Small Details of Dental Cleanings Make Big Difference

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Brushing twice daily and flossing at least once a day are essential daily habits for great oral hygiene. Additionally, you need to visit the dentist at least twice a year for professional cleanings to lower the risk of developing gum disease and dental decay. Brushing and flossing help eliminate plaque, and professional dental cleaning removes the hardened bacteria that at-home … Read More

Technology Improves Patient-Dentist Communcation

Technology helps dental patients

In today’s digital world where people stay in almost constant communication, there are more ways than ever for patients and their dentists to stay in contact with ever-advancing technology. Improved communication through technology enables the dentist and patient to discuss any existing oral issues and potential treatments prior to the first visit through to the conclusion of treatment. Technology has given … Read More

Why Food and Drink Taste Odd After Brushing Teeth

Toothpaste makes food taste funny

Brushing your teeth at least twice a day is an essential part of maintaining great oral hygiene, but have you ever noticed how certain foods and drinks taste off after your morning brush? You may think it’s just the toothbrush flavor not mixing well with your orange juice or toast, but there’s more to it than that. Ingredients in toothpaste … Read More

Dealing with Dental Emergencies

Dealing with dental emergencies

Even when someone takes proper care of their teeth and wears a mouth guard during sports, oral accidents can happen and have unpleasant results. As they’re called “accidents” they’re difficult to prevent, but it’s a good idea to be prepared for the common dental mishaps and issues that may lead to permanent damage without proper treatment. Lost permanent tooth If … Read More

New Potential Treatment for Gum Disease

Gum Disease Research

When parasitic bacteria build up below the gum line, it can result in gum disease. Gum disease, also called periodontal disease or periodontitis, damages gums, teeth and bones and if left untreated, leads to a more severe immune reaction that can damage tissues. Fortunately, University of Louisville researchers now have a better understanding of how bacteria build up and colonize … Read More

Healthy Mouth, Healthy Heart

Gum Disease and Heart Disease

Continuing research has uncovered possible links between infections of the gums and other diseases that affect the body. One of the more recent potential links discovered by research indicates a connection between gum disease and heart (cardiovascular) disease. Some studies indicate that gum disease could be a more serious risk factor for heart disease than other health factors including gender, … Read More

Sinus Pain vs Toothache Pain

Sinus Pain Tooth Pain

Sometimes it’s hard to tell the difference between a sinus infection and a toothache because the teeth and sinus cavities are so interconnected. Sinus cavities are hallowed chambers that air pass through before reaching the lungs, and when bacteria develop there, it can lead to a sinus infection. A sinus infection may resemble the pain of a toothache and a … Read More

Why Patients Shouldn’t Lie About Flossing

Don't lie about flossing

The average person goes to the dentist regularly for their exams and cleaning and most likely dreads the inevitable question about how often they’ve been flossing. Many people don’t like flossing and don’t do it as often as they should, and it’s tempting to stretch the truth, but in the long run, the only person they’re lying to is themselves. … Read More

Do You Have Bad Breath? How to Tell & What to do.

Bad Breath

Bad breath (halitosis) strikes everyone at some point, and some people don’t even know they have it because people around them are afraid to tell them. Fortunately, bad breath is easy to fix by addressing oral hygiene and other issues such as diet, medication, and food. Finding out if you have bad breath A buildup of bacteria in the mouth … Read More

What Lower Fluoride Levels Mean for Oral Health

Fluoride Toothpaste

Earlier this year the government reduced the recommended level of fluoride present in drinking water. It went down from a range of 0.7 to 1.2 ppm to .07 ppm. There hasn’t been a change in recommended fluoride levels in water in 50 years. The reason for the change is the hope to prevent staining tooth enamel through extended fluoride exposure, … Read More