The Warning Signs of Gingivitis

What are the warning signs of gingivitis? ‘I never thought it would happen to me…’ The lament of regular normal people that assumed they were taking good enough care of their teeth. There are some things that should not be cared for on a “Good Enough” basis: babies, bathrooms, and teeth… there might be a few more. What is Gingivitis? …

Why do Toddlers Grind their Teeth?

How to stop your toddlers grinding their teeth. You may have noticed that your toddler has begun to grind her teeth.  This is referred to in the medical community as bruxism, and it isn’t uncommon. It’s estimated that anywhere from approximately 1/6 to 1/3 of children will grind their teeth. For parents, this can be an alarming development and will …

Why Do I Have Sensitive Teeth

Sensitive Teeth? Having sensitive teeth can be difficult to live with and is often uncomfortable and painful. This is hardly surprising when you consider that the sensitivity is a result of the gums pulling back, which means that there is more direct exposure to the tooth’s nerve center. At that point, anything can more directly affect that nerve, including hot …

Keeping Your Invisible Braces Invisible

Can I Keep My Invisalign Trays From Staining? There are lots of good reasons to straighten teeth with Invisalign, but one of the most alluring reasons to use invisible braces is, well, their invisibility.  It is no secret that the mouth can be a dirty place, and when you wear your trays for 22 hours a day they seem destined …

When is Flossing a bad idea?

Has the Waterpik made Flossing a Thing of the Past? Do you ever accidentally yank your dental floss through your teeth and hurt your gums?  Does your mouth bleed when you floss?  And do you find it difficult to maneuver your hands and fingers in your mouth while trying to properly clean the sides of your teeth?  Most people do.  …

Soft Bristle Vs. Hard Bristle

Soft bristle vs. hard bristle, is one really better than the other? Don’t Make This Mistake! Everyone wants their teeth to be as clean as possible; that is why we brush twice a day and have regular dental check-ups. Good oral hygiene boosts both personal confidence and over-all health. Those who neglect their oral hygiene are at a drastically increased …

How to Care for Porcelain Veneers

Maintaining Your Flawless Smile with Porcelain Veneers Porcelain veneers are a great investment for those of us who need a little extra help to have a flawless smile.  A veneer is a thin piece of porcelain that is adhered to the surface of a tooth to alter the appearance, size or shape of the tooth.  Veneers are not intended to …

6 Month Braces

Do 6 Month Braces Actually Work? Memories of youth are often lit up by the light reflecting off of someone’s metallic braces.  Traditional treatment with those monstrosities lasted for years and was really crippling to self-esteem during that formative time.  Worse yet, if you didn’t get to have braces in your youth, thoughts of finally straightening your teeth as an adult …

Tooth Colored Fillings or Silver Fillings

Silver or Tooth Colored Fillings: Explaining Your Options Cavities are just a part of life.  When you need a filling, there are two options: tooth colored fillings and silver fillings. Tooth Colored Fillings Tooth colored fillings are technically “composite” fillings, meaning that the material used to create the filling is made of a type of resin.  This resin includes elements …

Halitosis, Anyone?

How to Avoid Clearing the Room Everyone has had an experience with a close-talker.  His unnerving nearness is eclipsed only by his use of breathy words to tell you about…wait, what was he saying?  Nobody knows; they were all too busy holding their breath and devising an exit strategy.  Don’t be that guy; avoid social calamity by knowing what causes …