Category «Winston-Salem Dentist Enlighten Dental»

Six Simple Reasons to Avoid Sugary Drinks

It’s hot outside, and while sweet tea is one of the South’s prescriptions for the heat, it’s definitely not a prescription for good health! In fact, in light of the latest research linking sugary drinks to cancer, we thought it was a good idea to remind everyone that all sugary drinks are bad not only …

Know Your Toothpaste Ingredients

Get familiar with the ingredients in your toothpaste and know what they do! Fluoride is the most important ingredient. This mineral that occurs naturally in water sources reduces cavities and helps prevent tooth decay. Baking soda, also known as bicarbonate of soda or sodium bicarbonate, is a chemical salt that is used as a surfactant …

How a Dentist Can Help with Obstructive Sleep Apnea

One of the most common causes for poor sleep is obstructive sleep apnea, a potentially serious disorder that causes individuals to have one or more pauses in breathing or shallow breaths while they sleep. What Causes Sleep Apnea? Obstructive sleep apnea is typically caused by soft tissue in the back of the throat that collapses …

Do You Have an Overactive Gag Reflex?

Everyone has a gag reflex. Also known as the pharyngeal reflex, it is a natural phenomenon that occurs when you stick something in your mouth that goes toward the back of the throat and touches the soft palate, creating a feeling as if you are going to throw up. The purpose of the gag reflex …

What to Do in a Dental Emergency

If are a registered patient of our practice and have a severe dental emergency, call (336) 765-0904 and follow the prompts. Symptoms of a severe dental emergency include: • Trauma to the teeth • Severe toothache and/or jaw pain • Pain when chewing or when you drink hot/cold beverages • Facial swelling • Significant bleeding …

Processed Foods Contribute to Weight Gain (and They’re Not Too Good for Your Teeth Either)

The American diet has grown to rely on more heavily processed foods over the last 70 years, and the American waistline has grown as well. The United States is struggling with growing rates of obesity, and a new National Institutes of Health study indicates that eating processed foods actually drives people to overeat.   These …

Stick with the Chocolate Bunny

How should you fill the Easter basket? Because of their high sugar content and sticky nature, jelly beans and marshmallow Peeps can be some of the worst candies for teeth. Not only can they cause cavities, they can get stuck in your dental crowns and other work as well. Stick with the chocolate (preferably dark) …

April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month

According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, approximately 53,000 people in the United States will be diagnosed with oral cancer this year. Smoking and tobacco use are the major risk factors; in fact, the typical profile of the person who develops oral cancer had always been someone who smoked and drank heavily. However, that profile is …

Should Adults Get Sealants?

You might typically think of dental sealants as a procedure for children, but did you know that adults can choose to have sealants applied as well? Sealants can prevent food and plaque from building up in the molars, so adults who do not already have fillings or decay can definitely benefit. What Are Dental Sealants? …

Why Gums Recede and What You Can Do About It

You may think that as you age, the only receding thing you need to worry about is your hairline. Unfortunately, your gums may recede, too. Gum recession is most common in adults age 40 and over. What Is Gum Recession? The margin of the gum tissue that surrounds the teeth can wear away and expose …