Archive for October, 2019

How to Avoid Cavities From Halloween Candy

Wednesday, October 30th, 2019
A pile of sugary Halloween candy can give you a cavity

The high sugar content in Halloween candy leads bacteria in the mouth to create cavities.

Halloween is a holiday all about having fun, getting dressed up, and eating a lot of sweets. Kids adore the holiday because they have so much access to candy all at once! Sugar, in general, is risky for dental health because when the bacteria in your mouth eat the sugar, a weak acid is produced, which can lead to cavities. However, some of these Halloween treats are going to be a lot more dangerous to your child’s teeth than others, and if you can, you should help the child avoid these candies. Some candy is okay for Halloween as long as you eat it in moderation and remember to brush twice a day and floss once a day. Read on to learn how each popular candy affects your child’s teeth and what you can do to prevent cavities.  (more…)

How to Spot and Prevent Gum Disease

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2019
A periodontist examines a patient for gum disease

Learn how to spot unhealthy gums, the warning signs of gum disease, and how to improve your overall oral health.

Maintaining strong and healthy gums is a key part of your oral health. An entire branch of dentistry, periodontics, exists to assist those who have gum disease or inflamed gums. The study of periodontics is extremely important because if the gums are unhealthy, the teeth will shortly follow suit. You should know how to spot healthy and unhealthy gums so that you can reach out to your dentist or periodontist as soon as possible. Read on to learn how to spot unhealthy gums, the warning signs of gum disease, and how to improve your overall oral health.  (more…)

How to Treat Halitosis, or “Bad Breath”

Monday, October 14th, 2019
A woman holds a mint leaf in her mouth

Halitosis is chronic bad breath that can’t be fixed with a single mint.

Bad breath is something that affects us all at one point or another. However, if you have chronic bad breath that is “halitosis,” and it requires more than a breath mint to cure. The first step in relieving your halitosis is to consult your dentist. Until you can meet with your dentist, there are a few at-home steps you can take to alleviate your halitosis.  (more…)

5 Potential Toothache Causes That Aren’t Cavities

Tuesday, October 8th, 2019
A woman sits in a dentist chair, holding her hand to her aching jaw.

Consult your dentist to determine the cause of your tooth pain.

No matter how careful you may be about your oral hygiene routine, at some point, you may experience a toothache. Often, a toothache indicates a cavity that needs to be tended to by your dentist. However, there are several other toothache causes that can require different treatments. Read on to discover these various causes and how to spot them.  (more…)

What You Need to Know About Tooth Whitening

Tuesday, October 1st, 2019
A woman smiles with her chin on her hand

What you should consider before tooth whitening

Everyone likes to have a bright, white, and healthy smile. However, toothpaste alone is not always enough to guarantee a white smile. That is why many people look to many teeth whitening techniques to give their smile an extra boost. If you are considering tooth whitening, there are a few things to know before you choose your treatment.  (more…)