How to control dental anxiety and phobia

We understand that a visit to the dentist causes anxiety for most people. Many Americans avoid coming to see us for years due to being fearful. It can be the fear of potential pain, loss of control, or negative memories from a past visit. It may even be the sights, sounds and smells at the office that deter people. Unfortunately,... read more »

October is National Dental Hygiene Month

Thank you to the hygienists out there for all that you do. Hygienists do more than "just clean teeth." They ✏️Review medical history, gaining insight into your overall health✏️Take X-rays✏️Perform oral cancer screenings, oral hygiene evaluation, measure bone levels, cavity assessment, fluoride treatment, sealant application, scaling above and below your gums, polishing your teeth.✏️Teach proper brushing and flossing techniques and... read more »

How does pregnancy affect oral health?

Should I still come to the dentist if I’m pregnant? Although non urgent treatment and x-rays are put on hold, it is still important to keep your mouth in top shape. Below you will find some oral conditions that are sometimes associated with pregnancy. Pregnancy gingivitisHormones during pregnancy may cause gingival tissues to become inflamed, swollen and make them bleed... read more »

How can I heal faster after having teeth removed?

Bite down on gauze to stop the bleeding After a tooth is removed, we want a blood clot to form to stop the bleeding and begin the healing process. We will put sterile gauze on the area and have you bite down on it for 15 mins. You will bring some gauze home with you and can repeat that step... read more »

Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby

Pregnancy is an exciting time for any woman, but it is also full of a seemingly endless list of do’s and don’ts. Thankfully, there have been incredible advancements in the dental field that help make your dental experience while you’re expecting more pleasant. Between morning sickness and the excitement of pregnancy, it can be challenging to focus on your homecare... read more »

Not Just Pulp Fiction: The Truth About Dental Abscesses

What is an Abscess? An abscess is an infection. There are two types of dental abscesses. A periapical abscess, which happens at the root of a tooth and a periodontal abscess which happens in the gum. A periapical abscess can occur when decay gets into the nerve chamber, killing the nerve and pulp tissue. Sometimes a traumatic injury or crack... read more »

Electric Toothbrushes Offer One More Reason to Smile

Little has changed design-wise in the 2,000-plus years since toothbrushes have been around. Even the Ancient Babylonians knew the importance and attractiveness of clean teeth. From their thin, frayed-end twigs to the hog-hair bristled bamboo brushes used by the Chinese in the 15th century, they all have the same general shape and function. Since the 1960s, when the first electric... read more »

Why do Some Dental Cleanings Cost More?

Not all dental cleanings are created equal. Find out why some hygiene appointments cost more than others and learn how you can save time and money in the dental chair. A “regular” cleaning is clinically called prophylaxis or a prophy cleaning and is a preventative measure to prevent periodontal disease. It includes removing plaque and tartar from tooth surfaces and... read more »

Whitening: 5 Things to Know Before Getting a Brighter Smile

One of the first things that people notice about you is your smile. In today’s youth-obsessed culture, a twenty-something with dingy teeth can appear older than a forty-something with a bright, white, sparkling smile. Here are five things to keep in mind as you embark on your tooth whitening journey to the gleaming smile you’ve always dreamed of: 1. Not... read more »

Is A New Smile This Easy?

Your smile sends messages to everyone you meet. Studies show that your teeth are the main physical characteristic that people notice first, and a friendly smile sets the tone for every relationship in your personal and business life. If you’re unhappy with the appearance of your teeth, dental veneers may offer a significant change you automatically share with everyone around... read more »