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…

Smoking and Your Oral Health

Smoking and Your Oral Health There are many oral consequences of tobacco use. Smoking alone causes mouth sores, ulcers, gum disease, and oral cancer. Additionally, smoking affects both those who smoke as well as those exposed to second hand smoke. Periodontal Disease Fifty percent of smokers have periodontal disease. Smoking causes people to be more susceptible…

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…

Are Adult Orthodontics Necessary?

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…

Alcohol and Oral Health

Research shows that enjoying an adult beverage from time to time is, surprisingly, good for us! Of course, with every endorsement that seems too good to be true, there is normally a caveat somewhere. With regards to alcohol, it’s that booze simply isn’t great for your oral health. So, if you’re drinking more to help…

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…