Root Canals

Root canal treatment is necessary when the soft tissue inside your teeth becomes inflamed or diseased. This soft tissue, also known as the pulp, contains blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue. During a root canal treatment your dentist removes the diseased pulp. If the infected pulp is not removed, pain and swelling can result, and your entire tooth may have to be removed. Causes of an infected pulp could include: a deep cavity… repeated dental procedures…a cracked tooth…or injury to the tooth. After the root canal treatment, your restored tooth could last a lifetime. However, a tooth without its nerve can still develop cavities or gum disease, so regular check-ups are still necessary. Most of the time a root canal is a relatively simple procedure with little or no discomfort. Best of all, it can save your tooth and your smile.

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Hygenist

A dental hygienist is a highly trained licensed oral health professional who provides educational, clinical, and therapeutic services to enhance your oral and overall health.  Your hygienist serves several functions in the dental office.  She checks for and treats many dental conditions.  She also cleans your teeth, using specialized tools and techniques, as well as provide valuable education.  As part of the preventative function of her job, she will thoroughly clean all surfaces of your teeth, removing plaque, tartar, and stains from above and below the gum line. She will also take and develop dental x-rays so your dentist can view them and quickly diagnose any problems that may exist.  In addition, your hygienist will teach you how to effectively care for your teeth at home as well as explain just how important a healthy diet is for healthy teeth and gums.

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Bruxism

Bruxism is the clenching or grinding of the teeth that often occurs while a person is sleeping. The symptoms of bruxism are a sore tired jaw, difficulty in opening and closing your mouth, sensitive teeth, earaches, or pain in your jaw joint. When you brux, the force on your teeth is many times greater than during normal chewing and this can cause more dental problems, such as flattened or worn down teeth, teeth chipped at the gum line, loose teeth, damage to your jaw joint. Though all of the causes of bruxism are not known, stress is often a factor. So no matter what is causing your bruxism, it’s important to see your dentist as soon as you can for early treatment to prevent damage and restore harmony in your mouth.

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Using Fluoride

The greatest breakthrough in preventive dentistry during the last fifty years has been the use of fluoride.
About two-thirds of American cities add additional fluoride to their water supply for the prevention of tooth decay. In fact, fluoridation of public water systems can reduce cavities in baby teeth by 60 per cent and those in permanent teeth by 35 per cent.
There are many benefits in the use of fluoride for people of all ages. When children are young and their teeth are forming, fluoride joins with the enamel surface making it harder and more resistant to decay.
The benefits for adults are just as great. Fluoride can help repair an early cavity, even before it’s visible in the mouth, by rebuilding the enamel layer of the teeth. Fluoride is also helpful in older adults, to help solve the problem of cavities in the tooth root or with root sensitivity.
Fluoride is an important part of every prevention program. When combined with the good dental habits of brushing and flossing, the number of cavities in children and adults can be dramatically reduced.

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Dental Tips For Teens

Your smile is one of the first things people notice about you. That’s why it’s important to take care of your teeth. Remember cavities aren’t just for kids! Here are some helpful tips that teens should keep in mind. Always brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste for at least two minutes. Floss between your teeth daily. Avoid sugary and starchy snacks. Wear a mouth guard when you are active in sports. Do not use tobacco products. You will never have to worry about quitting, if you never start. Don’t pierce your lips or tongue; the metal could cause complications with your teeth. If you are unhappy with your smile or think you need braces, talk to your parents and dentist. It’s very important that you see your dentist on a regular basis. Keep your smile healthy for a lifetime.

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Sealants

Dental sealants are a type of special coating that act as a barrier, protecting cavity-prone teeth. They are usually applied to the chewing surfaces of back teeth. They are sometimes used to cover deep pits and grooves in other teeth. As long as the sealant remains intact, the tooth surface will be protected from decay. Applying sealants during childhood will protect the teeth throughout the most cavity prone years. Sealing a tooth is fast and easy. Sealants can last for many years if properly cared for, and will last longer if you maintain good oral hygiene and avoid biting hard objects. During routine dental visits your dentist will check the sealants and may recommend reapplication or repair when necessary. Ask your dentist about sealants today.

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Teething Toddlers

Teething is the word used to describe the lengthy process by which a child’s baby teeth emerge from their gums.  For most kids this begins around the age of six months and continues until all twenty teeth are emerged.  This usually ends by the time a child is around the age of two or two and a half years old.  If you have a new baby and are wondering when you need to worry about teething you should understand that some kids don’t have their first teeth appear until around the age of eight months, and some may even have what is known as delayed eruption.  Most teeth appear in the same order or sequence.  The first two bottom front teeth appear first, then the top two front teeth.  The teeth also fall out in this same order when the adult teeth begin to emerge.  If your child has reached the age of ten months and has not yet had any teeth erupt it is a sign of delayed eruption, and the dentist or physician must be contacted.

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