20 Feb

What You Need To Know About Dry Mouth

Dry mouth, which is also called xerostomia, is a condition impacting the salivary glands. In patients with dry mouth, the salivary glands produce insufficient volumes of saliva. 

While you may not think about it often, saliva is essential for digestion and oral health. It softens the foods that you eat so that they can be effectively processed by the digestive system. Saliva also acts as an important line of defense against tooth decay and gum disease. This illustrates that while dry mouth itself isn’t a major medical concern, it can lead to significant oral health problems. 

Understanding dry mouth can help you avoid its causes and receive proper treatment if you experience this oral condition.  Read More

10 Nov

The Surprising Truth: Dental Crowns Don’t Last Forever

When you visit your dentist for an expensive dental restoration, you expect that the investment is going to last you quite some time, if not be a permanent solution; but rarely are any tooth restorations completely permanent. 

One of the most common myths is that dental crowns are permanent and never need to be replaced. This could not be further from the truth. In fact, the only dental appliance that never has to be replaced is a dental implant. Even the crown covering the implant post will need to be replaced eventually.  Read More

20 Jul

Three Dental Problems That Should Be Addressed Immediately

If you or a family member are immunocompromised or otherwise at risk of complications from COVID-19, you are probably trying to stay home as much as possible. While this is generally a good idea, there are some things that just can’t be put off. Although minor dental problems may be able to wait a few days or a week, there are a few dental emergencies in which you should contact a dentist right away.

Trauma to the Tooth

If you fell or otherwise had trauma to the face, it could knock a tooth loose or free, or it could break the tooth. If any of these three things happen, you need to see a dentist right away. Call your dentist immediately, and they will be able to give you instructions on preserving the tooth until you arrive at their office.  Read More

20 May

What to Look for When Choosing a Dentist

Are you looking for a new dentist? Whether you’re looking for a long-term dentist or a dentist to address immediate problems, it is a good idea to do some research before settling on a dental provider. Here are some things you should look for when choosing a dentist, especially for the long-term.

Gentleness

You should choose a dentist that is going to be gentle and try to cause the least amount of pain as possible. While dental work can never be guaranteed to be completely without pain or discomfort, a good dentist will be able to make you as comfortable as possible. Bedside manner and general attitude during examination is a good indicator of this. Read More

20 Apr

Choosing the Right Dentist for You

Are you looking for a new dentist? Whether your old dentist retired, you recently moved to a new city, or you just haven’t seen a dentist in years, finding a new dentist can be daunting. Knowing what to look for in a dentist will help you research providers and settle on the right one for you. Consider these factors.

Check Reviews

Every dentist has reviews available online through Yelp, Google, or both. Look at reviews for the dentists that you are considering. You can also ask for reviews and recommendations from friends and family, as well as other neighborhood resources. Read More

20 Mar

When to Call the Dentist

While we are all essentially on lockdown due to the coronavirus, most medical treatments that are deemed non-essential are being postponed by as much as a month or more. This includes dentists trying to keep their patients to a minimum. However, there are some situations in which you really need to see a dentist, and you shouldn’t wait for things to blow over to call one. Here are some of those situations.

Broken or Loose Tooth

If you broke a tooth due to trauma or trying to eat hard food, you should see your dentist right away. Leaving broken or loose teeth without treatment can cause a number of potential complications that could be painful and costly to repair. Call your dentist for an emergency appointment. Read More

10 Mar

Home Remedies for Toothache

During this trying time, most people are trying to stay home as much as possible. Most non-essential medical services are being put on hold, and that includes dentistry. Although dentists should remain open for emergency services, the average dental issues may have to wait until the stay-at-home orders expire and life begins to return to normal.

If you have a dental issue that is not an emergency but is causing you pain, there are some things you can do at home to help you through until you can reach a dentist. Here are some of your options. Read More

20 Jan

How to Cope with Dental Anxiety

While admitting you have dental anxiety might seem slightly embarrassing, the fact of the matter is that it is very common. Many people face dental anxiety every day. The key to managing your dental anxiety is to recognize it, talk to your dentist about it, and develop a plan to cope with it while you get the necessary dental treatment. Here are some ways that you can cope with dental anxiety.

Soothing Sounds

For some people, listening to their favorite music, nature sounds, or guided meditations can help them relax in the dentist’s chair. When you choose sounds for your playlist, make sure that you choose things that will help you relax and take your mind off of what is happening. Sometimes that might be classical music, sometimes it might be heavy metal, or it might be something in between. Only you know what will work for you. Read More

20 May

3 Things to Look for in a Dentist

You may think that all dentists are the same, but nothing could be further from the truth. When you place your trust in a dentist, you want to be certain that you are getting the best care possible. Here are three things you should consider when looking for your new dentist.

References or Referrals

The best way to choose a new dentist is to check reviews, references and referrals. Make sure that your dentist is completely trustworthy. Unfortunately, some dentists perform unnecessary work in an attempt to earn more money. You want to be certain that the dentist you choose will perform only the procedures that are absolutely necessary. You also want to know that your dental issues will be resolved appropriately. Reading reviews and getting references can help ensure that they are trustworthy. Read More

20 Apr

Weighing the Cost: Dental Appointments or the Alternative?

Dental appointments can be daunting when you consider the financial implications – especially if you don’t have dental insurance. The bills can pile up even more when you need expensive dental work to fix budding cavities or get teeth pulled. Many people put off a trip to the dentist because of the cost. But there are some very good reasons not to put off that appointment. In short, ignoring your dental needs now could lead to even more expensive procedures in the future.

Dental Exams and Cleanings

Dental exams and cleanings are actually relatively inexpensive, and they can save you a lot of money in the long run. These routine dental exams often turn up issues with your teeth you may have overlooked. Early detection means early treatment, which usually results in cheaper treatment. Having a routine cleaning can also greatly boost the health of your mouth, which can result in less dental work overall. Read More