New HEPA Filter at Enlighten Dental Care

At Enlighten Dental Care, the health and well-being of our patients and team members is our top priority. While the Stay-At-Home order was in place, we explored how we could better serve our patients in all areas of our practice. One enhancement we have made is the addition of a Pressurized Room with a HEPA …

Masks and Bad Breath: What Can You Do?

As North Carolina government officials consider making face masks mandatory in public and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone in the United States wear them when they go out in public, face masks will likely become a fairly common fashion accessory. But what about the bad smell that comes with …

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.