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Archive for November, 2019

Caring for you gums after deep root planning and scaling.

November 27, 2019

Caring for you gums after deep root planning and scaling.

The reason for deep cleaning is to remove the sticky bacteria plague that is formed on your tooth. Bacterial plaque buildup can lead to serious gum disease if left untreated. When too much bacteria build up between the gum line, the gums will start to pull away from the tooth. Deep cleaning involves scaling and root planning to remove deep plaque and tartar buildup beneath the gum line and smoothing the root to help gums reattach to the tooth. After visiting the periodontist for a deep cleaning procedure to…


Holiday season dental tips to keep you smiling.

November 25, 2019

Holiday season dental tips to keep you smiling.

It’s that time of the year again for holiday festivities one after another. During these months of festivities, this means plenty of delicious foods and treats. Watching your waist line during the holiday season is important but keeping teeth healthy is equally important. Keeping your teeth healthy during the holiday season keeps the cavities away, so you can enjoy your time with family and friends. You don’t have to completely give up your favorite goodies, if you keep these simple dental tips in mind.

Avoid hard candy and cracking nuts with your teeth.

Holiday hard candies…


How dry mouth affects your dental health and what you can do about it

November 21, 2019

How dry mouth affects your dental health and what you can do about it

When your mouth doesn’t make enough saliva, your mouth can become dry and cause you discomfort. Understanding dry mouth and what causes it is important since it can lead to a host of dental problems.

What is dry mouth?

Dry mouth is the result of inadequate saliva flow in the mouth. Dry mouth can be cause by a variety of issues from medication use or other factors. Saliva production in the mouth helps with chewing and eating foods. Saliva also helps to coat the teeth and…


What are dental bridges and my choices.

November 20, 2019

What are dental bridges and my choices.

If you have recently lost a tooth or had a tooth extraction, your dentist may recommend replacing the missing tooth with a dental bridge. A missing tooth can cause bite problems or create gaps. You may be wondering how does a bridge replace a missing tooth, and how does it work. Learning about the types of dental bridges can help you better understand your dentist’s recommendation when it is time to have a bridge and what to expect.

What are my dental bridge options?

Your dentist will recommend dental bridges as a solution to fill the gap…


Questions you should ask at your child’s dental checkup.

November 18, 2019

Questions you should ask at your child’s dental checkup.

Scheduling a pediatric dental checkup can be a great time to ask questions about your child’s oral healthcare. Your dentist will take this time during your child’s dental checkup to relay information to you about dental problems that may need to be addressed. This is a good opportunity get your questions answered about your child’s oral health. To prepare, you should take some time to write down any concerns you may have about your child’s oral health. These questions about your child’s oral health will often come up daily at…


Three signs you might have a cavity.

November 15, 2019

Three signs you might have a cavity.

Cavities are damaged areas on a tooth caused by bacteria. The hard enamel outer layer of the tooth becomes damaged as the bacteria secretes acids to breakdown enamel. As the cavity spreads, deep into the tooth, it may cause pain and discomfort because the pulp or nerve is irritated. If proper oral hygiene such as brushing and flossing is not practiced daily, you can be at high risk of developing cavities. With that in mind, let’s look at the three signs that you should not ignore if you are concern about cavities.

You are unaware that…


Straightening teeth has health benefits beyond just cosmetics.

November 14, 2019

Straightening teeth has health benefits beyond just cosmetics.

Often when people think of teeth straightening interventions, the first thought that may come to mind is for only cosmetic dentistry purposes. While it is certainly true that many people consider having straight teeth as an asset to help them feel more confident and beautiful, there are many health benefits of having your teeth straightened.

The alignment of your teeth affects the shape of your face and speech.

The absence, presence, or alignment of your teeth significantly contributes to the way your face is shape. For example, if you have an overbite, the…


Invisalign is a simple and intuitive procedure

November 13, 2019

Invisalign is a simple and intuitive procedure

Going through life with a crooked or misplaced smile can be quite disturbing. A crooked tooth can be quite unruly and cause excessive self-awareness. There are many procedures such as teeth whitening or orthodontic appliances to improve your smile. Some patients do not know that conventional orthodontic and Invisalign braces are very different devices in how they are made and use. Traditional orthodontic braces use wires to tighten the teeth to make teeth straight. A simpler method to make teeth straight is Invisalign. These transparent plastic mouth guard like orthodontic appliances are a great way to…


What is socket preservation?

November 11, 2019

What is socket preservation?

Removal of teeth is sometimes necessary because of a tooth infection, bone loss, or fracturing of a tooth. When the tooth is damaged, the socket that holds the tooth in place can be damaged or infected resulting in deformity or after the tooth is extracted. When teeth are extracted, the bone and gums can shrink or recede, this can affect the way how your lips and cheeks may look. Commonly, grafting material is placed in the socket to fill the void to preserve the tooth socket for future dental procedures you may consider. Alternatively, the tooth socket may be covered with some type of…


What is sparkling water and what are some negative effects of drinking too much?

November 7, 2019

What is sparkling water and what are some negative effects of drinking too much?

Sparkling water is created by infusing water with carbon dioxide under pressure. The fizz you see and hear is the carbon dioxide escaping from the water. Additives such as salts, minerals, and artificial flavorings are added to the water to change its taste. You can find many different products of sparkling water:

  1. Seltzer water: Plain carbonated water.
  2. Club soda and mineral water: Club soda is carbonated plain water with salts and mineral added while mineral water is natural spring water that is carbonated.
  3. Flavor water:…