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

Protect Your Teeth: Preventive Steps Toward Better Oral Health

oral-healthPreventive dentistry emphasizes the importance of ongoing hygiene procedures and daily practices to prevent tooth decay and other dental diseases and conditions. Effective preventive dentistry combines at-home oral care by patients with chairside treatments and counseling by dental professionals. Some of the following preventive measures are commonly associated with protective treatments appropriate for children, but they can be just as beneficial for adult teeth. Continue reading

How to Find a Good Dentist

good dentistFinding the right dentist can seem like an overwhelming task, but it gets a lot easier once you know where to look to find good candidates, what to look for when comparing them and finally what questions to ask to determine which best fits your needs and situation.

Make A Short List Of Areas Within Your Preferred Location
As you start searching for a dentist, it is a good idea to make a short list of all locations within your preferred area where you may be able to find a good dentist. Also it is a good idea to include other locations that are outside of your immediate preferred area, but still within your ideal driving distance. This will help you find a broad range of nearby dental practitioners. Continue reading

The Importance of Brushing Before Bedtime

brushingIn today’s busy world, it is easy to lose track of and forget important daily tasks such as brushing your teeth before bed. However, there are some very good reasons why your dentist recommends brushing your teeth before bed. You may think brushing your teeth when you wake up in the morning is enough to clean and protect your teeth and gums, but nighttime brushing is essential for great oral health.

Prevent Bacteria Buildup
Within the human mouth resides countless numbers of bacteria and proper oral hygiene helps reduce and prevent the build-up of those bacteria. Bacteria in the mouth are normal and necessary for oral health, but when they accumulate and start feeding off the food particles left on and between teeth, that bacteria corrodes enamel and leads to tooth decay. Continue reading