With sports being a year round activity, it’s important to protect your teeth while playing contact sports. Mouth guards are a flexible, removable device made of soft plastic, and they are adapted to fit comfortably with the shape of the upper teeth. Mouth guards protect not just the teeth, but the lips, cheeks, and […]
While mouthwash is not an alternative to regular brushing and flossing, it can help keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy. There are several different types of mouthwashes available, and all of them will help do different things for your smile. The most common types of mouthwashes are:
• Fluoride – fluoride is the […]
Xylitol is a naturally occurring sweetener found in tree bark, plants, fruits, and vegetables. The human body also produces it in small amounts. It looks and tastes like sugar, so as part of a health regimen, most people require no willpower to use it.
Xylitol is safe (approved by the World Health Organization) because only […]
Every year, over 50,000 North Americans are diagnosed with oral or throat cancer, which has a higher death rate than many other common cancers, including cervical cancer, testicular cancer, Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and thyroid or skin cancers. The high death rate results from the fact that most oral cancers go undiagnosed until the disease is […]
According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, close to 40,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral or pharyngeal cancer this year, resulting in more than 8,000 deaths. Men face twice the risk of developing oral cancer as women, and men who are over age 50 face the greatest risk. The American Cancer Society recommends an […]
TMD occurs when your bite is not properly aligned. It can cause the jaw to experience unnatural stresses and prevent it from resting properly when your mouth is closed. If you have TMD, you may have noticed a clicking noise when you chew, speak, or yawn; you may even experience pain and discomfort during […]
Halitosis is the scientific term for bad breath, which can result from poor dental habits and may be a sign of problems with your teeth. It can be worsened by foods we eat and other lifestyle habits. The dentist and the dental team can help you identify the cause of bad breath and, if […]
If you have ever spent time in the dental care aisle at the store, you have probably noticed there are an infinte number of brands and flavors of tooth paste. Here are a few types to consider next tiem you are out shopping for your teeth!
Fluoride helps to strengthen the enamel on your teeth; […]
Many adults struggle with tooth discoloration and find it embarrassing to show off their teeth in a smile. Once you identify the cause of your tooth discoloration, there are treatment options that can restore your teeth and your confidence. There are a host of factors that may cause your teeth to discolor. Some are […]
Patients tell us all the time they didn’t know they were grinding their teeth; it is often a parent or spouse that notices it due to the noise that occurs when teeth grind together. For many patients grinding is a habit and a mechanical reflex. According to the American Dental Association, this is the […]