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Friday, March 27, 2015

Dental Hygiene: Dos and Don'ts

Dental Hygiene
This week we are taking this blog back to the basics and focusing on two common hygiene habits that can make or break your oral health. Keep reading to see how your dental routine stacks up.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Why see a Prosthodontist?

blogger hml Prosthodontist
Prosthodontics is a dental specialty that focuses on the restoration and replacement of teeth. It is also sometimes referred to as prosthetic dentistry or dental prosthetics. Prosthodontics is one of the nine dental specialties recognized by the American Dental Association. The ADA specifies that prosthodontists oversee the "diagnosis, treatment planning, rehabilitation and maintenance of the oral function, comfort, appearance and health of patients with clinical conditions associated with missing or deficient teeth and/or oral and maxillofacial tissues..."

Friday, March 6, 2015

DDS vs. DMD, What’s the Difference?

Endodontist examining root canal on xray
When it comes time to choose a dentist, there are a lot of factors to think about. You're probably already considering the: Location, Office environment, Patient experience, Technology offered, Pricing, and Reputation. Should the letters behind the name add yet another element to consider in the process of picking the right dentist? Fortunately for you, the answer is "No."

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Why See an Endodontist?

Endodontist examining root canal on xray
As we continue our series on dental specialties, this week our focus in on the field of endodontics. According to the ADA, endodontics is the branch of dentistry that is dedicated to the study and treatment of "morphology, physiology and pathology of the human dental pulp and periradicular tissues."

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.