Trusting your dentist is a desirable thing, and so is following their recommendations. But, in real life, you have to ask some questions, even of a dentist you trust. For instance, what if I told you that the advice you've been getting may be completely wrong when it to comes to staying cavity-free? Let's begin with the biggest lie: "If you limit your sugar intake, you can virtually eliminate cavities." Sugar is only a very small portion of a much bigger problem--because sugar is actually food for the bacteria that causes cavities. And it gets worse: it isn't just sugar that feeds the bacteria. If you really wanted to limit cavities by...Read More
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Did you know that your toothbrush can harbor 100 million bacteria? Some of these bacteria are damaging and can contribute to the development of cavities, and if your toothbrush is harboring bacteria like staphylococci, you might be susceptible to skin infections.
No need to panic- your mouth was not exactly sterile, which is why you need the toothbrush in the first place.... Read More
Dentistry has come such a long way, even over the last few years, making procedures quicker, less painful, and more effective than ever before. However, understandably, going to the dentist may still be a stressful experience for you. Imagine you have moved into a new city looking to establish yourself with a new dentist or maybe you have outgrown your regular dentist and are looking...Read More
Errol's smile was very much in need of improvement, and Errol knew it. But, like many of the patients we have treated successfully, he didn't, at first, know where to find the right professionals to do the work. Luckily, he saw us in a television show and decided to see if we could create the smile he was hoping for. We were eager to help Errol, but realized during his first consult that the solution to his problems required more than the simple fix he...Read More
You've read about it more than once --- fluoride is not safe for you. Fluoride, a common element added to your water supplies and many dental products like your toothpaste, causes more harm than good when ingested. Now, studies show that fluoride not only fails to prevent tooth decay, but it can also cause cancer, too.
Several previous studies have been published on the plausibility of fluoride causing cancer, and added to these is the recent submission by the California Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment. This study shows that fluoride increases the risk of bone cancer in boys and...Read More
We've been long-time supporters of dental hygiene for all our patients --learning good habits and practicing them until they become a way of life. You know the drill: Have checkups twice a year (an ounce of prevention is always worth a pound of cure); eat a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, grains and nuts and low in saturated animal fat. And learn to love life without sugar. This is a great way to stay healthy in body and mouth.
But there's more: floss at least twice a day, brush after meals, and use your mouthwash daily. This should go a long way to keeping your mouth and your teeth clean. If...Read More
For many of our patients, the work required for their smile makeovers can be done in a short time. But for Bonnie, after a detailed consult, we knew that the extensive makeover she wanted would take serious time: it meant correcting mistakes made by previous dentists who had opted for cosmetic procedures alone to disguise deeper problems. Some of them had to do with her teeth, while others had to do with the structural misalignment of her jaws. So, although Bonnie looked good, covered up, the problems continued to get worse.
As Bonnie vividly put it, “One of my bottom teeth, that had been supporting a bridge, fractured; it...Read More
Your mouth is the gateway to your health: While your eyes are the window to your soul, your teeth are the window to the rest of your body. Specifically, if you pay attention to your mouth, and what's going on within it, your teeth can be great indicators of your overall general health. If you are willing to listen, your teeth, gums, and surrounding tissues have plenty to say about your entire body.
If your gums are growing over your teeth and beginning to cover them, it could be a good indication that you're having problems with your medication, especially if you're taking medication for seizures, heart disease, or any kind of...Read More
You can really tell how someone feels just by their smile or perhaps lack of it. That’s why a smile is worth a thousand words, but did you know your smile could be worth a fortune? Research has shown that a smile from a loved one sends the same brain waves as learning that you have won $40,000.
Did you know that smiling is actually good for your health? A study actually revealed that smiling reduces stress. That is because when you smile your body...Read More
If you are considering straightening your teeth, you may be wondering about the difference between traditional bracket braces and clear Invisalign. You may be asking yourself, am I a candidate for clear Invisalign, the alternative to braces?
Teeth that are not aligned properly in your mouth create what dentists call “malocclusion”. Left untreated, malocclusion can lead to periodontal disease and create abnormal amounts of stress on teeth and jaws, which lead to premature wear. Invisalign is a virtually invisible solution, so you can smile confidently both during treatment and after. Using a series of clear, removable aligners,...Read More