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Maintaining good oral hygiene with braces

Conventional orthodontic treatments involve the placement of metallic, or ceramic brackets on the anterior surfaces of the teeth. A wire is then passed through these brackets and fixed into bands cemented onto the molars. With all these appliances in place to correct dental alignment, maintaining good oral hygiene becomes rather challenging. Brushing and flossing the [Read more …]


Gum diseases and how to prevent them

Gum diseases are infections that affect the soft tissues surrounding, and supporting the teeth. The health of the tooth itself depends upon the condition of these periodontal tissues. They hold the teeth in place, in their sockets allowing them to withstand forces of mastication. The two most common types of gum diseases prevalent throughout the [Read more …]


Importance of Fluoride in Oral Health

The word ‘Fluoride’ is frequently used in toothpaste commercials but they rarely ever explain exactly how this naturally occurring mineral helps in maintaining optimal dental health. Readily found on soil and water, this compound makes the mineralized portion of the tooth stronger, giving it natural resistance to bacterial and acid attacks. It also repairs the [Read more …]


Mouth guards and injury prevention

A mouth guard is an oral appliance fabricated using plastic, and used for protecting the oral cavity from injury during sports or recreational activities. These appliances are custom-made for individual patients based on their dental impressions. The mouth guard acts as a barrier between the teeth and the soft tissues to prevent severe bruising, cuts [Read more …]


Oral care on the go

It’s summer again! After months of staying indoors and bundled up, it’s finally time to start planning vacations and road trips. If you’re all geared up to go on a trip, here are a few tips that will help you keep your smile healthy and bright no matter where you go, or how long you’re [Read more …]


Do You Have Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal disease is the infection of the structures around the teeth. “Perio” means around, and “dontal” refers to teeth, thus the name periodontal. The tissues and structures which can be affected include the gums, the cementum with covers the tooth root, the periodontal ligament, and the alveolar bone. Gingivitis is the earliest form of the [Read more …]


Bad Breath – Causes and Treatments

Everyone suffers from bad breath from time to time. Certain foods and drinks can cause your breath to smell less than fresh. Food debris get trapped in the mouth and can cause bad breath. Poor oral hygiene is another culprit which can cause bad breath. No matter what the cause, there are easy treatments to [Read more …]


Pregnancy and Oral Health

Expecting a baby is an exciting time in a woman’s life. With it comes many changes in your body and emotions. One often overlooked aspect of pregnancy is how it may affect your oral health. Taking care of your teeth and gums is important during pregnancy. Watch out for dry mouth or bleeding gums. If [Read more …]


Teeth Cleaning Keeps Your Teeth and Gums Healthy

When you think of getting your teeth cleaned, you may just be considering how white and shiny they will be after the cleaning. While the primary goal of teeth whitening is cosmetic, teeth cleaning removes plaque and tartar which can cause serious oral health conditions. But there are more benefits to regular tooth cleanings besides [Read more …]


Treatment Options for Sensitive Teeth

If you experience pain or sensitivity from hot or cold foods and drinks, you’re not alone. Sensitive teeth are one of the most common complaints we hear from our patients. Sensitive teeth may be caused by many things; medication, a fractured tooth, worn fillings, or an exposed root can all be the cause. You don’t [Read more …]


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