Seasonal Allergies and Oral Health

It’s that time of year again when the mist of yellow pollen begins to cover everything as far as the eye can see. Many of us are affected by the pollen we do see as well as other allergens we cannot see. What many people don’t realize is that allergies can affect dental health. Let’s…

Five Ways To Remove Plaque

Plaque is a sticky substance that forms on the teeth when carbohydrates combine with food and drink. Leaving plaque on the teeth results in tooth decay, gum disease, and halitosis. Furthermore, it has been linked to heart disease. Therefore, plaque removal is essential in maintaining good oral health. Let’s look at different tools available to…

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…

Snacks for Good Oral Health

Eating in between meals is sometimes a habit, sometimes a necessity. Children especially often need snacks between meals. With so many sugary and unhealthy choices at the grocery store, it’s difficult to always know what snacks are good for you and/or good for your oral health. Let’s look at some healthy snack options that are…

Adult Orthodontics

Many people grow concerned over the appearance of crooked teeth. Most people do not realize the ways that misaligned teeth can affect overall oral health. We’ll look at some examples of problems that crooked teeth can cause and explain why orthodontics is not only a cosmetic option. Additionally, orthodontics is also not only an option…

Is Flossing Important?

It’s a recommendation we make at every appointment, “Please be sure to floss daily.”  Or a question we ask, “Are you flossing?” Patients have heard it so many times over the years, we probably sound like broken records. Additionally, it may have patients wondering how important it really is to floss daily. Is there a…

E-Cigarettes and Oral Health

The use of electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, is referred to as vaping. Vaping is becoming an increased way to consume tobacco. Over the past five years, teenage tobacco use had been decreasing. Unfortunately, e-cigarette marketing used to target teenagers has caused the smoking trend to reverse, and is increasing again. This is posing a tremendous…

Diabetes and Your Oral Health

Diabetics are at a higher risk for gum problems. Serious gum disease may have the potential to affect blood glucose control and contribute to the progression of diabetes. How Does Gum Disease Occur When bacteria from your mouth settle into your gums, you have gum disease. Severe gum disease is called periodontitis, At this stage,…