The new year is a busy time with many social and family engagements. Between shopping, work, and holiday parties, it is hard to find the time to look your best. While getting an updated hairstyle and new clothing for that special party or gathering, consider another often overlooked accessory. Your smile is one of the first things people notice about you. Make a small change with a big difference this New Year with a brighter whiter smile.
There are many home treatments suggested for a whiter smile. Prices range from under ten dollars to some very hefty prices for the benefits of brightening your teeth. Besides adopting a healthier diet with less sugar, there are some at home tips you can try.
It is estimated that anywhere from 5 to 8 percent of adults suffer from dental phobia. Bad past experiences, pain, and embarrassment are some of the reasons that people have dental phobia. Some people’s phobia is so bad that it will stop them from going to the dentist, even if dental work is clearly needed. Fortunately, there are things that people can do to overcome dental phobia. (more…)
One of the best things that you can do is make sure that your child develops good oral hygiene habits as soon as possible. Here are a few tips for ensuring that your child learns how to take proper care of their teeth and gums.
Dentists and families have told us for years to avoid sugar because it promotes tooth decay. The World Health Organization and the US Government both issue recommendations to help us limit our sugar intake. The reason for these recommendations is to give us a reasonable expectation of the level of sugar intake we should scale down to for our health. Dental health is more a part of that than most people realize.
It’s common knowledge that dentists recommend getting teeth cleaned twice a year. You may wonder why your dentist recommends a cleaning every 6 months, but there are many reasons your dentist asks that you come in bi-annually.
Oral care doesn’t stop just because you have lost some or all of your teeth. Maintaining clean and well cared for dentures is a very important part of keeping your mouth, gums, and throat healthy also. Most dentures are made out of a plastic called polymethyl methacrylate acrylic, or PMMA, and need to be taken care of in a much different manner than teeth. Always make sure that you check with your dentist, but there are some general tips that everyone should be aware of for proper denture care. (more…)
Temporomandibular Joints pain, or TMJ, is medically referred to as TMD, Temporomandibular Joint Disorder. These joints are located that the side of your head and make up your Jaw bone. These joints control the way you chew, speak and yawn. When these joints are not working properly, TMD occurs. This can cause a great amount of pain since these joints affect all area of your face. This disorder can also inhibit the ability to communicate effectively and can cause many challenges in the workplace and society if left untreated. (more…)
Going to the dentist isn’t always the most pleasant experience, particularly for young kids. It’s common for children to have a fear of the dentist, and for a pretty good reason—dentists work with one of the most sensitive areas of the body and not every dentist is conscientious of their needs. What qualities should you look for in a family dentist? One that not only works with your children, but also with you? (more…)
Toothaches are a very common affliction, and pain can range from mild to very severe and even debilitating. It’s important to watch out for fevers, headaches and earaches, pain when opening the mouth wide, and toothaches that last more than a day or two. Your dentist or doctor may have to refer you to a specialist for further care if the treatment is beyond their abilities. (more…)
Teeth are something we often take for granted. We do our best to care for them within the constraints of the rest of our day, forget half the recommendations our dentist makes until we have to make a dental appointment, and don’t pay attention to the damage we’re doing.
Our habits have consequences. Often painful, expensive consequences. (more…)