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Is Your Pool Bad for Your Teeth? Jun 5th, 2024

Summer is on its way, and we bet you can’t wait to beat the heat by jumping in the pool. But while a refreshing swim is a fantastic way to stay cool and active, you may want to be aware of the potential risks that pool water can pose to...

Can Dental Issues Cause Sinus Problems? May 21st, 2024

It’s that time of year: warmer weather, flowers blooming, and the sniffing and sneezing that comes with allergy season. When dealing with sinus discomfort, it's common to attribute the symptoms to allergies, colds, or other environmental factors. However, many are surprised to learn that dental issues can also significantly impact...

Is Teeth Whitening Safe? Apr 26th, 2024

Everyone wants a whiter, brighter smile. But you also want strong and healthy teeth. Is it possible for you have both? The answer is that it depends. While it’s true that some tooth whitening methods can have a negative impact on teeth, others, like Zoom professional tooth whitening, are not...

How To Tell If You'll Need Your Wisdom Teeth Removed Apr 26th, 2024

Each year, around 5 million Americans have their wisdom teeth extracted. Is it possible for you to tell if you're likely to be part of this statistic? While there is no way to predict with absolute certainty whether someone will need to have their wisdom teeth removed, understanding both the...

What Can You Do For a Chipped Tooth? Apr 14th, 2024

Discovering a chipped tooth can be both surprising and unsettling. Whether it's the result of biting into something hard, an accidental injury, or simply wear and tear, the integrity of your smile and oral health is suddenly compromised – and that can be scary. But you shouldn't worry! There are...

What You Need to Know About Gum Disease in Your 20s Mar 26th, 2024

While you are enjoying life and independence in your 20s, gum disease may be the furthest thing from your mind. However,  you might be surprised to learn that gum disease does not necessarily discriminate by age. That's right, even in young adulthood, you may be at risk for gum disease....

What is a Root Canal (and Do I Really Need One)? Mar 12th, 2024

Have you ever had a toothache so severe it feels like your tooth has its own heartbeat? Or, have you found yourself wincing when sipping hot coffee or eating ice cream? These are common experiences that may lead you to book a dentist appointment only to find out you may...

What To Do If Your Gums Bleed Feb 20th, 2024

Bleeding gums might make you panic, or you may be tempted to ignore them entirely, but the truth is that gum bleeding is a common dental issue that many people experience at some point in their lives. And, while it is typically not considered a dental emergency, bleeding gums can...

Environmentally Friendly Dental Products & Practices Feb 14th, 2024

Sustainability is a huge buzzword these days, and for good reason. Of course, we all want to minimize our negative impact on the earth. That means you might be looking at what you can do in your everyday life to reduce the ways in which you harm the environment. One...

Should You Replace Your Metal Fillings? Jan 24th, 2024

For decades, traditional silver-colored, or amalgam fillings, have been standard. However, with advancements in dental technology, there is now a more aesthetically pleasing alternative that also comes with some other benefits - composite fillings. As a result, we often get asked whether it is a good idea to replace old...

Budget-Friendly Oral Health Care Tips Jan 8th, 2024

When money feels tight, prioritizing your teeth and gums can seem difficult. But it's important to remember that neglecting oral health can lead to disastrous – and often expensive – consequences in the long run. Luckily, there are numerous budget-friendly ways to maintain a healthy smile. In this article, we...

Dairy-Free Dental Health Dec 28th, 2023

We know you’ve heard that drinking milk and eating other dairy products are good for your teeth. Dairy is rich in calcium, which supports tooth health. But what if you can’t eat dairy? Many people have dietary restrictions that prohibit dairy use. If that’s you, don’t worry; there are still...

Tooth Extraction: When It's Necessary (And When It's Not) Dec 3rd, 2023

Have you ever had a toothache so bad you wished your tooth away? Or, when faced with complex dental work, did it cross your mind that it may just be easier to pull the tooth? Tooth extraction is often seen as a quick fix for dental issues, but is it...

7 Reasons For a Toothache Nov 18th, 2023

A toothache is one of the most uncomfortable dental issues one can experience. But did you know toothaches aren't always the result of a cavity? Toothaches can have various origins, and understanding the underlying reasons can help you get an answer as well as get effective treatment and prevention. The...

A Dentist's Tips for Cold and Flu Season Nov 1st, 2023

While everyone is excited for Fall, we all know what's just around the corner – cold and flu season. What you might not realize is that these sicknesses can have a significant impact on your dental health. In this post, we'll explore the connection between cold and flu season and...

Why Do Some People Get Cavities and Not Others? Oct 15th, 2023

Are you someone who seems to get cavities often while someone around you has never had a cavity in their life? It might seem unfair, but some people are more prone to cavities than others. But that doesn't mean you have no control over your oral health. The truth is...

Fall Foods That are Great for Your Teeth Oct 5th, 2023

As the seasons change, our palates naturally gravitate toward warm and comforting foods. Interestingly, many of the seasonal foods we associate with fall not only satisfy our taste buds but are fantastic for our dental health. Healthy Fall Food List While sipping on that pumpkin latte, why not learn about...

Signs It's Time to Make a Dentist Appointment Sep 24th, 2023

Just as you wouldn't ignore a persistent cough or an aching joint, you shouldn't overlook potential issues with your dental health. Unfortunately, for many reasons, patients can put off seeking dental care. Be it fear of the dentist or simply not giving dental health the same priority as overall health,...

Traveling with Dentures Sep 11th, 2023

Traveling should mean freedom and adventure. But for those with dentures, a simple trip can bring unique challenges. If you're a denture wearer, you might be familiar with the slight anxiety that accompanies the thought of packing them, worrying about maintenance on the go, or even facing unexpected complications while...

Do You Need Dental Care While You Have Braces? Aug 24th, 2023

When you have braces, it's a lot of work, and of course, you have a lot of questions. You need to visit your orthodontist regularly to get adjustments and make sure your treatment is on track. That means a lot of visits with someone who is closely monitoring your mouth....

Why Even Healthy Adults Need Regular Dental Exams Aug 8th, 2023

It's easy to fall into the trap of thinking that if your teeth look good and feel fine, they must be healthy. However, dental health is much more complex than that. Without regular check-ups and cleanings, minor problems you didn't know you had can get much worse before you know...

The Link Between Stress and Oral Health Jul 14th, 2023

Feeling a little stressed lately? You're certainly not alone. In fact, a recent survey from the American Psychiatric Association found that more than three-quarters of respondents indicated that their stress levels have gone up in the past year. Stress is a constant companion for many of us in today's fast-paced...

The Role of a Dental Hygienist in Your Dental Care Jul 3rd, 2023

In the world of oral health, multiple professionals work together to maintain and improve your overall dental health. Among these professionals, a dental hygienist plays a critical role, a role often misunderstood or underestimated. Today, we're going to delve into the world of dental hygienists, understanding their role, how they...

Missed Your Dental Exam? Here's What To Do Jun 21st, 2023

Life can often get in the way of even the most important tasks, and that includes dental exams. While skipping a dental appointment might not seem like a big deal, it could result in some serious consequences down the line. It's also key to understand that just because you missed...

How Vaping Affects Your Teeth Jun 3rd, 2023

Vaping has become increasingly popular in recent years, with millions of people around the world using e-cigarettes. While vaping is often seen as a safer alternative to smoking and other tobacco products, it can still have a negative impact on your teeth. An alarming number of teens and adults alike...

3 Ways Your Dentist Can Help You Get a Better Night's Sleep May 16th, 2023

We hear a whole lot about the health benefits of a good night's sleep. However, sometimes it can be hard to tell just what to do to get better sleep. Did you know that your dentist can be a crucial partner in improving your sleep quality? Many people overlook the...

10 Toothbrushing Hacks You Haven't Heard Of May 4th, 2023

Are you looking for ways to make your daily dental care more effective and enjoyable? We've come up with 10 new toothbrushing tips and tricks you probably didn't know were out there. The great news is there's something for everyone. And who knows, maybe one of these ideas will revolutionize...

How Dental X-Rays Save You Money Apr 29th, 2023

Although some patients may worry about the costs associated with dental X-rays, they play an essential role in keeping your teeth and gums healthy. In fact, dental X-rays can save you money in the long run by identifying and addressing potential issues before they escalate into expensive problems. How Dental...

Why You Should Deal with a Dental Emergency ASAP Apr 2nd, 2023

Dealing with a dental emergency can be painful and scary. Despite this, many people might feel tempted to put off seeing a dentist, either because of the cost, the time commitment, or the simple belief that the problem will resolve itself. However, it is always best to deal with any...

Can Cold Weather Make Your Teeth Hurt? Mar 16th, 2023

  Winter brings chilly weather, cozy blankets, and hot cocoa. However, it can also bring tooth sensitivity and pain for some people. Cold weather and dental sensitivity may be related, and it can be a frustrating and uncomfortable experience. In this post, we will explore the possible causes of tooth...

Sleep Apnea Myths Mar 9th, 2023

It is estimated that sleep apnea affects up to 18 million Americans. And, perhaps surprisingly, sleep apnea can affect people of all ages and sizes. In fact, many patients are surprised that their ideas and preconceptions about sleep apnea can be inaccurate. What is Sleep Apnea Sleep apnea is a...

Why You Might Not Need Gum Recession Surgery Feb 17th, 2023

Gum recession is far more common than most patients realize. In fact, it is estimated that up to 50 percent of adults suffer from some form of gum disease, and gum recession is frequently a symptom. It's important to know that you should not be worried about seeking help for...

How to Avoid Losing Your Dental Crown Feb 5th, 2023

A crown is a prosthetic replacement of the outer tooth structure. A crown may be recommended if you have extensive tooth decay, large fillings that compromise the tooth’s structure, a large crack in your tooth, significant erosion of tooth enamel, or following a root canal. And once you get your...

The Best (and Worst) Alcoholic Drinks for Your Dental Health Jan 17th, 2023

This week we continue our two-part series on which drinks benefit your teeth and which can be harmful. The reality is many of us are going to enjoy a cocktail once in a while. But just like with non-alcoholic beverages, your favorite boozy treats may be harming your teeth. Alcoholic...

The Best (and Worst) Non-Alcoholic Drinks for Your Dental Health Jan 3rd, 2023

The new year is here, and many of us have made resolutions to clean up our diet with healthier food choices. But what about our drinks? While what we eat is certainly important to health, don't make the common mistake of forgetting to pay attention to what you drink. This...

Toothbrush Mistakes You Could be Making Dec 27th, 2022

When it comes to many things in life, the tools you use make a big difference. And when we are talking about your oral health, that means your toothbrush! A toothbrush may seem like such a little thing, but lots of patients overlook this important tool. What mistakes are you...

4 Ways to Make Over Your Smile is 2023 Dec 2nd, 2022

Are you considering a new smile in the new year? Making a resolution to invest in a smile makeover improves the look of your teeth and can lead to better function and more confidence. There are innumerable ways to improve your teeth, so it is important to talk to an...

Why You Shouldn't Wait to Get Your Wisdom Teeth Removed Nov 21st, 2022

Is it really true that most people need to get their wisdom teeth out? Wouldn't it be easier to just wait and see what happens? The answer to the first question is yes. Somewhere between 85-90% of Americans (you read that right) get at least one wisdom tooth removed, and...

Eat Your Way to a Healthy Smile Nov 2nd, 2022

Everyone knows that brushing, flossing, and regular dental visits contribute to excellent oral health. But could you be doing more to maintain healthy teeth and gums? The answer is yes. Making smart food and beverage decisions not only contributes to overall health but can keep your smile strong and healthy....

Wisdom Tooth Extraction vs. Regular Tooth Extraction Oct 24th, 2022

Getting your wisdom teeth removed can be daunting, even scary. There is a lot of talk about wisdom teeth extraction being a big deal. The truth is, technically speaking, extracting wisdom teeth is not much different than getting any molar extracted. But there are a few factors that may complicate...

Halloween Candy Ranked by a Dentist Oct 12th, 2022

Kids (and let’s face it, adults, too) are getting excited for Halloween and all the delicious candy that comes along with it. Of course, you don’t want to ruin their fun, but you worry about their health and their teeth. We all know the sugar in candy causes tooth decay...

How to Heal Quickly After a Tooth Extraction Sep 28th, 2022

We understand having your tooth pulled is no one’s idea of a good time. But sometimes tooth extraction is the best course for your dental care. Rest assured that a tooth extraction is a common dental procedure that is considered low risk. But it is still important to take your...

Watch Out For These Broken Tooth Culprits Sep 12th, 2022

Our teeth are tough but not indestructible. Unfortunately, a cracked or chipped tooth can happen at almost any time. And it can be seriously alarming! This article will give you more information about risk factors for a broken tooth, why it is important to get it treated, and what to...

Why In-Office Teeth Whitening is Worth the Cost Aug 24th, 2022

If you want dazzling white teeth – and who doesn’t? – you have probably considered whitening toothpaste or over-the-counter kits at one time or another. In fact, you may have tried them and been underwhelmed with the outcome. As a result, you may wonder if professional tooth whitening is worth...

Can I Remove Tartar from My Teeth at Home? Aug 8th, 2022

Tartar is not something you want to see on your teeth. It is not only unsightly, but you also know it is unhealthy. While it might be tempting to try and scrape tartar off the surface of your teeth at home, is it really a good idea to do so?...

Summertime Dental Emergency Tips Jul 22nd, 2022

Summer is a time for getting outside, playing, and having fun! But with more activity comes a higher chance of injuries- including dental injury. While it is great to make the most of summer and be active outdoors, it’s also a great idea to be prepared for what to do...

Osteoporosis Prevention for Strong Bones and Teeth Jul 11th, 2022

We all know that bone density can deteriorate as we age, but what does that have to do with your teeth? You might be surprised to learn that osteoporosis and our oral health are actually closely related. Osteoporosis is a medical condition that occurs when bones become weak and brittle...

Top Causes of Gum Recession Jun 21st, 2022

Noticing that your gums are receding can be scary. So scary, in fact, that many people avoid seeking treatment out of fear. What you may not know is that receding gums are actually common. And the earlier you address it, the better. Unfortunately, you cannot naturally regrow gum tissue once...

Is It Too Late to Replace My Missing Tooth? Jun 12th, 2022

Addressing a missing tooth as soon as possible is more important than you might think. Replacing a missing tooth quickly can avoid a host of dental and orthodontic issues that may result from losing a tooth. But is it ever too late to replace a missing tooth? Luckily, modern dental...

Should I Use an Electric Toothbrush? May 20th, 2022

Of course you want a clean, beautiful smile, so you brush diligently twice a day, but could you do more for your teeth? You might wonder if investing in an electric toothbrush will help you make the most of your daily brushing habit. But is an electric toothbrush a necessity...

Dental Implants Offer These Anti-Aging Benefits May 17th, 2022

Dental implants are a permanent alternative to dentures or bridges for replacing missing teeth. Beyond the benefit of filling a gap in your smile, dental implants have many advantages over other tooth replacement options. In fact, implants can actually make you look (and feel) younger. How Dental Implants Can Make...

How Teeth Grinding Can Destroy Your Smile Apr 27th, 2022

Teeth grinding may seem benign, but it can actually wreak havoc on your teeth. Grinding your teeth, also known as “bruxism,” is fairly common. In fact, an estimated 10% of adults grind their teeth at night, and up to a third do so during the day. While mild bruxism may...

How Long Does It Take to Recover After Having a Tooth Extracted? Apr 8th, 2022

Tooth extraction healing times can vary, but most people feel back to normal in a matter of days. In fact, you can typically return to work or school within one or two days but talk to your dentist to be sure. Tooth extraction recovery will be different from person to...

How Painful is a Root Canal? Mar 29th, 2022

You open your calendar, and you see the dreaded note - "root canal appointment." It's not unusual to have a funny feeling in the pit of your stomach when you have an upcoming dental procedure - and root canals tend to get an even worse reputation than other treatments. But...

Why Do I Have to Get a Dental Exam Twice a Year? Mar 13th, 2022

When you see a dental appointment coming up on your calendar, it may feel like you were just at the office. Exactly why do your teeth need to be examined twice a year, anyway? Learn a little more about all that goes on during your exam, and you'll see why...

Is There Such a Thing as Brushing Your Teeth Too Much? Feb 7th, 2022

You've probably been hearing the phrase "twice a day for a full two minutes" for most of your life when it comes to how long and how often you should be brushing your teeth. While understanding the importance of good oral hygiene is essential, it's also possible to be too...

First Time Whitening Your Teeth? Here’s What You Need To Know Feb 7th, 2022

After hiding your smile behind a mask for so long, you may soon start to realize that your once bright grin is looking discolored and less-than-dazzling. It can be an overwhelming process if you've never whitened your teeth before and knowing which whitening product or method will give you the...

Moving Past Dental Anxiety in 2022 Jan 7th, 2022

If you've spent years avoiding the dentist because of severe dental anxiety, likely, your teeth have suffered too. Avoiding the dentist's office doesn't do anything positive for your teeth, and skipping routine cleanings and exams will only lead to missed opportunities for the dentist to catch issues while they're still...

Do You Have TMJ? Try This Simple Test To Find Out Jan 7th, 2022

Suffering from daily facial discomfort and tense jaw pain is your body's way of signaling something is not correct. Persistent jaw pain and discomfort that affects your daily life could be an indication that you're one of the millions of people suffering from TMJ disorder. While TMJ should always be...

8 Must-Ask Questions During a Dental Implant Consult Dec 14th, 2021

Dental implants are the ideal tooth replacement option for anyone missing one or more teeth. Today's dental implants look, feel, and function in the same way, a natural tooth does, leaving you with nothing but a beautifully restored smile that can last you a lifetime. Finding the appropriate tooth replacement...

Are You Having a Holiday Dental Emergency? Dec 14th, 2021

Tooth pain can be a real...pain. But sometimes, it's hard to know whether your discomfort is a problem that requires immediate attention or whether it's something that can wait until your dentist has an opening.  Being prepared for a dental emergency will have you feeling confident and proactive if a...

Why Water Is The Ultimate Beverage For Your Teeth  Nov 23rd, 2021

Is your beverage of choice to keep you motivated throughout the workday anything but water? If your day starts with one or more cups of coffee, followed by a soda with lunch and a glass of wine with dinner, you may want to think about how the beverages you consume...

Scheduling Your Child's First Dental Cleaning and Exam Nov 4th, 2021

There's a significant list of milestones your new baby will reach over their first year of life. And as any parent knows, your child's overall health is a top priority at any age. One of the most critical parental tasks during the first year of life is to schedule your...

Dental Implant Recovery Timeline FAQ Oct 29th, 2021

Dental implants are by far the most effective way to replace a missing tooth, but many patients are put off by the very lengthy process described by their dentists when describing the complete procedure that can take as long as 6-8 months to complete.  Here’s a list of dental implant...

How Long Should a Filling Last? Oct 15th, 2021

  Anyone with a dental filling will find themselves having to replace it eventually. While fillings can last up to twenty years, many factors contribute to a dental restoration’s longevity. Fillings have a limited period of use before they start to fail, so it’s essential to know the signs of...

4 Tips To Keep Veneers Looking Brand New Sep 7th, 2021

Veneers provide a quick and long-lasting fix for teeth that are stained, chipped, misaligned, worn, or irregularly shaped. They're an excellent cosmetic dentistry treatment for anyone looking to perfect their smile, and with proper care, veneers will last for a decade or more.  The best way to ensure your veneers...

10 Common Dental Implant Misconceptions Sep 7th, 2021

When you’re missing a tooth, there are a few different options your dentist will present to you when it comes to tooth replacement. If you are leaning towards moving forward with a dental implant for tooth replacement, you want to ensure you have all of the facts before committing, and...

Black Triangles: A Warning Sign of Receding Gums Aug 10th, 2021

Starting to notice black spaces between your teeth when you smile in the mirror can be an alarming discovery. Dentists typically refer to this dental issue as "black triangles. While they're more commonly seen in older patients, black triangles can appear for a few reasons regardless of a person's age. ...

5 Daily Signs You're Grinding Your Teeth In Your Sleep Aug 10th, 2021

Grinding your teeth is a significant health issue that should never be ignored or chalked up to stress. Teeth grinding can lead to many long-term health issues and wreak havoc on your oral health, too. If you think stress, anxiety, or poor alignment create the chronic habit of grinding while...

How Long Will a Dental Crown Last? Jul 20th, 2021

Dental crowns are highly effective for anyone who requires tooth restoration, even when the tooth is severely damaged. These durable dental crowns blend seamlessly with your natural teeth and can last you for many years to come with proper care.  Read on to find out exactly how to best care...

Are Veneers Hard To Maintain? Jul 6th, 2021

Veneers are a great way to restore your confidence in your smile; however, they require an investment of both time and money. Veneers are great for correcting minor imperfections, including cracked, crooked, or chipped teeth, and once you've seen how veneers can transform your smile, you're going to want to...

Making Summer Break Lunches Healthy and Easy Jun 16th, 2021

Getting your kids to eat a healthy balanced diet is no simple task, but what your children eat and drink while they're at home on summer break can significantly impact their oral health. Putting together your children's lunches helps give you control over what nutrients your child eats while they're...

Are You Using The Right Type of Toothpaste For Your Teeth? Jun 13th, 2021

  One specific toothpaste won't save your smile from every possible dental disaster, but using the right toothpaste for your teeth is a critical piece in maintaining excellent oral health. The power of dental products can only be beneficial if you are using them and sticking to a great home...

Fast and Affordable Ways To Improve Your Teeth May 28th, 2021

Braces aren’t always necessary for correcting crooked or imperfect teeth. Often, minor smile imperfections can be easily corrected. Subtle changes to your smile can make a significant impact on your life, especially when an affordable price tag accompanies them.  Read on to learn fast and affordable treatment options to improve...

How To Prevent Gum Disease Before It Starts May 13th, 2021

Periodontal disease can be hazardous to the health of your teeth, gums, and even bone tissue. Once advanced, the disease is pervasive and requires ongoing treatment. While gum disease can effectively be treated and reversed, this is only the case if gingivitis is recognized in the earliest stages of the...

Teeth Prone To Tooth Decay? These Tips Will Help Reduce Cavities Apr 29th, 2021

Your daily lifestyle habits and the foods you eat affect both your overall health and the state of your teeth and gums. If you are someone who avoids going to the dentist because it seems you're always hearing you have one or more cavities, it likely causes you frustration. While...

6 Facts About Tongue-Ties In Children Apr 9th, 2021

Some parents may think that the need to treat tongue-tie is simply a fad or unnecessary. However, it’s critical to know and understand that tongue-ties have been recognized as an issue for decades, and they should not be left untreated.  Here are six facts that you may not know about...

5 Ways Tooth Contouring Can Reshape Your Teeth Mar 24th, 2021

Tooth reshaping, or dental contouring, is an incredible cosmetic dentistry treatment that quickly removes minor amounts of tooth enamel to change the shape or length of one or more teeth. This procedure is highly effective for quickly and painlessly altering teeth that are chipped, cracked, or overlapping. In certain situations...

Treatment Options For Fixing a Gap Between Teeth Mar 8th, 2021

Dental alignment issues can not only impact your appearance but, over time, they can also affect a patient's overall health. Patients and parents alike are often unsure about what course of action to take when fixing gaps between the teeth. In addition to braces, several great cosmetic dentistry treatment options...

Debunking the Top 5 Oral Cancer Myths Feb 24th, 2021

Oral cancer is one of the most misunderstood forms of cancer. Patients often think that if they don't use tobacco products, they are safe from getting oral cancer. However, you may be surprised to learn that this disease affects a wide range of people. It's critical to separate fact from...

Teeth Yellow Along The Gum Line? That’s Tartar Buildup! Feb 9th, 2021

Tooth discoloration along the gum line can indicate several dental issues. One of the more common reasons for a yellow coating developing along the gum line is tartar buildup. Failing to maintain regular teeth cleanings can allow for tartar to form, especially in hard-to-reach places.  Read on to learn more...

6 Reasons To Have Your Teeth Professionally Whitened In 2021 Jan 30th, 2021

Having your teeth professionally whitened can positively impact your confidence in both your personal and professional life - even while wearing masks and working via zoom! Many cosmetic dentistry treatments boost your confidence in your smile; however, teeth whitening is the most popular.  Here are six reasons why you (and...

How To Create a Healthy Nighttime Routine For Your Kids Jan 14th, 2021

The battle of tooth brushing and oral hygiene is one every parent faces. Teaching your kids the importance of caring for their teeth and gums is part of the learning process all parents and children go through. Regular tooth brushing and flossing require guidance, discipline, and a nightly routine to...

6 Benefits of Dental Sealants (and Why You Need Them!) Dec 29th, 2020

Dental sealants are a great way to add a protective barrier between the surfaces of your teeth and harmful decay-causing bacteria. The biting surfaces of molars have many small grooves where bacteria can conveniently accumulate, leading to decay and destruction. Sealants are a practical way to help protect your smile....

8 Health Risks Detected During Routine Dental Cleanings Dec 13th, 2020

It's likely that you already know routine dental checkups and cleanings can help prevent damaging tooth decay, detect cavities early, and reduce your chances of developing gum disease. You may not realize that dentists are trained to detect certain chronic conditions and potential health risks during your exam.  Dental cleanings...

Vitamins and Supplements For Healthier Teeth and Gums Nov 28th, 2020

Your entire body requires the proper balance of vitamins and minerals to stay healthy. Vitamins and minerals can be easily incorporated into your daily diet by eating certain foods and taking daily supplements.  Routine visits to your dentist and maintaining excellent oral hygiene at home are essential; however, the foods...

Receding Gums and 6 Other Signs of Gum Disease Nov 14th, 2020

Gum disease begins to affect people once they reach their 30's, and men are more at risk for developing gum disease than women. Early detection of gum-related problems is crucial for effectively treating the condition before it's too late. The initial stages of gum disease are often painless, leaving them...

Managing Chronic Tooth Sensitivity For Under $10 Oct 29th, 2020

Experiencing chronic pain and discomfort from sensitive teeth and gums can make even the simplest daily tasks uncomfortable. Biting into hot foods, sipping a cold beverage, or brushing and flossing can be uncomfortable for anyone with sensitive teeth.  Sensitive teeth can be caused by exposed tooth roots, worn tooth enamel,...

7 Simple Ways To Make Saliva More Alkaline and Less Acidic Oct 14th, 2020

Sugar isn't the only dietary factor that can have damaging effects on your smile. Consuming foods and beverages high in acids wear away the protective layer of enamel from your teeth. This process, commonly known as tooth erosion, can quickly change your teeth' appearance and can cause cavities and tooth...

6 Tips For Eating Healthy While Working From Home Sep 27th, 2020

Working from home can be accompanied by many distractions, and staying focused can be a challenge. This can be especially true if your new co-worker, the refrigerator, keeps calling you over for a quick snack before your next zoom call. Don't let frequent snacking and unhealthy meals wreck your overall...

What To Know About IV Conscious Sedation Before Your Appointment Sep 5th, 2020

Patients suffering from dental anxiety, low pain tolerance, or extreme tooth sensitivity can benefit significantly from sedation dentistry. Many dentists are now using various dental sedation techniques that aim to help patients through necessary dental care without experiencing any pain or anxiety. Read on to learn more about IV conscious...

How Impacted Wisdom Teeth Can Cause Recurring Ear Pain and Sore Throats Aug 25th, 2020

Wisdom teeth typically erupt between the ages of 17 and 21, making them the last permanent teeth to emerge in your mouth. As a result, they're also the most common teeth to become wedged-in or impacted because there's not enough room in the jaw for them. Wisdom teeth that come...

Is Your Child Grinding Their Teeth at Night? A Mouthguard May Be The Solution Aug 13th, 2020

Teeth grinding, also commonly known as Bruxism, is a relatively common pediatric dental concern. It has been estimated that up to 35% of children experience Bruxism at some point during childhood. Children are often entirely unaware that they are clenching their jaw or grinding their teeth at night, so as...

The Benefits of Anti-Aging Dentistry Treatments Jul 22nd, 2020

Many older patients are enthralled to learn that the effects of aging on their smile can be easily corrected without invasive facelifts or surgery. Working directly on the teeth and building them back up can restore a more youthful appearance.  Your smile can be restored with several anti-aging dentistry options....

Improving Your Child's Oral Health With Myofunctional Therapy Jul 13th, 2020

The position of a child's tongue while swallowing, speaking, and resting can be an important indication of their health. Abnormal tongue positions can be successfully treated and corrected with myofunctional therapy, a specialized training process that ensures a future of good health for a child struggling.  Oral myofunctional disorder can...

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...