10 Feb

Everything You Need to Know About Fluoride

Fluoride is a mineral that’s naturally found in your teeth and bones, as well as water, rocks, plants, and even the air that you breathe! Dentists also use fluoride to reinforce the enamel and prevent cavities. 

Rumors have long been swirling about the safety of fluoride in drinking water, leading to misconceptions about fluoride treatments. Here, we’ll discuss fluoride, clarify its role in dental treatment, and debunk fluoride myths.  Read More

20 Jan

Tips on Keeping Your Teeth White After a Whitening Treatment

If you’ve noticed that your teeth are no longer the bright shade of white that they once were, you may want to consider teeth whitening treatment. There are many different whitening systems available to eliminate discoloration. However, many people opt for teeth whitening treatments performed at their dentist’s office because they provide fast, dramatic results. 

After receiving a teeth whitening treatment, you’ll surely want to avoid staining that could diminish your newly-white smile. Here are our top tips for keeping your teeth white after a whitening treatment: Read More

10 Jan

New Year, New You: Why You Should Consider Cosmetic Dentistry

In the new year, people often think about their goals and aspects of their lives to improve in the coming months. For many people, these goals relate to their appearance.

This year, consider the benefits of cosmetic dentistry to help you feel better than ever in your own skin. Cosmetic dentistry treatments can dramatically improve your smile and give you a major confidence boost! 

The benefits of cosmetic dentistry to consider include: Read More

20 Dec

The Benefits of Regular Dental Cleanings

The Benefits of Regular Dental Cleanings

Although you may have impeccable personal hygiene practices,  the benefits of a professional dental cleaning can not be overstated. Plaque build-up is difficult to handle alone and even more challenging when it advances to tartar—A more permanent plaque progression. Plaque compromises your oral well-being and requires professional treatment. 

As cliche as it sounds, “prevention is better than cure.” So, regular dental cleanings are as beneficial as the food you eat and the air you breathe. It not only helps your oral health but also benefits your social life by improving your smile and self-confidence.

 

Regular dental cleaning takes care of bad breath.

Bad breath can constitute a  serious embarrassment and possibly ruin your self-confidence. Although personal oral hygiene habits can help eliminate bad breath, regular dental cleaning ensures you never have to experience it. 

Persistent bad breath can be a sign of periodontal disease, making it even more important to check in with the dentist at least once or twice a year if you commonly experience unpleasant breath. 

Prevents tooth decay

We currently live in a sweet-toothed society– While it is not a crime to treat yourself to some sweets, candy, and soda, it is advisable to schedule regular dental cleanings as well!

Essentially, plaque build-up can cause bacteria to eat into your enamel, resulting in cavities. So while you brush and floss daily, it’s important to get into the dentist regularly to keep the cavities away.

It gives you an aesthetically appealing dentition.

Occasionally,  your teeth can get stained by food and drinks, which daily cleaning cannot remove. Over time, these stains can become permanent, causing chronic dental discoloration. 

Regular dental cleaning enables your dentist to professionally remove those built-up stains for shiner teeth. This way, you can confidently flash your smile around and lead a more confident life!

20 Dec

How to Keep Your Teeth White After A Whitening Treatment

If you’ve noticed that your teeth are no longer the pearly shade of white that they once were, you may want to consider a whitening service. There are many different types of teeth whitening treatments available, including some that can be performed at home and others that are completed at the dentist’s office. At Lowry & Obrochta Dentistry, we offer teeth whitening systems including Advanced Zoom and GLO Science so that you can achieve a radiant grin.  Read More

12 Dec

The Difference Between Full and Partial Dentures

The Difference Between Full and Partial Dentures

Missing teeth can leave a big impact on your lifestyle and overall confidence– And choosing a method of tooth replacement can be pretty confusing, especially when there are so many options available. For many individuals, full and partial dentures are an ideal choice. In this blog, we’re diving into both! 

What are Dentures?

Dentures, loosely known as false teeth, are removable teeth that fit over the gums to replace missing teeth. They are used to remedy certain discomforts that arise due to missing teeth, such as problems with eating, confidence and common lifestyle choices. Dentures are made of artificial materials like nylon, metal, or plastic. They are comfortable, and are custom made to fit your natural appearance.  

Types of dentures?

Two primary types of dentures exist depending on the magnitude of your tooth loss or the severity of your condition. Essentially they are full and partial dentures.

The difference between full and partial dentures

Full dentures

You will most likely require full dentures if something has happened to all of your upper or lower teeth. Full dentures are usually a set of teeth per jawline, and are designed to mimc the look and function of your natural smile. Its important to note, if you previously had full dentures and want to replace an old set, there is a chance that time would have altered the shape of your jawbones or jawline. However, if it is your first time getting full dentures, you won’t be needing any realignment–Just a direct smile replacement!

Partial dentures

Partial dentures are designed to replace gaps due to one or more missing teeth, and come in a variety of materials ranging from nylon, to plastic, or metal. Essentially, partial dentures are for addressing a few missing teeth vs an entire smile. They are more temporary than full dentures and clasp unto your other teeth through a gum-like attachment. 

10 Dec

Why a Regular Dental Check-Up Is Important

Dental check-ups are an important part of maintaining your oral health. Getting two check-ups per year with your dentist will protect your beautiful smile, as well as the health of your entire mouth. 

During a dental check-up, your dentist will first examine your teeth and gums to evaluate your oral health. Then, they’ll perform a cleaning to get rid of accumulated plaque and tartar. During your appointment, you’ll also get the chance to ask your dentist questions about your teeth, gums, or elective dental treatments that you’re considering, such as teeth whitening Read More

25 Nov

What Your Tongue Can Tell You About Your Health

What Your Tongue Can Tell You About Your Health

There’s a reason why your doctor asks you to stick out your tongue when you complain of not feeling well. Essentially your tongue gives valid information about your health and can be a reliable point when something goes wrong. 

If there are discolorations, bumps, or a general inconsistency with your tongue, it might be time to do a full-body check-up.

This blog post will highlight certain vital information your tongue could be giving you about your health. Let’s get started!

 

When your tongue has white patches

White patches on your tongue could be a sign of oral thrush caused by a fungal infection. Essentially, it comes up when your internal system has been thrown off balance by the depletion of your normal flora. Also, excessive use of antibiotics can predispose you to fungal infection–Thrush!

Additionally, if the white patches seem permanent and wouldn’t scrape off, it could be a pointer to leukoplakia, associated with a form of cancer.

 

When your tongue is black

Usually, a reaction to drugs like bismuth-containing antacids can cause your tongue to be black. The black coloration should fade away when you discontinue the drug. However, if you have a persisting black tongue that feels hairy, that could be a grave situation. 

When your tongue looks red

A normal tongue is supposed to be light pink. But when your tongue is bright red or strawberry-like and painful, that could be a sign of vitamin B3 deficiency. Also, in children, reddish tongues are symptomatic of Kawasaki, a rare disease characterized by the inflammation of the blood vessels.

When your tongue burns

A burning sensation in the tongue is a sign of tongue sensitivity caused by problems with the nerves in your tongue. Essentially you may be developing the burning mouth syndrome. Also, other health problems like acid reflux, diabetes, and infections could lead to a burning tongue. 

In addition, some people may feel uncomfortable eating acidic foods like pineapples, and other products like mouth wash or toothpaste might be unbearable for them.

Conclusion

If you are concerned about the appearance of your tongue, it would help to report all tongue inconsistencies to your dentist for analysis. This way, you gain access to early treatment and regain overall oral health!

20 Nov

Dental Concerns During Pregnancy

During pregnancy, women are more susceptible to certain dental and oral health issues. Poor dental health during pregnancy can negatively impact not only the mother but also the baby. Mothers can protect themselves and their infants by remaining aware of potential dental concerns in pregnancy and taking steps to protect their oral health. Read More