FAQ About Bad Breath

woman learning about bad breathBad breath, also called halitosis, is one of the more difficult hygiene issues to hide, and everyone will experience it at some point. But, sometimes it seems like no matter what you do, the smell just never leaves. You avoid standing too close when talking to people, and it may even cause you to have low self-esteem issues. By learning more about bad breath and its causes, you can prevent uncomfortable social situations and be proactive about your oral health. (more…)

What Does Sleep Apnea Have to do With Dentistry?

sleep apnea applianceSleep apnea is a sleep order that can cause snoring and other problems, which can begin to affect your health if the disorder is not treated. If you experience this condition, you can go to a sleep specialist for help and proper diagnosis. But, did you know that you can also talk to your dentist about this condition? Treatment can involve an oral appliance as a treatment option, and a dentist can prescribe it for you if needed. If you have sleep apnea, schedule an appointment with us so that we can discuss a treatment option. (more…)

The Preventive Care Philosophy

woman with good preventive careMost dental problems can be fixed, or at least maintained, with certain treatments. Imagine if there was something you could do to avoid the hassle and frustration of dealing with oral health complications. Fortunately, there is something you can do! Practicing routine preventive care is the most essential step you can take to maintain good oral health, and combat oral disease. Good oral health begins at home and should be accompanied by routine visits to your dentist as often as recommended. (more…)

Treating TMJ Disorders

man needs treatment for tmj disorderSome sufferers of TMJ disorders (or TMD) are completely unaware of their condition because they have become accustomed to being in pain. It had long been thought that jaw pain is a direct result of stress and clenching your teeth, or bruxism. In some aspects this is correct, but there are now many known factors that can lead to jaw joint problems. Treatments for TMJ disorders are highly dependent on the cause and severity of your pain.  (more…)

Quiz: Jaw Pain and TMJ Disorder

quiz jaw pain tmdMany people experience random jaw pain at some point, and pay little attention to it. Usually it is not cause for concern. However, chronic, agonizing jaw pain can be indicative of a common joint disorder known as TMD, or Temporomandibular joint disorder. TMD affects your temporomandibular joints (TMJ) that control all of your jaw movement, and the treatments are just as varied as its symptoms. (more…)

Dental Bridges: Bridging the Gap to Happiness

dental bridge illustrationDental bridges are literally used to bridge the gap between missing teeth. The use of dental bridges is not new; in fact, the practice dates back for centuries. Some civilizations were found to have used dental bridges as a symbol of status, and would adorn them in gold and jewels. Today, modern medicine has improved upon an ancient idea to create a natural-looking option for replacing missing teeth.   (more…)

All About Dental Crowns

tooth with gold crownIn restorative dentistry, dental crown placement is one of the most common treatments performed. Dental crowns, also known as “caps”, are an excellent choice in helping to rejuvenate your smile. They are impressively long-lasting, natural looking, and simple to care for. Most crowns are custom made in a lab, to match your other healthy teeth and remain esthetically pleasing. There are even several options to choose from of which your dentist will help you decide among to find the best fit for your needs. (more…)

The Purpose of Root Canal Therapy

image of root canalRoot canal therapy may be one of the scariest treatments dentists can provide, but they’re also something that usually can’t be avoided without causing serious harm to your teeth. The treatment is generally part of an effort to save what’s left of your tooth before it has to be extracted, which most dentists try to avoid because of the oral health problems that can be caused by missing teeth. Root canal therapy can cleanse your tooth of infection and add extra protection to maintain your tooth for years to come. (more…)

Pediatric Dentistry: To Brush or Not to Brush?

kids cleaning teethIf you have children you’ve probably found yourself wondering at some point when you are supposed to start brushing their tiny teeth. Many people do not realize that pediatric dentistry is just as important as dental care for adults. It is a common misconception that young children’s’ teeth do not need as much maintenance because they’re temporary. On the contrary, we believe that the best time to start caring for your child’s oral hygiene is before the first primary (baby) tooth even erupts. (more…)

How to Relieve a Toothache (Until You Can Treat It)

young woman needs to relieve a toothacheDo you have to take special care the way you bite and chew your food to avoid aggravating an aching tooth (or teeth)? Do you wince each time you sip your coffee, or your cup of ice cold water? Most of us deal with sensitive and/or aching teeth at some point in our lives. Sometimes, it’s nothing serious, and might subside on its own. However, more often than not, the aching will return, and worse, if its cause isn’t addressed. Therefore, to relieve a toothache, you’ll have to temporarily stop the immediate pain, and then seek professional treatment to resolve the underlying cause. (more…)