Saving Smiles with a Mouth Guard
Why use a mouth guard? To protect your teeth (AKA: method of eating, multi-thousand dollar investment, smile-shower, etc.)! Your teeth are biological wonders that can withstand a barrage of chews and crunches, but they aren’t made of steel. They can (and commonly do) break because of accidents by all age groups. One of the most […]
What age do I start bringing my kids to the dentist?
In my office I have found that kids should start being seen around age 4. The first visit in our office is very easy going. We want the kids to enjoy every bit of the visit. We start with showing them what we use in the dental office and we have special names for everything. […]
Obamacare Dental Coverage For Kids
I have had many patients under the assumption that the Affordable Care Act covers their child's dental care (or at least part of it) up to age 18 if they sign up for the government insurance. The truth of the matter is that because the plan is a basic "health plan" the dental coverage for kids has […]
Don't Wear Old Orthodontic Retainers
Is it a good idea to start wearing my orthodontic retainers again if I haven't worn them for months or years? No, especially if you feel your teeth have moved over time. Teeth cannot move into a space already occupied by another tooth. Attempting to wear orthodontic retainers that haven't been worn for a long […]
Should I take out my silver fillings?
If you consider yourself "holistic" and believe in being as all natural as you can, should you take out your silver (mercury containing) fillings? Does your medical doctor tell you to have your silver fillings removed and replaced with tooth-colored ones? If so then ask your medical doctor what are the components in tooth-colored fillings. […]
Why are my teeth sensitive to cold?
If you have excessive wear on your teeth and have crowns in your mouth you may need adjustment of your crowns periodically. Porcelain on crowns wears very little. Enamel on natural teeth will wear much faster than the crowns. If you have significant wear on natural teeth, it's possible your crowned teeth may be hitting […]
What is the best toothpaste to use?
We have all gone down the toothbrush aisle in CVS or Walmart and thought, "Which of these 100 different kinds of toothpaste should I get?" It seems the more that's in the toothpaste the better, but this is not true. Whiteners, peroxide, baking soda, and tartar control all just add to the possibility of problems […]
Why do I get so many canker sores?
Why do I get so many canker sores? Canker sores are caused by a virus that gets into your system sometime in your life. Once it gets in your system it will be there the rest of your life. What causes the virus to show itself in the form of a canker sore is trauma. […]
What is the hardest substance in the body? Tooth Enamel. What can make the enamel even harder? Fluoride. Fluoride is absorbed into the enamel and makes it a harder structure. This is beneficial because the plaque, which is bacteria, in your mouth produces acid which eats away at the enamel surface until it makes a […]
CHEW YOUR FOOD WELL!
Everything that goes into your body goes through the mouth. If your mouth is not in ideal health, then you may be effecting the rest of your body. If you cannot chew what you eat well enough…you may be having intestinal problems because the food you swallow is not broken down to the level […]