Archive for the ‘ Preventive Dentistry ’ Category

Do I Really Need To Brush Twice A Day?

There are many reasons for us to brush twice a day. When we brush, floss, and rinse, it minimizes the bacteria in our mouth. This in turn decreases oral disease, prevents bad breath, reduces stains and other particles keeping our teeth shiny white. These are all great reasons to brush but the most important reason […]

Digital X-Rays

With recent technological advances, I am able to offer my patients many modern amenities, including digital x-rays (radiographs). The most positive affect of digital radiographs is the fact that they use a lot less radiation than the traditional way of taking x-rays. This day in age people are more aware of all aspects of health. […]

Bruxism

What is Bruxism? Bruxism is the result of clenching the jaw down tightly and grinding the teeth. When you clench down on your teeth pressure is put on the muscles, tissues and other structures surrounding the jaw. ¬†People who clench their teeth mainly do it while sleeping. Symptoms Sore jaw Headaches Insomnia Depression Eating disorders […]

Oral Health vs. Overall Health

Many people will tell you that being healthy includes exercise and eating a balanced diet. But not a lot of people realize that being healthy also includes regular dental checkups. Recently, there have been multiple studies showing that poor dental health can lead to a variety of health concerns including heart attacks, low birth weight […]

Oral Cancer

What is Oral Cancer? Oral cancer is an uncontrollable growth of cells that invade and cause damage to¬†surrounding tissue. It can appear as the growth or sore that does not go away and can be can be in your lips, cheeks, tongue, the floor of your mouth, hard and soft palates, sinuses, and your throat. […]

Tooth Brushing in Children

Children’s hands and mouths are different than adults. They need to use toothbrushes designed for children. Both adults and children should use brushes with soft, rounded bristles for gentle cleaning. Change to a new brush about every three months. Wipe infant’s teeth gently with a moist, soft cloth or gauze square. As babies grow, use […]

Early Childhood Tooth Decay

What Causes Tooth Decay? Several specific types of bacteria that live on the teeth cause decay. When sugar is consumed, the bacteria use the sugar and then manufacture acids that dissolve the teeth and cause an infection in the tooth. This infection is called decay. What Is Early Childhood Tooth Decay? Babies who go to […]

Dental Sealants

Highly effective in preventing decay on the biting surfaces of your chewing teeth, dental sealants are a simple procedure in which a tooth-colored acrylic “coating” is painted onto the surface of the tooth. This effectively “seals” the deep grooves, acting as a barrier and protecting enamel from plaque and acids. Sealants protect the depressions and […]