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Common Symptoms of Oral Cancer To Watch For Jun 19th, 2020

Thousands of Americans are diagnosed each year with oral cancer, yet few patients are familiar with the common signs, symptoms, and preventative measures that should be taken. When diagnosed early, the prognosis of oral cancers improves significantly, so early detection is essential.  Keep yourself informed with the facts and symptoms...

What Should a Healthy Tongue Look Like? Jun 12th, 2020

Your tongue is a small muscular organ, and a healthy tongue can range in color. It is not uncommon for a tongue to turn red, yellow, purple, or another hue due to certain underlying health conditions. While it is not unusual for your tongue to vary in color, any significant...

5 Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Extractions May 24th, 2020

5 Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Extractions Occasionally, dental issues can arise that leave your entire smile threatened unless dealt with quickly. In these scenarios, tooth extraction may be necessary. At Tompkins Dental, our focus is always to preserve your smile by providing our patients with exceptional preventive dentistry treatments...

When To Call Your Dentist About a Toothache (and When to Wait it Out) May 13th, 2020

Experiencing an aching tooth or persistent discomfort in your mouth should be your first warning sign that you need to contact your dentist. Often, persistent pain in our smile could mean the presence of a cavity or a dental infection.  The American Dental Association recommends having any troubling toothache evaluated...

6 Exercises To Do While Brushing Your Teeth Apr 24th, 2020

On average, each person spends 38 days standing in the bathroom, brushing their teeth throughout their lifetime. The American Dental Association recommends adults brush for at least two minutes or more per session, making it the perfect time to multitask with some quick and easy exercises.  There are several toning...

Are Cavities Contagious? Apr 13th, 2020

There are many concerns over contagious illnesses surrounding us today. From the Coronavirus to chickenpox, there are many valid concerns over passing bacteria along to others. Cavities can be considered contagious, especially to young children and babies. Bacteria mutans streptococcus feeds on sugars in the mouth and creates an acid...

How Long Does It Take For a Cavity To Develop? Mar 23rd, 2020

Cavities don't just form overnight. It can take months, or possibly even years, before the decay process advances to the point where a tooth requires attention. The entire process of tooth demineralization takes place whenever an acidic oral environment exists, and fortunately, this environment isn't the norm for a person's...

Tips To Help Make Your Veneers Last Longer Than 10 Years | Tompkins Dental Mar 23rd, 2020

Tips To Help Make Your Veneers Last Longer Than 10 Years Porcelain veneers can completely transform your smile’s appearance by addressing imperfections in your smile and making dental flaws a distant memory. With proper care and maintenance, porcelain veneers can last well over a decade before they need to be...

Teeth Whitening Solutions For Sensitive Teeth Mar 9th, 2020

Tooth sensitivity affects the majority of patients who choose to whiten their teeth to some degree. For most, the sensation is mild and subsides quickly, but for others, it can be more intense and last for days.  Teeth whitening for those with sensitive teeth may appear impossible, but there are...

Proven Treatments For Reducing Tooth Sensitivity Feb 26th, 2020

Roughly 1 in 8 people suffer from sensitive teeth, according to the Journal of American Dentistry. If you’ve always assumed that your teeth are sensitive either due to bad luck or bad genetics, think again! Your sensitivity could be triggered by controllable variables like improper brushing or too many sugary...

Full Mouth Dental Restoration FAQ Feb 13th, 2020

Due to the scope of the procedure, a full-mouth reconstruction requires extensive planning and multiple visits to the dentist. Restoring comfort and functionality to your smile can be achieved with a wide range of treatments, including porcelain crowns, veneers, dental implants, fillings, and other restorative dentistry treatments.  The benefits of...

Never Stop Flossing Again With These Simple Tricks Jan 25th, 2020

It’s a reality that most adults don’t floss their teeth daily, or even regularly. If one of your resolutions for the year is to stick with flossing to improve your oral health, you’ve come to the right place! While it can be tough to get started, regular flossing can significantly...

10 Healthy Resolutions That Are Easy To Keep Jan 14th, 2020

The best advice for setting New Year’s resolutions is to be realistic. Setting yourself up for failure from the start isn’t the best way to start the year. If you’re in search of some resolution inspiration, Tompkins Dental is here to help! These ten healthy resolutions are both realistic and...

5 Reasons Your Entire Family Should Be Using Mouthwash Dec 19th, 2019

Mouthwash lovers rejoice at the fact that mouthwash leaves them with a pleasant minty sensation that evokes a fresh feeling in their mouth. However, mouthwash is also an essential daily practice to maintain great oral hygiene. Incorporating mouthwash into your entire family’s daily routine offers many significant benefits.    Here...

5 Ways to Get Rid of Numbness After a Dental Procedure Dec 19th, 2019

  A trip to the dentist for a routine filling, root canal, or other procedure will likely require a local anesthetic to numb the area and prevent you from feeling pain during your treatment. In most situations, the anesthesia your dentist uses will numb the tooth for 1 to 2...

Adult Invisalign After Having Braces as a Teen – What To Expect Dec 11th, 2019

Orthodontic treatment is something many of us have gone through as teenagers. If you had braces as a teen, you already know there is nothing quite like the unbridled joy that comes when your braces are finally removed. However, what happens after wearing braces can be almost as challenging for...

How to Avoid Common Causes of Jaw Pain Dec 11th, 2019

The last thing you want to deal with during a busy workday, a vacation, or really any activity is pain radiating from your jaw. But for all too many adults, TMJ pain is a relatively common occurrence. Jaw dysfunction and discomfort can strike when you least expect it. The usual...

If Our Ancestors Didn’t Need to Brush Their Teeth, Why Do We? Dec 11th, 2019

We’re always looking for ways to take shortcuts. Life is hectic – and brushing and flossing aren’t always your top priorities. What if you could find a way to get around them? This is the kind of question that’s usually someone’s mind when they start wondering about the history of...

Is Gum Recession Permanent? Dec 11th, 2019

If you’ve been told at a recent dental appointment that your gum line is receding, don’t panic. With today’s technology, there are ways to rebuild your gum tissue and get your gum recession under control. Leaving your tooth roots bare puts them at a heightened risk of decay, and advanced...

Early Warning Signs of an Impacted Wisdom Tooth Dec 11th, 2019

Feeling something uncomfortable at the back of your mouth? Oral pain has such a wide variety of causes that we definitely can’t give you the answer in a blog post – you’ll need to see your dentist to get to the root of the problem. But if you have wisdom...

Is My Night Guard Still Effective With a Hole In It? Dec 11th, 2019

A night guard is an extremely common dental device that helps to protect the teeth from teeth grinding or Bruxism. Whether your teeth grinding is due to a specific circumstance such as stress, or it is a chronic condition, a night guard can prevent further damage and protect your smile....

Does Teeth Whitening Actually Make a Difference? Dec 11th, 2019

Confused by the whole teeth whitening craze? As the simplest cosmetic dental treatment available, teeth whitening has gotten its fair share of attention. And the versatility of treatment make it a prime candidate for home use, boosting the number of home whitening kits on the market. If you’ve never tried...

Oral Hygiene After Tooth Extraction: What to Do Dec 11th, 2019

Whether you’ve just had a tooth extraction, or you’re preparing to have the procedure, there are a few good practices to follow for after you have oral surgery. Every surgery and each patient is different. It will be up to you and your surgeon to determine where you fall on...

Tooth Extraction FAQ Dec 11th, 2019

No matter the reason for your tooth extraction, we understand if you’re experiencing anxiety. One way to ease your nerves is to learn more about exactly what you can expect from the process – from the procedure to your healing period. Below, we’ve gathered a few of the most common...

Invisalign Secrets: How to Sail Through Treatment Dec 11th, 2019

If this is your first time trying orthodontic treatment, it may feel like an intimidating prospect. But Invisalign is different from traditional brackets and wires. This treatment puts patient needs first, doing everything possible to keep you comfortable and in control of your straightening. Because Invisalign is so unique, there...

Fix Chipped Teeth Without Waiting Dec 11th, 2019

Most of us have had the terrible feeling of passing tongue over tooth, and suddenly realizing that tooth was missing something. Whether dental work chipped or natural enamel gave way, the common reaction is to seek immediate treatment. Repairing a chipped tooth doesn’t necessarily require complex treatment or waiting time....

When it’s Possible to Reverse Tooth Decay Dec 11th, 2019

If you’re frequently learning about small cavities at your dental exams, it’s time to make a few changes to your oral hygiene routine. Depending on the size of the cavity, you may even be able to send it running and reverse tooth decay through updated diet, oral hygiene and daily...

Surprisingly Dangerous Snacks for Your Teeth Dec 11th, 2019

How healthy are your regular snacks? More importantly – how healthy are your children’s? February is Children’s Dental Health Month, and we’re celebrating by promoting healthy eating awareness for kids everywhere. While you know that soda and candy are terrible for your teeth, there are quite a few seemingly “healthy”...

8 Origins of Tooth Pain That Don’t Involve a Cavity Dec 11th, 2019

From a cavity to infected gums, a tooth can have a lot of (sometimes surprising) causes. Whether your toothache feels dull and achy or sharp and throbbing, a toothache can make it hard to maintain your daily routine. This general guide will outline some of the possible reasons you are...

How Much do Dental Implants Cost? Dec 11th, 2019

Cost is a big factor in any treatment – and especially significant with a complex procedure like dental implant placement. Planning ahead will help you avoid unpleasant surprises and pay for your implants at a comfortable pace. Will My Insurance Cover Tooth Implants? Most dental insurance companies design plans to...

What Does a Porcelain Veneers Smile Makeover Look Like? Dec 11th, 2019

If you’re ready to find a transformation for your smile, you’ve probably been considering your options. While you won’t know what’s best for your unique teeth until you meet with a cosmetic dentist for a consultation, doing some research ahead of time is a great plan. You’ll be better-informed and...

Health Conditions Linked to Your Mouth Dec 11th, 2019

Your mouth is not isolated from the rest of your body. While you know that the food and drinks you consume will travel elsewhere in your body, there are other oral components that can impact other components of your health. Oral bacteria is diverse – some is healthy and important...

Scary Side Effects of Gum Disease Dec 11th, 2019

You’ve heard about what happens to your gums when plaque is allowed to build up. Your gums become tender and puffy, the gum tissue starts to pull away from the teeth, and the area becomes infected. With a deep cleaning, the problem can usually be resolved. But the problems stemming...

How to Love Teeth Whitening Dec 11th, 2019

Trying to talk yourself into cosmetic dentistry? If you have a history of dental anxiety, it can be extremely difficult to take the first step. But whitening your teeth is worth it. With a brighter smile, you can feel more confident, make better impressions, and put your best face forward....

Traditional Dental Floss Vs. Water Flossers Dec 11th, 2019

Many of our patients wonder just how vital it is to make an additional investment into electronic cleaning devices. With the advent of new technologies comes higher price tags, and it may leave you wondering if they actually clean better than their manual counterparts. When it comes to the health...

Real-Life Benefits of Whiter Teeth Dec 11th, 2019

You know that white teeth look great – but what are the underlying associations that make us find them so enviable? Unpacking some of our human instincts relating to appearance and perceived personality traits takes a lot of work. But studies of bright smiles and personal responses to such tell...

Why Your Dental Health is More Important Than You Think Dec 11th, 2019

We’re constantly begging you to brush, floss, and maintain a tooth-friendly diet. While some patients are happy to engage with their oral health, others find the frequent cleaning and low-sugar considerations frustrating. Just why are your teeth so important? Why do they demand such deliberate care? Your oral health isn’t...

What to Expect From a Free Consultation Dec 11th, 2019

So your smile’s missing something. Whether you’re not unhappy with its appearance, function, or overall health, there’s a path forward. The first step? A free consultation with our team. Consultations make some patients nervous, but there’s really nothing to fear. If you’re stressing about this appointment, being prepared to talk...

Transforming Your Smile With the Power of Porcelain Veneers Dec 11th, 2019

Going through life with teeth that make you feel self-conscious in social situations is no way to live your life. If your teeth are chipped, stained, or simply unattractive, porcelain dental veneers are the best way to reshape your teeth and give you the confidence you deserve every time you...

Ithaca Tooth Extraction Dec 11th, 2019

Feeling anxious about an upcoming tooth extraction? We understand – getting a tooth pulled is inherently stressful. You’re not only losing a part of yourself, but also undergoing an invasive procedure. Those factors are bound to bother even the calmest dental patient. And if you struggle with dental anxiety, you’re...

The Best Treatment for Receding Gums Dec 4th, 2019

Gums going into hiding? If you notice your gum line on a retreat, and more and more of your teeth being exposed, it’s time to take action. Leaving your tooth roots bare puts them at a heightened risk of decay, and advanced gum recession can put your teeth in danger....

Tooth Extraction 101: What to Expect Dec 4th, 2019

Shaking in your boots at the thought of an upcoming extraction? You’re not alone – most dental patients dread oral surgery. But those who approach it the right way will find the experience turns out to be a pleasant one. You’re not a slave to your dental anxiety, and learning more...

What Happens at a Dental Consultation? Dec 4th, 2019

Shaking in your boots at the thought of an upcoming extraction? You’re not alone – most dental patients dread oral surgery. But those who approach it the right way will find the experience turns out to be a pleasant one. You’re not a slave to your dental anxiety, and learning more...

Signs Your Wisdom Teeth Are Causing Problems Dec 4th, 2019

Tooth pain can mean so many different things. How can you tell whether the soreness at the back of your mouth is due to something casual, or something serious like an impacted wisdom tooth? When you’ve got an ache in your jaw, there are a few things to look for to...

How to Manage Post-Filling Numbness Dec 4th, 2019

One of the worst parts about having dental work done for most patients is the dreaded numbness that lingers long after your appointment is over. Novocaine is a local anesthetic drug that many dentists use for minor procedures and works by blocking the nerves in your body from sending pain...