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Is flossing really that important?

Many people feel like brushing is all that is needed to keep a clean, healthy mouth. This is a dangerous misconception. If a person skips flossing on a regular basis, he or she will develop an increased risk for periodontal (gum) disease and tooth loss. Oral hygiene, in addition to visiting the dentist for routine […]

3 Reasons People Miss Dental Appointments and Why You Shouldn’t

Has it been a while since you’ve seen the dentist? While there are common reasons that contribute to missed dental appointments, it is important that people understand the need for regular checkups and cleanings. Keeping regular appointments can save you time and money down the road. This is because seeing a dentist frequently increases your […]

Gingivitis and Your Overall Health

Has your dentist warned you of the dangers of gum disease? Did you know that up to 80% of the adult population of the United States will develop some form of gum (periodontal) disease in their lifetimes? Gingivitis is the early onset of periodontal disease and if one does not take this diagnosis seriously, a […]

What Causes White Spots on my Teeth?

Have you noticed discoloration on your teeth like white spots? While discussions of tooth discoloration normally center on dark stains, there are lighter forms of discoloration that might be cause for concern for a patient and his or her dentist. White spots can convey a couple different common dental issues. In some cases, white spots […]

Can dry mouth lead to cavities?

Do you have persistent dry mouth? Medically known as xerostomia, persistent dry mouth can increase your risk for oral health conditions like periodontal disease and cavities. This is because saliva is an important part of keeping the oral cavity clean and moist. Soft oral tissue requires moisture and saliva helps rinse away food particles and […]

Is chewing ice really bad for your teeth?

Do you chew on ice cubes? Did you know that this seemingly benign habit can be very dangerous for your teeth? Chewing on ice cubes and other inedible objects can greatly affect the health of your teeth by causing worn dentition, damaging tooth enamel, and contributing to chips, cracks, and decay. Since chewing ice is […]

The Facts About Gum Disease

Gum disease is a major threat to your oral health and wellbeing. Many people underestimate how powerful an effect gum (periodontal) disease can have on oral tissue. Periodontal disease is incredibly common and when it advances, it can destroy a person’s health. Scheduling routine checkups and cleanings with a dentist along with practicing thorough oral […]

Toothache: When is it time to visit the dentist?

A toothache is your body’s way of telling you that something is wrong. Any time you have tooth pain, you should schedule an appointment for a checkup with your dentist. Sometimes, a toothache might mean that you have a small cavity. In other instances, a toothache can mean that you have a severe infection inside […]

5 Unexpected Ways Your Teeth Can Get Chipped

Our teeth are meant to last a lifetime but sometimes, life gets in the way. Unexpected circumstances can damage our teeth in surprising ways. The underlying reasons teeth chip or break are due to forceful trauma to the face or because teeth are weak and brittle. Chances are your dentist has heard all kinds of […]

Steps to Prevent Injuries to the Teeth and Gums

The oral health system, including your teeth and gums, is precious. We use our teeth every single day. Without our teeth, eating is very difficult. It is important to guard your oral health with a proactive approach to preventing injuries. There are things we can do to reduce damage from life’s unfortunate accidents as well […]