Category Archives: Oral Health

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

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

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

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

Keeping Your Teeth for a Lifetime

teethKeeping your teeth for life has become the dominant model in oral care today. Not many years ago, Americans assumed that, later in life, total extraction was inevitable, followed by a transition to dentures. Fortunately that is no longer a necessary assumption.

Importance Of Keeping Your Teeth
The health of the human body depends on having healthy teeth. Everything from speech to nutrition starts with the mouth. Having gum disease has been linked to and may be a risk factor in developing Alzheimer’s disease, heart disease or diabetes. Experts are studying how inflammation in the mouth caused by gum disease may influence other areas of the body (brain, heart and pancreas), causing disease in those areas. This chronic inflammation inhibits the body’s ability to fight infection. Continue reading