Tooth decay. In the dental world, it’s public enemy #1 — a condition that affects both children and adults, and one that requires attention. Statistics back this up: 90 percent of adults over age 20 and 78 percent of children ages 17 or younger have had at least one cavity in their lifetime.
At the offices of our office, our team of skilled professionals is here for you. Regular visits with us will ensure small problems can be addressed before they become big ones, and we’ll educate you on what you can do at home to take good care of your teeth to keep cavities and other conditions at bay.
You probably know when you have a cavity before you even visit a dentist: you might experience mild or sharp pain when you bite down on something sweet, hot or cold. You may see holes or pits in your teeth. Cavities are caused by a buildup of plaque, a sticky film that gathers inside your mouth along with bacteria that can be harmful to your teeth and gums.
Professional teeth cleanings can get to the bottom of any buildup of plaque in your teeth and gums. While brushing at home is certainly a first step, professional cleanings by qualified hygienists are more thorough, reaching areas inside your mouth that you may have missed. Dental sealants and fluoride treatments may be given to children to further reduce their risk of developing cavities.
At our office, we utilize the most advanced approaches to stop the onset and progress of tooth decay. To treat a cavity, we gently and precisely remove the decay, then restore the tooth with a durable, tooth-colored dental filling, which will blend seamlessly with your smile for aesthetically pleasing results. For more information on our services, give us a call today.
Many of us have a case of it when we wake up — morning breath. But for some, morning breath sticks around all day, every day. They suffer from halitosis, or bad breath, which can take a toll on one’s self-confidence and social life.
Bad breath is typically the result of poor dental hygiene — not brushing regularly or not brushing correctly, such that food particles get stuck in the teeth, allowing bacteria to throw and odors to thrive. At our office, we want all of our patients to have healthy teeth and fresh breath, so we offer you these tips to keep you feeling confident: At our office, we care about the oral health of all our patients and offer these tips to help keep your breath smelling fresh — and you feeling confident!
- Brush and floss regularly: Do it at least twice each day. Brush after each meal to remove the food particles that can taint your breath.
- Mouthwash is the finishing touch: Rinse your mouth a mouthwash to remove any leftover debris.
- Drink up: Halitosis is a common symptom of dry mouth — where you mouth doesn’t have enough saliva to wash away food particles and bacteria. So stay hydrated!
- Avoid certain foods and drinks: Things such as garlic, coffee, onions, and alcohol can make your breath smell.
- Stop smoking: Foul-smelling smoke particles linger in the mouth, throat, and lungs long after you stub out a cigarette, which creates a stale aroma.
- See Your Dentist Regularly: Bad breath can also be a symptom of poor oral health. That’s why regular checkups are so important — to address potential problems before they develop into real ones.
The state-of-the-art offices at our office consistently offer the highest quality of skilled and compassionate care. Our professionals pride themselves on handling all aspects of family dentistry with the utmost skill and care. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call today.
When was the last time you tossed your current toothbrush for a new one? If you can’t remember, then you definitely must read on. Your toothbrush is the top tool in your arsenal of dental-care products. A wide variety of toothbrushes are sold at just about any chain or independent drug store, so finding a new one is a cinch. If you’re still not into changing out your toothbrushes on a regular basis, consider these facts.
Bacteria cling to toothbrushes’ bristles and dried-up toothpaste. The longer you use a toothbrush, the more bacteria it contains. And considering the fact that you brush your teeth at least two times a day, lots of icky stuff builds up quickly. This is especially true if your toothbrush is clustered near the toothbrushes of everyone in your household and/or if it’s near the toilet. Yikes! It’s time to start fresh with a new one.
Not to get too personal here, but what do the bristles look like? If they’re frayed or flat in some or many places, then they’re barely useful in removing particles of food, plaque and bacteria, the main causes of decay and gum disease. A new brush’s bristles stand up straight so they can reach all of those nooks and crannies.
You can upgrade your smartphone and computer, and the same holds for your toothbrush. Manual toothbrushes in good shape clean your teeth and gums well, but power-operated toothbrushes are also efficient and effective. They deliver many more strokes per minute, and they’re great for folks who have problems with dexterity.
As you know, bristles come in soft, medium or hard. Many people don’t realize that hard bristles can damage gums and enamel, and they don’t do well in reaching the abovementioned nooks and crannies. It’s best to stick with medium or soft bristles. Ask your dentist which is best for your oral-care needs.
Finding a dental practice that’s dedicated to providing the highest standard of personalized care. Look no further than our office. We offer an extensive menu of high-quality dental services for people of all ages. Our skilled team has your needs in mind, which makes it easy to schedule your dental visits at our convenient, state-of-the-art location. For more information about the many services we provide, please contact us today!
This muscular organ does more than help to churn up food. It’s also an important component in your complete oral health. Most people don’t associate tongues with medical maladies.
That’s why at our office, our dental experts pay close attention to your tongue to ensure that it’s healthy. Of course, we also take immaculate care of your teeth and gums. Everyone on our team is a friendly, highly trained specialist who helps you and your family feel comfortable and relaxed, while providing the very best in oral healthcare.
Cancer can show up on tongues. The most conspicuous form of tongue cancer starts in the thin, flat squamous cells that line the tongue’s exterior, where it’s more likely to be perceived. This type of tongue cancer tends to be diagnosed when the cancer is small and more simply removed through surgery.
White patches on your tongue imply that you are a smoker. The patches, which are also called lesions, are made up of the growth of excess cells. There’s a 17 percent chance that they could develop into cancer. Your tongue is actually doing you a favor in that it’s telling you that your prolific consumption of cigarettes is making the cigs’ bad chemicals overproduce the cells that make up those white patches.
If you notice that it looks like cottage cheese is covering your tongue, whether you’re male or female, you probably have a yeast infection called thrush. Thrush crops up for a variety of reasons, but it’s often due to using antibiotics because antibiotics kill certain types of bacteria in your body. (Your body has untold types of “good” bacteria, which are used to keep your body running smoothly.)
Thrush or other kinds of yeast infections upset the normal balance of microorganisms in your mouth. Thrush can cause a disagreeable taste in your mouth and sometimes a little pain. While it sometimes disappears on its own, other times medication in the form of prescription tablets and mouthwash are required.
At our office, our compassionate and highly educated staff of professionals enthusiastically provide our patients with personal and superior care in all aspects of your oral health. Whatever your needs, please call us today to schedule an appointment!
Think of it as the key to keeping everything flowing in your mouth and digestive system. Saliva may be something we have always taken for granted, but a decrease in its production can have significant consequences.
At our office, our holistic approach takes into consideration every aspect of your health. Our attentive, highly skilled staff delivers state-of-the-art care in a setting that provides our patients with maximum comfort.
Dry mouth, a lack of saliva also known as “xerostomia,” can make everyday oral functions like chewing, tasting, swallowing, and even speaking more difficult and cause germs to collect in your mouth — leading to bad breath, tooth decay, gum disease, and creating fertile conditions for numerous oral infections. It can result in a sticky or burning feeling in the mouth, sore throat, hoarseness or a roughness on the tongue.
Did you know that there are hundreds of salivary glands in your mouth working to produce about two to four pints of this precious liquid every day? And it’s not just water; your saliva also contains electrolytes, enzymes, and proteins, all mixing together to cleanse and protect your teeth and the surrounding soft tissue. What causes the drop in the amount of saliva we produce? There are a host of reasons, including our age (this condition is often seen in the elderly), side effects of medications we have taken, our use of tobacco, dehydration, disease, an injury or surgery, and treatments for cancer.
Don’t let xerostomia cause you to lose the enjoyment you get from eating, or leave you at risk for developing myriad dental or digestive problems. Our staff at our office know the best approach is to be proactive about dry mouth. We’ll identify its underlying cause and provide the most up-to-date treatments to keep your good oral health flowing.