How To Choose a Toothbrush

Brushing your teeth is arguably one of the most important parts of your dental homecare routine. Most of us have been taught since we were young children to brush our teeth twice a day for two minutes. But what should we be using to brush our teeth? Should we use an electric or manual toothbrush?…

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…

Halloween Candy-Do’s and Don’ts

Halloween is right around the corner, and that means there is only one thing on everyone’s mind… CANDY!!! While we love it just as much as our patients do, too much sugar can have detrimental effects on your teeth and smile.  Sugar-filled Halloween candy that fill up trick-or-treat bags are acidic in nature.  Additionally, bacteria…

Oral Hygiene and Systemic Health

They say the mouth is the window to the body. All sorts of health concerns exhibit symptoms in the mouth: diabetes and celiac disease to name two. If certain diseases can be detected in our mouth, is it also possible to prevent certain illnesses by taking better care of our teeth? Let’s look at some systemic…

Appointments In September

It’s that time of year again! Summer is coming to a close and kids are heading back to school. The hot Raleigh heat is slowly starting to melt away. Before we know it, the year will be over. For those with dental insurance, it is time to renew, change plans, and begin thinking about remaining…

Floss and Floss Alternatives

Reasons To Clean In Between Teeth Cavity Prevention Interdental cleaning removes bacteria from between the teeth. This bacteria causes decay when left on the teeth too long. Even the best brushers can only remove so much bacteria with a toothbrush.  Reduced Risk for Periodontal Disease Periodontal disease is inflammation that affects the tissue and supporting…

Braces and Good Oral Hygiene

Maintaining good oral hygiene while in braces is difficult. However, it is imperative to take the extra time to care for your teeth while in braces. Failure to do so results in tooth decay as well as inflammation and problems with gum tissue and sometimes bone loss. Let’s look at some tools available to help…