It’s hard to believe that nearly half of summer has come and gone. It won’t be long before back to school advertisements will bombard our screens and the pressure to gather supplies and purchase the latest shoe trends will consume a parent’s thoughts…and wallets. Many families navigated the challenges of remote learning and all sorts of unusual circumstances last year; thus, it’s reported that approximately 1/3 of regular patients chose to put off annual doctor and dental visits due to the uncertainty of COVID. So, perhaps now more than ever, a check up for your kid before school starts, [...]
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Have you ever glanced in the mirror and been shocked at the state of your not-so-white teeth? Do your teeth have an unattractive yellowish hue that makes you feel self- conscious? But maybe, like me, you are also ready to fiercely battle anyone that tries to tell you to get rid of your coffee or pop addiction, which can contribute to that tint. Fear not. You can still indulge a bit and work to reinstate your pearly whites. Also, it may surprise you to know that yellow teeth are not necessarily a sign of poor dental hygiene, so rest [...]
No doubt, dentists get asked all sorts of interesting questions when their patients are in the chair, but nothing takes the cake quite like this one: “Do you actually clean your dental instruments?” Hopefully, the question implied is HOW are the instruments sterilized, not ARE they actually cleaned. If someone has a sarcastic dentist, they may get a response like, “I only sterilize for patients that I like,” or “I try to sterilize at least once a week.” But obviously, it’s a fair question for a person to ask because dental safety and hygiene is extremely important. So, despite [...]
More than 25 million root canals are performed each year in the US, according to the American Association of Endodontists. That comes out to about 41,000 procedures each day. In other words, root canals are “pretty normal” when it comes to the dental world and meeting the specific needs of a patient. A root canal is a procedure where the decay and bacteria are extracted from the tooth pulp, root and nerve. This is followed up by disinfecting the area with antibiotics. The empty roots will then be filled. In order to prevent any further decay, the area is [...]
Typically, when we see celebrities, they have beautiful, straight teeth and gorgeous smiles! Don’t be deceived; most of them have had a lot of work done to get a perfect look. But it hasn’t always been so easy to obtain impeccable teeth. When we look throughout history, there are many famous leaders and aristocrats who suffered greatly from poor oral health, without modern day conveniences like veneers and cosmetic dentistry. Take Queen Elizabeth 1, for example. She lived a life of luxury and glamour, in a castle, and yet, she was known, by the people, for her dark, discolored teeth. They were decaying and [...]
Habits are hard to break. Some of us look forward to the time of day when we can enjoy a can of pop (or soda, depending on where you live, but that’s a whole other topic for another day). Drinking pop is one of the worst things you can do for your oral health. One can contains 10 teaspoons of sugar. If that doesn’t sound like a lot, feel free to get out the sugar jar and scoop out 10 teaspoons for effect. It’s a lot. The sugar found in soda is the simplest form of carbohydrate, which means [...]
We often say "the mouth is the window to the body." Keeping it healthy is critical, and that couldn't be more true this year. Gum Disease Linked with COVID-19 Complications. According to recent studies, regular teeth brushing and proper oral care plays a big role in fighting COVID-19. A study of more than 500 people showed a correlation with severe COVID-19 reactions. Those with gum disease were 3.5 times more likely to need intensive care, and 4.5 times more likely to need a ventilator. In fact, patients with gum disease were at higher risk for COVID-19-related deaths. So What [...]
In honor of February being children’s dental health month, here are some interesting tid- bits when it comes to kids and canines. Children should first visit the dentist around 3-4 years of age, so they can become familiar and comfortable with a routine visit in the chair. Like adults, children should see a dentist every 6 months for exams. About 20% of kids say that they fear going to the dentist. Much of this fear can be assuaged by watching parents brave the dentist chair and hearing adults talk positively about personal experiences. Communication is key with children. Parents [...]
Traditionally, a person has to set up multiple, pricey, time consuming appointments with an orthodontist for the treatment of braces. Invisalign, however, is a simpler technology that straightens teeth with a series of clear, retainer-like aligners. Best of all: the entire process can be done in a dental office and be done at a fraction of the normal cost. Many people prefer Invisalign over traditional braces thanks to its low profile, almost unnoticeable retainers. Length of treatment varies from patient to patient but typically ranges from 8 months to 2 years. Like braces, Invisalign can treat gapped teeth, crooked [...]
What’s with the tongue? I mean, the teeth get all the credit as the gleaming showstoppers, but did you know that the tongue does a lot of the work alongside the pearly whites? Think of all that happens with your mouth that also involves your tongue: chewing, speaking, breathing, drinking, swallowing, singing, tasting, licking… The amazing tongue consists of 8 super flexible muscles plus hundreds of tiny nodes that contain taste buds and crucial saliva glands. Shockingly, every single node has 50-150 receptor cells PER taste bud. Oh, and by the way, your tongue has 2,000-4,000 taste buds. No [...]