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Cavity Fighters for Kids

Most parents know children’s oral health basics. Brush regularly, limit snacking, reduce sugar intake and get adequate amounts of Vitamin D and calcium. Dentists recommend three additional tools for preventing cavities in toddlers and children.

• Sealants
• Fluoride Supplements
• Oral Rinses

Resin dental sealants are applied by your dentist or hygienist. The material bonds to the biting surfaces of the back teeth, protecting the pits and fissures from decay. As long as the sealant remains intact, the sealed surface will be protected from decay. Some dental insurance providers cover dental sealants, so check with your provider if you are planning to get them for your kids. Continue reading

Benefits of Drinking Green Tea

Green tea is widely known for its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, but new research is suggesting that it benefits the rest of your oral cavity as well. This drink is also rich in antioxidants, which have many health properties. Here are five reasons why green tea may be good for your oral health.

Cavity Prevention
Drinking green tea helps prevent cavities by lowering the bacteria level and acid in the mouth. This helps slow down or reduce the cavity build up in the mouth. Continue reading

Preventing Childhood Cavities

It is important for parents to implement an effective hygiene routine at an early age to protect their child’s developing smile. Childhood oral health plays a significant role in shaping adult smiles. The development of childhood caries can cause many oral health issues that require extensive restorative care in order to preserve oral hygiene.

What Causes Childhood Caries?
Like adult caries, childhood cavities are caused by the colonization of bacteria in the mouth. Bacteria produces acid which attack teeth, damaging the enamel and creating cavities. Adults are better able to withstand cavities because their enamel is harder. A child’s teeth and gums are still developing, putting them at risk of extensive infection. If left untreated, the bacteria can travel into the tooth, requiring root canals or the extraction of severely damaged teeth in order to restore health to the dentition. Continue reading

Foods That Are Good for Your Teeth

Though there are many foods that can harm your teeth such as soda, candy, and coffee, there are also many foods that are good for your teeth. If you want healthy teeth that kill plaque, fight bacteria and build enamel, there are dozens of foods you can fit into your diet that will help.

Dairy: Teeth need calcium in order to stay strong, there is almost no better food to get it than through dairy products. Cheese and milk especially are great for your jawbone and teeth. Calcium prevents tooth decay by protecting your teeth from periodontal disease, a form of gum disease, as well as maintaining healthy bone structure of the jaw and teeth. About one-third of your body’s teeth and bones are made of calcium, so it is important to have a great deal of it in your system. Soy milk, tofu, and yogurt are also good sources of calcium. Continue reading

What to Expect at Your Dental Cleaning Appointment?

When you come in for your routine teeth cleaning you will be seen by both your dentist and a dental hygienist. The job of your dental hygienist is to check the health of your gums and teeth, as well as to clean and polish your teeth and offer any advice for at-home dental care. Here is what to expect from your next dental visit at our dental practice.

Cleaning
The main goal of a professional dental cleaning is to remove tartar buildup from your teeth and below the gum-line. While brushing and flossing properly and regularly at home will help to reduce plaque buildup, if you happen to miss spots here and there plaque easily turns to tartar, which your at-home toothbrush just can not remove. Therefore, you need to see your dentist to have tartar properly removed from your teeth. Continue reading

What Is Dental Bonding?

Nothing is more attractive than a healthy, beautiful, white smile. When you have a beautiful smile then you are more likely to show it off. And, as we all know, smiling can certainly boost your mood, alleviate stress and rev up your immune system.

About Dental Bonding
Dental bonding can be an ideal option for those looking to fix small imperfections and to improve smile aesthetics. Bonding is a cosmetic treatment that uses either tooth colored plastic or composite resin to apply to certain issues like discolorations, chips, cracks, unevenness or gaps between teeth. Instead of opting for more invasive procedures like dental veneers or crowns, bonding can easily make over a smile without any tooth preparation or irreversible changes. Continue reading

How to Take Care of Bad Breath

Sometimes we have have bad breath and do not realize it. It is possible to have halitosis and be completely unaware of it, even though those around you are more than aware. If you are wondering how to take care of bad breath, continue reading this article!

Many people who suffer bad breath do not even know it. An estimated one in four people have bad breath. About 60 million people in the United States suffer chronic halitosis. To eliminate bad breath, you need to know what causes it so it can be addressed.

How To Take Care Of Bad Breath
Below are a list of factors such as foods, medical and dental conditions that can be the cause of your bad breath. Continue reading

How Does Tooth Whitening Work?

If you are discouraged by your dull and yellow smile, you can safely and quickly revitalize your stained teeth with in-office whitening. Zoom WhiteSpeed is an in-office professional teeth whitening that improves smiles by as much as eight shades of color.

How Does Tooth Whitening Work?
Zoom WhiteSpeed is one of the most popular whitening systems on the market. This is an in-office appointment during which a special bleaching gel will be applied to your teeth. Once applied to your teeth, the bleach is activated by a specialized light that brightens and whitens your smile in just one appointment. Zoom WhiteSpeed comes with an in-home whitening kit that you can use for subsequent touch ups, if needed. Continue reading

Why Fixing a Chipped Tooth Is Best Option for Your Dental Health

If you have a chipped tooth, addressing it is easy to fix. Our office has several different options to help restore your smile to its former glory. The exact treatment depends on the size of the chip and the overall health of the tooth. While esthetics is a major concern, repairing any chips in your teeth is also vital for your oral health.

How A Chipped Tooth Can Affect Your Dental Health
Our teeth are protected with a strong layer of tooth enamel that prevents bacteria from getting inside the tooth. When you have a chip in your tooth this layer is breeched, allowing bacteria to enter the tooth where it can effect the dentin. As the dentin erodes, it causes a cavity which will eventually reach the central part of your tooth called the pulp. There is a risk that these bacteria will infect the pulp, by which time you will need root canal treatment to save the tooth. An infected tooth can be painful so it is much easier, quicker and less expensive to repair the broken or damaged tooth. Continue reading

Is It Possible to Over Brush?

Most of can remember as children our parents chasing us down to brush our teeth. As adults, most of us have fallen into a good habit of keeping our teeth clean, but many of us also tend to overdo it. Some of us brush too often but most tend to brush too hard. Surprisingly you need very little pressure with your toothbrush in order to remove plaque from your teeth.

The Bad Effects Of Over Brushing
If you brush too often or brush too hard it can begin to have a negative effect on your teeth over time. Brushing too hard can remove the protective layer of enamel on your teeth, causing them to become sensitive to hot and cold foods and drinks. It can also cause your gums to recede, exposing the roots, which can lead to a lot of pain while eating and brushing. Continue reading