1. How the CAD/CAM System is Used in Dentistry

    Computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing, known as the CAD/CAM system or CAD/CAM technology, is used by dental professionals in the field of prosthodontics to improve the design and creation of dental restorations. CAD/CAM technology increases the speed of design and creation of dental restoration struc-tures, and it can also improve the convenience of the insertion of these structur…

  2. Habits That Can Harm Your Oral Health

      Bedtime baby bottles It’s never a good idea to put your baby to bed with a bottle. Little children who go to sleep with a bottle are at a disadvantage when it comes to oral health. They often end up needing to have those baby teeth capped, and the experience can create a fear of dentists, which can lead to a life-long negative spiral of avoiding preventative care.   Tongue piercing Tongu…

  3. What is a Dental Dam?

    A dental dam is a protective layer your family dentist may use when performing a procedure on one of your teeth in order to isolate the specific tooth and prevent risk of infection in other teeth or in other areas of your mouth. A dental dam is a thin square of latex rubber, or silicone that creates a clean, dry operating area, retracts your lips and cheeks and allows treatment of your problem tee…

  4. What is Oral Thrush?

    Oral thrush, also known as oropharyngeal candidiasis, is a common yeast infection that grows inside of the mouth and on the tongue. It is caused by the Candida albicans fungus.   What are the symptoms of oral thrush? Initially, oral thrush may be asymptomatic. However, as time passes and the fungus continues to grow, the following symptoms may manifest: bleeding when bumps on the tongue are scrap…

  5. Bruxism — Grinding the Teeth

    Your family dentist knows that most of us clench our teeth once in a while, but chronic bruxism can damage the teeth and cause other health issues to develop. Left untreated, grinding teeth may wear teeth down to stumps, may result in tooth loss, may cause or worsen TMD/TMJ, (jaw joint pain) and may even change the appearance of your face. Cosmetic dentistry provides a variety of solutions to repa…

  6. Dental Sealants

    Your family dentist has a treatment that is highly effective in preventing cavities: dental sealants. Sealants are a simple, successful and cost-effective measure your dentist can take to prevent cavities from forming in your teeth.                                                 What are they? Dental sealants are a thin plastic film that your family …

  7. Aging and Dental Health – Part 3

    (Part 3 of 3)     It is important to maintain regular appointments with your family dentist.  As we age, we face additional challenges to our dental health.    Oral Cancer exams are important This screening includes examination of the head and neck as well as inside of your mouth. Those who drink alcohol, use tobacco, or have HPV are at increased risk for oral cancer.   Cavities ar…

  8. Aging and Cosmetic Dentistry – Part 2

    (Part 2 of 3)    Cosmetic Dentistry is popular among patients of all ages Cosmetic Dentistry is not just for movie stars.  Your family dentist routinely performs procedures on mature patients that create a more youthful appearance. This can improve confidence and self-esteem. Cosmetic dentistry issues that your family dentist commonly addresses include: Whitening stained teeth Repairing damage…

  9. Aging and Dental Health – Part 1

    Ideally, you and your family dentist should have a long-term relationship! You should see your family dentist at least twice a year for “cleaning and screening,” no matter how old you are. “Long in the tooth” is a tongue-in-cheek expression that refers to getting older. In the past, it was common for gums to recede as people aged. It was assumed that as one grew older, teeth would deterior…

  10. WHAT IS THE BENEFIT OF AN ELECTRIC TOOTHBRUSH?

    Why would your family dentist recommend an electric toothbrush? • An electric toothbrush facilitates more thorough oral hygiene. Why is an electric toothbrush more effective? • There is a tendency for many of us to brush TOO HARD when we brush our teeth manually. This can damage the gums and lead to degradation of tooth enamel. • The bristles on a manual toothbrush don’t necessarily remove…