We all know the saying “you are what you eat”. When it comes to making sure your teeth are healthy, this is especially true. Did you know, that as soon as you put something in your mouth, changes occur? Basically, our food reacts with the bacteria in our mouths to help break it down. Once that bacteria starts to work, it produces acids. And acids are what cause cavities. In many cases, the culprits are usually sugary foods, but can also include breads, crackers, cereal and even bananas. Here are 3 quick, healthy tips that will help prevent tooth decay. [Read more…]
By far, teeth whitening is one of the most cost-effective ways to improve your smile. In fact, the teeth whitening “industry” for over-the-counter products only rakes in over $1.4 billion a year. While we may be inundated with commercials for these over-the-counter products, you may be a little confused as to what the differences are – not only in these products but also the services offered by your dentist. Here are 5 facts about teeth whitening: [Read more…]
Did you know that your oral health can offer clues about your overall health — or that problems in your mouth can affect the rest of your body?
Like many areas of the body, your mouth is teeming with bacteria — most of them harmless. Normally the body’s natural defenses and good oral health care, such as daily brushing and flossing, can keep these bacteria under control. However, without proper oral hygiene, bacteria can reach levels that might lead to oral infections, such as tooth decay and gum disease. [Read more…]
When it comes to our health there are a lot of “remedies” and “beliefs” that have been passed down from generation to generation. In fact, many of these have become woven into the fabric of our lives that we now consider them factual and actual “cures” for various ailments – regardless of whether that can be proved scientifically. The same is true when it comes to your teeth and dental health. Below are 5 common myths and dental misconceptions and the reality behind them. [Read more…]
Dentistry has changed quite a bit over the years. If you have ever been diagnosed with gum disease, you know that periodontal work can be a tedious and sometimes painful process. With new technology, that will become a thing of the past. How? With lasers.
Gingivitis and periodontal disease is usually caused by plaque build-up. Most of the time, proper oral hygiene [Read more…]
Let’s face it, when it comes to your smile, you want it to be beautiful. While we normally think of braces as a way to straighten crooked teeth, there are conditions that can be treated by braces, including overbites, speech impediments, problems with chewing or eating, and even sleep apnea just to name a few. But when it comes to the choice between traditional braces and newer treatments such as Invisalign, how do you choose? [Read more…]
When it comes to replacing lost teeth, there are several options available: dental implants or dental bridges. Both options will keep your remaining teeth from shifting, improve your appearance, and allow you to talk and eat normally. The pros and cons of both should be carefully considered before making a decision.
Bridges can be a quick and easy (and less expensive) solution to replacing a lost tooth. [Read more…]
Dentistry has changed considerably over the years – especially when it comes to crowns. If you have suffered a cracked tooth or deep cavities that needed root canals, you probably are very familiar with the process of being fitted for a crown – a “cap” for the tooth to protect it from further decay and health conditions resulting from the original problem.
In the past, getting a crown has involved several trips to the dentist – one for them to make a mold of your teeth and put in a temporary crown [Read more…]
If you are of a certain age, you probably have some silver fillings in your mouth. In reality, these “silver” fillings are what is known as dental amalgam – a composite of silver, mercury, tin and copper. In recent years, there has been talk about moving away from using this dental amalgam [Read more…]