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What is a Deep Cleaning?

  Deep cleaning your teeth might sound like something you should do after you've missed a few visits to the dentist or eaten a particularly sticky, messy meal. A deep cleaning is actually a specific procedure performed by your dental hygienist to treat gum and periodontal disease. It's often completed because a person has not [...]

2018-06-29T13:46:39+00:00February 15th, 2018|Dental Care|

Dry Mouth, Medication and Your Oral Health

Dry Mouth, Medication and Your Oral Health Dry mouth, also called xerostomia, is the condition of not having enough saliva to keep the mouth wet.  Without enough saliva, chewing, eating, swallowing and even talking can be difficult.  Dry mouth also increases the risk for tooth decay because saliva helps keep harmful germs that cause tooth [...]

2018-06-29T13:53:59+00:00January 16th, 2018|Dental Care|

What’s in Your Toothpaste?

One of the first things you might notice about a person is a shiny, white smile – the type of smile that lights up a room and causes others to smile back. Fluoride, found in most varieties of toothpaste, is a natural mineral that hardens tooth enamel, which prevents cavities and helps keep teeth healthy. [...]

2018-06-29T13:54:47+00:00January 2nd, 2018|Dental Care|

What is Tartar

Many people ask their dental professional if there’s a difference between plaque and tartar—and it’s a great question. Both plaque and tartar buildup are common dental problems. Significant plaque buildup can result in tooth decay and gum disease. Tartar is calcified plaque, a hard-mineral deposit that forms on teeth A rough, bumpy line at the base of the [...]

2018-06-29T14:03:58+00:00December 7th, 2017|Dental Care|

What is Plaque?

Run your tongue over your teeth. Did you just eat or haven’t brushed in a while? That film that you feel on your teeth is called plaque. This is the buildup you’re trying to remove every time you brush and floss. But why is it harmful? And why is it so important remove? Plaque is [...]

2018-06-29T14:04:01+00:00December 5th, 2017|Dental Care|

What is Xylitol?

What is Xylitol? Tooth decay happens when bacteria in your mouth consume the sugars we eat. When you eat food containing ordinary sugar (sucrose), it gives bacteria on your teeth energy, allowing them to multiply and start making acids that can eat away the enamel on the teeth. This “acid attack” causes tooth decay and [...]

2018-06-29T14:19:22+00:00November 9th, 2017|Patient Information|

Proper Flossing Technique

It's the question every dentist asks: "Do you floss daily?" Unfortunately, for many of us, the answer is no. Adding another step to your oral hygiene routine might seem like a hassle, but there are big benefits to making sure that you take your dentist's advice and add flossing to your oral care routine. Gum [...]

2018-06-29T14:19:00+00:00October 26th, 2017|Dental Care|

What Should I Know About Dry Mouth?

Does your mouth feel parched? Do you have difficulty swallowing and trouble forming words? You may be one of the many people who experience dryness of the mouth from time to time. However, persistent dry mouth, also called xerostomia, can be a cause for concern. If the condition isn't treated, you can develop cavities, gum [...]

2018-06-29T14:18:36+00:00October 3rd, 2017|Dental Care, Uncategorized|

What is Halitosis

We've all been there: you've eaten some garlic bread or you have a dry mouth, and you realize that your breath isn't as fresh as it should be. But there's a big difference between the occasional bad breath that everyone experiences, and the misfortune of having chronic bad breath. Equipping purses and lunchboxes with mouthwash [...]

2018-06-29T14:18:29+00:00September 28th, 2017|Dental Care|

Dental Work and Pregnancy

In between trips to the doctor, hospital tours and setting up the nursery, don’t let visiting the dentist fall off your pregnancy to-do list before baby comes! Getting a checkup during pregnancy is safe and important for your dental health. Not only can you take care of cleanings and procedures like cavity fillings before your baby is born, but [...]

2018-06-29T14:18:27+00:00September 26th, 2017|Dental Care, Patient Information|