The Cavity Conundrum

cavity toothacheThe thought of cavities might be at the back of your mind every time you brush and floss your teeth (particularly the hope of not having any). Unless you do have one, though, you might not think much about them otherwise, like what cavities are, and why you should take every necessary step to avoid them. The problem lies in the bacteria that dwell in your mouth, which feed on the same substances you do and convert many of them into harmful acids. After  a while, these acids erode your teeth’s outer layer of enamel, leaving teeth vulnerable to infectious, cavity-causing bacteria. Fortunately, you don’t have to starve yourself in addition to brushing and flossing in order to prevent cavities. (more…)

Is It True That My Oral Health Affects My Overall Health?

woman with healthy thumb up smileGiven how dominant your smile is, you might realize that certain oral health issues can affect your image and appearance, which in turn can affect your confidence and quality of life. What fewer people realize, however, is that the state of your dental health can affect much more than how confidently you smile. For instance, inflammatory gum disease is caused by bacteria that manipulate your immune system, causing rampant inflammation in your gum tissues and possibly throughout other areas of your body. (more…)

It’s Time to Talk About Your Bad Breath

embarrassed young businessmanIt’s embarrassing enough that many people don’t want to talk about it, but bad breath isn’t as easily avoidable as conversation. The one person you should be talking about your bad breath with is your dentist, especially if you’ve tried to eliminate it and it won’t go away. When it’s more than just morning breath, the condition could indicate a more serious dental health issue that will have to be addressed before you can enjoy fresher breath. (more…)

A Discussion About Gum Disease

worried thoughtPeriodontal (gum) disease affects the majority of adults in America, yet little public awareness is raised concerning this destructive chronic condition. Aside from being the number one cause of adult tooth loss, gum disease has also been linked to an increased risk of other serious health issues, including heart disease, stroke, respiratory problems, and many others. (more…)

What Can Cosmetic Dentistry Do?

young woman gorgeous smileYour smile is complex, and so are the issues that can affect it. Cosmetic dentistry focuses on your smile’s appearance, though cosmetic treatments often coincide with more functional issues, like damaged or misaligned teeth. The point is to make your smile look better, thereby increasing your confidence, and to do so in a way that avoids over-modifying your healthy, natural tooth structure. (more…)

Is Brushing Your Teeth Enough?

blonde woman brushing teeth at sinkFor as long as most of us can remember, we’ve been admonished to brush our teeth at least twice a day, or after every meal if possible. The logic is sound; not brushing your teeth often enough will allow bacteria to accumulate into plaque, which coats the surfaces of your mouth, teeth, and gums. There are over 600 different identifiable kinds of oral bacteria, and when they’re excessively present in your mouth, you’re at a greater risk of developing serious oral health issues. Still, brushing your teeth is only a part of a good oral hygiene routine. If you neglect the rest of it, you are still at risk for oral health problems, even if you brush your teeth three or four times a day. (more…)

A Dentist for Your Whole Family

happy family brushing their teethWhile most of your dental care occurs at home with your toothbrush and floss, you need your dentist to make sure your hygiene routine works, or to prescribe an appropriate treatment if it doesn’t. Yet, finding a dentist that can provide excellent care for every member of your family might not be as simple as finding one for yourself. Besides the fact that everyone’s smile is different, the meaning of dental care can change depending on a number of factors, including the age of the patient. At Waterstone, our team of dental professionals is well-trained, well-experienced, and well-equipped to provide high-quality dental care to your entire family. (more…)