Easing Anxiety about Root Canals

Being told you need a root canal may cause you to feel anxious or worried and full of questions. While the procedure has had a bad reputation in the past, it really is not so scary and can help you save a tooth. What Is a Root Canal? A root canal is a treatment for …

Is Popcorn a Problem for Teeth?

October starts the season of sugary treats when the Halloween candy is lining the aisles, just waiting to be replaced by the treats of the Christmas holiday season. “Hmmm,” you might think, “what could I give out to trick-or-treaters or as a holiday gift instead of a bunch of sugar? I know, popcorn would be …

Dental Check-Ups Are Good for Your Heart, Too!

Did you know that if you have gum disease, you are more likely to have heart disease? This is just one of the reasons why it is so important to have regular check-ups with your dentist and get your teeth cleaned regularly. What Is Gum Disease? Gum disease is an inflammatory condition of the tissues …

Back-to-School: Packing a Healthy Lunch

After August’s all-consuming solar eclipse preparations, there are only a few days left to make back-to-school preparations. Here are some quick tips for healthy lunchbox packing so you and your child can avoid the many processed foods and hidden salt and sugars. Lunchables may be easy, but they are full of sodium. For example, the …

Protect Your Teeth from the Pool’s Chlorine

Blondes often worry about chlorine turning their hair green, but as you splash around in the pool this summer, be mindful that chlorine can have an effect on the color of your teeth as well. Chlorine is an antimicrobial that is used to sanitize swimming pools and Jacuzzis and keep them free of the bacteria …

Triclosan in Toothpaste: Should You Be Concerned?

In September 2016, the Food And Drug Administration gave manufacturers one year in which to remove triclosan from anitmicrobrial hand soaps. This decision was made due to a lack of evidence about triclosan’s safety. Then, more recently, a group of 200 scientists, medical doctors and public health professionals, representing 29 countries, published a statement that …

Vitamin D, Calcium and Your Teeth

Summer is almost here, and we know you’ll be slathering on the sunscreen to protect your skin … but the good news is that a little bit of sun exposure helps you get enough vitamin D. Combine that with some calcium-rich foods, and you are on your way to keeping your teeth (and bones) healthy …

Stained Teeth: Which Foods and Drinks Are the Worst Offenders?

With the recent exciting news that two European men have created a colorless coffee, there is some relief among java lovers who worry about the brew darkening their teeth. Alas, it doesn’t look like CLRCFF is available in the United States yet, so we’ll have to keep being diligent about watching our foods and drinks …

Gum Disease: A Warning for Your Health

Gum disease, also known as periodontitis, is inflammation around the tooth caused by an infection of the tissues that surround the tooth. Some of the symptoms are red, swollen gums that bleed easily, and gum disease is a major cause of tooth loss in adults. Gum disease can also be a warning sign that a …

Five Reasons We LOVE Tap Water!

Water from the tap often gets a bad rap. There are many fears about too many chemicals, contaminants and carcinogens in our drinking water. But Americans have no shortage of safe water to drink, and during National Children’s Dental Health Month, we want to remind kids and adults why dentists LOVE tap water! Tap water …