Posts Categorized: Advice/Tips

What You Need to Know About Oral Cancer

Oral cancer occurs more often in those over age 40. It affects twice as many men as women. The risk factors include tobacco use, heavy alcohol consumption, and sun exposure. A diet low in fruits and vegetables may play a role in cancer development, as these food groups contain antioxidants that are thought to have… Read more »

TMJ Problems and How to Treat Them

What is TMJ? TMJ refers to the temporomandibular joint which connects the lower jaw (mandible) to the bone at the side of your head (temporal bone). When someone has a temporomandibular joint and muscle disorder, they may experience pain in the jaw joint and muscles, stiffness, limited opening, clicking and popping of the joint when… Read more »

Is It a Toothache or Seasonal Allergies?

While many people look forward to the spring and the warm weather that accompanies it, for allergy sufferers, it can be a difficult time. The pollen produced by trees, flowers and grasses can trigger an immune response that causes runny nose, itchy eyes and throat, sneezing, and congestion. But what many people don’t know is… Read more »

Five Facts About Sleep Apnea

WHAT IS SLEEP APNEA? Sleep apnea occurs when the airway is blocked either by the tongue or muscles in the airway, causing the cessation of breathing during sleep. As the patient falls asleep, the airway collapses causing Oxygen levels to drop. The body then goes into flight or fight response, which arouses them, enabling them… Read more »

Implant or Bridge for a Missing Tooth?

Most people recognize the advantages of implants over dentures. But when does it make sense to choose an implant over a bridge to replace a single missing tooth? An evaluation of the condition of the teeth adjacent to the missing tooth can help answer this question. If these teeth have no decay and no existing… Read more »

Can The White Spots On My Teeth Be Fixed?

  White spots, that are often observed as milky white areas on the front teeth, are generally the result of demineralized enamel.  There is a loss of minerals from the tooth structure. There may be other causes as well, which your dentist will identify during a review of your dental and medical history and upon… Read more »

Do I Really Need X-Rays Once a Year?

Some patients wonder why yearly dental radiographs are necessary, particularly when they may have never had any oral health issues. For a dental examination to be complete and comprehensive, a clinical evaluation must be combined with dental radiographs. Many oral conditions can be missed when radiographs are not taken. These include cavities, cysts, abscessed teeth,… Read more »

Will Nitrous Oxide Put Me To Sleep?

Unlike general anesthesia and intravenous sedation, nitrous oxide will not put you to sleep. It will, however, decrease your awareness of and sensation of what is occurring during your dental visit. Nitrous Oxide can do all of the following: reduce your anxiety level, enable you to feel more relaxed, and decrease your gag reflex. Most… Read more »

Does Soda Cause Cavities?

Cavities are generally caused by the presence of bad bacteria in the mouth. They can also be caused by the foods and drinks that we consume. Soda, most definitely, can contribute to the development of caries. This is because soda is very acidic, and cavities can develop from low (acidic) pH levels. This is why… Read more »