Category: Dental Health

Can Xylitol Benefit Your Teeth?

Xylitol is a natural sweetener that may be able to reduce your risk of cavities, and potentially gum disease. Tooth decay and gingivitis are caused by oral bacteria, and the product can inhibit the growth of those bacteria and prevent them from sticking to your teeth. The process should eventually decrease the overall amount of bacteria… Read more »

Why is Saliva So Important?

Saliva is one of the most important defenses you have against oral diseases and infections. It can protect your mouth against bacteria that cause serious damage by attacking your enamel or gums. Chronic dry mouth, or xerostomia, is therefore a serious concern, as a lack of saliva can increase your chances of cavities, gum disease, or… Read more »

Is It Really Possible to Prevent Cavities?

Did you know that cavities, a result of tooth decay, are the most commonly-experienced chronic disease in the world? Given the fact that they affect nearly 35% of the world’s entire population, you might wonder if cavities are, in fact, as preventable as you’ve been told. The truth is, they are; the prevalence of cavities… Read more »

Prevent Tooth Loss by Preventing Why It Happens

Is losing teeth a worry at the back of your mind? If you have older family members with a history of tooth loss, then it might seem like an especially worrisome prospect. While heredity might play a role in some of the issues that could lead to missing teeth, their actual loss doesn’t necessarily run… Read more »

What Kind of Tooth Filling Do You Have?

Filling a cavity is often the best way to treat and preserve a tooth inflicted with tooth decay—an internal infection caused by oral bacteria. Decay occurs when the enamel around your teeth is dissolved by bacteria-produced acid, and since teeth can’t heal themselves, cleaning and filling the cavity is necessary to restore the tooth’s strength…. Read more »

3 Things You Should Know About Jaw Health (Pt. 1)

It’s not that no one ever thinks about their jaw health, but you might not notice just how significantly little things can affect it, or notice when something isn’t right. If your jaw is in trouble, but the symptoms are more centered on headaches than dental pain, then your jaw health might not be the… Read more »

Celebrate Dental Hygiene Month with Better Dental Hygiene!

Besides the candy-fest that is Halloween, October is also host to National Dental Hygiene Month—the National Dental Hygienists’ Association’s effort to help raise awareness about the importance of maintaining good dental health. To help you celebrate National Dental Hygiene Month, we offer a few tips for keeping your smile healthy and beautiful through better dental… Read more »

Is All Food Bad for Your Teeth?

It’s no secret that everything you eat and drink will have some kind of influence on your dental health, whether it’s staining your teeth (like coffee and wine) or increasing your risk of cavities (like sugar). While all food can be bad for your teeth if it lingers around long enough, some foods and beverages… Read more »

What Causes Bad Breath?

Bad breath is something we all deal with at some point, like when we first wake up in the morning, or after eating something smothered in garlic or onions. Chronic bad breath, though, isn’t as common as morning breath or garlic breath. If it doesn’t go away after brushing and flossing your teeth, then the… Read more »

How Important Is Your Toothbrush?

Normally you are probably very cautious about what you put in your mouth. Are you as fussy about your toothbrush? I bet not. Most people probably don’t think much about their toothbrush. They may choose it based on color or price, throw it in the shopping cart, and use it until the bristles bend or… Read more »