Category Archives: Dental Health

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 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

The Importance of Preventative Dentistry

We all know that going to the dentist is not on the top of anyone’s list, but making sure you go to the dentist every six months can help you avoid painful and costly dental problems. Our office makes it a priority to focus on preventive dentistry so patients can keep their mouths and teeth healthy which helps avoid the development of gum disease and tooth decay.

What Is Preventive Dentistry?
Preventive dentistry is any form of dentistry that helps patients prevent developing dental issues such as tooth decay and gum disease, which are the main causes of tooth loss. During your routine dental visits, we will conduct preventive treatments such as cleanings and fluoride treatments to remove tartar and plaque and protect your teeth against decay. We will also perform an exam to make sure there are no signs of cavities and gingivitis. Continue reading

Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures: Create A Perfect Smile

There are several cosmetic dentistry procedures available to help you create the perfect smile. Cosmetic dentistry focuses on a number of dental procedures designed to improve the aspect of the teeth. Treatments have little or no impact on teeth’s functionality, but they change dramatically the way in which they look.

Teeth Whitening
One of the most popular cosmetic dentistry procedures is teeth whitening and we often use this treatment to help rejuvenate smiles. You can choose from in-office whitening treatments that can take as little as an hour, or home whitening kits that use custom fitted whitening trays to gently brighten the color of your teeth. Continue reading

Defeat Dental Anxiety for Good

If you have an anxiety about going to the dentist, you are not alone. Millions of people have some level of anxiety about going to the dentist. Dental anxiety or dental phobia can leave you panic stricken and terrified about upcoming appointments or cause you to stay away from the dentist, only going when forced to do so by extreme pain.

There are many reasons why some people have dental anxiety and phobia. Some of the common reasons include:

Fear Of Pain – Fear of pain is a very common reason for avoiding the dentist. This usually stems from an early childhood experience that was unpleasant or painful. Thankfully there have been many advances in dentistry over the years that make most of today’s dental procedures considerably less painful or even pain free. Continue reading

Benefits of Tooth Brushing

A bright shining smile is one of the first things we notice about another person. Those gleaming white teeth are the highlight of a smile. Of course, everyone knows that proper dental hygiene is the first step to a beautiful smile. Many people do not know that dental hygiene also plays a pivotal role in the function of almost every other system in the human body. Dental hygiene refers to the overall health and care of the mouth including the teeth, tongue and the gums. Maintaining good dental hygiene is a crucial step in maintaining complete body health.

Brushing your teeth is an ordinary chore in an already busy life. Every morning and every evening we brush our teeth, not knowing how powerful this little ritual is to our overall health. Continue reading

Teach Children Good Oral Hygiene

Children live in a special world, where their top priorities are having fun, being silly, and avoiding activities that stand in the way of their good time. For this reason, children also tend to avoid daily rituals that don’t stimulate them in a fun way. For most children, brushing teeth is ranked about as highly as cleaning a bedroom. So, how do you encourage enthusiasm in your children for something as necessary (and “boring”) as dental maintenance? Here are some great tips for how to teach children good oral hygiene: Continue reading