If you have a partial or full denture plate or if you are planning on getting one soon, you’re probably happy with the way your smile looks. Dentures do take some time to get used to, however, so you might also have some issues that you’re less-than-happy about. Check out this list of common problems … Continue reading “Common Problems With Dentures”
You probably have some good dental habits that you are proud to tell your dentist: You brush twice daily, floss each night, and schedule your routine dental cleanings. You might, however have some habits that are not so good for your oral health. Read through this list of dental habits that do more harm than … Continue reading “Dental Habits to Avoid”
If there’s one dental procedure that people tend to dread, it’s root canal treatment, also called endodontic therapy. The mental image that many seem to conjure up includes pain and suffering. The good news is that root canal therapy is actually not painful in the vast majority of cases. Here’s what you can expect from … Continue reading “Does It Hurt to Get a Root Canal?”
Cancer. It’s a word no one wants to hear when it comes to themselves or a loved one. You probably already know that early detection is key when it comes to treating cancer most effectively. Oral cancer is no exception; the sooner you catch it and receive treatment, the better your chances of surviving and … Continue reading “Oral Cancer: Signs to Watch For”
The kids have been back to school for about a month now, and like most families, yours is probably into a good routine by now. While this routine likely includes time for homework, early morning wake-ups, and carefully timed bus stop appearances, it should also include time for a dental regimen that will keep your … Continue reading “Back to School Dental Health Guide”
Dental insurance can be confusing at times, and sometimes patients don’t understand how their procedures will be covered. While dental office staff can help answer questions, particularly about more common plans, the most accurate advice will come from the insurance company itself. Every plan is different, and there are some plans that are very different … Continue reading “Do You Understand Your Dental Insurance Policy?”
It’s that time of year again: In many households, the Easter bunny will come hopping into their home to leave behind a basket of candy and springtime treats. If this is part of your family tradition, you might be wondering how to make your child’s Easter basket a bit more tooth-friendly. Here are some ideas … Continue reading “Tooth-Friendly Ideas for Your Child’s Easter Basket”
You already know how to keep your teeth healthy: brush twice per day, floss once, and see your dentist regularly. It sounds easy peasy, and for the most part, it is, but you do need to make sure that your toothbrushing technique is correct. If you’re not doing a good job brushing, that means that you’re not removing all of the plaque and bacteria that you could be removing. A poor toothbrushing job can lead to gingivitis, cavities, and halitosis (or bad breath). Since you don’t want any of these conditions, it pays off to make sure that your time spent brushing your teeth is being put to good use. Check out this list of tips for good toothbrushing technique.
You already know what good dental habits are: Brush your teeth two or three times daily, floss each night, and see your dentist regularly. You might think that as long as you are doing these things, you’re good. While they’re a great start toward having healthy teeth, however, it’s possible that you have some habits that are negatively impacting your dental health. Take a look at this list of bad dental habits and see if you are guilty of any of them and, if so, figure out how to turn things around.
It’s great to have an icy cold drink, especially in the summertime, but chewing on those ice cubes can really wreak havoc on your teeth. First, biting on anything hard can loosen fillings or even cause a fracture. Secondly, the freezing cold combined with the pressure of chewing the ice can lead to tiny cracks called crazing. Crazing can lead to increased sensitivity to cold, which makes drinking an ice-cold beverage or biting into an ice cream cone painful. Leave the ice in the glass or dump it down the sink if you’re not able to resist it.
To a child, summer is teeming with potential. There’s swimming at the pool, plenty of ice cream cones, impromptu games of football at a neighborhood field, and many more pleasures of the season. As a parent, you want your child to have fun and to be safe at the same time. While you are probably vigilant about seatbelts and helmets, you might not be aware of the summertime hazards to your child’s dental health. Here are some ways to keep those summer smiles healthy and happy all season long.