Protecting Molars with Dental Sealants

Dental sealants are a thin protective coating that is painted on the chewing surfaces of your back teeth specifically the molars. They are made from either plastic or other dental materials. The sealant bonds into the pits and grooves of the molars. Since food and bacteria can get stuck in the pits and grooves of the teeth, a sealant can protect the molars from getting plaque and decay. In fact, according to the CDC, “school-age children without sealants have almost three times more cavities than children with sealants.” It is a great option to protect teeth; however, dental sealants are no substitute for good oral hygiene such as brushing and flossing regularly. The procedure is painless and easy to apply. Sealants are not noticeable because they are either white or clear. They can last for several years before wearing out. During your regular dental checkups your dentist will make sure your sealants are in good condition. Both adults and children can benefit from sealants. For children it is normally recommended to apply sealants as soon as the molars appear. Talk with your dentist to see if dental sealants are a good option for you and your... read more

Got that Dry Mouth Feeling?

If you have Xerostomia, also known as Dry Mouth Syndrome, you are not alone. It is common for everyone’s mouth to feel dry from time to time; however, when the feeling doesn’t go away it can cause other health issues. Saliva is very important in cleansing our mouth from bacteria and helping us in digesting our foods. It also helps protect our teeth from acidic foods. But what exactly is Dry Mouth? It is when the glands in your mouth are not producing enough saliva to keep your mouth wet and moistened. Your saliva may feel sticky and you have bad breath or a sour taste in your mouth. You can also have gum irritation, cracked lips, and more frequent tooth decay. You may also experience sore throat and difficulty swallowing. Common causes to dry mouth include stress, certain types of medications, smoking, aging, dehydration, and cancer treatments. Keeping hydrated is one of the simplest ways to fight dry mouth. Chewing sugar free gum can also stimulate the production of saliva. If drinking more water and chewing gum aren’t enough there are rinses and toothpastes that can also help. If medications are causing dry mouth, discuss with your doctor to find alternative medications that can reduce dry mouth symptoms. Overall treatment really depends on the individual and what is causing dry mouth. If you are experiencing dry mouth be sure to let us know so that we can help... read more

Health Benefits of Straight Teeth

The benefits of having straight teeth extend far more than just having an attractive and beautiful smile. Besides building confidence, straight teeth improves overall health. Correctly aligned teeth are easier to clean and are less likely to have food stuck between teeth. Crowed teeth often time make it a challenge to fully clean since they conceal more of the tooth’s surface. Your toothbrush will have a harder time reaching and cleaning certain spots on your teeth that normally would not be difficult. Teeth with wider gaps often time trap food in between them making it a breeding ground for bacteria. In any case, having teeth that are not aligned properly increases the risk of having gum disease and cavities. Furthermore having straight teeth does improve bite and can relieve jaw problems. A correctly aligned bite can improve overall digestion. Teeth are the first step in the digestive process. When teeth are properly aligned less energy is required to fully chew food so that the rest of the digestive system can effectively absorb more nutrients. In addition, properly aligned teeth can protect your teeth from wearing out, cracking or chipping. Having straighter teeth can even result in clearer speech. A beautiful smile does more than just improve how you feel about yourself; it can also improve your overall health. If you’re ready for healthier and more attractive smile, please book an appointment for a free consultation to see how we can help you achieve a better... read more

What is Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal disease is an infection on the gum tissue that surrounds and supports the teeth. Fifty percent of adults over the age of 30 have some sort of gum disease. The symptoms can vary from having puffy red gums to even bleeding gums when brushing or flossing. Other symptoms include chronic bad breath, receding gums, and loose teeth. Often time early warning signs can be painless which can lead to lack of awareness. When left untreated gum disease can lead to tooth loss. Gum disease is caused by bacteria that is found in dental plaque. Plaque is sticky colorless film of bacteria that begins to form on the teeth 4 to 12 hours after brushing. When not removed plaque will harden to form tarter. Preceding periodontal disease is gingivitis. At this early stage gum disease can be reversed with proper oral hygiene care. However, when gingivitis is not treated the plaque and tarter can worsen and become periodontal disease. At this point professional cleaning around the pockets of the tooth is important. Periodontal disease when not treated will damage the soft tissue that surrounds the tooth resulting tooth loss. It is important to properly floss and brush daily to prevent gum disease. Be sure to visit your dentist to have your gums examined to make sure they are... read more

I have receding gums. What should I do?

Receding gums are no fun! It can be irritating and painful. Gum recession is a very common problem. But what exactly is it and what causes it? Gum recession happens when the margin of the gum tissue that surrounds the tooth begins to move or pull away gradually thus exposing the roots of the tooth. You may notice a notch at the margin of the gum where it has receded. Because it is a gradual process, most people are not aware of the problem until they begin to experience tooth sensitivity. Not taken care of chronic receding gums can cause loose teeth or even tooth loss! Therefore, it’s important to have dental exams to ensure your gums are healthy! There are several causes for receding gums. These include: aggressive brushing or flossing, family genes, misaligned teeth, grinding or clenching your teeth, trauma to the gum tissue, and/or poor oral health. Treatment will depend on what the causing the problem. If you are aggressive when it comes to brushing, the solutions can be using “soft” bristled toothbrushes. Remember to gently brush your teeth in the proper way. Ask us or your dentist if you need a refresher on proper brushing techniques. However if you know you are grinding or clenching your teeth at night; a simple solution can be using a mouth guard. Lastly having poor oral health can cause peridontitis, gum disease. Peridontitis causes gums to recede. When you come in for your yearly dental cleaning, we will examine your gums to determine if peridontitis is the root cause. If so, we will discuss treatment options to get your... read more

Got bad breath? Let’s fix it.

If you are dealing with bad breath, you are not alone, it is estimated that 1 in 4 suffer from bad breath, also known as Halitosis. Embarrassing as it may be the good news is that it is a problem that is often easy to fix. What causes bad breath? There are several factors that can contribute to bad breath such as food, tobacco products, poor dental hygiene, health problems, dental problems, or medications. How to fight bad breath? Food is a main source of bad breath. If you are eating odorous foods such as onions, garlic, spicy foods, and the sort, then masking it can be simple as using a mouth wash or chewing sugar free gum. If it is due to smoking or chewing tobacco, then the best choice would be to quit. The chemicals that are remain in the mouth from smoking and chewing tobacco can do far more worse damage then bad breath. They can cause gum disease or even oral cancers. Make sure you’re brushing and flossing regularly since food particles can stick to your teeth and rot and cause bad odors, not to mention it leads to buildup in plaque which also makes a stinky odor of its own. Plaque buildup can lead to gum disease or even worse periodontitis. If you are not sure if you are brushing and flossing properly please ask us, we will be happy to demonstrate proper techniques. Health problems, such as sinus infections, stomach problems, liver diseases or kidney diseases can also cause bad breath. If you suspect that it could be a health problem, make sure... read more

Why are my teeth sensitive?

Does a sweet treat set your teeth on edge? Does a scoop of ice cream put you in tears? Does breathing cold air give your teeth a jolt? If eating hot, cold, sour, or sweet food cause pain, you may have sensitive teeth. Some patients even experience occasional pain when brushing their teeth. Tooth sensitivity is one of the most common complaints among dental patients. There are several common causes of tooth sensitivity, such as: tooth decay, fractured teeth, worn filings, gum disease, worn tooth enamel, receding gums, exposed tooth root, grinding and clenching, and home whitening kits. Other causes can be using abrasive toothpastes and/or hard bristled toothbrushes. Brushing aggressively and in the wrong manner can also cause sensitivity. To better understand why our teeth can become sensitive it is important to understand the anatomy of our teeth. A tooth is primarily made up of a dense bony tissue called dentin. Dentin is protected by both our gums and by a tough tissue called enamel. In fact, enamel is the hardest tissue in the human body. When dentin loses its protective covering, hot or cold foods reach the nerves and cells inside the tooth causing pain. There are several ways to treat sensitive teeth. The choice of treatment will depend on what is causing the pain. Your dentist can determine what is causing the sensitivity. Treatments can vary from a simple change in toothpaste to a more involved treatment, such as, surgical gum grafting or root canal. Other treatments include: fluoride gel, sealants, crown, inlay, or bonding. When you come in for a dental check-up be sure to let us know if you are experiencing... read more

Can Coffee and Tea Stain Your Teeth?

There is nothing better than as delicious cup of coffee to start your morning or maybe relaxing cup of tea in the afternoon to end your day. But if your teeth aren’t as pearly white as you wish, you may have wondered if that cup of coffee or tea has contributed to the discoloration of your teeth. The truth is that as we age our enamel changes. Our enamel goes from being smooth to having little crevices and fine lines where pigments can start to cling to. Coffee and tea both have tannins, which is a plant based compound. This compound makes it easier for stains to stick to our teeth. In addition, the acid levels of both coffee and tea make the tooth enamel rougher over time. Your probably thinking coffee stains your teeth worse. Surprisingly, tea has higher tannins and acid levels which make tea worse for staining teeth. Does this mean you have to quit drinking coffee and tea? No. Changing your dental health routine may help keep your smile bright. Brushing your teeth regularly, as well as, rinsing your mouth after drinking tea or coffee will help. Visiting the dentist on a regular basis will help smooth out those fine lines on your enamel where pigments could stick. Lastly, for those stubborn stains you can always visit your dentist to have a dental whitening... read more

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