Month: March 2015

Is Dry Mouth Normal?

If you’ve ever been thirsty, extremely hot, or near dehydration, you’ve probably experienced dry mouth, which occurs when your mouth does not produce enough saliva. While inarguably uncomfortable, most cases of temporary dry mouth are resolved when you quench your thirst. Persistent dry mouth (xerostomia) is usually solved when the underlying cause of the condition… Read more »

Oral Bacteria and Your Dental Health

It may sound gross, but your teeth, tongue, and gums share the space in your mouth with about 10-15 billion microbes. Before you gag and try to spit them all out, you should know that the majority of oral bacteria are not harmful, and actually help fight bad breath and infection. The ones that are… Read more »

Root Canal Therapy, or Tooth Extraction?

Most dental cases involve options for treating any condition, depending on the patient’s specific needs and goals. In the case of root canal therapy, however, the only viable alternative is tooth extraction, which can have dire consequences for the rest of your teeth and oral health. Because of the compounding destruction of tooth loss, saving… Read more »

Discovering the History of Modern Dentistry

Dentistry has been practiced for longer than the profession has been established. In fact, humans have sought to cure or treat dental maladies as early as 9,000 years ago. The stories told by the remains of ancient dentistry provide a clear picture that our ancestors understood the importance of dental health. Today, modern dentistry combines… Read more »

An Understanding of Modern Dental Crowns

Because your teeth cannot repair themselves if they are injured, or cure themselves if they are infected, you may, at some point, need a dental crown placed to restore one. While we can preserve the healthy tooth structure that remains, that structure may be too weak or insufficient to perform its duties if the tooth… Read more »

Advantages of Tooth-Colored Fillings

Since it has been the most-frequently used material for over a century, many people automatically associate tooth fillings with metal amalgam. Also known as silver fillings for their metallic appearance, amalgam restorations may be strong and durable, but they can also stand to be improved in several areas. Fortunately, there is an often-better solution to… Read more »

Living with Invisalign® Clear Braces

If you wore braces as a child, then the thought of removable orthodontic braces might seem an instantly-appealing idea. If you need to straighten crooked teeth as an adult, then the idea will seem even better. With Invisalign®, we can help you realign crooked teeth for a straighter, more appealing smile. Best of all, by… Read more »

Headaches and More: About TMJ Disorder

It’s a common malady, but most people wouldn’t associate their frequent headaches with the possibility of a dental health problem. Still, there are several dental conditions that can claim frequent headaches as one of their many symptoms, TMJ disorder among them. Named for the jaw joints, or temporomandibular joints (TMJs), the dysfunction can aggravate some… Read more »

Save That Tooth!

Mouth and facial injuries are common, especially among children. The most susceptible to dental related injuries are children who play sports, and today millions of children do. In fact, statistics show that 35 million kids between the ages of 5 and 18 are involved with organized sports on an annual basis. While, according to statistics,… Read more »

The Important Role Saliva Plays

If you drool at night, or if your partner does, then waking up to a drenched pillow might belie the fact that your saliva production is typically reduced when you sleep. While a dry pillow might seem like a much-appreciated relief, the truth is that the lack of saliva can have a greater effect on… Read more »