To Chew or Not to Chew?

Is chewing gum bad for your teeth, good for your teeth or what? You may have heard mixed messages in the news about chewing gum, so here is the latest advice about chewing gum and your teeth. Avoid chewing gum with sugar in it. While sugar-containing gum does increase saliva flow, which is good, the …

Treat Your Toothbrush Properly!

Some really icky news came out recently from a study presented at the American Society for Microbiology Meeting. Researchers tested toothbrushes from students’ communal bathrooms at Quinnipiac University in Connecticut and found that more than 60 percent of toothbrushes in shared bathrooms tested positive for fecal matter.   Yuck. And even worse: there was an 80 …

Federal Officials Reduce Amount of Fluoride in Public Water

The addition of fluoride to the public water supply during the 1940s has been heralded as one of the 10 greatest public health achievements of the 20th century, helping to prevent cavities in both children and adults. However, the amount of fluoride that is necessary in drinking water has come under debate, and for the …

April Is National Facial Protection Month

Many patients ask: When does my child need a mouth guard? The answer? Any time he or she is playing sports! It doesn’t matter whether the sport is field hockey or football, baseball or biking, a properly fitted mouth guard is the best way to protect your mouth and teeth from injury. Basically, any time …

Tooth Sensitivity Causes and Treatments

It’s no fun to be take a sip of a cold drink and OUCH! You feel pain in your teeth. This happens when you experience tooth sensitivity, which can be caused by many things. The good news is, there are ways you and your dentist can treat it. What Is Tooth Sensitivity? Tooth sensitivity is …

Message for Teens during National Children’s Dental Health Month

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, and it’s quite likely you have heard stories and read articles about such things as “baby bottle decay,” teaching your toddler how to brush properly, and when to set up your child’s first dental appointment (by age 1 or within six months of when the first tooth comes …

Easing Your Dentist Fears in Winston-Salem, N.C.

At Enlighten Dental Care, we certainly don’t think of ourselves as scary, but we know that between 5-8 percent of Americans do avoid the dentist because of true dental anxiety, while others just simply don’t like to go. The fear of going to the dentist often stems from patients feeling as if they have a …

E-Cigarettes and Oral Health — What Do We Know?

The effects of smoking tobacco and smokeless tobacco on oral health are well known and include bad breath, tooth discoloration, increased risk of oral cancer, and increased risk of gum disease and bone loss within the jaw. But we don’t know much about a new, growing trend in smoking — e-cigarettes. And it’s worrisome, particularly …

Giving Back and Being Thankful — N.C. Missions of Mercy (NC MOM)

“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it. “ William Ward  Posted By Dr. Dan Driscoll On November 14 Dawn Grider, RDH; Mary Jane Miller, patient care coordinator; and I volunteered at the free dental clinic sponsored by the North Carolina Missions of Mercy (NC MOM), an outreach …

Five Facts You Need to Know about Sugar and Your Teeth

Just in time for Halloween and the holidays, here are five important things you need to know about sugar and your teeth. Sugar is in a lot of things. When thinking about sugar, we most commonly think of “sucrose,” the white table sugar that comes from sugar beets and sugar cane. But basically, anything with …