How often do we believe what we hear without having all the facts? Are you guilty of believing things you’ve never actually researched? I think we all are…or you might be lying to yourself. Let’s debunk some common dental myths that plague the minds of old and young alike, when it comes to things we’ve “heard” about our mouths: Myth #1-Chewing sugar free gum, after a meal, is an effective replacement for brushing. Truth: NOPE. That being said, if you don’t have access to a brush, sugar free gum does help loosen up bacteria after a meal. Myth #2-It’s [...]
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It’s okay to want a beautiful smile. It’s okay to get that beautiful smile. Too many people silently suffer behind cosmetic, oral blemishes, keeping them from a full smile in family pictures or public settings. Yes, dentists exist to help prevent oral problems. But they are also there to support you through cosmetic dental procedures as well. Wondering what options you may have when it comes to upgrading your smile? Here are some of the most common cosmetic dentistry procedures. Teeth Whitening—while over the counter treatments are minimally helpful, a more powerful teeth bleaching method can be done in [...]
At some point, you may find yourself needing to move due to a job relocation, switching medical offices because of insurance changes or leaving a beloved dentist/doctor because they’ve retired. The relationship you have with a dentist is important because it’s personal and you could be a client of theirs for years. So... when you are on the hunt for a new dentist, here’s a checklist of questions to ask or research before making the big decision. Do they have office hours that fit your schedule? What are the credentials and experience of the dentist? What do patient reviews [...]
What can you do to ensure your oral health is ideal? Here are the top 10 tips for keeping your gums and mouth happy: Brush (in the morning and before bed-time) and brush thoroughly. Use a toothpaste that contains fluoride. Replace your toothbrush every 3 or 4 months. Also, consider trying a new toothbrush after you have had a sickness like a cold or strep throat. Don't cover your toothbrush or store it in a closed container. This can encourage growth of bacteria. Eat lots of calcium rich foods like milk, yogurt, and cheese. This helps the bones; yes, [...]
Like most things, the answer to this question isn't black and white. Bottles: It isn’t the bottle, in and of itself, that is the problem! It’s what is PUT in the bottle(juice versus water or milk) as well as how long a child is left with a bottle to drink. Using bottles for nutrition is absolutely okay, but once nutrients are consumed, the bottle should be taken away so excessive sucking isn’t a temptation for the little one. Prolonged use can cause misaligned teeth and jaws. Pacifiers: Pacifiers are also okay, for a certain amount of time. The longer [...]
Who can’t appreciate a good, dental meme? But seriously…how do you know if you need a crown(of the dental variety)? A dental crown is simply a cap that covers your current tooth. It can improve the shape, function and look of the tooth in precarious dental situations. Signs that you may need a crown: If you have a broken, fractured or chipped tooth—a crown is usually your best chance at restoring your tooth to its former glory. If you have had too many cavities for a tooth to withstand—the strength of a tooth is compromised if the same tooth [...]
Like any health-related topic, there are certain misconceptions about oral health and what is or is not important. Let’s dissect a few of the most common myths swirling about the mouth: Common Dental Myths “Diet sodas are okay to drink.” In fact, even sugar substitutes can cause major damage to the enamel. “Flossing creates spaces between teeth.” No need to worry about this one. Floss will not widen a gap between teeth. “Brushing harder works better.” Brushing too hard can actually damage enamel and that is irreversible. “If you have no oral concerns, you don’t need to schedule an [...]
Ever wonder what all those tools are, exactly, as you stare at the dental tray? Wait. That’s going in my mouth? Here’s a more in depth look at those gadgets and their jobs: A sickle probe The fancy name for the metal stick with a curve on the end that most of us associate with the dentist. It helps identify problems like cavities and scrapes away tartar and plaque. A scaler and curettes More long, sharp metal instruments that take care of thicker buildup trapped in tiny pockets between teeth. Suction device Yes, this is the REAL name for [...]
Sometimes our fears dominate our decision making. And sometimes, those decisions are based on things we have heard, not necessarily facts. So why not dig a little deeper and debunk some swirling common myths about the dentist and your oral health? Here goes: 1) Myth: Pregnant women should avoid seeing the dentist. Busted: Due to all the hormonal changes a woman goes through during pregnancy, pregnant women have an increased chance of dealing with gingivitis and cavities! It’s perfectly safe to have a x ray, anesthesia free appointment. 2) Myth: Baby teeth don’t matter, because they come out at some point anyways! Busted: [...]
What’s the deal with wisdom teeth? They seem like more of a nuisance than anything… This third set of molars usually starts to form between the ages of 17-21, thus named wisdom teeth, since they come in last and according to the saying, “with age comes wisdom”. I think I’d question the wisdom of most 17-21 year olds, to be honest, but that’s another topic for another time. It’s surprising to discover that ALL the teeth a person will have in their lifetime are already formed by birth; they hang out in the upper part of the skeleton until [...]