Archive for May, 2014



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.


Regular Exams

Regular dental check-ups and preventative dental care such as cleanings, fluoride treatments and sealants, provide your child with “smile” insurance. Plan your child’s first dental visit within six months after the first tooth erupts, but no later than his or her first birthday. Consider it a “well baby check-up” for your child’s teeth. During your child’s first visit, your dentist will check for cavities, to see how well the teeth are being cleaned and offer suggestions if necessary, to make sure the proper number of teeth have erupted, to see if your child is receiving the proper amount of fluoride, and answer any questions you may have.



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.


Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease means an infection around the tooth. The disease begins when bacteria in plaque on your teeth irritate the gums and cause inflammation. Tobacco use, certain medications, changes in hormone levels like those during puberty or pregnancy, and even genetics may increase the risk of periodontal disease. If you have periodontal disease, you may notice red or swollen gums that bleed easily, persistent bad breath, pus between the teeth and gums, loose or separating teeth and a change in the way your teeth fit together. If you suffer from any of these symptoms, you will need to visit your dentist for a “deep cleaning” to control your infection and instructions on how to care for your teeth more effectively. The disease can also complicate other conditions like diabetes, heart disease, stroke, pneumonia, and pregnancy.