Category: Dental News

Flossing in the News: A Dentist’s Perspective

Flossing has been forefront in the news lately and I want to clear the air a little bit from the perspective of one dental professional. In recent years, the Associated Press asked the departments of Health and Human Services and Agriculture to provide their evidence that supports the regular use of dental floss to prevent cavities and gum disease. When the departments of Health and Human Services and Agriculture could not produce strong enough data […]

National Tooth Fairy Day!

Did you know that Sunday, February 28th marks the “official Tooth Fairy Day?”  Here are answers to some common questions from our little ones that might be helpful. Hello, I’m your tooth fairy! I’m sure many of you have heard of me. You may have already received one of my special little gifts. Losing your baby teeth might make you feel a little confused so I’m here to answer some of your questions. Question from Joey: How do […]

Have You Been Naughty or Nice to Your Teeth?

It’s not easy to stay healthy during the holidays. Sweets seem to appear everywhere you go, and with all of the present-wrapping and card-writing, there’s not much time to devote to you and your family’s health and well-being. Luckily, Hermey the Elf, best known for his adventures with Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, joined forces with the American Dental Association (ADA) to come up with tips for keeping your mouth and teeth healthy during the holidays. […]

Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth, also referred to as third molars, get their name by being the last teeth to come in during young adulthood. As part of a dental visit, your dentist will examine you to determine if your wisdom teeth are healthy and properly positioned. Every patient is unique, but in general, wisdom teeth may need to be removed when there is evidence of changes in the mouth such as: pain infection cysts tumors damage to […]

Keeping Your Toothbrush Clean

Just as it’s important to practice good dental hygiene, good toothbrush hygiene is essential. Here are five easy ways to make sure your toothbrush is truly clean: Don’t share toothbrushes. Using someone else’s toothbrush exposes you to another person’s body fluids and potential germs, which could make you sick. People with compromised immune systems or who are sick with something they could pass on to another person should take special care to use only their […]

Implants

If you are self-conscious because you have missing teeth, wear dentures that are uncomfortable or don’t want to have good tooth structure removed to make a bridge, talk to your dentist to see if dental implants are an option for you. Dental implants are a popular and effective way to replace missing teeth and are designed to blend in with your other teeth. They are an excellent long-term option for restoring your smile. In fact, […]

Baby Teeth

Baby Teeth A child’s primary teeth, sometimes called “baby teeth,” are as important as the permanent adult teeth. The ADA recommends that a dentist examine a child within six months after the first tooth comes in and no later than the first birthday.  Click here for more info  http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/b/baby-teeth  

Sensitive Teeth

Is the taste of ice cream or a sip of hot coffee sometimes a painful experience for you? Does brushing or flossing make you wince occasionally?  If so, you may have sensitive teeth.  Click here for more info http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/s/sensitive-teeth

Bottled Water

Drinking water with fluoride helps prevent tooth decay. However, if your family drinks bottled water, you may be missing out on those benefits. That’s because many bottled waters do not contain fluoride. If you want to know if the bottled water you drink contains fluoride, be sure to check the label. Also, if you use a home water filter and bottle your own water, you may be removing the fluoride from your tap water. Visit […]

Ice is for Chilling, not Chewing

You’d be surprised at how many people think ice is good for their teeth. It’s made of water, after all, and doesn’t contain any sugar or other additives. But chewing on hard substances can leave your teeth vulnerable to a dental emergency and damage enamel. Advice: Break the habit and enjoy water in its liquid form.