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

Black Friday is also National Flossing Day

black friday is national flossing day

While retailers call the day after Thanksgiving Black Friday, it’s also National Flossing Day. Considering how few people floss their teeth as they should, it’s not surprising that National Flossing Day isn’t as publicized as Black Friday. However, regular flossing is essential to great oral hygiene, and as your teeth will last far longer than any flash sales, they deserve … Read More

Sudden Tooth Sensitivity

Tooth Pain

The chance of suffering tooth sensitivity often increases as people age and is highest between 25-30. For those who take great care of their oral health, don’t have decay and visit the dentist regularly, tooth sensitivity isn’t usually a concern. However, if tooth sensitivity appears suddenly in an otherwise healthy mouth, it can be a sign of oral health issues. … Read More

Halloween Candy and Overall Health

Halloween Candy and Oral Health

Halloween candy can be appealing to children and adults alike, and it’s hard to resist sampling the sweets you give out to kids or that your children bring home from trick or treating. Although many might wish that the calories and sugar of candy somehow didn’t count because it’s Halloween, there are some very good reasons to limit your intake … Read More

Replacing Porcelain Veneers

porcelain veneers replacement

Porcelain veneers are one of the most popular ways to improve smiles and mask dental flaws as they’re quite durable and can last over a decade with the proper care. Taking care of porcelain veneers helps them last as long as possible, but eventually most veneers require replacement due to oral changes, injury or natural wear. Caring for porcelain veneers … Read More

Signs and Causes of Gum Recession

brushing teeth too hard can cause gum recession

Seeing darker portions of the tooth along the gum line is not a good sign and not something you should ignore. The visibility of darker portions of the tooth, which is the tooth root, indicates gum recession, and when the root becomes more exposed, the area becomes sensitive to brushing, cold and hot. Gum recession is usually a gradual process, … Read More

Causes and Treatments of Dry Mouth

Desert Depicting Dry Mouth

For someone with chronic dry mouth, the condition is much more than simply feeling thirsty, it means that their mouth isn’t making enough or any saliva. Saliva is essential for a healthy body and mouth as it aids in tasting food and drinks and it helps digestion. Saliva helps flush food particles away from teeth and gums, which prevents tooth … Read More

September is National Gum Care Month

national gum care month is september

September marks a changing of seasons from summer to fall and as you change your routine for back to school and your wardrobe for cooler weather, it’s important to keep up with your usual oral routine too. September is National Gum Care Month, dedicated to the proper care of the tissues surrounding your teeth. There are many things you can … Read More

Dr. Chester Chianese: Scaling and Root Planing to Arrest Gum Disease

Scaling and Root Planing to Treat Gum Disease

The best treatment for gum disease is preventing it with great oral hygiene practices. Unfortunately, that doesn’t always happen, which is why gum disease is one of the top dental issues today. A highly effective way of arresting gum disease before it advances into more severe stages is through root planing and scaling, also called deep cleaning or gum treatment. … Read More

Why You Should Wait to Brush After Meals

Should you wait to brush your teeth after eating?

Brushing twice daily and flossing at least once a day are essential steps for maintaining good oral health. Another common recommendation floating around is to brush after every meal to remove food particles and improve breath, but brushing too soon after eating may actually be harmful to your teeth. Brushing immediately after consuming certain foods can actually damage tooth enamel, … Read More