Category: Patient Education

Do Dentists Still Pull Teeth?

That may seem like a silly question but with today’s advanced dental technology there are so many ways to save teeth, do dentists ever really need to pull them? The answer is, yes. There are still reasons that a patient may need a tooth extraction. However, today, tooth extractions are only performed when all else… Read more »

How Often Do You Floss?

Brushing your teeth isn’t the only part of practicing excellent oral hygiene – in fact, flossing is critical to remove bacteria from in between your teeth. When this bacteria (known as plaque) is left between your teeth, it has direct access to your gum tissue. Over time, plaque can harden and become tartar (a much… Read more »

Tooth Brushing Myths Vs. Facts

You’ve probably heard all about cavities, tooth decay, and gum disease by now, but have you heard about the best way to avoid them? Preventive dentistry is the most effective way to keep infection-causing bacteria away from your teeth. This includes visiting your dentist, maintaining a healthy diet, and most importantly; practicing excellent oral hygiene…. Read more »

An Introduction to Gum Disease

The issues that can affect your dental health are numerous and diverse, but most share something in common; if left unchecked, progressive dental issues can lead to the detriment of your mouth’s integrity and function. For instance, the number one cause of adult tooth loss in America – gum disease – is a destructive disease… Read more »

Essential Ways To Prevent Gingivitis

The first signs of gingivitis (the early stages of gum disease) are usually inflamed, tender, and bleeding gums. Often times, these signs are ignored – making the infection progress further into gum disease, and eventually, severe periodontitis. However, there are many ways to prevent this from happening – preventive dentistry is the key to success!… Read more »

Are Your Gums Bleeding?

Often times, when blood is drawn from your gum line when you brush your teeth, it can be a sign of a larger problem. Your gums shouldn’t be bleeding just from the act of you brushing or flossing your teeth. Many patients ignore this first warning sign and wait too long before they have their… Read more »

Do You Have TMJ Disorder?

Temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMJ disorder for short, can be extremely uncomfortable and can potentially even keep you from being able to open or close your mouth. The temporomandibular joint acts as a hinge in connecting your jaw to the bones of your skull.  A problem with this join can result in issues chewing, talking,… Read more »

Does My Tooth Need To Be Extracted?

Once you lose your baby teeth, your adult (or permanent) teeth are here to stay! Or so you thought, right? There are several reasons why you may need to get your tooth extracted – crowded teeth, risk of infection, gum disease, wisdom teeth that are coming in misaligned, etc. However, one of the most common… Read more »

Do You Suffer From Dry Mouth?

Saliva is a very important factor in keeping your mouth healthy and clean. Without it, your mouth can become dry and extremely uncomfortable. However, dry mouth is not just uncomfortable – it makes it hard to digest food, it creates a good environment for bacteria to grow which raises your chances for tooth decay or… Read more »

Quiz: Is Your Jaw Pain Normal?

Do you find yourself waking up with a sore jaw? Sometimes, when you’re asleep, you may grind your teeth or clench your jaw consistently which could cause your muscles to be sore and tired. There are several problems you could be experiencing; temporomandibular joint disorder, bruxism, etc. Is your jaw pain normal?