Is Flossing Essential To Oral Hygiene?

We have all heard the saying “You don’t have to floss all of your teeth, just the ones you want to keep.” Is flossing essential to your oral health or just a suggestion? The American Dental Association states cleaning between the teeth removes plaque that can lead to cavities and gum disease. These areas between…

Kid-Friendly Summer Dental Tips

  June 21st marks the day those of us in the northern hemisphere have been looking forward to for a long time … Summer! Off come the jackets, and out comes the sunscreen, bikes, summer sports gear and whatever makes your kids happy this time of year. And that’s not all! June also brings with…

Taking Care of Tooth Enamel

Enamel is the outer layer of the tooth and the hardest tissue in the human body. Unfortunately, tooth enamel does not have living cells and therefore cannot repair itself. Once enamel chips or erodes, there is no way to get it back. Let’s look at some ways to take care of our enamel so that…

How To Treat a Cavity

If you are suspicious that you have a cavity, it is important that you see a dentist immediately. If you’ve never had a cavity, you may have some questions about the process. What is the process to treat a cavity? Does it hurt? Will your tooth look the same? How long will it take? These…

Seasonal Allergies and Your Oral Health

Spring is upon us (finally!) and so are seasonal allergies. These allergies are known to cause some oral health conditions that many may not realize. Let’s look at some symptoms seasonal allergies cause and ways to manage these oral health conditions.   Symptoms of Allergies Tooth Pain Sinus pressure often causes tooth pain, especially when…

How Stress Impacts Oral Health

Unfortunately, these days most of us experience some form of stress in our every day lives.  The degree of stress we experience can vary from day to day or month to month. Stress affects all of us in different ways. However, most people don’t realize the various ways stress can affect our oral health. Let’s…

It’s Not “Just a Cleaning”

When life gets busy or money gets tight, it is easy to put off dental hygiene appointments. Many patients view these appointments as “just a cleaning.”  Conversely, your dental hygiene appointment is much more than that! Dental cleaning appointments involve more than just cleaning teeth. Your cleaning appointment is really an oral health appointment. The…

Dental Fear and Anxiety

Are you afraid to go to the dentist? Does the thought of seeing the dentist give you anxiety? If so, you are not alone. Anywhere from 10-20% of Americans avoid dental appointments due to fear and/or anxiety. That means roughly 30-40 million Americans do not go to the dentist due to fear and anxiety. That’s…

Crown vs Root Canal

Many patients mistakenly believe that if a tooth requires a crown, it also requires a root canal. While this is not always true, it can be a bit confusing because teeth that require root canal therapy most often do, in fact, require a crown. So what’s the difference? We will attempt to resolve the confusion.…