Are you feeling more and more curious lately about the best way to care for your smile? Perhaps you are starting to wonder if it’s really that important that you select professional dental care for anything outside of your brushing and flossing. What if you want a whiter smile or something seems “off” with your oral health? Is it really essential that you schedule care with us or can you just do your best to attempt a DIY (do-it-yourself) approach for the improvements you want or need? Let’s explore this topic with a quick quiz.
Do you think of your mouth as a complex area that requires care? Does this make you feel somewhat overwhelmed when it comes to your daily dental hygiene? What should you be doing to keep your oral health in good shape, you may wonder? Fortunately, we have some suggestions to help you feel confident about your smile. For some, compartmentalizing the different parts of your mouth that require care can make approaching your smile feel much simpler.
Are you a little unsure about coming in for a dental filling? Is your main concern that you want the experience to be as relaxing as possible but you aren’t sure how to approach things? You already know that you will be comfortable because we will numb your tooth. However, you likely wonder how to feel calm throughout your visit. Good news! Feeling nice and tranquil is easier to accomplish than you might have imagined. Take a few pieces of advice to heart.
You know that an essential aspect of promoting excellent oral health is keeping your teeth clean – and your gums clean. But have you ever given much thought to how important it is for you to keep your toothbrush clean? The great news here is that even if cleaning your brush is not something you’ve considered, you will find it extremely easy to begin incorporating this aspect of hygiene into your daily routine – in fact, you may already be doing it! Let’s learn a bit more.
Not so long ago, wearing braces meant visiting an orthodontist regularly for a year (or more.) Wires were tightened and adjustments were made, as teeth shifted into corrected positions. Jaw alignment issues and malocclusion (when teeth don’t meet properly) are often corrected with traditional braces, and may take considerable time. If you are bothered by minor tooth alignment issues, you may be a good candidate for SixMonthSmiles. As the name says, you can see cosmetic corrections with an accelerated timeframe. Treatment that begins in the summer can be finished around the end of the year! (more…)
We all know some habits that help our teeth. Brush and floss regularly. See your dentist twice a year for preventive care. Wear a mouthguard when you play contact sports. There are other tooth-friendly habits you can cultivate, but you may not know they are important. Just as bad habits take a little time to break, so good habits take time to form. Make a deal with yourself to make these three habits routine. Ask our friendly office staff for more good tooth habits at your next appointment.
If you are attempting to open your mouth to say, “ah!” do you find that you cannot do this with ease? Do you ever attempt to close your mouth after speaking, singing, or eating only to find that this effort is held up for a moment by what seems to be an unmoving jaw joint? If so, recognize that these are common symptoms of common oral health issues. Let’s see how much you know about these functional concerns with a quick quiz.
Unless you’re speaking with someone who’s recently lost teeth, or are specifically worried about it yourself, you might not speak much about tooth loss. Even if you don’t talk about it, though, you may instinctively realize that it is, or one day may be, a real threat to your oral health.
Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be. Contrary to what many believe, tooth loss is preventable. And even if you lose teeth, you can still restore their functions and preserve your smile’s beauty, health, and integrity. (more…)
Do you have some questions about how often you should be doing particular things for your oral health – but you are embarrassed to ask? Maybe you don’t really know if you’re brushing too infrequently or too often, if you’re brushing for the required amount of time, or if you need to come in to see us more than you do. While we would like to remind you that we always welcome these and other questions, we are glad to offer the quick responses you need with a Q&A session.
Are you relieved that it’s summer because you can finally schedule all of that essential stuff for your children that becomes too difficult during the school year? If so, remember to make dental care a part of your little ones’ experience. Remember that even if you have been keeping up with six-month preventive care visits, there are some other aspects of your child’s oral health that can use some attention. Contact us as soon as possible to schedule your little one’s next visit! For now, let’s explore some important ways to protect those developing grins.