Are Braces Only for a Pleasing to Look-At Smile?

There are many people who wonder why they should consider braces. After all, their smile may be a little crooked, but they don’t see anything wrong with keeping their teeth where they are. After all, braces are just there to make your smile look better, right? No, that is not the case. It is a pleasing side effect, but that is not the point behind getting braces. In fact, the health of your mouth could depend on you straightening your teeth if they are crooked enough. Why Consider Braces? The main reason for getting braces is to improve the overall health of your mouth. The truth is, when your teeth are crooked, there are gaps in your mouth where your toothbrush simply cannot get to as effectively. This could increase your chance of developing cavities, which...

Top Things to Know Prior to Getting Dental Implants

Dental implants are one of the top ways of replacing missing teeth. They are an ideal fix for a single missing tooth, random missing teeth around your mouth, or even an entire arch replacement. However, it is important that you know what to expect before you consider implants to be a viable option. Here are some important things you should know about implants so you can decide if they are right for you. You Need Good Quality and Quantity of Bone to Get Them One of the most important factors in getting a dental implant is the bone that you have in your jaw. It needs to be a good quantity, sufficient enough to hold the post, and also a good quality bone. Bone that is overly porous is not as strong, and will not hold the post as well. If you do not have the right...

Maintain the Bright White of Fresh Tooth Whitening

When you recently had your teeth whitened, it is a great look. Your teeth shine and you want to show off your smile to the world – as you should. In order to keep that look, you need to make sure that you carefully consider what items to have as part of your diet afterwards. Many foods and drinks can lead to discolored, or fully stained teeth. If you want to keep that bright, white look for as long as possible, then make sure to eat these foods and drink these beverages sparingly. Foods to Limit in Your Diet for Whiter Teeth There are many food products you need to be careful of after newly whitened teeth. For example, pretty much anything tomato based should be strictly limited. Tomatoes are great at staining the teeth, plus the high acidic content can lead to...

Problems Caused by Missing Teeth

Even one missing tooth can lead to major oral problems. So, you have recently, or maybe not so recently, lost one of your teeth. It cracked on something, and broke in a way that was not salvageable. It should not be anything major you need to worry about, after all, it was just one tooth, right? Unfortunately, that is not the case. Even a single missing tooth can lead to a wide range of problems. It is important that you figure out a way to treat that missing tooth before it damages your entire mouth. The longer it is left, the more damage it has the potential to do. What Can One Missing Tooth Really Do? Many people think that just one little missing tooth will not do much, but that one tooth can have a domino effect. First, your teeth begin to shift because...

Care Credit

We know that dental care can be expensive. Often, the cost of dental care is unexpected and a patient needs time to pay for services received over time. That’s why we have partnered with Care Credit. CareCredit is a healthcare credit card designed for your health, and wellness needs. It’s a way to pay for the costs of many treatments and procedures and allows you to make convenient monthly payments.[1] Care Credit offers a credit program for the payment of both preventative dentistry as well as restorative and cosmetic dentistry. Virtually, any service you receive in our office is payable through this credit program. Care credit is not a typical credit card. Here is some information you may not know about the Care Credit Program: -It can be used to pay for...

Mouth Breathing & Oral Health

Mouth breathing at night while you sleep may not seem like a big area of concern, but when considering one’s oral health, especially when it comes to children and their healthy facial and other development, mouth breathing can be a significant issue. Mouth breathing is most commonly due to a condition called chronic nasal obstruction. This happens when the body is unable to get enough oxygen by breathing through the nose. When this happens, the body is forced to get the oxygen it needs through the mouth. Mouth breathing leads to a host of oral health problems, including dry mouth and decreased saliva production. As saliva is essential for neutralizing acid and removal of bacteria within the mouth and on the teeth, the likelihood of tooth decay is increased. Dry...