If you’ve been to the dentist before—and if you’re reading this, we hope you have!—you’ve likely had experience with a dental X-ray. But have you ever wondered why these are taken every year? We’re going to take some time to dive into the facts about dental X-rays! Types of Dental X-Rays Dental X-rays have been a safe and effective way for dentists to see the inside of patients’ teeth and mouth for many years. Read on →

In case you didn’t realize it, your teeth are very strong! That’s because they’re protected by an outer shell of the hardest and strongest substance in the human body—enamel. Let’s take a look at what teeth are made of and what makes enamel such tough stuff! What are teeth made of? Sometimes people will say that teeth are made out of enamel. But that’s not quite right. Enamel is only one part of a normal, healthy tooth. Read on →

We all know that what you eat can have a huge impact on your body’s health. But did you know that what you snack on can also make a difference for your dental health? So the next time you’re doing your meal planning, try adding some of these tooth-healthy recommendations to the menu! Cut Back on the Sugar First and foremost, one of the best things that you can do for your teeth is to reduce your intake of super sugary foods and drinks like soft drinks, candy and cookies. Read on →

By now, the importance of brushing has probably been drilled into you. But it’s not enough to just go through the motions twice a day! Here, we’ll take a look at different kinds of toothbrushes and the best way to effectively brush those pearly whites. Types of Toothbrushes The first step to great brushing habits is to pick the right type of toothbrush for you. Both manual and electric toothbrushes are effective for removing plaque, and a variety of designs of each are available. Read on →

Toothaches are often one of the first signs that something is wrong with your dental health. If you experience pain in your teeth, it’s important to take some time to evaluate your habits and know when it’s time for intervention from the dentist. 
Let’s take a look at some of the common causes of toothaches and ways to manage the pain: Toothache Causes A toothache commonly consists of throbbing pain in and around your tooth, and is commonly accompanied by other symptoms such as tooth sensitivity, extra pain when biting, jaw pain, and swelling or tenderness of the gums. Read on →

Accidents happen! But what happens when one of those accidents results in cracked or broken teeth? Let’s take a look at what to do in the event of such a dental emergency: When Your Tooth Breaks Even though tooth enamel is the strongest substance in the human body, it’s still possible to easily chip, crack or break teeth by falling, being hit in the mouth, biting down on something too hard or from untreated cavities. Read on →

We all know we’re supposed to floss, but how many of us really love it? Probably not too many. In fact, while we know that flossing is essential for getting rid of plaque on the hidden surfaces of our teeth, less than 30% of us floss on a daily basis. Why is it really necessary? And are there any alternatives for those of us who just don’t like flossing? Read on →

No matter how good your dental care routine is, sometimes teeth can become stained or discolored. In spite of tooth discoloration being a common phenomenon among American adults, having bright and white teeth is still a pretty big deal! Your smile is the first thing that a person notices, so it’s important for it to be the best that it can be. So, what’s the advantage to having a whiter smile? Read on →

“Root canal” is a term that strikes fear in the hearts of many patients. But modern technology has made this procedure easier and less painful! Let’s take a look at what you can expect if you find yourself needing a root canal. What Is a Root Canal? To start with, root canal treatment—often shortened to just “root canal”—is a procedure in which the pulp or root of a tooth is removed. Read on →

For some people, braces alone do not provide the perfect smile that they’ve dreamed of. If you’re someone who feels like you’re always hiding an unhappy smile, porcelain veneers may be a good choice! What Are Veneers? Veneers can be used to improve your smile—but what exactly are they? Porcelain veneers, also called porcelain laminates, are very thin shells designed to cover the front surface of teeth. They are custom-made to fit the surface of each patient’s unique smile, but are optimally shaped and sized to improve the appearance of the smile overall! Read on →