A Quiz About Bruxism

woman with bruxismIf you grind your teeth when you’re stressed or angry, you might be causing damage to your teeth. Chronic teeth grinding, called bruxism, can create long-term oral health issues, because of the stress you place on your teeth. Some patients may have sleep bruxism, grinding their teeth while asleep, and might be unaware of the potential harm they may be causing. Because of the health impacts of bruxism, it is important to know the symptoms and causes in order to protect your teeth. (more…)

The Benefits of a Smile Makeover

woman with smile makeoverIf you have imperfections in your teeth and gums, from minor chips and cracks to missing teeth, you may be interested in a smile makeover. We’ll utilize cosmetic dentistry to transform your teeth and gums to make them brighter and more symmetrical, and may incorporate several different cosmetic procedures. Cosmetic issues don’t typically threaten the health of your teeth, but smile makeovers can often have oral health benefits as well as psychological and social benefits(more…)

Can Xylitol Benefit Your Teeth?

xylitol in a bowlXylitol 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 that live on your teeth or gums. Products that use Xylitol as the sweetener may be able to reduce the amount of cavities that develop in your teeth.  (more…)

Why is Saliva So Important?

boy drinking waterSaliva 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 bad breath. If you are experiencing dry mouth, visit the dentist to find the proper treatment to protect your oral health. (more…)

What is Tooth Contouring?

crooked teethTooth contouring is a practice many cosmetic dentists trust and use to help you achieve the smile you want. Dentists can develop smile makeovers tailored to your needs,and contouring can play a critical role in this process. Tooth contouring is a more conservative service than some others, like dental bonding and porcelain veneers, so you can make small changes to your teeth, as a standalone treatment or as one part of a larger makeover. (more…)

How the Dentist Can Fix Your Cavity

layers of a toothIf you have a cavity, you probably want to know the best option to fix your tooth. There are a variety of treatments that can protect and preserve the tooth after decay, and prevent extraction. Fillings, inlays, and onlays will fill the hole in the tooth, caused by acid from bacteria attacking your enamel. However, if the infection has reached your roots, however, root canal therapy will be required, which is a more involved process. However, all of these treatments will stop the decay so that your tooth does not have to be extracted. (more…)

The Dental Bonding Quiz

tooth in need of bondingMany people exhibit minor dental issues that they don’t know how to deal with, such as stains that won’t come out, minor chips or cracks in your teeth, or crooked or misshapen teeth. If you have one of these problems, dental bonding might be the right solution for you, as this procedure can fix these minor details to restore your smile and confidence. This quiz may help you decide if dental bonding is the right procedure for your cosmetic dental needs. (more…)

Why Choose a Dental Bridge?

man missing teethIf you are missing a tooth or teeth, you are probably looking for a way to restore your smile. Because of advancing technology, there are many remedies for missing teeth that will give your mouth a natural look and protect it. One often-recommended appliance is the dental bridge, which will serve as a placeholder for missing teeth in order to restore your mouth’s proper function. (more…)

Keep Your Children’s Teeth Safe this Halloween

kids and teeth on halloweenSome costumes might scare smaller children, but what worries parents most about Halloween is typically the massive amounts of candy that their kids will come home with and gorge on. Stomach aches, sugar highs and lows, and especially cavities are among the many consequences that can stem from excessive candy indulgence. However, while moderation can help control the tummy-aches and sugar swings, keeping your children’s teeth safe from tooth decay this Halloween might take a bit more initiative.   (more…)

The Truth About Tooth Extractions

worried about tooth extractionTooth extraction isn’t exactly the most pleasant of dental procedures, but sometimes, its necessity trumps all else. When your dentist recommends that a tooth be extracted, it typically means that the tooth is not only beyond saving, but also a threat to the rest of your oral health. To learn more about tooth extractions, or to find out if it’s too late to save your tooth, visit your dentist today for a comprehensive evaluation. (more…)