How Cavity Fillings Work

July 8th, 2020
what are cavity fillings

Learn how cavity fillings work and why they are beneficial.

When you have a cavity, you know it’s time to get a filling. However, you may not know how fillings work and what the dentist is doing when operating on your teeth. Understanding what happens during a cavity filling is useful for not just calming your nerves around the procedure but for understanding why fillings are important to have. Read on to understand how cavity fillings work and why you should not hesitate to get one when it’s needed.  Read the rest of this entry »

What 4 Types of Tooth Pain Might Mean

July 1st, 2020
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Learn the potential causes of several types of tooth pain.

Tooth pain can quickly become unbearable and become a daily distraction. This pain can become even worse when you don’t know what is causing it, and if you don’t know what causes your pain, you won’t know how to fix it. Tooth pain does not always feel the same, however. If you are experiencing any of the following types of tooth pain, there may be specific causes behind each. Read on to determine which reason might be the most probable for your uncomfortable tooth pain.  Read the rest of this entry »

How to Treat Temperature-Sensitive Teeth

June 24th, 2020
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Learn how you can help your temperature-sensitive teeth.

When your protective tooth enamel wears down, the layer of dentin underneath is exposed. Dentin can also become exposed on the surface of a tooth root once the gums start receding. Each tubule that makes up dentin is connected to a nerve ending within the center of the tooth, and they are incredibly sensitive. When hot or cold stimuli touch these exposed tubules, they create a pain response in our teeth. The best way to prevent temperature-sensitive teeth is to do what you can to keep enamel strong and gums healthy. If you already have sensitive teeth, there are also a few things you can do to alleviate your discomfort. The four methods below can help temperature-sensitive teeth.  Read the rest of this entry »

The Common Warning Signs of Gingivitis

June 17th, 2020
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Gum inflammation is one of the warning signs of gingivitis.

Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease and often has several warning signs. If you believe you are at risk for gingivitis or gum disease, be on the lookout for these five common warning signs so you can immediately consult with your dentist on how to prevent further teeth and gum damage.  Read the rest of this entry »

Answering Your Top 3 Questions About Dental Cleanings

June 10th, 2020
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Once you understand why dental cleanings are essential, you will be eager to schedule your next one!

You have undoubtedly heard the advice to have your teeth cleaned by the dentist at least once every six months. But have you ever wondered why that is? Or, perhaps you wonder what your dentist can do that you can’t? There are reasons for the recommended six-month dental cleanings, which we explain below. Once you understand the reasons behind dental cleanings, you may be more enthusiastic about scheduling them.  Read the rest of this entry »

3 Tips for Making and Keeping Dental Appointments

June 2nd, 2020
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Follow these three simple tips to help make and keep your dental appointments.

Just like your car needs regular checks and tune-ups, your teeth require their own kind of maintenance! Cavities and tooth decay can develop, plaque can accumulate, and chronic bad breath can become a problem. These complications often arise when people skip their regular dental appointments. Dentists recommend getting your teeth examined and cleaned twice a year, but we know that scheduling those appointments in a timely manner and making time for them can be challenging. By following these three simple tips, you can be sure never to miss another dental appointment.  Read the rest of this entry »

A Few Dental Problems Your Dentist Can Fix in One Visit

May 27th, 2020
dental problems your dentist can fix in one visit

Dentists aren’t just for cleanings. If you are experiencing any of these dental problems, visit your dentist for a solution!

The most valuable service your dentist provides is preventive dental care. Scheduling regular checkups with your dentist is essential for identifying and preventing any serious dental problems before they develop. However, tooth problems plague people all the time and sometimes for no “good” reason! That is also why your dentist is here: to help you fix any irritating problems as soon as possible. If you are experiencing any of the following dental issues, contact your dentist at Affinity Dental for a solution.  Read the rest of this entry »

4 Questions You’re Afraid to Ask Your Dentist, Answered

May 20th, 2020
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Don’t be anxious about asking your dentist these questions!

If you find that you are anxious or embarrassed in the dentist’s chair, you’re not alone. These feelings may even keep you from asking your dentist pressing questions you have about your oral health. To help ease your anxiety, we’re answering a few common questions people have but may be too afraid to ask. The next time you visit your dentist, remember that there is no reason to be embarrassed about seeking help with your dental hygiene.  Read the rest of this entry »

How to Brush Your Teeth While Wearing Braces

May 12th, 2020
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Brushing your teeth while wearing braces can be complicated at first. Follow this method for easy teeth cleaning.

Whether your child or teen has braces on for six months or two years, they must continue to properly brush their teeth even while wearing braces. Dental braces make brushing your teeth even more difficult than usual because food particles and plaque can adhere to both the brackets and teeth. According to the American Dental Association, the number of times a person should brush their teeth while wearing braces varies with each orthodontist. Still, it is generally considered wise to brush after every meal. If your child is struggling with brushing correctly with braces on, here are a few tips to remember.  Read the rest of this entry »

Whitening Toothpaste 101

May 8th, 2020
whitening toothpaste 101

Learn the basics of whitening toothpaste.

Even if you are regularly brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash, your teeth are still susceptible to staining and discoloration. Factors like age, diet, and lifestyle can all contribute to the color of your teeth. Because of this, many people consider teeth whitening applications to restore their bright white smile. However, you don’t always need to visit your dentist for whitening treatments. There are several kinds of toothpaste available in the oral hygiene aisle of many stores, but how do you know which one you should choose? Read on to learn what makes whitening toothpaste special, and how you can find the most effective toothpaste for your smile.  Read the rest of this entry »