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A Closer Look at X-Rays

You probably recall your dental x-rays as the time your dentist or hygienist places a heavy apron over you, tells you to bite down on a piece of plastic and hold still. Maybe afterwards, your get to see the skeleton of your mouth! But what role do x-rays play in your dental health?

Thanks to x-rays, dentists can diagnose and treat many dental problems before you even know you have them. They give professionals the whole picture, as opposed to what lies only on the surface.


What are x-rays?

The Trick to Sweets

Halloween Candy and your teeth

It’s October, which means that soon you and your kids will be thinking about costumes, class parties, and of course, trick-or-treating! Candy and cavities have a long-standing relationship—one you most likely remind your kids about when they come home to sort through their Halloween haul, but what are the effects of sugar on our teeth?


How Does Teeth Whitening Work?

How to whiten your teeth

Teeth whitening is a simple process. Whitening products contain one of two tooth bleaches (hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide). These bleaches break stains into smaller pieces, which makes the color less concentrated and your teeth brighter.


Building Healthy Habits: The Morning Routine

Mother Daughter Healthy Teeth

The school year is underway, which means that the days will fill up once more for you and your family. The sooner you begin developing a good oral health routine with your kids, the more likely it is that those good habits will carry them into adulthood. On those busy mornings, you’ll want to have a successful routine in place.

Parents know that when it comes to kids, easier is better, and the same applies to their oral health.


Baby teeth are teeth too!

Feeling Sensitive?

Tooth Sensitivity

July is National Ice Cream month! Hooray!

However, nearly 1 in every 8 Americans cringe at the thought of sinking their teeth into an ice-cold cone because they suffer from a condition called dentin hypersensitivity, more commonly referred to as sensitive teeth.


What causes sensitivity and how do I know if I have it?

Questions You Should Ask Your Dentist at Your Next Checkup

Questions to ask your dentist

Dentists are usually the ones asking questions during your appointments, and when your mouth is free of hands and tools, it’s important to ask them questions too! Poor dental health can affect your overall health, so asking your dentist for a few of the following tips at your next check-up is one way to ensure that your oral health is the best it can be.

What can I do To Improve My Dental Health?

How Conventional Braces Straighten Your Teeth

For people who have crooked teeth, gaps, and over or under bites, braces lead to a happier and healthier smile.  You know braces adjust teeth, but have you ever wondered how it happens?

Braces are made up of several parts that work together to gradually straighten and align teeth by continuously applying light pressure over a period of time.


The main components of braces



How Your Dentist Can Help Your Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Sleep Apnea Treatment

If you suffer from obstructive sleep apnea, you may be aware of the inconvenient symptoms, such as daytime sleepiness, snoring, and waking up with a sore throat.  However, if left untreated sleep apnea can also increase your risk of developing serious health issues, including: high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, irregular heartbeat, driving and work-related accidents.   Sleep apnea treatment is vital to reducing these risks.


There are several treatment options available for obstructive sleep apnea, including:


Signs of Impacted Wisdom Teeth

While your wisdom teeth do not have any actual affect on your wisdom, keeping impacted wisdom teeth in is not a wise choice.  Most people have four wisdom teeth, two on the top, and two on the bottom.  Impacted wisdom teeth occur when wisdom teeth are prevented from fully emerging by the jawbone or by other teeth.  Sometimes, the teeth may not emerge from the gum at all; other times they may partially emerge.  Some individuals may have impacted wisdom teeth that do not cause any issues, however dentist and oral surgeons will sometimes recommend surgery to remove the teeth to prevent future

Why Children Should Get Dental Sealants

Even if your child regularly brushes their teeth, they are still at risk for cavities.  Children have a habit of ignoring the problem areas in the back of their mouth, which can sometimes be hard to reach with a toothbrush.  This leads to an increased risk of tooth decay and cavities.  Dental sealants are a protective coating that seals the chewing surfaces of a child’s most cavity-prone teeth and helps to prevent future cavities.  Studies show that dental sealants can reduce tooth decay by up to 60%.