Gum disease is a very common disease among adult men and women in the U.S. – but do you know how to spot the signs? Here’s a hint: if you see blood mixed in with toothpaste when you spit while brushing, you may want to schedule a visit to your dentist soon. Like many diseases, early detection is key to successful treatment and to prevent serious and lasting damage. February is Gum Disease Awareness Month, so now is the perfect time to take action and educate yourself on this common oral disease. (more…)
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February 15, 2020
February 2, 2020
When most people stop to admire their smile in the mirror, they are not thinking about their heart. However, the health of your smile – specifically, the health of your gums – is actually closely linked to the health of your heart. How appropriate, then, that February is both American Heart Association Month and Gum Disease Awareness Month. Curious to know more? Let’s dive in and explore the connection between gum disease and heart health. (more…)
January 4, 2020
Every year, does your health go down the drain during cold and flu season? As terrible as you feel while you’re sick, taking proper care of the rest of your body can help you bounce back from your illness quicker. Unfortunately, that means you’ll need to fight through your loss of energy and keep up with your daily hygiene routines like brushing and flossing your teeth. With these four cold and flu season oral tips, you’ll be able to feel healthier while you’re under the weather. (more…)
December 30, 2019
Normally when your child is missing a tooth, it’s because they’ve lost one of their baby teeth and are waiting for the adult version to erupt and complete their precious smile. But what if one of their permanent teeth never appears at all? What does it mean, and what can you do about it? Read on to learn more about your little one’s missing pearly whites and how dental implants or another restoration could help fill the gap.
December 17, 2019
It’s the most wonderful time of the year for family gatherings and enjoying delicious seasonal treats. That said, it’s also a time when your risk of tooth decay, gum disease, and mouth injuries could be unusually high depending on how you’re treating your teeth. If you still want to have excellent oral health once the celebrations are over, then it’s important to know what to watch out for. Here are 4 potential holiday threats to your teeth and what you can do to avoid them.
November 6, 2019
The clock is ticking, and with only a few months before 2020 arrives, the time to use your dental insurance benefits is now. With the holidays right around the corner, it’s likely your schedule will become more hectic, making it much more difficult to find time to see your dentist; however, if you want to save money, keep a healthy smile, and prevent your unused benefits from going back to the insurance company, you should find out what you need to do to make the most of your plan while there’s still time. (more…)
October 14, 2019
Did you know that October is National Dental Hygiene Month? During this time, dentists all over the country will be encouraging patients to improve and maintain good oral hygiene, offering valuable tips and techniques to keep teeth and gums healthy. Apart from practicing good habits at home, making sure you see your dentist for regular dental cleanings and checkups is crucial to keeping decay and disease away. Unfortunately, many patients forgo their six-month checkups for a variety of reasons, all of which can result in serious dental problems. Read on to learn just how beneficial these visits are and what can happen if you avoid the dentist’s chair. (more…)
September 25, 2019
September marks the start of the new school year, but for your dentist, it’s also National Gum Care Awareness month. It’s the perfect opportunity for children and adults alike to learn more about the importance of taking care of those soft tissues near your gums. Take this time to educate yourself on excellent gum health – and what might happen if you don’t maintain it!
August 22, 2019
Do you feel stressed out? You’re not alone! According to stress.org, 44% of adults feel more stressed than they did 5 years ago, and around 20% report feelings of extreme stress. While the effects on the body are well-known, you may be surprised to learn that stress impacts teeth as well. Keep reading to learn about the 4 ways your dental health can suffer from stress and what you can do to protect your smile, no matter how stressed out you are!
July 29, 2019
Summer is the perfect time for a vacation. Whether you’re by yourself, with a partner, or with the whole family, vacation is a time for relaxation. However, just because we’re not at work doesn’t mean we can slack on our oral hygiene routine! By letting your oral health slide, you can run into problems while you’re far from home. Here are 5 tips to keeping up a dental routine on your summer vacation.