Better Smiles Begin with Chewing Gum

Did you know that chewing sugarless gum can help improve your oral health? Although chewing gum is often linked to oral health ailments such as TMJ disorders and dental damage that can arise from continually wearing down your jaw, the truth is that sugarless gum is actually very beneficial for your teeth and gums as well. This is because it... read more »

Has Your Filling Gone AWOL?

While we try our hardest, sometimes dental fillings take a leave of absence, and you need to call the dentist for a replacement. Like people who go AWOL, the missing fillings tend to leave their assigned positions, namely your teeth, defenseless. Here are some things you can do to protect the weakened tooth and keep it comfortable. You can put... read more »

Tips for Staying Calm in the Dental Chair

Do you ever feel nervous in the dental chair? If so, our dental team has some good news for you! There are ways you can feel more relaxed, calm, and comfortable in the dental chair. To be more specific, there are things you can do to help calm your nerves. Our dentist, Dr. Michael Gardner, wants you to have a... read more »

3 Questions to Ask at Your next Dental Cleaning Appointment

Routine dental visits are vital to maintaining a healthy smile. When you come into our office for a cleaning and checkup, we will provide a thorough evaluation of your oral health, typically with the help of dental X-rays. Next, we provide a professional cleaning to remove hardened plaque, along with a good flossing and polishing. To make the most of... read more »

Whitening Toothpaste Uses Mild Concentrations of Hydrogen Peroxide

Every year millions of Americans deal with stains on their teeth. Minor stains are dealt with early on with a polish by your dental hygienist during your routine checkup. Darker or deeper dental stains will likely need further treatment. This is even more likely to be an issue if you frequently consume dark-colored foods and beverages that promote dental staining.... read more »

The Origins of Toothpaste

The history of toothpaste dates back centuries, starting way back in 5000 B.C. Read today’s blog about the origins of toothpaste and how it has evolved over the years! It all began in Egyptian times, when they started using a paste to clean their teeth – even before toothbrushes were invented and dentists were non-existent. Ancient Romans and Greeks used... read more »

How Do You Know When You Have a Cavity?

How do you know when you have a cavity, especially when it is just starting? To help you overcome this problem, we will explain how you can identify a forming cavity. First, what is a cavity exactly? The simplest description is a hole or depression in your teeth. These holes are formed by acids that bacteria generate when they devour... read more »

Do You Need Dentures? Use These Signs to Find Out

Do you need false teeth? If you brush your teeth twice daily and floss at least once per day, the answer is most likely no. If you're older than 60 and have lost several chompers, the answer could be yes. Identifying the need for false teeth can be hard, but there are a few signs you can look for to... read more »

The Mild Concentrations of Hydrogen Peroxide in Whitening Toothpaste and Strips Can Help Prevent Chronic Dental Stains

Dental stains often start out as a minor discoloration on the surface of your tooth enamel. They are commonly caused by frequently drinking dark beverages like coffee, tea, and dark soft drinks. However, certain foods like chocolate and tomato sauce can also contribute to the gradual buildup of dental stains. As the microscopic dark particles start to permeate your tooth... read more »

Are You Taking This One Extra Step in Your Oral Care Routine?

In between dental cleanings and exams, your daily oral hygiene care can make or break a healthy smile. Since bacteria thrive in the mouth, you need to clean every day to keep them from building up between teeth and along the gum line. A clean mouth starts with daily brushing and flossing to remove harmful dental plaque. Plaque develops as... read more »