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Friday, February 27, 2015

Why See an Orthodontist?

An orthodontist examining dental braces of a patient
Since this week's blog focused on lingual braces (which you can read all about here), we've focused part 3 of our Dental Specialities Miniseries on orthodontics. The term orthodontist is most likely already familiar to you. The American Dental Association describes the specialty of orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics as including the: "diagnosis, prevention, interception , and correction of malocclusion, as well as neuromuscular and skeletal abnormalities of the developing or mature oral facial structures."

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Lingual Braces, An Introduction with Pros and Cons

Dental mirror showing lingual braces
When it comes to our teeth and we hear the word "braces", many thoughts come to mind, from painful wires to perfect, pearly whites. "Brace-Face", "Train-Tracks", and "Metal-Mouth" are nicknames that most brace wearers have probably heard and weathered. Traditional braces are now common place for elementary through high school age children and even becoming more popular with adults. However, when aesthetics are a concern, there are more cosmetic options to straighten your teeth.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Black Stains on Teeth, Causes and Cures

Stained vs clean teeth
We all know that a smile is one of the first things we notice about a person. According to one study, it's the second most important attraction quality (after personality) and ranks higher in significance than face, body shape, height, eyes and hair. Yet still, nearly half the population is dissatisfied with their smile and one of the leading offenders for this dissatisfaction is tooth discoloration and staining.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Why See a Periodontist?

Periodontist examining a patient
This is second in our blog series highlighting dental specialties. Today we explore periodontist. A periodontist receives three years of additional training after dental school to specialize in the treatment and prevention of periodontal disease, oral inflammation, and the placement and repair of dental implants.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Why See a Pediatric Dentist?

Pediatric Dentistry
The world of dentistry has several specialties just as any other field of medicine. While a general dentist can usually meet your oral health care needs, in some special circumstances, a professional with very specific training and experience might be the best option.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Fast Facts and Recommendations for Children’s Dental Health

Children Dental Health
Each February, the ADA (American Dental Association) sponsors a month long commitment to educate individuals and communities about the significance of oral health from a young age. Research shows that good dental hygiene habits developed early on are more likely to lead to a lifetime of oral health awareness and healthy smiles.

Friday, January 30, 2015

7 Foods that Promote Good Oral Health

Foods for Good Oral Health
When it comes to the "dos and don'ts" of food and dental health, you're probably already familiar with the worst offenders. Soda pop, sugary candies, staining drinks, acidic fruits and chewing ice can all wreak havoc on the appearance and integrity of your teeth. However, just as there are foods to avoid when it comes to maintaining a healthy mouth, there are also those that contribute to a strong, bright smile. We've put together seven of the best foods to help maintain your oral health.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Common Myths and Important Truths About Dentistry

Dental accessories
There are lots of negative notions out there when it comes to dental work. The statistics tell us that 5% - 8% of people entirely avoid going to the dentist out of fear and more than one in five only go when it's absolutely necessary because of the major anxiety it causes them. The truth is though, that seeing your dentist does not have to be a bad experience. Methods and technology have greatly advanced since that rotten dental encounter you had as a child.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Keeping Informed about Oral Cancer

Dental accessories
When we think about getting a check-up at the dental office, we consider that the dentist might tell us our brushing habits aren't up to par, could discover a cavity or two, or (cringe) deliver the news that we need a root canal. While each of these scenarios is less than preferable, they likely do not pose a serious threat to our overall health. However, research continues to show links between dental health and our physical health. And, one of those biggest connections comes in the form of oral cancer.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

4 Dental Hygiene Accessories to Keep Your Mouth Clean

Dental accessories
When it comes to keeping your pearly whites, well, pearly and white - we know the basic tools required are a toothbrush and floss. In previous blog posts, we've talked about brushing tips as well the most effective way to floss your teeth. But what else can you do to ensure your mouth stays healthy and clean? Of course you should see your dentist regularly, but we've also got four additional tools to add to your at home dental hygiene routine to ensure a sparkling smile.