Dental Sealants: Cost-Effective Protection for Your Teeth

If your dentist has talked about dental sealants for you or your child, you may be wondering if they are really necessary. The answer is: Yes! Recent research has shown that they do add a lot of value. What are Dental Sealants? Dental sealants are basically an extra layer of protection for your teeth. They …

Let’s Stop the Great Floss Debate

It is the kind of headline that makes those of us in the field of health and dental care cringe: Medical benefits of dental floss unproven. Wait, what?! First, let me tell you, flossing works. As a dentist I know this. And time and again, the media comes out with stories about whether it is …

Should Children Be Discouraged from Sucking Their Thumbs?

An interesting study published in the journal Pediatrics found that children who bite their nails and suck their thumbs are less likely to develop certain allergies, including those to cats, dogs, grass and house dust mites. The researchers studied the habits of 1,000 children in New Zealand and found that 31 percent were frequent nail …

Please Welcome Mary Katherine Taylor, DDS, to Enlighten Dental Care

There are some exciting changes at Enlighten Dental Care this summer! After 38 years of practicing dentistry, Dr. Lee Salisbury will be retiring from private practice to start a new chapter in his life. With several new grandchildren, he is looking forward to spending time with his family and traveling with his wife. We thank …

How Diabetes Can Affect Your Teeth

A recent study from the University of Nevada and Emory University Schools of Medicine found that people with diabetes are 1.46 more times likely to lose their teeth than people without diabetes. In addition, people with diabetes are more likely to lose their teeth earlier in life, as well as experience more severe and frequent …

Get Screened! April is Oral Head & Neck Cancer Awareness Month

Did you know that every time you have a dentist appointment at Enlighten Dental Care, you are also being screened for cancer? We do a visual examination of all the soft tissues in the mouth, which includes manually extending the tongue to examine its base, palpating the floor of the mouth, and digitally examining the …

Top Health Reasons to Prevent Gum Disease

On March 20, 2016, we celebrate World Oral Health Day, an international day to celebrate the benefits of a healthy mouth and to promote worldwide awareness of the issues around oral health and the importance of oral hygiene for old and young. This year’s theme is: It all starts here. Healthy mouth. Healthy body. Why …

Dry Mouth — Not Good for Your Teeth!

Are you frequently thirsty with a sticky, dry feeling in the mouth? During these cold winter months when the air is dry and many have colds and other viruses, you may have a condition called dry mouth. Dry mouth, also known by its formal name “xerostomia,” is a condition in which your mouth becomes unusually …

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month

The campaign slogan for National Children’s Dental Health Month 2016 is the “Sugar Wars.” Help your children fight the “Sugar Wars” and reduce their risk of tooth decay with the following tips: Sugary foods and drinks should be consumed with meals. Why? Saliva production increases during meals and helps neutralize acid production and rinse food …

Three Cool Dental Technologies You May Not Know About!

It’s a New Year, and you can make a fresh start. If you haven’t been to the dentist in a while, it’s time to make an appointment to make sure your teeth and mouth are healthy — and find out how easy a visit to the dentist can be thanks to newer technologies designed to …