Blog Archive

Why You DON'T Need Dental Insurance, Part 2 Nov 17th, 2017

Insurance is tricky business. If you've ever had to file a claim through an insurance provider, be it automotive, medical, dental, renters or otherwise, then you're probably aware of just how time-consuming this process can be - and the run-around insurance companies live to put you through. If it seems like they're...

Why You DON'T Need Dental Insurance Nov 1st, 2017

It's that time of year again... Turn on the TV, and it isn't hard to find some talking head discussing open enrollment, the latest doomsayer getting worked up over market instability, or an advertisement for Medicare or some other insurance provider trying to get your attention - and your money. But...

To Floss or Not to Floss... Sep 28th, 2017

Flossing your teeth has always been an important step when it comes to dental hygiene, but reports have been saying over the past couple of years that people don’t need to floss as much - or at all. It's not hard these days to find an article that claims that...

The Purpose of Dental Probing Sep 21st, 2017

You probably can recall your hygienist spouting off a bunch of data points from your last dental cleaning - something to the effect of: "healthy two, yes three no, healthy two, yes three no..." At your first couple visits, we make the extra effort to explain to you what all...

How People Learn: Adapting Patient Education to Individual Learning Styles Aug 3rd, 2017

The days of rote learning in schools are over. Today, many educators strive to employ all kinds of learning techniques packed into one lesson plan in order to reach all the different learning styles in the classroom. "But what does this have to do with going to the dentist," you may...

The Importance of Fluoride for Healthy Teeth and Gums Jun 29th, 2017

Most people don’t know that water naturally contains fluoride, although not usually at the required level to be effective. That’s why when it comes to public water systems, our government adds more to our water supply.But what exactly is fluoride?Fluoride is a natural mineral that helps prevent tooth decay. It is absorbed...

How Dentists Treat Dry Mouth Jun 15th, 2017

Everybody gets a dry mouth (also called xerostomia) on occasion, whether it’s when you first wake up in the morning because you slept with your mouth open or when you are dehydrated on a hot summer afternoon. Generally speaking, if you sporadically get a dry mouth, it’s nothing to worry...

How Soda in Your Diet is Ruining Your Teeth May 17th, 2017

Sugar. It’s the enemy of your teeth and for those who consume soda as a regular part of their diet, all that sugar can lead to tooth decay, not to mention other health issues such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and some cancers due to its inflammatory impact on the systems...

For How Long Should I Brush? May 2nd, 2017

Even if you brush your teeth two or three times a day, the amount of time you spend doing it determines just how clean your teeth and gums really are. Dentists typically agree that to be effective, each session of toothbrushing should be at least two to five minutes. If you...

Wearing a Night Guard Helps Prevent Teeth Grinding (Bruxism) at Night Apr 25th, 2017

Teeth grinding while sleeping is often the result of stress, anxiety, or even an abnormal bite or missing teeth. For people who grind or clench their teeth at night, wearing a night guard will help prevent subsequent headaches and the wearing down of teeth as well as prevent neck, jaw, and facial pain associated...

Water Flossing Facts: Does Oral Irrigation Measure Up? Mar 2nd, 2017

One of the trendiest new fads in oral hygiene is the use of water flossers instead of traditional string floss.Now, technically, water flossers aren’t that new—the first oral irrigation systems were developed back in the 60’s. But let’s face it, oral hygiene practices don’t evolve that quickly, and the recent...

5 Early Warning Signs of Periodontal Disease Feb 23rd, 2017

There’s an old mantra in the world of dental care: Don’t wait until it’s too late.Prevention is always easier than correction when it comes to medicine. The majority of oral health problems can be prevented, or managed, with daily routines of brushing, flossing, and making smart choices about the foods you eat.But...

Wisdom Teeth: Do You Really Need That Surgery? Feb 3rd, 2017

Wisdom tooth surgery.It’s become something of to a rite of passage for many of us, just like chickenpox or getting our first cavity. Wisdom tooth extraction is common, but is it as necessary as we’ve been led to believe?Before we dive into that sticky subject, let’s review the basics about...

Is Teeth Whitening Right for Me? Jan 17th, 2017

We’re all guilty of it. We oversleep, chug two cups of coffee, and zoom out the door. Many of us enjoy another cup at work, and when we get home, who doesn’t like to relax with a nice glass of red wine?Keep up this routine for several years, and before...

4 Types of Medications that Can Affect Your Oral Health Dec 16th, 2016

Our oral health and the medications we put in our bodies are closely connected.Many people don’t realize that the medications they routinely take can affect (and in many cases worsen) their oral health. In particular, there are four types of medications commonly used to get us through the day that...

The Importance of Oral Health in Fighting Off Disease Dec 8th, 2016

Most people realize that if we want to be healthy, we need to take care of our mouths. Oral hygiene is an important part of overall wellness and requires daily care—even more so than most other areas of our body!However, while the links between oral health and wellness overall have...

A Paradigm Shift in Gum Therapy: Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique Nov 15th, 2016

My patients tend to be inquisitive people, and I get asked many questions. I love questions, and some of my favorites ask about what the latest and greatest discoveries are in the world of dentistry. I would like to share with you one breakthrough in gum rejuvenation therapy that is...

Will Your Children Need Pulp Therapy? A Guide for Parents Nov 9th, 2016

Just what is pulp?“Pulp” refers to the nerves, tissue and blood vessels in the center of each of our teeth. When these delicate tissues get damaged by decay, infection, or trauma, painful symptoms appear. The most commonly reported issues include:Toothaches or constant painSensitivity to temperatureSwelling, tenderness, or redness around the...

The Benefits of Preventative Dentistry for Your Health Oct 31st, 2016

What Is Preventative Dentistry?Preventative dentistry is just what it sounds like: preventing dental problems before they start through good oral hygiene. They say an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and this is particularly true for your dental hygiene. Taking just a few minutes each day to brush...

Diabetes and the Mouth Body Connection Oct 27th, 2016

As advances in molecular biology and scientific inquiry progress, we increasingly find intimate connections between the healthiness of different areas of the body. While it may be tempting to view ourselves as a series of parts and components that work together by the direction of our mind, the interconnectivity of...

Risk Factors and Treatments for Periodontal Disease Sep 12th, 2016

Periodontal disease, more commonly known as gum disease, affects nearly half of all adults in the United States.Most of us are familiar with the basics of oral care, but gingivitis and tooth decay still affect millions of Americans every year. Below, we’ll discuss the details of periodontal disease, factors that...