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 …

Seven Significant Holiday Hazards for Your Teeth

With the constant activity and parties, we all know the holidays can be stressful on the mind, body … and even the teeth. Here are seven hazards and how you can avoid ending up with cracked, stained or cavity-ridden teeth!  Stress Holidays can be stressful, and you may find yourself grinding your teeth. The results …

Is Flossing Really Necessary?

An October article in Time magazine titled “You Asked: Do I Really Need to Floss” discussed how some experts and research say that flossing is a waste of time. The article alluded to research that doesn’t support the assertion that flossing prevents cavities and gum disease, as well as research that found flossing does not prevent plaque, …

Could Tonsil Stones Be Causing Your Bad Breath?

Bad breath can be caused by numerous things — bacteria that breed inside your mouth, pungent foods such as garlic, smoking, medical problems and poor oral hygiene are all common causes. But there is another common cause of chronic halitosis: tonsil stones, also known as tonsilloliths. Tonsil stones are clusters of calcified material that may …

Don’t Delay Dental Treatment! (Why These Excuses Don’t Fly)

My teeth are fine; I’ll go if there’s a problem. Going to the dentist is expensive. It’s uncomfortable and/or I’m scared when they clean and work on my teeth. Do you use one of these excuses? All of these are reasons people avoid going to the dentist every six months for a check-up. And none …