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

The Importance of Preventative Dentistry

We all know that going to the dentist is not on the top of anyone’s list, but making sure you go to the dentist every six months can help you avoid painful and costly dental problems. Our office makes it a priority to focus on preventive dentistry so patients can keep their mouths and teeth healthy which helps avoid the development of gum disease and tooth decay.

What Is Preventive Dentistry?
Preventive dentistry is any form of dentistry that helps patients prevent developing dental issues such as tooth decay and gum disease, which are the main causes of tooth loss. During your routine dental visits, we will conduct preventive treatments such as cleanings and fluoride treatments to remove tartar and plaque and protect your teeth against decay. We will also perform an exam to make sure there are no signs of cavities and gingivitis. 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

Defeat Dental Anxiety for Good

If you have an anxiety about going to the dentist, you are not alone. Millions of people have some level of anxiety about going to the dentist. Dental anxiety or dental phobia can leave you panic stricken and terrified about upcoming appointments or cause you to stay away from the dentist, only going when forced to do so by extreme pain.

There are many reasons why some people have dental anxiety and phobia. Some of the common reasons include:

Fear Of Pain – Fear of pain is a very common reason for avoiding the dentist. This usually stems from an early childhood experience that was unpleasant or painful. Thankfully there have been many advances in dentistry over the years that make most of today’s dental procedures considerably less painful or even pain free. Continue reading

Benefits of Tooth Brushing

A bright shining smile is one of the first things we notice about another person. Those gleaming white teeth are the highlight of a smile. Of course, everyone knows that proper dental hygiene is the first step to a beautiful smile. Many people do not know that dental hygiene also plays a pivotal role in the function of almost every other system in the human body. Dental hygiene refers to the overall health and care of the mouth including the teeth, tongue and the gums. Maintaining good dental hygiene is a crucial step in maintaining complete body health.
Brushing your teeth is an ordinary chore in an already busy life. Every morning and every evening we brush our teeth, not knowing how powerful this little ritual is to our overall health.

Not only does that toothbrush and toothpaste combination mechanically remove plaque and germs, but they also play a role in allowing your body to receive all of the nutrition it requires. Continue reading

Teach Children Good Oral Hygiene

Children live in a special world, where their top priorities are having fun, being silly, and avoiding activities that stand in the way of their good time. For this reason, children also tend to avoid daily rituals that don’t stimulate them in a fun way. For most children, brushing teeth is ranked about as highly as cleaning a bedroom. So, how do you encourage enthusiasm in your children for something as necessary (and “boring”) as dental maintenance? Here are some great tips for how to teach children good oral hygiene:

Lead by example. Your children look to you when gauging appropriate behavior, and that’s no less true when it comes to oral hygiene. If you make it a point to brush and floss regularly and visit the dentist when needed (and without too much complaining), then you can rest assured that you are doing the single most important things you can do when it comes to teaching your children to have an appreciation for good oral hygiene. Continue reading

Tips for Preventing Tooth Loss

dental-hygieneTooth loss is no fun for anyone but the best part is, it can be easily prevented. Your teeth are meant to last you for life and with the proper care then they can almost certainly achieve this aim. However it is all too easy to neglect your teeth or to think their loss is somehow inevitable. If you would like to enjoy your natural smile for as long as possible, follow our tips below.

Do Not Miss Your Regular Checkups
This is absolutely essential as a regular checkup is the best possible way of avoiding tooth loss and keeping your teeth longer. By allowing us to check your teeth and gums, we can soon pick up any small problems before they become likely to threaten the health of your teeth. Continue reading

Keeping Your Teeth for a Lifetime

postKeeping your teeth for life has become the dominant model in oral care today. Not many years ago, Americans assumed that, later in life, total extraction was inevitable, followed by a transition to dentures. Fortunately that is no longer a necessary assumption.

Importance Of Keeping Your Teeth
The health of the human body depends on having healthy teeth. Everything from speech to nutrition starts with the mouth. Having gum disease has been linked to and may be a risk factor in developing Alzheimer’s disease, heart disease or diabetes. Experts are studying how inflammation in the mouth caused by gum disease may influence other areas of the body (brain, heart and pancreas), causing disease in those areas. This chronic inflammation inhibits the body’s ability to fight infection. Continue reading

The Real Truth About Flossing

1932870Flossing is one of the most important things you can do to improve and preserve your oral health. Most people either forget about flossing or put it low on their list of priorities because they are unaware of the importance or unsure how to do it correctly. Brushing our teeth has become an ingrained habit for so many of us. Flossing, unfortunately, is something that seems to take more work to become second nature. We understand how hard it can be to make flossing a priority when you have not in the past. Below are some tips to get you flossing with ease in no time.

Quality Over Quantity
You do not need to floss several times a day. Flossing once a day should be enough, so long as you do it well. Flossing is all about proper technique. If you floss multiple times a day and do a poor job of it each time, you are not doing your teeth any favors. Find a time in your day where you can devote a few extra minutes to your dental care. Continue reading