Many people wear dental appliances to protect their teeth from the heavy forces of clenching and/or grinding. We commonly refer to these appliances as “nightguards” because they guard your teeth at night (or whenever you sleep). For our purposes, we are limiting this discussion to professional, custom-made nightguards. While there are many different styles and configurations of nightguards, we will discuss the most common type, which is a hard acrylic, single arch (covering only the upper or the lower teeth) appliance that covers all of the teeth in the arch. Continue reading How Long Does a Nightguard Last?
When it comes to cosmetic dentistry, most people envision porcelain veneers. At least that’s what you see on shows like Extreme Makeover or in ads for cosmetic dentists. While porcelain veneers are a very commonly performed cosmetic dental procedure, they are not the only treatment option for improving your smile. Continue reading What are Composite Veneers?
Maybe you’ve never heard of TikTok. Or you’ve heard of it, but you are not personally on it. The reason you need to care about it is because your children are probably watching all the TikTok videos and getting some seriously bad advice. Continue reading The TikTok Trend that Makes Us Cringe
A dental hygienist wears many hats in the dental practice. Most dental offices have more than one dental hygienist because the services they render to the patients are so vital. EVERYONE needs to see a dental hygienist on a consistent basis! Continue reading What Does a Dental Hygienist Do?
Never before have we had such a vast selection of toothbrushes to choose from. Not only are our pharmacy and grocery store shelves packed with different options; we also have online markets offering countless toothbrushes of all shapes and sizes. Most toothbrushes use specific marketing claims to attract prospective buyers. While we will not endorse or recommend any specific brands or models, we want to give you a few good principles to follow when purchasing a toothbrush. Continue reading What Kind of Toothbrush Should I Use?
Because October is National Dental Hygiene Month, we are covering topics related to dental hygiene in our blog. Dental hygiene encompasses two separate realms: one in which you clean your teeth effectively at home, and the other in which you consistently see dental professionals for professional teeth cleanings and maintenance. If a person is lacking in either of these two categories, he or she is at risk for gum disease. Continue reading What is Gum Disease?
October is one of the best months of the year. We usually begin feeling to cooler temperatures of fall, enjoy weekend football, and really focus on flossing. Wait…What do you mean you don’t focus on flossing? Didn’t you know October is National Dental Hygiene Month? Continue reading National Dental Hygiene Month
Teeth whitening is a multi-billion dollar industry, including a wide array of both professional and over-the-counter products. Everyone wants white teeth. There are many different ways to achieve the white smile. This article will not go into detail of the various methods of teeth whitening, but will instead focus on how to maintain a bright, white smile. Continue reading How to Maintain Your Smile after Teeth Whitening
Toddlers can be difficult, to say the least. The combination of increased mobility, a stubborn desire for independence and the entrance of new teeth can be the perfect storm for a nightly battle. Developing a consistent pattern for oral hygiene is extremely important in your toddler’s earliest years. Without exercising this essential routine, you could be the recipient of bad news at your toddler’s first dental visit. Continue reading How to Brush Your Toddler’s Teeth
Bad breath affects millions of Americans, and while it can come from anywhere in the nose, sinuses, throat, lungs, or gut, the most common origin is in the mouth. All bad breath comes from bacteria producing smelly gases, so the goal in fighting it is to remove any collections of bacteria. Continue reading What to Do for Persistent Bad Breath