Wisdom Teeth — What Are They and Why Would I Need Them Removed?

Molars are the teeth found in the back of your jaw that help you chew, and humans typically have three sets of them for a total of 12 teeth, six on each side of the jaw. The three types are First Molars, often called the six-year molars; the Second Molars, often called the 12-year molars; …

Sports Drinks and Your Teeth

During the hot weather of summer, the energy drinks and sports drinks come out, particularly among youth athletes. The drinks market their benefits as helping athletes to replace water, electrolytes and energy after training or competition. Many people believe that these drinks are healthier than soda. Their effectiveness, however, has been questioned, and the drinks …

Cavity Fillings — What Type Is Best?

Cavities (tooth decay) are permanently damaged areas of the surface of your teeth that have created tiny holes. If cavities are left untreated, they will grow larger and affect the deeper layers of your teeth, leading to much bigger problems, such as infections, severe toothache and tooth loss. Cavities that have progressed beyond the earliest …

Taking Care of and Cleaning Your Dentures

May is designated Older Americans Month, a month in which we recognize older Americans for their contributions and provide information on staying healthy and active. One way in which seniors can stay healthy and active is to take care of their teeth and their dentures if they have them. According to the Centers for Disease …

Can Your Dentist Help You Sleep Better?

At Enlighten Dental Care, we sometimes have patients who fall asleep as we are are working on their teeth. while this could be a result of our relaxing chairs or calm, gentle demeanor while working on teeth, the more likely cause is that the patient is not getting a good night’s sleep. One of the …

Does Alcohol Damage Your Teeth?

As we are heading into the St. Patrick’s Day weekend, we thought it was an opportune time to talk about alcohol and your teeth. We discussed the damage soda can do to teeth in an earlier blog, but what about alcohol? The fact is, alcohol is acidic, too, which means it can damage teeth. Here’s …

Dental Implants in Winston-Salem, NC

Do you have missing teeth? Are you wondering whether a dental implant would be right for you? If you lose one or more teeth, the bone that surrounds the root does not receive any more stimulation from chewing, and it begins to wear away. This can cause your teeth to shift and drift into the …

Don’t Lose Your Teeth! Treating Periodontal (Gum) Disease

Periodontal disease — also known as gum disease — is an inflammatory condition that affects both the soft and hard structures that support the teeth. The disease is caused by the plaque on your teeth, which contains bacteria that product harmful toxins that can irritate and inflame the gums. Inflamed gum tissue can pull away …

Hope Your Season Is Merry and Bright!

Five Smart Holiday Foods for Healthy Teeth

The holidays can be bad for your waist and bad for your teeth. All of those sticky sweets and carbs can wreak havoc in your mouth, particularly  if you’re not properly brushing and flossing. But that doesn’t mean you can’t have any fun. Here’s five foods you can wholeheartedly enjoy over the next few weeks! …