Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Routine Dental Treatment is Safe and Important for Pregnant Women

Two things seem to keep women from seeing their dentist during pregnancy: fear of local anesthetics and a fear of X-rays. Pregnant women have often worried about the risks of lidocaine shots and other numbing agents to their unborn children, so they'll put off getting a filling, having a root canal, or even a routine checkup while they're pregnant, subjecting themselves to undue pain and discomfort.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

The Importance of Dental Care for People with Braces

Braces wearers are more prone to common dental issues like gingivitis, tartar, and demineralization because the hardware in their mouths makes it more difficult to get their teeth completely clean.  This increased vulnerability to dental problems means anyone wearing braces, especially teens, needs to be extra vigilant in their oral hygiene routines.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

What causes canker sores?

Canker sores, also called aphthous ulcers, are small, shallow lesions that develop on the soft tissues inside the mouth in areas like the lip, tongue, cheek, or at the base of the gums. Canker sores are usually white or yellow and are often surrounded by red, inflamed soft tissue. Canker sores can be painful, and interfere with eating. In rare or severe cases of canker sores, individuals could experience fever, physical fatigue, or swollen lymph nodes.

Monday, August 29, 2016

The Importance of Oral Health for Seniors

No different than for all other individuals, daily brushing and flossing for seniors is crucial for good oral health. Unfortunately, age-related health conditions like arthritis can make it difficult to brush or floss. Also, with advanced age comes a lack of desire for individuals to maintain daily hygiene habits, like brushing their teeth.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

What are the benefits of dental implants?

For most people, a smile is an involuntary reaction they don't give a second thought to when they're happy, pleased to see someone, or laughing at a joke. But many who have a missing tooth, multiple missing teeth, defects, disease, or decay in the mouth are often insecure about their smiles and routinely make an effort to stifle them. Complex oral situations not only affect a person's self-esteem, but they can interfere with their personal comfort and overall health and wellness.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Dental Injuries Can Mean Dental Emergencies

Surfing lessons during summer vacation sound like the ultimate experience when visiting the beach; unless a severe collision between the surfer's face and the board occurs, knocking out or chipping teeth. What a way to ruin a vacation. Whether it's a sporting mishap, an auto or bicycle accident, or a serious fall, a dental injury can occur when least expected. Anytime a permanent tooth is knocked-out or dislodged (when a tooth has been partly pushed into or out of its socket, or sideways) it should be treated as a dental emergency.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Don't Let Kids Take a Vacation from Their Dentail Hygiene Routine

Sleeping in late, staying up past their regular bed time, playing with friends all day, chasing down the ice cream truck. These are just a few of the joys of being a kid during summer vacation. While summer break typically means a more relaxed schedule than the one during the school year, there are some routines that still need to be enforced, like dental hygiene.

Parents, don't let kids off the hook when it comes to brushing and flossing over the summer, especially if they're consuming more surgery snacks and treats like ice cream, popsicles, and other not-so-healthy munchies! Here are some ideas to inspire the kids to keep up with their oral hygiene when it's the last thing they have on their minds.