Fluoride Fast Facts

Fluoride is a mineral that exists naturally in water, though not in high enough levels to protect teeth. Fluoride is added to drinking water supplies as a public health measure for reducing cavities. Decisions about adding fluoride to drinking water are made at the state or local level. In 2011, the Department of Health and …

Drink Tap Water!

While bottled water is trendy, adults and children should drink water the old fashioned way, out of the tap. Our Winston-Salem/Forsyth County local drinking water meets all safe water quality standards established by the Environmental Protection Agency, and it contains fluoride, which is beneficial for teeth of all ages. A recent study of 275,843 New …

Fluoride … It’s Not Just for Kids

The addition of fluoride to the public water supply during the 1940s has been heralded as one of the 10 greatest public health achievements of the 20th century, helping to prevent cavities in both children and adults. However, the debate over fluoride is one that does not seem to abate. Major health organizations, including the …

How Does Aging Affect Your Teeth?

Don’t buy into the myth that your teeth become more unhealthy as you age. It is not aging that automatically causes your teeth to deteriorate. In fact, if you take care of your teeth during childhood and adulthood, you can still have healthy teeth well into your senior years. Here are some of the ways …

Why Does COVID-19 Cause Loss of Smell?

According to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, up to 80 percent of people who test positive for COVID-19 complain of smell or taste loss. Smell loss is often the first — and sometimes the only — symptom in patients who are infected. There is speculation that the virus causes an inflammatory reaction inside the nose that …

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 …