While retailers all across the country are preparing for Black Friday, which is the busiest shopping day of the year, we are getting ready for a little-known holiday, National Flossing Day! National Flossing Day was established in 2000 and is always celebrated the day after Thanksgiving. This special day is dedicated to the importance of flossing your teeth and raising awareness about proper oral hygiene for your teeth and gums.
A common dental emergency that we see in our office is a cracked tooth. When teeth are extremely worn, from persistent grinding for example, they can crack under the constant pressure. During routine hygiene examinations, we check your teeth for imperfections and problems with the enamel. Most of our patients visit us infrequently during the year, so it is important that they regularly check and feel their teeth for imperfections as well. When you check your teeth regularly, you are often able to spot a problem, such as a cracked tooth.
Are you unhappy with the color of your teeth when you look in a mirror? Teeth can naturally become discolored over time. Discoloration can also occur from smoking and eating and drinking certain dark-colored foods. Thankfully, we offer a simple cosmetic dentistry treatment that can improve the color of your teeth. Patients love the results they achieve with professional teeth whitening. Now is the perfect time to learn about this treatment. Read on to understand why teeth become discolored and how we can help.
You often hear about the importance of drinking enough water during the day. Not only is water important for your overall health, but it is also necessary for your oral health. Water helps prevent dry mouth, a condition where your mouth doesn’t make as much saliva as you need to wash away any harmful bacteria that lingers after eating. We know that some of our patients substitute other beverages for water. We want to remind you that many of your favorite beverages may be causing severe harm to your oral health. These beverages can cause harm to your teeth and mouth:
Do you regularly experience discomfort in your jaw, and it is affecting your daily life? Or do you wake up with unexplained headaches every day? If so, you may be experiencing temporomandibular joint disorder. Unfortunately, many adults are never properly diagnosed, and their condition and symptoms remain untreated. We never want our patients to live a life of discomfort. We are proud to treat our patients’ TMD symptoms. Continue reading to learn more about this common condition, to see if you or a loved one may be suffering, and to learn more about the importance of receiving treatment.
We are always sharing tips on how to care for your teeth properly. One of our passions is helping our patients understand how to care for their oral health. While we are sure that by now you understand the importance of limiting sugar and thoroughly brushing your teeth, you may not be aware of other ways that you are harming your oral health. There are a number of habits that people have that can harm their teeth and mouth and lead to serious complications with their oral health now and in the future. Certain habits that you don’t realize you have can lead to a serious problem or a dental emergency. Read on to learn if you are guilty of one of these habits.
Do you suffer from TMD? If so, then you know that certain foods can cause your symptoms to flare up and leave you in a state of discomfort. With summer upon us, vacations are planned, and family events are taking place, making it tempting to disregard food recommendations. We want to share some recommended foods and some foods that are best left to the side if you struggle with TMD discomfort.
If you or a loved one has experienced tooth loss or severe tooth decay and needs a tooth replacement, it can be difficult to make the final decision on a treatment. We do all we can to guide patients in the direction we feel is best, but ultimately it is up to the patient to make the final decision. One reason patients may struggle with their decision is that they are unfamiliar with the treatment options. Today, we want to take a few moments to explain about getting a dental bridge, a common tooth replacement option. Read on to learn more about dental bridges and why we may recommend this treatment.
Are you thinking about starting a family, are you pregnant, or have you recently given birth? It is so exciting to experience any of these stages. Many of our patients are surprised to learn that pregnancy not only changes your body, but it can have some lasting effects on your dental health as well. We wanted to share how your dental health can be affected during pregnancy and some helpful tips to keep your teeth in top shape. Even if you aren’t currently expecting, this is useful information to share with someone who may be pregnant.
Do you have a loved one who snores loudly every night? Or do you wake in the morning and still feel exhausted? If so, you or a loved one may be suffering from a common sleep condition known as sleep apnea. This condition affects millions of Americans. Unfortunately, many people remain undiagnosed or, if they are diagnosed, don’t follow through with treatment. Sleep apnea can be extremely dangerous to your overall health. Continue reading to learn more about sleep apnea and the importance of treating this condition.