Choose the Right Dental Filling for the Job

Cavities are a common oral health problem that nearly everyone encounters at some point in their lives. While regular at-home care practices like brushing and flossing can reduce your risk for cavities, many people are genetically predisposed to the condition. That means that the battle against cavities can be a struggle. If you do end up with a cavity in one of your teeth, it’s important to treat the condition with a dental filling as quickly as possible. There are different materials used in dental fillings for different purposes, and your dentist can help you choose the right filling for the job. (more…)

Spotting the Signs of Bruxism

Are you a teeth grinder? Teeth grinder is something many people do when they get stressed or anxious. It’s a natural reaction that, when done occasionally, doesn’t produce any serious side effects. However, there’s another form of teeth grinding — subconscious teeth grinding that happens while you’re asleep — that can have serious consequences. This condition is known as bruxism, and since it happens while you’re asleep, it can be difficult to self diagnose. Luckily your dentist can spot the signs of bruxism during your regular checkups. (more…)

Is Your Tooth Discoloration from Bacteria or Pigment?

No one wants to have a blemish on their smile. Beautiful white rows of teeth look great in photos, and they help you feel confident in social settings. When your smile becomes compromised by discoloration, it can make you feel uncomfortable with your own smile. There are ways to recover from discoloration and restore your smile to its original, beautiful state. Before you can do that, you need to determine whether the teeth staining you’re experiencing is coming from bacteria or pigment. This will help you choose the proper course of action. (more…)

Rebuilding Your Smile for the Future

A dental prosthetic shouldn’t be just a patch job. The role of a dental prosthetic is to replace a missing tooth. You don’t want that replacement to breakdown or move out of alignment after it has been placed. Then you’ll face the same issues you did before the prosthetic. Instead, you want a dental prosthetic that rebuilds your smile for the future. Your dental prosthetic should be made to last. Dental implants do just that. Implants are surgically placed in your jawbone, giving you stability and functionality for decades to come. It’s time to rebuild your smile now. (more…)

Is Your Child Struggling with Cavities?

Your child’s baby teeth will eventually fall out and be replaced by adult teeth, but it’s still important to preserve the health of these teeth. The oral care habits your child builds now can affect them later in life. Plus, your child’s teeth may be revealing things about their genetic makeup. If your child may be predisposed to developing cavities, or they may be failing to thoroughly brush their teeth. If your child is struggling with cavities, you can take action. Here’s what you can do to help them keep their teeth clean and healthy. (more…)

Are You Planning on Using Your Dental Benefits?

If you have a dental insurance plan, you’re entitled to certain benefits that expire on a yearly basis. That means that the benefits that you don’t use may go away. Whether you pay for dental insurance directly or it’s part of your benefits package at work, you’ve already paid for your dental benefits in some capacity. Not only is it a financially sound move, but it’s also in the best interest of your oral health. If you haven’t scheduled your biannual checkup yet, make sure you do so before the end of the year. You should also take care of any outstanding dental treatments before your benefits expire. (more…)

Get Your Teeth in Shape for Cosmetic Treatment

If you want a beautiful, bright, straight smile, cosmetic dentistry can be a huge help. Simple cosmetic treatments can give you the smile you’ve always dreamed of, but you need to make sure that your teeth are ready first. Your teeth need to be healthy before they can receive cosmetic treatment. All of the whitening and contouring in the world won’t help if you’re suffering from cavities and decay. Talk to your dentist about the health of your teeth and what restorative treatments you might need to get them ready for a cosmetic upgrade. (more…)

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