Tooth Surprise! This Common Food Can Be More Damaging Than Candy.

  When we think of the foods most harmful to our teeth, we immediately think of candy.  Cavities are caused by bacteria in your mouth that creates enamel attacking acids. This bacteria feeds on sugars that exist in nearly everything we eat, and candy is one of the most obvious culprits.  But other foods can be just as rough on …

Should Children & Teens Get Tooth-Whitening?

  Public awareness of tooth-whitening procedures and products has grown significantly in the past few years.  The number of questions our patients and their parents ask about tooth-whitening has also increased especially among parents concerned about their child’s self image and older adolescents/teens who want to look their best.  But are these methods and procedures safe for young mouths?  Let’s …

Four Ways to Get Your Kids to Brush More Consistently

  It can be difficult for all of us to do something that we’re simply not in the mood for.  This is especially true for children, whether it’s bed-time or bath-time.  Maintaining good oral hygiene can be a challenge as well, so here are a few tips for motivating your children to keep their teeth healthy: Let kids pick their …

Help! My Child is Afraid to Visit the Dentist!

  One of our central goals is to help children have a more positive view of going to the dentist.  We feel that preventing and alleviating the fear associated with dental visits is important in encouraging future overall oral health.  Adults who are not afraid to go to the dentist are more likely to keep up with regular visits and …

Essential Tooth Tips for the Parents of Infants & Toddlers

  More than 40% of children have cavities by the time they reach kindergarten.  In fact, The CDC reports that tooth decay is the most common preventable disease in children and while the cavity rate in children of older age groups has been slowly declining, the rise in cavities among those under 5 is actually increasing. Unfortunately parents often wait too …

3 Mouth-Happy Memorial Day Dips

  Memorial Day is right around the corner and we’re excited to celebrate! We’re ready to hang out with our families, play some outdoor games, and maybe even watch some fireworks. But we’re most excited about our Memorial Day dips, which are delicious and promote good oral health! Below are a few recipes that will tantalize your taste buds without …

Urgent! 5 Special Visits to the Dentist

  Taking your child to the dentist every six months is a great way to prevent common dental issues from occurring. The regularly scheduled check up lets your dentist identify and treat cavities, perform a deep cleaning of plaque and tartar buildup, and provides you with a road map to better oral care for your child. But, when should you …

Why Flossing Matters

  Flossing is an important part of getting a healthy smile and keeping cavities and gum disease away. Yet, a recent study conducted by the American Dental Association (ADA) revealed that just over %50 of Americans floss daily, while nearly %19 don’t floss at all. But why is flossing so important? Not Flossing Can Lead to Gum Disease A full …

Chewing Sticks? A Quick History of the Toothbrush.

  Toothbrushes are man’s best friend – sorry dogs. In a recent study, voters unanimously chose the toothbrush as the one great invention from recent history that we cannot live without, beating out the microwave, automobile and television. So, where did the toothbrush come from? Have we always brushed our teeth? Let’s find out where our constant tooth companion came …

Taking Care of a Mouth after a Pulled Tooth

  Baby teeth are meant to be lost so that the incoming adult teeth can erupt without issue. Most of the time, baby teeth are lost naturally, or due to an impactful force common in childhood. However, sometimes a baby tooth must be pulled to make room for the incoming adult tooth to avoid crowding and misalignment. If your child …