Dental Checkups: Why You Should Never Brush Them Off
Your teeth look and feel just fine, so what harm can there be in skipping one checkup? Plenty… and it’s not just a free toothbrush and dental samples you’ll miss! A lot can happen in just a short period of time, and the ramifications of canceling your semi-annual dental checkup can go beyond your oral health.
If you’ve ever doubted the necessity of regular visits, these reasons will have you running for the ... Continue Reading →
Are You Guilty of Committing These 7 Dental Sins?
Brushing and flossing twice a day are two essential steps towards good oral health, but are other habits sabotaging your smile? From behavioral tendencies to choices you thought were smart or healthy…the tiniest slip-ups can be the most damaging. Double-check your daily routine to make sure it’s free of these common dental no-no’s.
It seems almost every type of dental product you can imagine is now available with whitening ingredients, but too much ... Continue Reading →
Adult Dental Anxiety: Tips and Techniques to Tackle It for Good
Wouldn’t it be great if the promise of a sticker or balloon could get everyone to see the dentist? Most adults know that the real reward–a healthy smile–is much greater, yet many still go with their dental needs unmet, due to “dentalphobia” or anxiety. Thankfully, increased awareness of the problem is transforming dental care for the better, and shedding light on effective ways to tackle your fears for good. Find ... Continue Reading →
Our adolescent patients are often anxious about wisdom teeth. Family members and peers share stories of what happened to their wisdom teeth.
Often these stories create more questions. Why do so many people need to have them removed? Does everyone need to have them removed? What will happen to my wisdom teeth? And why are wisdom teeth even a thing? Why do we have them?
The answer to these questions and more can be found in the video below from the Department ... Continue Reading →
Kids love to talk about teeth. Our youngest patients love to talk about how many teeth they have. And our bigger patients love to talk about how many teeth are falling out. Kids love a loose tooth. They love to discuss them. They love to wiggle them. They love to talk about which of their friends have one. And they love to know when their next tooth will fall out because they love to know when the tooth fairy is ... Continue Reading →
Halloween is right around the corner. When all the excitement over costumes, candy and fun dies down, don’t forget that your children’s teeth might need a little extra attention. After all, you want their teeth to be looking and feeling as good in November as they were in October.
The American Dental Association’s Mouth Healthy website has a great collection of tips for keeping mouths healthy around Halloween and all year long. Those tips are listed below. Continue Reading →
Fall sports season is here and there are so many reasons for your child to wear a mouth guard. If your child plays a contact sport such as football, softball, baseball or soccer, please don’t forget the importance of a mouth guard. Mouthguards, also called mouth protectors, help cushion a blow to the face, minimizing the risk of broken teeth and injuries to your lips, tongue, face or jaw. They typically cover the upper teeth ... Continue Reading →
Have you heard of “baby bottle tooth decay” or “bottle rot”? Parents know they don’t want their children to have it, but many don’t know how it happens or what they can do to prevent it.
Baby teeth, even when they first arrive in the mouth, are susceptible to tooth decay. It is important to protect these teeth from decay so a child’s smile will look good, feel good and function properly. The baby teeth are essential for eating, speech development, ... Continue Reading →
A common question among new patients at our office is, “Does my child have the right number of teeth?” The answer depends on the age of the child.
Newborn children rarely have teeth. However, a small percentage of babies are born with one or more teeth already present. These teeth are known as natal teeth and are often removed because they frequently have underdeveloped roots and pose a choking risk for an infant.
During the first 2-3 years of a child’s life, ... Continue Reading →
Our teenage patients are usually aware of the existence of wisdom teeth and commonly ask questions about them. Those questions almost always involve some variation on, “Do I need to have them removed?” and “Will it hurt?”.
Wisdom teeth are the final set of molars that grow into our mouths, most commonly between the ages of 18 and 20. By the time these teeth are ready to erupt into the mouth, there are usually 28 adult teeth already present. If there ... Continue Reading →