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 …

National Children’s Dental Health Month: Are You Taking Care of Your Child’s Teeth Correctly?

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, and a recent study has highlighted how we may be starting kids out all wrong when they are brushing their teeth. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention analyzed a survey on brushing habits and found that children are using too much toothpaste. The harm in that is …

Canker Sores: What They Are and What to Do about Them

You might notice during the winter months that you have that telltale burning and tingling in your mouth that indicates a canker sore — possibly caused by the types of foods and drinks that you indulge in during the holidays and cold weather. Spicy foods and foods high in acid (such as that warm and …

Safe Treatment for Pain after Oral Surgery

Winter is here, and many people use this time of year to have their wisdom teeth removed or other dental procedures so they can snuggle up on the couch for a few days with no guilt. Typically, pain after oral surgery is treated with a combination of prescription pain medication along with ibuprofen and acetaminophen. …

Five Reasons to Be Thankful for Your Teeth!

It’s the week of Thanksgiving, and it’s the perfect time to pause and reflect about all of the things we are thankful for: friends, family, our health… Here at Enlighten Dental Care, we encourage you to add one more thing on that list: our teeth. They are the primary reason we are able to enjoy …

Enter to WIN a $250 Visa Gift Card

November is the month of thanks, and we are truly thankful for all of our patients. To give back and thank YOU for valuing your oral health and investing in professional dental care, we want to enter your name into our monthly drawing! On November 30, Enlighten Dental Care will hold our first monthly drawing …

The Details on Dental Insurance

Approximately 250 million Americans have private dental health coverage, and around 83 million receive dental benefits through public health programs such as Medicaid. That leaves some 74 million Americans with no dental coverage. Dental health insurance plans typically focus on prevention and follow a 100-80-50 coverage rule for what the insurance company deems usual, customary …

Are Men More Likely to Neglect Their Teeth?

It’s not just mothers reminding their sons to brush their teeth … adult men are less likely to visit the dentist and perform basic dental hygiene. The American Academy of General Dentistry administered a survey to dentists and consumers and found: 45 percent seemed to believe men don’t need regular dental check-ups 30 percent said …

Aging Well: Take Care of Your Teeth!

We know the importance of taking care of our body as we age: eating well, staying active and seeing the doctor regularly. It is equally important to take care of our teeth. As we age, our teeth age, too. All those years of brushing, biting and grinding can wear away tooth enamel and make the …