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…

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,…

Oral Cancer Awareness

What is oral cancer? Oral cancer is the uncontrollable growth of cells that damages tissue in the oral cavity. This area includes the lip, cheeks, tongue, hard and soft palates, floor of the mouth, sinuses, and/or throat. Like all cancers, early detection is important in treatment outcome. Symptoms a sore that doesn’t heal on the…

Students and Oral Health

It’s that time of year again! “Senioritis” fills the high school halls as seniors in high school prepare for the end of one chapter and the beginning of the next. High school graduation is right around the corner. While some students will be continuing their education elsewhere, others will be moving into the working world.…

Healthy Habits For a Beautiful Smile

Are you proud to show off your smile? Do you wonder what could be done to make it look better? Often times, the best way to improve the appearance of your smile is by making changes to your own habits. Let’s look at some healthy habits that contribute to a beautiful smile. Electric Toothbrush Everyone…

Back To School and Oral Health

It’s that time of year again! Kids are going back to school and families are trying to get used to new routines. Unfortunately, it’s easy to let our oral health take a back seat when things get busy and schedules change. Let’s take a look at some potential oral hygiene problems that can arise with…

Oral Benefits of Water

Our bodies are 60% water. It is essential in maintaining everyday bodily functions. Aside from aiding physical performance, brain function, digestion, and weight loss, water is necessary to maintain good oral health. Let’s look at some of the many ways water can make your mouth happy! Strengthens Teeth Most city water contains fluoride. Fluoride is…

Heart Disease and Oral Health

The jury is still out on whether or not oral health directly affects cardiovascular health. However, it is difficult to ignore the similarities between gum disease and heart disease. Additionally, the similarities in the disease-causing bacteria are also apparent. Conditions Atherosclerosis Oral bacteria that cause periodontal disease (gum disease) have been found in hearts affected…