Category: Patient Education

3 Things You Didn’t Expect to Deal with After Dental Implant Surgery

No matter how much research you do on your own, no matter how detailed your initial consultation with your dentist, you still have quite a few surprises in store for you once the your new dental implants and the temporary crown, bridge, or denture are in place. 1. You’ll Have to Eat a Modified Diet… Read more »

Salivation Celebration: How Spit Sustains a Healthy Smile

It’s a little gooey, a little gross, and oh-so important for maintaining a healthy oral environment. It’s saliva, that wet stuff that flows through your mouth throughout the day and, although we take it for granted, spit is full of surprises. Saliva changes constantly, helps you perform a wide array of vital activities, and even… Read more »

How Does a Sugary Diet Affect Your Oral Health?

Since you were a kid, your parents warned you that eating too much sugar would rot your teeth. As an adult, you’re also aware that eating a diet high in simple carbohydrates and added sugars can harm not only your teeth, but your overall health as well. Today, we’re examining two distinct ways a sugar-heavy… Read more »

A Geography of Tooth Decay

Tooth enamel is a fascinating substance. With a 96% mineral content (primarily crystalline calcium phosphate), tooth enamel can withstand up to 200 pounds of pressure. Thanks to your saliva, tooth enamel can heal itself to a degree through remineralization. However, if an area of tooth enamel loses enough mineral content, bacteria can invade and infect… Read more »

Delicious Double Duty: Three Superfoods that Benefit Your Smile and Your Heart

A rapidly growing body of scientific research underscores what many people around the world have always known: what you eat directly impacts your overall health, from your teeth to your toes. In honor of American Heart Month, we’re discussing three superfoods that can benefit your oral health and your heart health.

A Brief History of Nitrous Oxide

Those few moments just before a dental procedure can be a little tense, even for people who normally wouldn’t identify themselves as “afraid of the dentist.” Your dentist can take the edge off of that anxiety with nitrous oxide, a safe, reliable method that’s helped dental patients relax since the 19th century. Today, we’re taking… Read more »

Does Sedation Dentistry Put You to Sleep?

Toward the end of the 20th century, the trend in dentistry shifted toward a more patient-focused approach to treatment. As a result, dentists refined their chairside manner, dental offices began boasting ergonomic exam chairs and gourmet coffee, and more practices began offering a variety of dental sedation options. Sedation dentistry reaches out to people who… Read more »

Diet or Hygiene: Which is More Important for Oral Health?

When it comes to a vibrantly healthy smile, which is more important: diet or hygiene habits? Can a healthy diet make up for skipping the floss? Can good brushing practices make up for a sugar-laden diet? Today, we’re taking a closer look at how diet and dental care affect oral health and whether one is… Read more »