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Foods That Cause Tooth Decay

When it comes to tooth decay, it’s important to know the main culprit – acid. Acid is what eats away at our enamel and causes cavities. Acid can enter our mouths in one of two ways: either directly through what we eat (citrus fruits, for example), or as a byproduct when oral bacteria consume the […]

Dental X-Rays: Why They’re Important

Many patients feel that Dental X-rays or radiographs are not necessary if they are not having any pain or issues with their teeth. However, x-rays are used to detect damage and disease that may not be felt or visible to the eye. X-rays are also used to evaluate a patient’s periodontal status and used to […]

Now In-Network With Delta Dental Premiere

Not sure what dental insurance to choose? Not happy with your current coverage? We are proud to announce our in-network status with Delta Dental Premiere! About a third of the American population has not seen a dentist in the last year. When asked why not, almost half responded that it was too expensive. Here’s the […]

Mouth Sores and Lesions

Mouth sores and oral lesions are a common issue for many patients. Unfortunately, they are often a painful problem to have. Luckily, most sores will generally heal on their own within two weeks. Mouth sores can be caused by bacterial, viral, or fungal infections, as well as trauma from a sharp edge on a tooth, […]

Dry Mouth

Dry mouth, also known as xerostomia, can be a common problem for many patients. Unfortunately, dry mouth can result as a side effect of certain medications such as antihistamines, decongestants, pain killers, diuretics and many others. It is always a good idea to discuss any possible side effects such as dry mouth with your doctor […]

Bruxism

Feeling stressed? You’re not alone. Due to the stress, you could be clenching or grinding your teeth. This process called bruxism, which usually occurs as you sleep. Clenching and grinding can also be a result of sleep disorders, an abnormal bite, or teeth that are misaligned. Bruxism is also twice as likely to occur in […]

Antibiotic Prophylaxis for Dental Appointments

Prescribing antibiotics prior to dental procedures used to be commonplace for a multitude of health conditions. However, this may not be necessary anymore. Before taking a trip to the pharmacy, have a discussion with your Dentist or Primary Care Physician. Everyone has beneficial and harmful bacteria in the mouth. Chewing, brushing, and flossing allow these […]

The Connection Between Diet and Tooth Decay

Unfortunately, many foods and beverages that we consume every day can have negative effects on the enamel that protects our teeth. This damage can eventually lead to tooth erosion and decay. Even foods that seem harmless may contain sugars and acids that damage tooth enamel. On the pH scale, 1.0 is very acidic (battery acid […]

Electric Toothbrush vs. Manual

According to the American Dental Association, if used correctly, both electric and manual toothbrushes are effective at removing harmful plaque that may lead to tooth decay and gum disease. However, many studies showed that electric toothbrushes decrease the amount of plaque buildup when compared to a manual toothbrush. In fact, one study showed that plaque […]

Flossing

“My gums bleed when I floss, so it stops me from doing it.” “I’m using an electric toothbrush that does a great job, so I don’t need to floss.” “I don’t have time to floss.” “Do I really need to clean in between my teeth?” These are just a few of the many questions and […]