Bad Breath: Causes and Solutions

Have you ever wondered what causes bad breath, but felt too embarrassed to ask a dentist, or even too fearful to run a Google search? If you know you have bad breath, but don’t know why, it is crucial to know the various causes in order to pinpoint how to treat your own case. Some …

Keeping Those Two Front Teeth Strong and Healthy

All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth, my two front teeth, see my two front teeth! Gee, if I could only have my two front teeth, then I could wish you “Merry Christmas.” Remember this classic Christmas song? We associate it with losing baby teeth, but it’s important to know that our …

Is Activated Charcoal All That?

The latest beauty trend to take the Internet by storm is (drumroll please) … activated charcoal, the substance used in emergency rooms to treat accidental overdoses and poisonings. Because of its ability to absorb toxins and pollutants, activated charcoal is now being added to everything from soaps and facial masks to juices and even toothpaste. …

Six Tricks that Treat Your Teeth

During this month of candy and costumes, the health of our teeth is often forgotten. So here are some tricks that can help keep scary things from happening to your teeth. An apple a day keeps the dentist away. There are a wide variety of delicious apples available now, and this firm, crisp fruit helps …

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 …