How to Take Care of Your Dental Crowns

There’s no argument about the fact that crowns are expensive (and we’re not talking about the diamond-encrusted kind). A crown can cost anywhere from $500 to $3,000 per tooth, and dental insurance might cover around 50 percent of the cost if the crown is needed for medical, not cosmetic, reasons. A crown is a cap …

How to Clean Your Mouth Guard

Are you wearing a mouth guard when you play contact sports? If so, good for you! The American Dental Association recommends wearing custom mouth guards during practice and competition for acrobats, basketball, boxing, field hockey, football, gymnastics, handball, ice hockey, lacrosse, martial arts, racquetball, roller hockey, rugby, shot putting, skateboarding, skiing, skydiving, soccer, squash, surfing, …

Taking Care of ‘Baby’ Teeth

A recent British study found that a great many of that country’s adults do not understand the importance of taking care of a child’s baby teeth and don’t know many of the basic facts about their child’s dental health. We highly suspect the same is true of Americans. The study of 1,000 parents in the …

Teeth Grinding: More of a Problem for Women than Men?

Teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, is an issue that more than 10 million people in the United States deal with, and the majority of these — in fact, more than 90 percent — are women during their childbearing years. There are myriad problems that teeth grinding can cause, but a change in your looks …

Transparency Is Not a Good Thing for Teeth

When you look at your teeth in the mirror, do the edges appear thin and see-through? This is not a good thing … teeth are supposed to be white and opaque. What Causes Translucent/Transparent Teeth? If your teeth appear translucent, the most likely reason is because of enamel erosion. Enamel is the thin, outer covering …

There Can Be Consequences to Cavities

During February, we celebrate National Children’s Dental Health Month. It is sponsored by the American Dental Association to raise awareness about the importance of dental health. Yet, even with awareness raised, tooth decay is the No. 1 chronic childhood condition. More than 40 percent of children have dental cavities by the time they reach kindergarten. …

Should I Be Brushing My Tongue?

You may be brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day, but are you brushing your tongue? If you’re not, you may want to include this step in your regular oral care routine. Why Should I Brush My Tongue? Basically, your tongue is covered in bacteria (more than 700 bacterial species), which loves to accumulate …

Hate to Floss? Try Water Flossing!

Is there a special someone in your life who can’t — or simply won’t — floss between his or her teeth? Then a water flosser may just be the perfect gift! What Is a Water Flosser? Known as the Water Pik back in the 1970s, the water flosser is a hand-held device that has become …

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 …