5 Reasons to See your Dentist

 

So many of us have busy lives and end up putting off our needs because of lack of time. One thing you should not do is put off seeing your dentist when you’re having problems with your mouth.  Here are 5 signs you should buzz the doctor for an appointment. 

  1. Tooth pain- when a toothache starts it’s very difficult to ignore it. At first you try to deal with the pain with homemade remedies but if the pain persists it maybe time to call the doctor.
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Protect your lips

Whether outside working in your yard or on the beach catching some rays, SPF should be a very important part of your daily routine.  

If you have ever gotten a sunburn on your face or lips and he would agree it’s painful and no fun.

Protecting your face and the rest of your body is pretty self-explanatory when it comes to sun damage and cancer, but many people often forget about their lips. Read more »

Sour Lemons

What is more refreshing than a nice slice of lemon in your water or a piece of fresh orange?

With summer just around the corner and fruit in full bloom make sure you’re paying attention to how much you are eating and using in your water.

Certain citrusy fruits can be one of the leading causes to dental erosion.

Teeth have a very strong enamel; however, that enamel can be weakened and compromised when they are exposed to too much acidic substance. Read more »

Grinding and Night Guards

Have you ever woken up with a sore jaw? Are you getting earaches or neck aches? 

You may be grinding your teeth at night.

Teeth grinding, better known as Bruxism, usually occurs while you’re asleep ;however,  can happen while awake. 

The causes of Bruxism are not clear but stress is one possible cause. Other things that are thought to be associated with teeth grinding are anxiety, sleep apnea and misaligned teeth. Read more »

The ins and outs of a root canal

So you’re at the dentist, and in pain. Two words come out of the dentists mouth… Root canal. What are your first thoughts?? 

Well I’m here to calm those thoughts and tell you a little bit about root canals.

First off, there are many different reasons for needing a root canal. A few of those causes include deep decay, a chip or crack in the tooth, or trauma to the tooth that may have caused damage in the pulp area. Read more »

Why is a Sonicare/electric toothbrush better then the old standard?

Have you ever used a Sonicare toothbrush? If the answer to that is Yes then you understand how glorious the experience is. If you answered No then you should definitely make a trip into the office and purchase your very first. 

The Sonicare has a variety of oral benefits.  First off, you can help your teeth to become naturally whiter. At the speed the bristles go back-and-forth it helps to diminish stains which are difficult to remove. Read more »

Pregnancy and your Oral Health

So you have a bun in the oven… Should you be continuing your oral hygiene care?

The answer to that is absolutely! 

Make sure if you have started or discontinued any medications during your pregnancy, you inform your dental provider. 

Teeth may become more prone to decay during pregnancy due to many factors such as an increase of carbohydrate intake or morning sickness. Your normal dental routine may be disrupted due to a more sensitive gag reflex, Read more »

What do you know about Periodontal Disease

Believe it or not, Periodontal disease is very common. This disease has a wide range starting from simple gum inflammation down to the loss of tissue and bone that help to support our teeth.

Keeping good oral health is very important when keeping periodontal disease under control. Plaque is a huge factor in periodontal disease. Our mouth’s harbor bacteria that form on our teeth, also known as plaque. That plaque builds up and turns into a hardened substance known as tartar. Read more »

Have you Heard of a CEREC ?

If you are a patient with our practice and have ever needed a crown,  you may have already experienced the CEREC. 

The CEREC is a 3-D technology that allows dental providers to eliminate the need for messy impressions and temporary crowns.  This computer-aided machine allows restorative work to be condensed to one visit for damaged teeth, that would normally take multiple visits.  

The CEREC can be used for crowns and onlays. Read more »

Dental Benefits and the End of the Year

Do you pay for dental insurance? Have you been putting off your cleaning visits? Is there restorative work that you need to have done? If you answered yes to either of these questions chances are you may be wasting money.

When you pay for dental benefits you want to make sure you are getting the most out of them.  No insurance company or benefit plan are the same. Everyone has a different monthly premium and there are wide varieties of benefit maximums and coverage. Read more »