Straws and Your Dental Health

Drinking your beverages through a straw may help prevent certain oral health issues, but don’t fall for the assumption that they are the answer to consuming unhealthy drinks. Using a straw the right way can be great for your oral health, but incorrect use can cause even more damage than drinking without a straw. The Benefits of Using a Straw If you consume acidic drinks, using a straw may help decrease some of the damage caused to your anterior teeth. The liquid bypasses your front teeth, limiting the stains that soda, tea, and certain juices may cause. Positioning the straw perfectly in your mouth may even help avoid damage to your posterior teeth. Positioning the straw so that the liquid doesn’t touch any teeth and goes right to your throat can help eliminate...

The Top Reasons to Love Dental Implants

Missing teeth cause embarrassment as well as difficulty with chewing and talking. At River View Smile Center, we have many tooth replacement options including dental implants. The rumors about dental implants cause many people hesitation. Keep reading to learn the top four reasons you should consider dental implants today. No One Will be Able to Tell We love the realistic look of dental implants. Unless you tell someone – no one will know that you have them. We customize the appearance of your implants so they look identical to your other teeth. With the titanium screw ‘roots’ in your mouth fusing to your jawbone, no one will be able to tell that you have crowns or bridges in place of your natural teeth. Implants Stimulate Your Jawbone When you lose teeth, your...

5 Dental Anxiety Tactics

Fearing the dentist is a natural reaction – more than 5 percent of Americans fear the dentist. While fear is normal, don’t let it keep you from your dental appointments. Your overall dental health depends on regular checkups and cleanings, as well as any necessary dental work. So what can you do to alleviate your dental anxiety? Keep reading for the top tips. Choose a Caring Dentist Dental anxiety often revolves around the fear of the unknown. At our dental practice, we welcome our patients in prior to the start of the appointment. This gives you time to get acclimated to your surroundings. Take a look around the office, look at the dental tools, and ask us any questions you have before your visit to make yourself comfortable. Verbalize Your Fear Letting us know...

6 Signs that Your Gingivitis is Getting Worse

Gingivitis is a common disease that is completely reversible during its early stages. Unfortunately, if you fail to take the right steps, the condition could worsen and lead to periodontitis, which is not reversible. There are several signs that may indicate that your gingivitis has gotten worse and you are headed toward periodontitis, and if you experience them, it is important to visit us right away to discuss your options. Red, Swollen Gums that Bleed Easily One of the earliest signs of gingivitis is gums that appear red and puffy, as well as gums that bleed easily when brushing and flossing. Good oral hygiene can help to correct this issue, but if your gums continue to experience these symptoms – or they seem more severe – your gingivitis may be progressing....

Dental Sealants

When you were younger, you may have had dental sealants placed onto your back teeth to prevent decay. Now that you are an adult, you aren’t automatically ruled out of candidacy for sealants. By better understanding these dental treatments, you can make an informed decision about whether or not sealants are right for you. What Exactly Are Dental Sealants? A dental sealant is a thin film of plastic that bonds to the chewing surfaces of the molars and premolars. They work to prevent tooth decay by acting as a physical barrier to block acid and bacteria from affecting the teeth. In some cases, they will provide complete protection so long as they stay intact, and research has found that they can actually stop a cavity from progressing if placed on top of a tooth with...