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Prevention is Your Best Protection

If you're like the rest of us, now that belt-tightening is the "new normal," you may already be eating more meals at home, dropping subscriptions, vacationing closer to home. You may also be tempted to cut back on your dental care. But think it over. If a problem has surfaced with your oral health, nipping it in the bud is a big money saver. Letting it go can mean big, costly—and sometimes painful—treatment down the line. You're smarter than that. During your appointment, we'll check for tooth decay, of course, but also for periodontal disease, not only to protect your teeth and gums but to keep you alive and healthy. Yes, there's a direct link between gum disease and your [...]

By |2022-01-04T20:44:07+00:00March 8th, 2022|Preventative Dentistry|Comments Off on Prevention is Your Best Protection

Can You Catch a Cavity?

When you have a cold, we all know to cover your mouth before you sneeze and not to drink out of the same glass. We do this because we know that a cold is contagious. Now we know that chances are, so is tooth decay. Recent research suggests that the germs responsible for cavities may be "catchy." Likewise, scientists suspect that bacteria associated with gum disease may be transferable from husband to wife, or mother to child. Infants get the bacteria that come to inhabit the mouth and digestive tract soon after birth. These germs are usually transferred in the course of handling by the babies' mothers or other family members, and anything involving contact with saliva—parents kissing their babies [...]

By |2021-06-25T20:53:46+00:00September 7th, 2021|Preventative Dentistry|Comments Off on Can You Catch a Cavity?

Regular Check-Ups

Come on in for a check-up, we’re happy to see you again! We enjoy catching up with the news in your life—and we pride ourselves on providing you that "stitch in time" that can prevent trouble. If a problem is developing in your mouth, we like to catch it while it's small. It's not just tooth decay, although that's where we look first. Then we'll check for early signs of gum disease, now linked to some serious—even fatal—diseases. Most of you have been diligent about brushing and flossing, and many of you no longer smoke or never started. That's great! Your mouth will thank you. While you're here, let's talk about what more you can do. Is your drinking water [...]

By |2021-06-25T20:48:45+00:00August 10th, 2021|Preventative Dentistry|Comments Off on Regular Check-Ups

3 Tips to Protect Your Teeth

Tips on teeth you may not know! Think Calcium! You've heard it before: calcium does a body good. You probably didn't know that much of that good goes straight to the mouth. It's essential for tooth and bone development. A calcium-deficient diet means less jawbone mass—which can lead to painful fractures and permanent tooth loss. Dairy products, tofu, and green, leafy vegetables are great sources of calcium. Tastes great! Fewer fillings! Guess what? Kids who chew gum have fewer cavities. It's true! Studies show that schoolchildren who chew sugarless gum have fewer problems with tooth decay. How so? Chewing gum increases saliva flow. Which, in turn, lowers acidity in the mouth. And the simple act of chewing helps clean up [...]

By |2021-06-25T20:43:48+00:00July 20th, 2021|Preventative Dentistry|Comments Off on 3 Tips to Protect Your Teeth

Got Fluoride?

As we age, wrinkles and graying hair become evident. For adults, there's no reversing the aging process. But happily, a lifetime of fluoride use can help reverse the demineralizing process! Bacterial plaque continually forms on teeth, producing acids that initiate the process of decay. That's DE-mineralization. Fluoride helps add back calcium and phosphate. That's RE-mineralization. Keep your fluoridation levels up! If you're an adult, you should make a topical fluoride treatment part of your regular hygiene appointment. Don't forget to request it the next time you're in the office!

By |2021-06-25T20:40:39+00:00July 6th, 2021|Preventative Dentistry|Comments Off on Got Fluoride?

Pssst – Secret Sugars

Lurks in Every Pantry Your sugar bowl sits on the table, and you lift its lid only to sweeten your morning coffee. You deserve a medal for exemplary nutritional behavior! Are you sure? Most folks eat more of it than they realize—150 pounds per year on average. That's 6 ounces—3/4 of a cup—every day. Two-thirds of Americans are overweight, many of them children. Doctors predict that an epidemic of diabetes will follow the obesity epidemic. Lose that sugar bowl and you still consume it in cakes, pies, and cookies. Ditch the desserts and your intake remains high. What's going on? Here's what—sugar is added to canned fruits, vegetables, soups, breakfast cereals, gravies, sauces, meats, salad dressings, rice and pasta mixes, [...]

By |2021-02-20T17:28:17+00:00May 18th, 2021|Nutrition|Comments Off on Pssst – Secret Sugars

How Valuable are Dental X-Rays, Really?

There's no substitute for a dental X-ray in seeing everything we need to know about your teeth, jaw, and sinuses. We can diagnose decay under old fillings, abscesses, bone loss due to periodontal (gum) disease, cancer, and tumors, extra and impacted teeth. We couldn't see these conditions with the naked eye no matter how closely we looked! Most people are aware that X-rays involve radiation, and we know some folks are concerned. But the exposure you receive from a dental X-ray is so tiny it doesn't even compare to the natural radiation you get from, say, a day in the park. We further minimize the radiation through lead aprons, super high-speed film, and filters. X-rays are a very important diagnostic [...]

By |2020-07-27T18:50:09+00:00October 6th, 2020|Preventative Dentistry|Comments Off on How Valuable are Dental X-Rays, Really?

Facing Chemotherapy?

Tell Your Dentist Anyone facing cancer therapy already knows—chemotherapy for the treatment of cancer is a serious response to a serious condition. What they may not know is that a dental appointment scheduled at least two weeks before treatment begins can reduce the risk of complications and help preserve salivary glands. The reason is this: with radiation treatment and chemotherapy, changes in saliva occur that can encourage decay and dry mouth, diminish taste, and thicken soft tissues—to name a few. All these side effects may be overcome if gums are healthy, restorations are intact, and oral hygiene habits are impeccable. So, if someone you know is scheduled for cancer therapy, share this information with them. A pre-treatment dental appointment made [...]

By |2020-03-28T17:19:38+00:00May 26th, 2020|Patient Education|Comments Off on Facing Chemotherapy?

Fluoride & Your Health

What is fluoride, and why is it good for my teeth? Fluoride is a compound of the element fluorine, which is found universally throughout nature in water, soil, air, and in most foods. The mineral is easily absorbed into tooth enamel, especially in the developing teeth of children. Once teeth form, it makes the entire tooth structure more resistant to decay and promotes remineralization, which aids in repairing early decay before the damage is even visible. "Systemic" fluoride is that which is in food or drink. It's typically added to public and private water supplies, soft drinks and teas, and is also available in dietary supplement form. Once absorbed through the gastrointestinal tract, it spreads throughout the entire body. However, [...]

By |2019-11-16T19:38:28+00:00February 18th, 2020|Preventative Dentistry|Comments Off on Fluoride & Your Health

Diabetes and Your Mouth

Tell Your Dentist About Your Diabetes We could be first to know. Don't let us be the last. Diabetes affects the blood chemistry and metabolism of those who suffer from the condition. Without proper medication, people with diabetes run the risk of multiple severe disorders. However, early detection can ward off the dangers, and we dentists are often the first to notice clues. So be sure to keep your regular dental appointments and cleaning Diabetes Implications for Oral Health People with the condition are more likely than others to develop tooth decay, periodontal (gum) disease, fungal infections, dry mouth, impaired taste, and inflammatory skin disease. They also may suffer from delayed healing and an increased risk of infections. For many [...]

By |2019-11-16T19:33:43+00:00February 4th, 2020|Patient Education|Comments Off on Diabetes and Your Mouth