Being Thankful and Giving Back

During this season of Thanksgiving, we’d like to take the focus away from teeth and onto another subject: paying it forward.   This past August Dr. Dan Driscoll became a kidney donor for one of his dental patients, Matthew Errett. Matthew, who had a kidney transplant at age 2 after being diagnosed with a rare …

Halloween Alternative to Candy

Looking for a fun alternative to candy to hand out this Halloween? How about carabiners or paracord bracelets? These kid favorites are fun, practical, and plastic- (and sugar-) free, and you can order them in a variety of colors off of Amazon.

A Pain in the Tooth … Is It an Abscess?

If you have a pain in your tooth that is throbbing or radiates, you could have an abscessed tooth. This is a serious issue and should be treated quickly. What Is an Abscessed Tooth? An abscessed tooth, also known as a dental abscess, occurs when a pocket of pus forms as a result of a …

How Dirty Is Your Toothbrush?

The television show Inside Edition recently sent toothbrushes off to labs to find out just how “dirty” they really are. The results were nothing short of “yucky.” While one family’s toothbrushes had no bacteria at all, one individual had three different kinds of bacteria, including E. coli, and another individual had two types of bacteria …

Add an Apple a Day

The apple selection at the grocery store becomes even more robust during fall, reminding us that that an apple a day can do more than keep the doctor away … it can also help whiten your teeth and keep your teeth and gums healthy! The crunch when you bite into a crisp apple helps strengthen …

Six Simple Reasons to Avoid Sugary Drinks

It’s hot outside, and while sweet tea is one of the South’s prescriptions for the heat, it’s definitely not a prescription for good health! In fact, in light of the latest research linking sugary drinks to cancer, we thought it was a good idea to remind everyone that all sugary drinks are bad not only …

Know Your Toothpaste Ingredients

Get familiar with the ingredients in your toothpaste and know what they do! Fluoride is the most important ingredient. This mineral that occurs naturally in water sources reduces cavities and helps prevent tooth decay. Baking soda, also known as bicarbonate of soda or sodium bicarbonate, is a chemical salt that is used as a surfactant …

How a Dentist Can Help with Obstructive Sleep Apnea

One of the most common causes for poor sleep is obstructive sleep apnea, a potentially serious disorder that causes individuals to have one or more pauses in breathing or shallow breaths while they sleep. What Causes Sleep Apnea? Obstructive sleep apnea is typically caused by soft tissue in the back of the throat that collapses …

Do You Have an Overactive Gag Reflex?

Everyone has a gag reflex. Also known as the pharyngeal reflex, it is a natural phenomenon that occurs when you stick something in your mouth that goes toward the back of the throat and touches the soft palate, creating a feeling as if you are going to throw up. The purpose of the gag reflex …

What to Do in a Dental Emergency

If are a registered patient of our practice and have a severe dental emergency, call (336) 765-0904 and follow the prompts. Symptoms of a severe dental emergency include: • Trauma to the teeth • Severe toothache and/or jaw pain • Pain when chewing or when you drink hot/cold beverages • Facial swelling • Significant bleeding …