Can Salt Harm Your Smile?
March 16, 2023
What foods cause cavities? Your initial answer may be candy or sweets. It is easy to blame these as the main culprits, but the truth is far more complicated. In fact, did you know that although salt doesn’t directly lead to cavities, having too much of it in your diet can increase the likelihood of tooth damage? In this post, learn how salt, or sodium, can impact your teeth and what you can do to keep your smile healthy.(more…)
How to Prevent Dry Socket After a Tooth Extraction
February 23, 2023
Having a tooth removed entirely—because of extensive decay, damage, or some other reason—can be more than just a smile-changing event. Whether you replace the tooth or not, extraction can affect your daily life and your well-being.
Like many others, this minor surgical procedure comes with risks, and the most common is a condition called dry socket. But what is it, and how can you prevent it from happening to you? You will find out if you keep reading!(more…)
Black Lines Around Your Crowns? What It Means and How to Fix Them
February 8, 2023
Although there are plenty of makeup tutorials for achieving radical looks, most of them give instructions for using your makeup to accentuate your natural beauty. In order to avoid attracting the wrong kind of attention, you may try to make your appearance as realistic as possible. After all, you don’t want to look completely fake!
But if you have small black lines near your gums, your mouth is blatantly exposing those teeth as restorations. In the content below, you’ll learn what those black lines around your crowns mean and how to fix them.(more…)
3 Signs Pointing to a Cavity Between Your Teeth
January 24, 2023
Some cavities are easy to spot. They often develop on the chewing surfaces of teeth and appear black, gray, and or even dark brown. You may even recognize it before your dentist does! However, other cavities can be tricky to identify on your own, specifically when they occur between your teeth.
With such tight spaces, how can you tell that you have a cavity between your teeth? Usually one of the following three signs happens.(more…)
How Your Dentist Chooses the Exact Shade of Your Crown
January 13, 2023
Children learn colors at a very young age, but as you get older, you realize that it’s not always as simple as it seems. When your dentist needs to place a crown on one of your teeth, for example, they have to select the shade between yellow and off-white for the prosthetic. If they choose the wrong one, the crown will stand out and attract the wrong kind of attention.
With such a narrow range of color, how does your dentist determine the exact shade your crown should be? How can they make sure your restoration closely resembles your natural teeth? Keep reading to learn how they do it!(more…)
Lab Crowns vs. CEREC Crowns: Which Would Win?
December 15, 2022
Traditional vs. modern. This age-old conflict puts the old-fashioned method against new technology. When it comes to dental crowns, the traditional way of fabricating these restorations is sending the case to a dental lab, but nowadays, advanced technology is available called CEREC or same-day crowns.
Which one is better? Which method is superior? Keep reading to learn more about each option and determine which one you’d like to use for your crown.(more…)
How Your Dentist Could Save Your Life from Oral Cancer
November 16, 2022
Did you know that one person dies from oral cancer every hour every day? Experts predict that new diagnoses will reach more than 50,000 in the US this year alone, and the majority of these patients will not live five years because the disease is usually already at an advanced stage. Although these facts are startling, they are important to understand in order to protect yourself and stay healthy in the long term.
Fortunately, you are not alone in catching oral cancer. In this post, you will learn more about how your dentist plays a vital role in detecting oral cancer and the common symptoms they watch out for to save lives.(more…)
4 Crucial Steps for Handling a Lost Filling
October 26, 2022
At your work Halloween party, you cannot help but indulge in some sweet treats. You could have chocolate and other goodies, but you decide to try a co-worker’s homemade caramel popcorn. As you take a few sticky, chewy bites, you hit a hard kernel and realize your filling has come out!
To help you know what you should do in this situation, keep reading and follow these important steps for handling a lost filling so that you can get your smile back to full strength and function.(more…)
One-Sided Jaw Pain: Causes and Tips
October 13, 2022
The alarms rings, waking you up for another day. As you sit up in bed and yawn, you feel your jaw hurt but only on one side. How strange! What could the problem be, and should you be concerned about it? Does this immediately qualify as a dental emergency? In this post, you will learn about the most common causes behind one-sided jaw pain and what to do if it happens to you!(more…)
Dealing with Discoloration: Your Alternative to Whitening
September 19, 2022
Maybe you hesitate to wear white because it highlights how discolored your teeth are. Maybe you smile with your lips covering your yellow teeth because you do not want them to show. If you are feeling self-conscious about the shade of your teeth, you may think your only option is to whiten them.
While professional whitening works for most patients, it does not necessarily help everyone. In this post, you will learn more about this treatment, an alternative that can brighten your smile, and why it is important to talk to your cosmetic dentist about your concerns.(more…)