Malocclusion is a word dental professionals use when teeth do not line up properly. It is sometimes called “bad bite.” Sometimes malocclusion can be a cosmetic issue, and other times is can be both cosmetic and functional. Malocclusion can affect speech, the ability to eat comfortably, and even breathing. Most cases of malocclusion are heredity, although it can be caused by habits like thumb-sucking. Injury to the teeth or jaw can also cause malocclusion. Depending on the cause of the malocclusion, your dentist can offer restorative or cosmetic solutions to bring teeth into alignment. (more…)
One of the first habits we’re taught as children is how to properly, and consistently, brush and floss our teeth to prevent dental issues from forming. However, as adults, time and life may have diluted the importance of keeping your teeth clean, until you develop a toothache or your dentist tells you that your teeth need treatment. The truth is that professional teeth cleaning is only a small part of the services your dentist offers, but it’s one of the most important, regardless of your age. (more…)
The answer will always remain: Yes, you need to brush your tongue. Brushing your tongue is an essential part of your dental hygiene. Rest assured, we understand that you might not fully understand why this is so important – or how you should go about brushing this oral organ – which is why we are prepared to provide you with a full rundown of helpful details. Ready? Here we go!
How’s your dental hygiene going? Do you feel like you have gotten everything completely sorted out and you know exactly which type of toothbrush best suits your needs? Or, do you feel like you’re getting closer to streamlining the experience but it sure would be nice to learn just a bit more about choosing the right brush. Lucky you! We have created a helpful Q&A session, so you feel much more confident with your choices.
Have you come to the conclusion that it’s time to receive teeth whitening, so you can feel confident and happy about the way your smile looks? Are you hesitating to contact our practice to schedule a visit because you think it might be more convenient to purchase OTC whitening products that you keep seeing at the store? If so, we suggest you take a quite stroll through our question-and-answer session – it will provide you with the answers you seek. (Hint: Now would be a good time to call and schedule your cosmetic consultation with us).
Do you assume that a cavity is just something that happens if you don’t brush and floss correctly? While it’s true that avoiding good dental hygiene can certainly lead to tooth decay, the development of decay is a bit more multi-faceted. This is why some people who seem to miss brushing quite often never develop cavities – and while some who take wonderful care of their teeth do develop them. Let’s see what you know with a quiz. It might even clear up a few questions along the way.
You know that the more sugar you eat throughout the day, the more often your mouth becomes an acid environment that essentially attacks your teeth. The more frequently these acid attacks occur, the greater your chance of experiencing tooth decay. Good news: You’re not the only person in the universe who has a major penchant for all things sugary. Even better news? We have some helpful suggestions that will keep you from over-indulging, so you can feel good about your efforts in protecting your oral health.
You have likely grown up with the general knowledge that it is important to floss your teeth every single day. However, that doesn’t mean that you have a full understanding of what makes this part of preventive care so very important. After all, do you know how flossing as part of your dental hygiene helps your smile – or do you just know that it somehow contributes to good oral health? Find out the answer to that question (and a bit more) with a quick flossing quiz!
Are you tired of dealing with sensitive teeth? Are you feeling extremely frustrated because you take care of your teeth but your smile feels anything but healthy and comfortable? Don’t stress over this one – sensitivity is a common factor that is generally quite easy to address. Whether it’s a sign that you need restorative care or if you just need to tweak your habits a bit, regaining comfort is something we can help you with!
Are you trying to make sense of the different reasons you have had to come in to see us for restorative dentistry treatments? Perhaps you think to yourself that you take pretty good care of your smile, so why on earth would you ever need a dental crown? Maybe you take poor care of your smile but your spouse (who practices exceptional dental hygiene) has experienced more hygiene-related issues than you have. True, maintaining the health of your smile can seem a bit confusing. However, it can also make a lot of sense when you’ve got a solid foundation. Let’s explore.