Avoiding Teeth Stains at your Holiday Party

Red Wine BottleFor many people, holidays are a time for celebrating with good food and delicious cocktails. Whether you enjoy the tang of a festive cosmo, the zing of a midori sour, or the depth of a nice glass of merlot, many alcoholic beverages contain colors which will stain your teeth. If your dental health and hygiene is on par, your teeth can weather the occasional dark colored beverage now and again. However, if you have plaque and tartar buildup, tannins will cling to the sticky biofilm and make your teeth instantly tinted. Not the most attractive picture when you’re trying to mingle with family and friends. There are ways to enjoy holiday beverages without worrying about embarrassing teeth stains, however.

Seltzer Chaser

The bubbles in seltzer can clean just about anything. Have you ever known someone who used club soda as a solution for any stain? If you are (more…)

How to Improve Your Smile with Cosmetic Dentistry

improving your smile with cosmetic dentistryWhether it’s the color of your teeth, their shape or alignment, or something that you can’t quite put your finger on, the desire to improve your smile with cosmetic dentistry is natural. Fortunately, we offer a variety of options that are tailored to each individual patient’s needs. To learn how one or more cosmetic treatments can drastically change your smile, schedule a consultation as soon as possible. (more…)

What Happens at a Dental Cleaning

at a dental cleaningWhen our automobiles become dirty, either inside or out, most of us take them immediately to the car wash and give them a thorough washing and vacuuming. Your teeth are no different and should be of a greater concern, given their importance and their susceptibility to decay. The problem with relying on these methods alone for tooth maintenance is that they do not extend to most hard to reach areas. These blind spots reside under the gum line, behind your teeth, and in the blind spots that a brush or floss cannot clean, and your best shot at reaching them lies in attending your regular dental cleanings. (more…)

What Makes a Toothache?

what makes a toothacheWhen you relieve a headache, it typically won’t bother you anymore, at least until something else gives you a headache. When you have a toothache, however, even temporary relief is no guarantee that the aching is gone for good, or that the reason behind it won’t continue to bother you (and grow worse). To more permanently relieve a toothache, we explore the common reasons behind the discomfort, and how to treat them to eliminate your tooth’s sensitivity. (more…)

What Causes Stained Teeth?

teeth that are stainedTeeth whitening is one of the most common cosmetic procedures dentists will perform, as it can remove your stains to leave you with a brighter smile. The procedure can be performed in the dentist’s office or at home, depending on your needs. However, while teeth whitening can improve your smile, your teeth can still become stained later, and you will probably need a retreatment. While this is a normal occurrence, you can learn the causes of stained teeth, in order to help protect them from stains in the future. (more…)

Are Dental Implants the Right Choice for You?

dental implantsDentists usually consider lost teeth a significant dental problem that needs to be resolved. The roots of your teeth connect to your jawbone, which provides nutrients to the tooth. Without the roots present, your body will stop sending nutrients to that portion of your jawbone, which can lead to its deterioration. Therefore, a gap in your teeth can cause your cheeks to cave in, your teeth to drift, and more teeth to fall out due to a weakened base of support. The best solution for lost teeth is a dental implant, which can help maintain the nutrient flow to your jaw. (more…)

Save Face With These Bad Breath Cures

woman looking for bad breath curesWhen you don’t realize that your breath is bad, the reactions of those around you can be as surprising as they are embarrassing. Once you do know, however, it can prompt you to take steps to eliminate it; but, what do you do if your bad breath doesn’t go away? If you’ve upgraded your hygiene routine and tried several bad breath cures, but your breath hasn’t improved, then your best bet is to visit your dentist to determine where the problem lies. (more…)

Dental Hygiene: How Much Do You Care for Your Teeth?

clean teeth from good dental hygieneIt’s about more than just keeping your smile bright and your breath fresh. Good hygiene, i.e., brushing and flossing consistently, is also about keeping your smile healthy, and retaining your natural teeth. The thing is, good dental hygiene is a consistent process. If you slip even once or twice, then your efforts at preventing plaque buildup could fail, and tooth decay, gum disease, and more could soon follow. To properly care for your teeth, you should also maintain a steady schedule of dental checkups and cleanings so we can clean up whatever your toothbrush and floss leave behind. (more…)

How Important is a Healthy, Confident Smile?

businesswoman with healthy confident smileYou might instinctively realize that, when your dental health is good and your smile is bright and confident, your own self-confidence and outward appearance are greatly enhanced. What you might not realize is the actual importance of maintaining a healthy, confident smile, and how it can affect not just your self-image, but also most major aspects of your quality of life.   (more…)

A True-or-False Quiz on Tooth Abscesses

AbscessA tooth abscess is a potentially serious and severe infection which generally results from untreated tooth decay. Your mouth is full of many types of bacteria. When a tooth becomes abscessed, the pulp beneath the tooth is infected. The abscess usually fills with pus and can become quite painful. As with any infection in your body, a common symptom is a general malaise or feeling unwell. The abscess will most likely need to be drained and antibiotics administered in an attempt to save your tooth. In some cases, this won’t be possible. Test your knowledge on abscesses with a true or false quiz.

Questions

Q1. True or false – Dental abscesses only involve a tooth but no other tissues.

Q2. True or false – P. Gingivalis is the clinical name for the bacteria which cause cavities. (more…)