How Long Should You Brush Your Teeth and Wash Your Hands?

When you are handling your personal hygiene, are you doing it thoroughly enough? Here are some guidelines. Brushing: Follow the 2/2 Rule. Brush for at least two minutes, twice a day in the morning and when you go to bed at night. Set the timer on your cell phone for two minutes or brush for …

Good Dental Hygiene Helps Keep Seniors Healthy

As the news of coronavirus (COVID-19) swirls around us with seniors being a very vulnerable population, it is important to remember that one of the basics to staying healthy is good dental hygiene. Dental health is connected to whole-body health, so make sure you make it a priority.    To follow are some of the …

Learning More about Leukoplakia

When you visit the dentist, you may think that your teeth are the only things being examined, but your gums and tongue are also very important and can tell the dentist a lot about your overall health. For example, leukoplakia, which are thickened white patches found on the gums, inside of the cheeks or the …

National Children’s Dental Health Month Celebrates Water Fluoridation

February is the National Children’s Dental Health Month, and the year 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of water fluoridation. In honor of that important milestone in public health, the slogan for the 2020 National Children’s Dental Health Month is “Fluoride in water prevents cavities! Get it from the tap!” In 1945, Grand Rapids, Michigan, became …

Three Dental Recommendations for 2020

It’s a New Year and a New Decade, and here at Enlighten Dental Care, we are very aware that many people do not have dental insurance. According to the National Association of Dental Plans, around 23 percent of Americans (74 million people) have no dental insurance, more than double the amount that don’t have health …

Make Your Family Smile with These Stocking Stuffers

Holiday stockings can be filled with inexpensive, useful gifts that can improve your family members’ smiles … and bring a smile to your face as well. To follow are our five favorite things to stuff a stocking! Fun flavored toothpaste. ADA approved flavored toothpaste such as Hello Kid’s Fluoride Toothpaste that comes in flavors such …

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 …