What are Plaque and Tartar?

When it comes to dentistry, there are a few terms and phrases that can be confusing. For instance, you’ve probably heard of plaque and tartar—but do you know what the differences actually are? Plaque is made of bacteria containing food particles and saliva. Plaque usually forms around your teeth. Fortunately, plaque is soft and sticky,… Read more »

7 Toothbrushing Tips

Brushing your teeth twice a day, once in the morning and once at night, is important for your oral health. However, Dr. and our team stress that brushing your teeth properly is even more important for a healthy mouth. To improve your dental hygiene effectiveness, follow the following tips: Choose the Right Toothbrush Just any… Read more »

Flossing Twice a Day Helps Prevent Gum Disease

Gum disease starts when residual food particles and plaque at the gum line are allowed to harden into tartar. This causes an infection and inflammation of the gum tissues. Brushing your teeth twice a day will help to clean away residual food particles and plaque the surfaces of teeth. However, brushing alone is completely ineffective… Read more »

Where Did the Tooth Fairy Originate?

The Tooth Fairy is a much beloved legend. We all have fond memories of leaving each lost tooth under the pillow for the Tooth Fairy to find. But where did the Tooth Fairy originate? The legend of the Tooth Fairy has evolved over time. However, legends and myths surrounding losing baby teeth go back for… Read more »

How You Can Cope With Bad Breath

As you know, many of our favorite foods can lead to bad breath. This is at least one reason that millions of Americans use breath mints or other fresheners daily. However, while mints can be useful, they only offer a temporary solution. This isn’t a problem if your bad breath–properly known as halitosis–is caused by… Read more »

Hardened Tartar at the Gum Line Can Lead to Periodontal Disease

Research conducted by the Centers for Disease Control found that that that 64% of seniors over age 65 have moderate to severe periodontal disease. However, you shouldn’t let that statistic lead you to believe that gum disease is only a problem for seniors. It is estimated by American Dental Association that roughly 47% of all… Read more »

The Answers to the Questions About Your Dentist

To help you know more about your dentist, dental care, and oral hygiene, our dental team is happy to give you the answers to these frequently asked questions: Why do regular dental visits matter? Regular dental visits are vital for your oral health. These appointments give our dental team the chance to professionally clean your… Read more »

Severely Damaged or Decayed Tooth May Need a Root Canal

A severely damaged, fractured or decayed tooth can pose some serious problems for your oral health. Left unchecked it can compromise your ability to chew and even lead to a dangerous infection in the gums. In a situation like this your dentist will often require a root canal to restore it. Symptoms of a tooth… Read more »

Use a Mouthwash That Suits Your Needs

Therapeutic and cosmetic are the two main types of mouthwashes. While cosmetic mouthwashes can temporarily reduce bad breath, they do not attack the cause of bad breath or reduce the bacteria that causes bad breath, plaque, gum disease, or tooth decay. Therapeutic mouthwashes reduce plaque, gingivitis, tooth decay, and bad breath. Mouthwashes are not meant… Read more »

The Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments for Dry Mouth

If you are one who is constantly reaching for water because of your dry, cottony mouth, you have dry mouth, and we’re here to help you. What is dry mouth? Dry mouth is a condition that is also called xerostomia. This condition can be considered as a symptom of a medical disorder or a side… Read more »