1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. All-On-Four Dental Restoration

    (Part One of an on-going conversation) What is an “All-on-four” treatment solution? The “All-on-four” dental restoration treatment is a convenient and effective treatment option available for the 30+ million Americans who are missing most of their upper and/or lower teeth. Your family dentist may recommend this solution as an alternative to wearing dentures. How does an “All-on-four” w…

  4. Dental Anxiety and Dental Phobia

    Roughly 10% to 20% of Americans avoid going to their family dentist because of Dental Anxiety or Dental Phobia. Dental Phobia leaves people panic-stricken at the thought of going to the dentist, and these patients exhibit classic avoidance behavior. They will do everything possible to avoid going to their family dentist. People with dental anxiety often recognize that the fear is totally irrationa…

  5. Root Canals

    What is a root canal? Beneath the tooth enamel and dentin, there is soft tissue known as pulp. The pulp of the tooth contains nerves, connective tissue, and the blood vessels — the “roots” of your tooth.  When pulp tissue becomes infected, your family dentist performs a “root canal” to remove the infected or damaged tissue. Trauma to your tooth may cause damage to the roots of the tooth…

  6. Ultrasonic Scaling as Part of Dental Treatment

    What is Ultrasonic scaling?      “Scaling” is the removal of hard deposits on the surface of the tooth.      When bacteria in the mouth builds up into plaque and tartar on the teeth, it may cause the gums to become inflamed and pull away from the teeth. This can create pockets filled with plaque, and normal flossing and brushing will not remove the plaque from these pockets.      An u…

  7. Laser Dentistry

      What is a Laser? A laser is a device that generates an intense beam of coherent monochromatic light or electromagnetic energy onto a specific focal point. Lasers are used in precision drilling, cutting, alignment and guidance. When would my family dentist use a laser in a dental treatment? When this intensely focused energy stream is directed at tissue, it can alter the shape of, or even re…

  8. October is Dental Hygiene Month

    In honor of dental hygiene month, Jeanine and Jean, our fabulous dental hygienists offer a few tips to enhance your oral hygiene routine: Choose the right tools and use them in the most effective ways: Use a soft-bristled toothbrush with a small head.                                                                           …

  9. Dental Hygiene Month

    October is Dental Hygiene Month.  This is a perfect time to call your family dentist to schedule an appointment for routine cleaning and preventative maintenance of your oral health.   Why is this important? Regular dental hygiene can prevent most dental disease. Early detection and intervention when there is a problem means it is easier to fix any issue. Your dental health affects your over…

  10. Dental Emergencies (Part 2 of 2)

    What to do if you crack, fracture or knock out a tooth: If you crack, fracture or accidentally knock out a tooth, it is essential that you contact your family dentist IMMEDIATELY.  Your tooth may be saved if your dentist has a chance to repair the damage shortly after the accident. What you can do to improve the odds of saving the tooth. Pick the tooth up by the crown rather than by the root. Rin…