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Posts for: June, 2015

I am often asked this question and the answer is YES, YES, YES!  Losing a tooth puts great strain on surrounding teeth.  They have to do more work and they will shift into the empty space, altering your bite and possibly causing other teeth to fracture.  Teeth are not just about esthetics, they're needed for essential functions.  

If you're missing teeth, or if your bite is hindered by misshapen or badly damaged teeth, we can get your smile back to beautiful.  Maintaining a healthy bite and keeping your natural face shape and your ability to speak and chew properly is key to healthy happy living.




A new study published in the journal Pediatrics suggests that babies who exclusively breast-fed may have a decreased risk of dental misalignment than those who only partially breast-fed. Moreover, the use of pacifiers may negate some of that potential benefit, even if the children are breast-feeding. The study evaluated 1,300 children over a five year period.

Children should stop using pacifiers by age 2. Up until the age of 2, any alignment problem with the teeth or the developing bone is usually corrected within a 6-month period after pacifier use is stopped. Prolonged pacifier use and thumb sucking can cause problems with the proper growth of the mouth, alignment of the teeth and changes in the shape of the roof of the mouth.

June 10, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: bonding  

 - Did you know that tooth enamel is stronger than bone?  In fact, it's the hardest substance in the human body.  After years of wear and tear and thinning enamel, teeth won't be as strong as they once were, and enamel can develop craze line, which are very minor cracks on the surface of teeth.  

Although not structurally worrisome, craze lines can be traps for bacteria and minuscule food particles that can stain teeth.  Luckily, bonding is a quick, economical, and durable fix.  Using a natural looking tooth-colored resin, we cover the tooth (or teeth) and fill the fissures and instantly restore your smile.   Give us a call to see how we can help.  

Research published in Dentistry suggests that treating gum disease may help reduce symptoms of prostate inflammation. In the study, 27 patients with prostatitis and moderate to severe gum disease receive treatment for gum disease and showed significant improvement in their gums within four to eight weeks.  Participants received no treatment for their prostatitis, but symptoms improved in 21 of 27 of them after their gum disease was treated. 

Over 47 percent of the US adult population aged 30 years and older have mild, moderate or severe gum disease.  In addition, 64 percent of adults (nearly two-thirds) over age 65 have moderate to severe forms of gum disease.  



June 01, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Flossing  

We are often asked whether to floss before or after brushing the teeth. Although flossing first isn’t necessarily better for oral health than the other way around, flossing first is a good idea for many people because that way you get the task out of the way to avoid the temptation to not do it.

Flossing is not only important for cavity reduction, but it is also a method of maintaining proper gum health. Gingivitis (gum disease) is the first step in losing your teeth, and the nice thing about catching inflammation when gums are bleeding is you can reverse it then, if that’s all that’s going on, with proper flossing and brushing. Flossing at least once a day minimizes the nasty bacteria clinging in between and around your teeth.