How to Keep Your Smile Brighter for Longer

The focus of preventive dental care is typically to save your smile from issues that could seriously threaten its health and integrity. For instance, common concerns like tooth decay and gum disease can often be prevented with the right level of care and maintenance, helping you avoid the need for more extensive treatment later. However, there are also things that can naturally affect your teeth to a much lesser degree, but still have a strong influence on your smile’s appearance. The development of stains on your teeth’s surfaces and the loss of their healthy, natural shine are among such concerns, and with these tips, you could have a better chance at keeping your smile naturally bright and beautiful for longer. (more…)

When to Start Worrying About Gingivitis

The idea of caring for your smile and preventing issues from threatening it can seem abstract sometimes, especially if you don’t have any existing concerns to worry about. The problem is that not all oral health concerns are obvious at first. Even when they do exhibit warning signs, they can often seem minor and are easy to ignore until they become much more severe. Such is often the case with patients who have gingivitis, an infection in your gums caused by excessive oral bacteria buildup. The condition might seem minor at first, but when it’s ignored long enough, it can progress into much more severe gum disease. (more…)

Does Dental Hygiene Really Prevent Anything?

Dental hygiene has been part of our daily routines for most our lives. It’s so ingrained, in fact, that we often practice out without really giving it much thought. Unfortunately, thoughtless hygiene is nearly as ineffective as a complete lack of hygiene, which is why the routine may not seem like it can prevent anything to some patients. The truth, however, is that the secret to good and effective preventive hygiene is to remain consistent about it, and not be fooled into growing less diligent about keeping your smile healthy. (more…)

A Few Important Notes About Dealing with Tooth Loss

Not everyone will experience tooth loss, but everyone should be concerned about protecting their smiles from the things that can cause it. For people who do lose one or more teeth, it’s even more important to be concerned with replacing them as soon as possible. Dealing with tooth loss means different things for everyone, and our goal is to help make it easier for you. From helping you prevent the common causes behind tooth loss, to rebuilding and preserving your smile if you do experience it, we can help you avoid some of the more devastating consequences of losing teeth. (more…)

Why You Can’t Solve TMJ Problems On Your Own

If you have a toothache, you might try several home remedies to alleviate it before realizing it won’t go away for good without your dentist’s help. However, if you experience a seemingly random combination of discomforts, such as pain in your jaw combined with chronic headaches and migraines, there may be no home remedy that can help relieve the problem. Today, we examine why you can’t solve the problem of TMJ disorder on your own with home remedies, and why visiting your dentist for custom treatment could be the only way to restore your bite’s function. (more…)

Common Risk Factors to Developing Bruxism

Bruxism, which is a bite dysfunction that involves chronic teeth-grinding, can affect almost anyone. However, unlike more common issues like tooth decay and gum disease, which directly result from excessive oral bacteria buildup, bruxism can have several different potential causes. Therefore, the risk factors for developing it can be vastly different for different patients. Today, we explain a few of the more common of these risk factors, and how they might contribute to a chronic teeth-grinding problem. (more…)

Curious About Fluoride Treatment? Here’s How It Helps

Sometimes, it can seem like children’s teeth are just prone to developing problems like cavities. The truth, though, is that they’re no more at-risk for cavity development than adults are, on average. The problem is often simply one of care and maintenance; children aren’t as adept at brushing and flossing their teeth every day. As such, plaque and tartar can accumulate in more spots and be left there until your child’s next dental visit. In addition to thoroughly cleaning away this plaque and tartar during your child’s visit, we can also recommend additional measures like fluoride treatment to strengthen their teeth and help successfully prevent cavities from forming. (more…)

When Is It Time for Scaling and Root Planing?

It’s easy to tell when it’s time for a routine dental cleaning appointment. On average, most people should attend one at least once every six months. However, periodontal cleaning is a more involved process, with a more direct focus on preventing or stopping the development of gum disease. Also known as scaling and root planing, periodontal cleaning involves cleaning the surfaces of your teeth roots, which are located underneath your gums and are more challenging to access than your teeth’s crowns. (more…)

What Prevention Really Means for Your Oral Health

You may hear a lot about prevention when it comes to the routine care of your dental health. Most importantly, the fact that prevention is the main point of it. For example, from the simple (but consistent) cleaning of your teeth every day to the regular checkups and cleanings that your dentist performs, prevention is typically the focus. However, exactly what you’re preventing, or how your routines impact the success of it, aren’t always clear. Today, we examine what prevention really means for your oral health, and why it’s so important to keep it in mind when caring for your smile. (more…)

A Few Day-to-Day Benefits of Dental Implants

One of the most important aspects of dealing with tooth loss is designing a treatment that not only rebuilds your smile, but also benefits your oral health in the long run as much as possible. This is most effective with the help of dental implants, which provide the only solution for replacing your lost teeth roots. In addition to the significant long-term benefits that come with replacing lost teeth roots, such as preserving your jawbone’s health and integrity, there are also many benefits that you can notice almost immediately. (more…)