Blog Archive

Getting Implants Can Be a Long Process - but Worth It Jun 4th, 2020

Dental implants aren't simply prosthetic teeth, but rather an innovative system that restores both smile appearance and dental function. And while an implant can indeed replace a single tooth, they can do so much more. Integrated with removable dentures or a fixed bridge, they provide a secure solution to multiple...

Bone, Gums and Implants - Keeping a Healthy Balance for a Beautiful Smile May 25th, 2020

Restoring a smile with implants involves more than the surgical procedure itself. We must also take into consideration the quality of the bone they’re placed into and the gums that will surround them — the “canvas” that showcases your new beautiful smile. Bone — not only at the missing tooth...

Nancy O'dell on Making Oral Hygiene Fun for Kids May 15th, 2020

When Entertainment Tonight host Nancy O’Dell set out to teach her young daughter Ashby how to brush her teeth, she knew the surest path to success would be to make it fun for the toddler. “The best thing with kids is you have to make everything a game,” Nancy recently said in...

4 Ways to Avoid Dental Disease While Wearing Braces May 5th, 2020

Keeping your teeth and gums healthy isn't always easy—and it's even more of a challenge if you're wearing orthodontic appliances like braces. That's why a fair percentage of patients wearing braces also contend with tooth decay or periodontal (gum) disease. The reason is simple: The orthodontic hardware makes it difficult...

Why and How to Save a Diseased Tooth Apr 25th, 2020

Let's say you have a diseased tooth you think might be on its last leg. It might be possible to save it, perhaps with a significant investment of time and money. On the other hand, you could have it replaced with a life-like dental implant. That seems like a no-brainer,...

Follow These Common Sense Steps When Your Child Has a Toothache Apr 15th, 2020

A child's toothache is no fun for either the child or the parent. But if you're faced with this situation, don't panic — unless they have a fever or you notice facial swelling, it's unlikely an emergency.  Instead, take the following steps: Find out where it hurts and for how...

You Can Have a Straighter Smile - Just Like the Queen of England Apr 5th, 2020

The monarchs of the world experience the same health issues as their subjects—but they often tend to be hush-hush about it. Recently, though, the normally reticent Queen Elizabeth II let some young dental patients in on a lesser known fact about Her Majesty's teeth. While touring a new dental hospital,...

Periodontal Probing Increases Accuracy in Diagnosing Gum Disease Mar 26th, 2020

If you’re over age 30 there’s a fifty percent chance you have periodontal (gum) disease—and you may not even know it. Without treatment this often “silent” bacterial infection could cause you to lose gum coverage, supporting bone volume or eventually your teeth. That’s not to say there can’t be noticeable...

Clear Aligners Provide a Less Embarrassing Orthodontic Choice for Teens Mar 16th, 2020

For decades, traditional braces were the only orthodontic choice for moving misaligned teeth. Although they’re quite effective, they can cause discomfort and, for teens especially, embarrassment due to their noticeable metallic appearance. In recent years, though, technology has produced an alternative to braces that’s proven effective for many types of...

No Need to Panic Over Thumb Sucking but Do Keep an Eye on It Mar 6th, 2020

It's not out of the ordinary for your infant or toddler to suck their thumb. In fact, it's fairly universal and not much of a concern if it stops by age 4. If it continues, though, it could contribute to a bite problem. Thumb sucking relates closely to a baby's...

Life is Sometimes a Grind for Brooke Shields Feb 25th, 2020

Ever since childhood, when her career as a model and actress took off, Brooke Shields has enjoyed worldwide recognition — through advertisements for designer jeans, appearances on The Muppet Show, and starring roles in big-screen films. But not long ago, that familiar face was spotted in an unusual place: wearing a...

See Your Dentist Asap to Save Your Loose Tooth Feb 15th, 2020

A loose adult tooth isn't normal. It could be loose because it's been subjected to high biting forces like those that occur with a tooth grinding habit. Or, it could be the result of periodontal (gum) disease or some other infection that has weakened some of the tooth's supporting gums...

3 Things You Should Do to Avoid Harm From Gum Disease Feb 5th, 2020

In the world of movies and television, the lead actors get the lion’s share of the credit. In reality, though, there wouldn’t be much of a show without the supporting cast. You’ll find a similar situation in your mouth: While your teeth get most of the attention, another dental structure...

Tooth-colored Fillings Provide a Viable Alternative to Dental Amalgam Jan 26th, 2020

For over a hundred years dental amalgam — a combination of silver, mercury, tin and other metals — has been an effective filling material for teeth damaged by decay. But it has one major drawback — its metallic appearance stands out in stark contrast to the natural color of teeth....

What You Can Do About Bad Breath (Unless You're a Famous Actress Pranking Your Co-star) Jan 16th, 2020

Hollywood superstar Jennifer Lawrence is a highly paid actress, Oscar winner, successful producer and…merry prankster. She's the latter, at least with co-star Liam Hemsworth: It seems Lawrence deliberately ate tuna fish, garlic or other malodorous foods right before their kissing scenes while filming The Hunger Games. It was all in good...

4 Ways You Can Improve Your Smile in the New Year Jan 6th, 2020

Although we begin our New Year's resolutions with high hopes, many of them fall by the wayside by the end of January. It simply takes tremendous willpower to lose weight or exercise more. So to improve your resolution success rate, why not throw in some with a little more zing,...

Consider Saving a Tooth Before You Decide to Replace It Dec 27th, 2019

Dental implants are the ideal tooth replacement with their life-like appearance, high success rate and durability. If you have significant dental issues, they may seem like the perfect answer. But before you choose to replace a problem tooth with an implant, it might be to your benefit — financially and...

A Low Sugar, High Fiber Diet Will Help Keep Your Teeth and Gums Healthy Dec 16th, 2019

If you’re brushing and flossing daily, as well as seeing your dentist at least every six months, you’re doing the top things needed to maintain your dental health. But all your hygiene efforts could be undermined if you’re not eating a dental-friendly diet. Simply put, there are foods that protect...

Dakota Johnson and Her Missing Tooth Gap Sparks Online Debate Dec 7th, 2019

Celebrities’ controversial actions and opinions frequently spark fiery debates on social media. But actress Dakota Johnson lit a match to online platforms in a seemingly innocent way—through orthodontics. This summer she appeared at the premier of her film The Peanut Butter Falcon missing the trademark gap between her front teeth. Interestingly, it...