Posts Tagged ‘ oral hygiene ’


Rotting teeth images that are now gracing cigarette packs courtesy of the FDA show extreme dental problems that smokers face, but the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry says smoking also causes a number of more common teeth hygiene problems that can impact health and kissability.  Dentist commonly see issues like increased plaque due to a […]

Concerns for Pregnancy

Your mouth can be affected by the hormonal changes you will experience during pregnancy.  For example, some women develop a condition known as pregnancy gingivitis, an inflammation of the gums that can cause swelling and tenderness.  Your gums also may bleed a little when you brush or floss.  Left untreated, gingivitis can lead to more […]

Teething Ring Safety

Gums in the mouth contain more nerve cells than most other areas of the body.  When infants must endure their baby teeth cutting through their gums, they can become cranky.  The use of teething rings eases babies’ discomfort and calms their mood.  Parents and officials place a premium on teething ring safety.  Clean your baby’s […]

Concerns Over 60

Dry mouth is not a normal part of aging.  However, it is a side effect in more than five hundred medications.  This is just one reason why it’s so important to tell your dentist about any medications that you are taking.  Your dentist can make recommendations to help relieve your dry mouth symptoms.  Here are […]

Healthy Habits Over 60

Even though it may have been years since you’ve had a cavity, your risk of cavities increases with age.  One of the reasons is dry mouth, a common side effect of many prescription medications.  Here are some helpful tips for maintaining good oral health later in life; ***Brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride […]

DuraThin Veneers

DURAthin veneers are very thin porcelain pieces that are custom-made to adhere directly to the front of teeth without grinding or shaving! This means that for some people, we can transform their smile without even drilling on their natural teeth. The new DURAthin veneers, developed by Dr. Dennis Wells and dental lab technician Mark Willes, are changing the […]

Child Sedation

The American Dental Association offers the following questions that parents and guardians should ask concerning in office sedation or general anesthesia for their children. ***Who will provide the preoperative evaluation of the child including their past medical history such as allergies, current prescription medications, and previous illnesses? ***What is the recommended time the child should […]


Endodontics is the branch of dentistry concerning dental pulp and tissues surrounding the roots of a tooth.  Endodontic treatment, or root canal treatment, treats the soft pulp tissue inside the tooth.  An endodontist is a dentist who specialized in saving teeth.  Endodontists become specialists by completing two or more years of advanced training in endodontics […]

Dental Implants VS Fixed Dental Bridges

Dental Implants are actually a series of procedures used to recreate a missing tooth. The key part of a dental implant is the initial titanium implant which sits in the original tooth’s bone pocket. A fixed dental bridge is a non- removable prosthesis attached to remaining natural teeth.  Bridges can present some problems for the surrounding teeth.  […]


Benzocaine is a local anesthetic that is used to relieve pain.  It can be found in most drugstores, usually under the product names Anbesol, Hurricaine, Orajel, Baby Orajel, and Orabase.  Benzocaine has been associated with a rare but serious, and sometimes fatal, condition called Methemoglobinema, a disorder in which the amount of oxygen carried through […]