off damage to nearby teeth. Here are three of the most common symptoms one can experience that may necessitate a dental evaluation.

Pain – When your teeth bother you, this is a signal from your body that something is not right in your mouth. Continue reading

Potential Causes of Toothaches

toothacheThere are a number of different causes of dental pain. Almost everyone experiences pain or soreness in their teeth or gums at one time or another. Most of the time the pain or soreness is of a temporary nature and is not usually a cause of concern. If you are experiencing oral pain, we are here to help. We have put together a list of the leading causes of mouth pain.

Clenching Or Grinding Your Teeth
Teeth grinding, also known as Bruxism, is one of the most common causes of mouth pain. Grinding your teeth typically occurs while you are sleeping and requires an immense amount of pressure from your jaws, which may leave a sore, achy feeling the next morning. But the effects may be long term as well, over time, grinding your teeth wears them down to stumps and may cause them to crack, break, or fracture in a painful manner. Continue reading

Dental Veneers: Improve Your Smile

veneersIf you would like to enhance the appearance of your smile or correct minor dental flaws dental veneers are an easy way to achieve this. Veneers are custom designed to fit over the entire front surface of the tooth, from the gum line right up to the biting edge of the tooth.

Can Dental Veneers Help Your Smile?
Dental veneers are great for hiding lots of different types of imperfections, so you might want to consider this option if you have some teeth with internal stains that cannot easily be lifted by conventional tooth whitening. This can happen through the use of certain antibiotics such as tetracycline, or may occur if you had excess fluoride as a child as this can often leave white flecks on teeth, or even brown or other dark colored marks. Continue reading

Common Causes of Tooth Pain

tooth-painDespite having a hard enamel exterior, teeth are actually quite delicate. Many people experience tooth pain at some point in their life. Tooth pain can be caused by a number of factors.

Tooth Decay
If you have untreated cavities in your teeth then it is likely that bacteria in the mouth have managed to penetrate the dentin layer. This consists of lots of tiny tubules that lead directly to the pulp, resulting in these nerves becoming stimulated. Continue reading

Your Child’s Age One Dental Visit

dental-visitMost American children do not see their family dentist until they are well over two years old, far later than is recommended by both dental and medical professionals. It is recommended that your child’s first dental visit begins at age one or six months after his or her first tooth comes in.

There are significant advantages to starting dental visits early and establishing a dental home since many dental problems are avoidable. Early visits allow children to become accustomed to the atmosphere of the dental office and establish good habits early. Research has shown that children who visit the dentist at a young age have fewer cavities, less premature tooth loss, reduced future health care costs, and a more positive experience at the dentist throughout their childhood. Continue reading

Tips to Keep Your Mouth Clean

mouthDental plaque is one of your mouth’s greatest enemies. When plaque builds up on your teeth, it eats away at the enamel, causing cavities and decay. In addition, bacteria from plaque can cause bad breath and turn your teeth yellow. Below are some helpful tips to keep your mouth clean and reduce the amount of bacteria in your mouth.

Brush And Floss Daily
It usually takes 12 to 24 hours for enough plaque buildup to support bacteria. By brushing and flossing at least once a day, you can remove most of this buildup, with twice a year dental cleanings to remove hard to reach plaque you may have missed. Be sure to use fluoride toothpaste to help strengthen enamel against high acid. And wait a half hour to an hour after eating before brushing to give saliva time to reduce the acid level in your mouth. Continue reading