Can Daily Stress Take A Toll On Your Oral Health?

Picture yourself taking the time to brush and floss in the morning. Do you see yourself making a proper effort to make sure your teeth are being fully cleaned? You may make a point to practice good dental habits, but those habits can be disrupted by a packed schedule, and general feelings of stress. When you have to dash off to work, or have different matters weighing on your mind, you may end up maintaining a less than ideal oral care regimen. Of course, stressful situations can lead to more than just poor habits. Your stress can lead to frequent teeth grinding, or issues with TMJ dysfunction, that result in chronic pain, and dental damage.  (more…)

What Steps Should You Take To Protect Your Veneers?

One of our patients, excited to show off his smile after receiving porcelain veneers

You may be excited to receive porcelain veneers, but feel pangs of anxiety when you think about how something might happen to them. Because porcelain veneers are permanently affixed to your teeth, you may be unsure of how they will impact your diet choices, or how they might change your approach to preventive dental care. You should know that your veneers are designed with the understanding that they need to be tough to hold up against the pressures put on them when you bite and chew food. They can be protected through regular brushing and flossing, though you may want to change to a non-abrasive toothpaste to avoid a scuffing concern. With smart care, you can look forward to years of cosmetic dental improvement from your veneers!


Work Habits That Can Negatively Affect Your Smile

The health of your smile should be a priority, but there are obviously going to be times when it is far from the forefront of your mind. You can take care to focus on your dental needs when you brush and floss, or when you have a routine dental appointment coming up, but you may not realize the way your routine can leave your teeth at risk. Your habits at work can play a surprisingly big part in how well your smile’s health is maintained. If you want to reduce your risk for problems like tooth decay and gum disease, evaluating your behaviors at the workplace can lead to you finding areas of improvement. (more…)

Addressing Tooth Loss With An Implant-Supported Restoration

Tooth loss is a serious issue that can impact your appearance, your oral health, and the quality of your daily life. You can reduce your risk for losing teeth by keeping up with periodontal care, and maintaining a healthy smile. If you have already suffered the loss of even one tooth, you should discuss receiving a prosthetic replacement with your dentist. Many patients are now enjoying the advantages provided by an implant-supported restoration. With the stability provided by a dental implant, you can feel more confident in your dental function, and feel great about how you look. Your dentist can help connect you to a specialist who can place your implant, and they can provide you with an attractive and durable restoration. (more…)

Is It Time To Seek Care To Address Dental Pain?

Dental discomfort may come in the form of a tooth with heightened sensitivity to heat and cold. It can also come in the form of persistent pain, which can make it harder to keep up with your daily responsibilities. You should take tooth pain seriously, as it can be a sign that you are in need of restorative dental care. If your discomfort is connected to physical damage, or to an advanced cavity, a root canal treatment may be necessary. Your dentist can make your comfort a priority during this procedure, while also making sure your oral health troubles are fully addressed. After a treatment, your tooth can enjoy the lasting protection from a dental crown. (more…)

Cosmetic Work Can Address Problems With An Unsightly Tooth

You may find it hard to feel confident in your smile when you feel people are drawn towards that one unsightly tooth that fails to fall in line with its neighbors. A single tooth that is discolored, visibly damaged, or simply seems out of place because of its size or position can create a frustrating disruption. Fortunately, your dentist is able to address the problem with cosmetic dental work. By identifying the appropriate treatment, and making plans to address the situation, they can do stunning work that can transform your appearance. It should be noted that if your flawed tooth leads to functional issues, your dentist may suggest having a dental crown placed. (more…)

Professional Cleanings Can Address Plaque And Tartar Buildup

Every time you brush and floss your teeth, you are protecting your smile by removing accumulated plaque and food debris. Effective preventive dental habits can keep your mouth clean of harmful agents, and keep your risks for cavities and gum disease lowered. Unfortunately, plaque may gather over time, even when you take care to protect your teeth. A buildup of plaque can eventually harden to tartar, a substance that can resist your daily cleanings. Fortunately, your hygienist can offer a professional dental cleaning at every checkup. During this cleaning, your smile can be thoroughly cared for, and you can look forward to having plaque and tartar removed from your teeth. (more…)

Have Your Teeth Shifted After Orthodontic Work?

People who undergo orthodontic work at an early age can feel confident their teeth will remain in their new positions. Unfortunately, many patients will see their teeth start to revert to their earlier alignment over time. This can happen when patients fail to use their retainers properly, but other problems, like the late arrival of wisdom teeth, may cause the shifting of teeth. If you want to fix your alignment issues, but dislike the idea of having metal braces placed on your teeth yet again, talk to your dentist about Invisalign. With Invisalign treatment, you can use discreet aligners to bring your teeth back to their corrected positions. In addition to being hard to notice, Invisalign aligners can be less intrusive, as you can briefly remove them when you need to eat, or when you clean your teeth. (more…)

Protecting Your Smile With A Custom Mouthguard

If you have ever experienced dental trauma, you can be all too familiar with how distressing – and painful – this kind of injury can be. Serious harm can make emergency care necessary, but even a seemingly minor injury can require restorative dental treatment. Because they can face real risks for injuries that affect their oral health, many athletes make sure to wear a mouthguard when they play sports. Store bought guards can offer some help, but they can leave you with less protection than you desire. They can also feel awkward, because they are not sized to fit your mouth. Your dentist can create a custom mouthguard that fits comfortably, and keeps your smile safe. A mouthguard can also be constructed for individuals who experience bruxism, which causes them to grind their teeth during sleep. (more…)

Dealing With A Cavity That Has Spread To Your Pulp

Once a cavity has formed, your dentist’s help will be needed to stop its growth, and spare your tooth further harm. When you seek restorative dental care at an early stage, your dentist can address decay while it only affects your enamel. However, if you fail to seek treatment in time, a cavity can create problems for the interior of your tooth. Patients with advanced cavities can experience tooth pain and sensitivity because bacteria have infected the living tissue in their pulp. In addition to causing discomfort, this can lead to damage that can kill your tooth! If you experience this problem, your dentist can restore your tooth by performing a root canal treatment. (more…)