Posts Categorized: Dental Health Issues

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 »

What is a BruxZir Crown?

Crowns and bridges have traditionally been made of full metal or porcelain fused to metal, both of which provide durability and strength. However, the presence of metal in the oral cavity is not esthetically pleasing to all patients. Metal crowns can sometimes cause a gray hue in the gum tissue surrounding the crown. Some patients… 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 »

What is the Mouth-Body Connection?

Did you know that those with good oral health may have better overall health? How so? Well, studies suggest that patients with periodontitis (which is untreated gingivitis that transitions into ongoing inflammation ) may be at higher risk for heart disease and stroke. Pregnant women with gum disease may be more prone to pregnancy diabetes,… Read more »

Five Tips to Keep Your Baby’s Mouth Healthy

Use Fluoride to strengthen your baby’s teeth. You may need to find out if your drinking water, whether well water, tap or bottled, is adequately fluoridated.   Clean your baby’s teeth. Begin cleaning your baby’s teeth once they come in. Use a soft cloth or baby toothbrush. Around age 2, it is okay to begin… Read more »

When to Seek TMJ Treatment

One of the things we look for during your preventive care checkups is jaw joint function. Many patients are aware that they are suffering from discomfort but do not necessarily know that their symptoms are associated with their jaws or that we can typically offer effective, non-invasive treatment. For individuals who suffer from discomfort surrounding… Read more »

Bruxism Basics

Has anyone every told you that they can hear you grinding your teeth together? Do you find that your jaw feels sore or that you have a mild headache in the morning? During your preventive dental checkups, we will thoroughly examine your oral cavity and ask a series of questions to find out if you… Read more »