Blog Archive

The Best Summer of Your Life Jul 10th, 2019

Close your eyes...the next 10 seconds take yourself back to the middle of July in the height of the BEST SUMMER of your life. YOU had no worries. The air was filled with beach music, children's squeals and crashing waves. A warm sea breeze carried the scent of coconut oil....

What's a Smile Makeover? Jul 9th, 2019

If you’re not happy with your smile, it can take a big toll on your self-confidence and your self-esteem. Located right in the center of your face, your smile is one of the first things people notice about you and one of the first features to make a lasting impression....

How to Extend the Results of Your Teeth Whitening Treatment Jun 10th, 2019

White teeth look great, and they make you feel more confident, too. If you’re having your teeth professionally whitened, here’s how you can make sure those beautiful results last as long as possible. Prepare your teeth properly The first hint for helping your whitening results last happens before your treatment...

Do You Have to Get Your Wisdom Teeth Removed? May 1st, 2019

When it comes to misleading names, “wisdom teeth” take the cake. Just the word “wisdom” makes it sound like these teeth are something everyone would want; after all, who couldn’t stand a little more wisdom? But in fact, wisdom teeth can be a real hassle — and in some cases,...

Feel Confident in Your Smile Again with New Veneers Apr 1st, 2019

Your smile plays a major role in both your self-confidence and self-esteem, and for good reason. Planted right there in the middle of your face is your smile. Your teeth are among the first features people notice about you. It’s not surprising that those same people may make assumptions about...

How Dental Implants Can Improve Your Smile and Your Oral Health Mar 1st, 2019

About 3 million people in the United States have dental implants, and that number is expected to grow by about a half-million each year, according to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry. One of the biggest reasons why implants have become so popular is because they are designed to look,...

Why Adults and Teens Love Invisalign® Feb 4th, 2019

How would you like to enjoy straighter teeth and a more attractive, healthier-looking smile without metal or ceramic braces? With Invisalign® treatment at The Dental Touch, you can. And there’s a good chance you could get the straight, gorgeous smile even faster than you could with traditional braces. Top benefits...

Got a Gummy Smile? Just One of Many Reasons to Consider Veneers Jan 10th, 2019

If your smile isn’t as white as you’d like it, you might consider dental veneers to add a whiter shade than may be possible from your natural teeth, even with professional treatment. It’s the secret behind many a Hollywood smile. However, brightness is only one dental condition that veneers can...

How to Get and Maintain Your Whitest Smile Dec 14th, 2018

You know when meeting someone the first time, a bright smile makes a great impression. So, it’s logical to want the same for yourself. Yet, daily living is full of tasty food and drink that can compromise the whiteness of your teeth. Keeping your smile its whitest takes a well-rounded...

Dental Implants: Why They are the Gold Standard for Replacing Missing Teeth Nov 29th, 2018

Your teeth are tough and once they come in, they’re designed to go the distance with you. But sometimes their journey is a harder one, and decay or trauma requires that they be replaced. While there are plenty of options for replacing missing teeth, none come close to dental implants...

The Anatomy of Dental Implants Nov 16th, 2018

When a person is missing a tooth or multiple teeth, this creates many issues that impact the look of a smile and the overall dental health. While removable dental appliances are a popular answer for tooth loss, more and more people are turning to dental implants to aid crowns, bridges, and dentures. A...

Can Impacted Teeth Cause Headaches? Oct 16th, 2018

Everyone experiences impacted teeth differently. Many of us get impacted teeth during adolescence. For most people, they erupt with no fuss or muss, while others may have to deal with numerous problems associated with impacted wisdom teeth. What are impacted teeth? If the dentist reveals an impacted tooth, it indicates that the...

5 Important Preventative Dental Treatments Sep 16th, 2018

Preventive dental treatments involve instruction, treatment, and the practice of keeping a proper oral hygiene routine. Preventative care is crucial for having healthy teeth and an attractive smile. The procedures are aimed at preventing cavities, enamel wear, and gingivitis (gum diseases). Preventative Dental Treatments Thorough Oral Examination When you have a...

Cosmetic Dental Issues of Erosion Aug 28th, 2018

While there are some new and wonderful ways to correct your teeth after they begin to erode, there are also several ways to prevent dental erosion from happening in the first place. There are several cosmetic dental defects that can occur from erosion such as discoloration, chipping and gum recession. In fact,...

5 Situations Where You Will Need Emergency Dental Care Jul 18th, 2018

Some oral issues require emergency dental care. Waiting a few weeks before seeing a dentist will not be the ideal thing to do in these situations. Besides the unbearable pain that a patient will have to deal with if he or she decides to ignore a dental emergency that requires immediate...

What Can Happen If You Don’t Treat a Chipped Tooth? Jun 13th, 2018

If you have a chipped tooth, you should contact us as soon as possible. Not treating a chipped tooth in a timely manner will cause significant problems down the line. Here is a look at how the failure to seek proper treatment for a chipped tooth will hinder your oral health....

At-Home First Aid for Common Tooth Injuries May 16th, 2018

Tooth injuries tend to be dramatic events.  One or several knocked-out teeth will compromise your oral health and the look of your smile.  What matters most is how you respond to this unfortunate incident. Some tooth injuries are fairly minor and do not require intensive treatments. Other tooth injuries are...

How to Keep Your Breath Fresh Apr 18th, 2018

Who wouldn't love to have fresh smelling breath? Foul-smelling breath can be a huge turnoff and it can have a negative impact on your interactions with others. If you have ever had a conversation with a person who has bad breath, you likely tried everything you could to end the conversation...

7 Reasons a Dental Cleaning is Necessary Mar 14th, 2018

When was the last time you had a professional dental clinic? Hopefully, you have not skipped too many cleanings since these can have a significant impact on your health in general. This procedure will also help you to keep your smile as bright as ever. Poor oral hygiene leads to a host...

Tips for Preventing Dental Caries From The Dental Touch Jan 11th, 2018

Dental Caries is a result of tooth decay and yet, completely preventable with the proper oral hygiene regimen. People may not realize the tooth decay begins with an erosion of the tooth enamel that causes holes in the teeth. These holes are known as cavities. If we do not treat...

Visit a Family Dentist to Protect Your Child from Injury Dec 13th, 2017

Visit The Dental Touch today to fit your child for a mouthguard. When your child plays sports, it is easy to think of the equipment you need to get in order to protect them from danger on the playing field. You think of shoulder and knee pads, shin guards, and even...

We Can Answer Your Questions About Cosmetic Dentistry Nov 15th, 2017

When you have dental imperfections, there are a variety of cosmetic dentistry procedures that can help. There is no need to remain unhappy with your smile when we can answer your questions and provide you with the cosmetic dentistry care you need. Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures What are the best cosmetic dentistry procedures for...

What Are Partial Dentures and How Are They Used? Sep 13th, 2017

If you have ever wondered, “What are partial dentures?” you most likely have a need they can fulfill. The partial lack of teeth, also known as edentulism affects the majority of American adults. We can provide you with partial dentures or complete dentures to restore a smile to full functionality. Complete...

Should We Visit a Pediatric or Family Dentist? Aug 16th, 2017

Many parents wish to know, "Should we visit a pediatric or family dentist?" This is an understandable question because there are a variety of dental offices to choose from. Selecting the right one for your family is the first step in helping everyone to maintain good oral health. Here are some...

Dietary Restrictions After Dental Extractions Jul 19th, 2017

If you have a dental extraction at The Dental Touch, it is important for you to realize that we perform this procedure on a regular basis. Since most people do not have room for a third set of molars, we perform an extraction on patients of various ages. They can come in...

Getting a Dental Implant Restoration From The Dental Touch Jun 14th, 2017

Living with a missing tooth can be extremely detrimental to a person's self-confidence, the ability to speak and the ability to eat food. In fact, people will also affect the quality of life. Once a patient decides they no longer want to live with a missing tooth, it is time to...

Hurry! Schedule Your Bad Breath Treatment Today May 16th, 2017

Our Oakland dentist office offers a bad breath treatment that can improve your life. This is no exaggeration considering that if you are known for having bad breath, it could seriously be hurting your social interactions. Halitosis, severe bad breath, can become so significant that people can make a confined space smell...

Learn How Teeth Can Be Straightened by Invisalign Feb 15th, 2017

As an Invisalign® dentist, we can straighten one's teeth without anyone knowing. Invisalign® is a fantastic solution for working professionals that need to maintain a certain image that may be damaged by wearing metal braces. Whether you are a corporate lawyer or a college student, some people simply don’t want the attention. Fortunately,...

Get Clear Braces for Your New Years’ Resolution Jan 17th, 2017

As a clear braces dentist office in Oakland, we understand the value of a beautiful smile. When writing your New Year’s resolutions, think about straightening your teeth. For many adults, this is something they have always wanted to do but never gotten around to. Whether the demands of kids and family life...

Dental Sealants Are Always a Good Preventative Measure Jan 5th, 2017

Dental sealants are always a good preventative choice for you or your children to act as protection against decay for teeth. If your teeth are susceptible to decay or your children are still learning proper oral hygiene practices, we encourage you to explore dental sealants as an extra preventative measure. Continue...

Your Teeth Age Too! Dec 27th, 2016

Along with those gray hairs and inevitable smile lines, your mouth undergoes natural changes over the years, as well. Among them: Cutting edge of teeth are worn flat by chewing or grinding. Remember to keep regularly scheduled hygiene appointments to check for cavities. Consider dental sealants to prevent decay, or...

A Little Prevention can Stop Future Problems Dec 20th, 2016

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. You’ve heard that a million times—because it’s so true! Our office really wants you to avoid painful, costly dental procedures. The way you can do this is through regularly scheduled dental exams. The idea is to discover a problem when...

Dental Crowns Play an Important Role in Dental Care Dec 15th, 2016

Few things are as versatile as dental crowns.  We use them in our Oakland dental office to solve a wide variety of challenges.  They can be used to strengthen your teeth, protect them, and to improve their appearance.  If you need a solution that works as hard as you do while...

The Long & Short of Gum Disease Dec 13th, 2016

Surprising but true: the major cause of tooth loss in adults is not decay, but periodontal disease. More than half of all people over age 18 have at least the early stage of periodontal disease. After age 35, about three out of four adults are affected. Some people seem to be...

Gums Help Your Heart! Dec 8th, 2016

It started out as an unconventional theory. But now, more and more scientists, physicians and dentists are seeing the connection between gum disease and potentially fatal heart attacks. What would a problem with your gums have in common with an ailing heart? Researchers began by looking at heart attack patients...

Dental Myths, Fabrications, and Falsehoods Dec 6th, 2016

Some Myths Have a Basis in Reality Originally, these ideas held because no one really knew how to maintain a great smile over a lifetime. Unfortunately, “popular wisdom” still prevents some people from recognizing how modern dentistry can keep teeth natural, attractive and pain-free. Do any of the following notions...

Reasons to Get a Dental Cleaning From Our Dental Office Nov 26th, 2016

If you have not had a professional dental cleaning in Oakland lately, it is time for you to visit our dental office. Clean teeth and gums keep your smile bright and your mouth healthy. Continue reading for more reasons you should visit for a cleaning today. Cavity Prevention Even with regular brushing...

Crown and Bridge Treatment Nov 22nd, 2016

Teeth are tough. Formed from the hardest substances in the body, they’re harder even than bone. But they’re not indestructible. Throughout life teeth are subject to injury—maybe it will be a blow from a hockey puck in your twenties. Or a luckless chomp on an unseen popcorn kernel in your...

When Diseases Cause Oral Complications Nov 15th, 2016

Potential Warning Signs We have come a long way in the treatment of serious, life-threatening systemic diseases. Part and parcel of healing more aggressive diseases are—more aggressive therapies. And sometimes as a result of forceful care, complications arise that demand attention of their own: oral problems. When an individual is...

Protect Baby’s Teeth Nov 8th, 2016

Eating & Drinking Don’t let it continue throughout the day. Limit to 4 or 5 periods. This especially includes apple juice, raisins. Residual fruit sugars easily damage baby teeth. Restricting unlimited contact between food and teeth is the most important factor in preventing cavities! Brushing Remember: thorough brushing is more...

Mystery Pain & Phantom Toothache Nov 1st, 2016

There’s only one good thing about a visibly damaged tooth: here, clearly, is where the pain’s coming from and where our response will be focused. But complaints of “tooth pain” without a clear source or origin—now, that’s something else entirely. Say you’ve been good with your hygiene, faithful in your...

What is Bruxism and Why is it Harmful? Oct 25th, 2016

It’s such a common habit, yet most of the time we never know we’re doing it. Not cracking your knuckles or biting fingernails, but intense clenching and grinding of your teeth—known in dental terminology as bruxism. The reason this phenomenon goes unnoticed so often is that “grinders” usually perform when...

Have You Knocked Out a Tooth? Oct 18th, 2016

We sure can try, but your help is needed, and the most important word is TIME. When a permanent tooth is knocked out, the less time it is out of the mouth the better. In fact, the best results are obtained when the tooth is replaced within 30 minutes! A...

Visit Our Cosmetic Dentist Office for Veneers or Bonding Oct 17th, 2016

As a cosmetic dentist, we have several solutions for correcting your damaged teeth or even replacing them, including dental implants and dental bonding. Regardless of whether you have functionality issues that we need to address or you have some aesthetic challenges that are embarrassing, we can help. Here are a few...

Are You Having a Baby? Oct 11th, 2016

Oral Health Tips when Having a Baby You’ve got the glow of a mother-to-be. Keep it with these tips for better oral health for you and your baby. Now you’re eating (and brushing, flossing and keeping dental appointments) for two. Make an appointment at the outset of your pregnancy for...

Where Did All the Pain Go? Oct 4th, 2016

Today’s Dentistry is Virtually Pain-Free There’s a bright new trend in dental offices these days: More people are making appointments because they want to, not because they have to. What is it about a visit to the dentist that feels this good? One simple, wonderful fact: In most cases, the...

The Truth About Smoking Sep 27th, 2016

Why You Should Quit Smoking While nobody enjoys getting lectured about a bad habit, it’s important to have all the relevant information available to you, especially when it involves health implication. So if you need any extra motivation to help you quit smoking, we’ll discuss some of the lesser known...

Sterilization In Our Practice Sep 20th, 2016

Dentistry, like any other science, has evolved over time. We’ve come a long way from the old days of “drill and fill” to a new era of sophisticated technology and technique. And along with this growth has come a new understanding of sterilization and infection control. With a variety of...

Nighttime Grinding And the Stress Factor Sep 13th, 2016

Dentists and researchers aren’t completely agreed about the cause of nightly tooth-grinding or bruxism. But they are aligned on two points: at least partly, it’s related to daily stress, and it’s happening to more people. It may sound funny, but it’s no joke: without food to absorb the impact, teeth...

Overcome Your Dental Fear Sep 6th, 2016

We’d like to offer one comforting and wonderful fact about today’s dentistry: it’s comfortable, even pleasant. Technology, new procedures, and some very sophisticated approaches to anesthesia have all contributed to painless treatment, from cleaning to cavity preparations to root canal therapy. But what if you didn’t grow up with modern...

Osteoporosis & Calcium Aug 23rd, 2016

Since childhood we’ve been told we need calcium to build strong teeth and bones. But the fact is we never outgrow our need for this important mineral. Why…? Osteoporosis and loss of bone around the teeth can result when we don’t consume enough calcium. Authorities say that to reduce the...

Periodontal Disease Q&A Aug 16th, 2016

Periodontal Disease FAQ Answers to your most frequently asked questions about gum disease. Q: Why is gum disease so terrible if it doesn’t hurt? Periodontal disease is a progressive one—meaning if it doesn’t stabilize or show signs of healing, it’s bound to get worse. Even when it doesn’t hurt, untreated...

Older and Healthy…a Natural Match Aug 9th, 2016

Dental Care As You Age The words “aging” and “healthy” don’t have to be either/or propositions. Fact is, in some ways we grow healthier as we age. We’ve built up so many antibodies that our resistance to virus increases. Years of brushing with fluoride toothpaste actually strengthens tooth enamel. A...

Your Mouth Says A Lot at Your Checkup Aug 2nd, 2016

Without Speaking A Word! Looking into your open mouth, we see so much more than teeth. In many ways, it’s a window into the health of your entire body. Things like vitamin and mineral deficiencies are easily detected—and just as easily treated. Problems that might in the future become serious...

When a Tooth Goes Missing Jul 26th, 2016

Dentures for Missing Teeth Harrison Ford took a nasty fall and lost two of his teeth. Thanks to modern dentistry, he went on to become a major Hollywood star. For as long as we humans have been losing teeth, we’ve been filling the gaps. Early dentures were made from ivory,...

Asthma Alert Jul 19th, 2016

Respiratory Diseases & Asthma Beware of the oral complications of this respiratory disease In years past, asthma attacks could be unpredictable and difficult to control. Today, medications have been developed to control attacks—in some cases preventing them from occurring at all. If you—or a member of your family—still suffer the...

Close your eyes … Jul 12th, 2016

It’s Summer! Close your eyes .. Then next 10 seconds take yourself back to the middle of July in the height of the BEST SUMMER Of your life. YOU had no worries. The air was filled with beach music, children’s squeals and crashing waves. A warm sea breeze carried the...

Sounding Off About Snoring! Jul 12th, 2016

Snoring Treatment Oakland, CA Do you snore, and has your partner compared it to the sound of a giant band saw slowly slicing through the house? Ever wake up groggy and grumpy after a “full night’s sleep?” If the answers are “Yes” and “Yes,” you could be suffering from sleep...

X-Rays From Our Perspective Jul 5th, 2016

A History of Digital X-Rays X-rays are critical to the practice of dentistry. And the benefits are profound. But dentists are sometimes guilty of dismissing patient concerns, as in, “Don’t worry, you’ll be fine.” We do believe the judicious use of X-rays is in our patients’ best interests. But patients...

Frank Talk About Bad Breath Jun 28th, 2016

Halitosis Treatment Oakland, CA Social embarrassments come in many sizes. But chronic bad breath is near the top of the list. It affects those nearest and dearest to us and may limit the close social contacts we treasure most. Worse yet, a person with bad breath may be unaware he’s...

Fluoride, the Story Jun 21st, 2016

Sifting Fact From Belief Dental researchers call it The Fluoride Story—the most dramatic turn-around of a populationís dental health in history. So far. The Fluoride Story began as one of many smaller, ongoing stories. And we have research to thank. In university laboratories in the US and Canada, in dental...

The Perils of a Bad Bite Jun 14th, 2016

TMJ, Mouthguards & Bad Bites No, we’re not talking about being attacked by a junkyard dog. That’s perilous enough. The bite in question here is your own bite—the way your lower teeth and your upper teeth come together. A bad bite can be responsible for several woes you might not necessarily...

Hormones and Periodontal Disease Jun 7th, 2016

Progesterone Medication & Periodontal Disease Women of all ages are prone to changing levels of progesterone in the body. And progesterone—especially when you are pregnant or taking oral contraceptives—causes some bacteria to grow in awesome numbers. Unfortunately, the bacteria associated with gum disease are among them. Are you taking progesterone...

Don’t Hide That Smile May 24th, 2016

Enhance Your Smile With Cosmetic Dentistry Are stained, chipped, or crooked teeth cramping your smile? Years Ago, the only solution for unattractive teeth was disguising them with crowns. Today, we’ve got better options in porcelain veneers, cosmetic bonding, and teeth whitening. Take porcelain veneers for example, thanks to recent improvements...

Your Health History May 17th, 2016

If it’s been a little while since your last appointment, then don’t forget to update your health history. Your dental care is part of your total health-care package. Have you: experienced any new allergies or sensitivities? quit smoking (or started)? begun taking new medications, even over-the-counter drugs? had any accidents...

Antibiotics before Dental Procedures? May 10th, 2016

If in the past your doctor has prescribed antibiotics before you had dental work, don’t assume that your future holds more such meds. The guidelines may have changed since your last appointment so check with your family doctor or cardiologist to learn if premedication is necessary for you. For years...

Eating Too Much Sugar… May 3rd, 2016

The diet of today is the result of a 50-year increase in consumption of the rapidly absorbed sugars—specifically, soft drinks, commercial juices, candy, and easily digested sugar foods such as cakes, cookies, etc. This change has generally gone unnoticed by consumers, until very recently it has been unquestionably assumed that...

The Calcium Advantage Apr 26th, 2016

Why Calcium is a Crucial Mineral How important is calcium to us? It’ s very important. Here’s why. It builds strong bones and teeth; helps the heart to beat, muscles to flex, blood to clot, and nerves to send messages throughout the body. Calcium helps to reduce risks of colon cancer,...

Don’t Share Your Toothbrush! Apr 19th, 2016

One of the tenets of good dental health is obvious—Brush your teeth after every meal. This can help keep your mouth healthy throughout a long life. Another rule should be just as carefully observed: Do NOT use someone else’s toothbrush. Sharing toothbrushes can shorten your life. Be safe, not sorry....

Toothpaste and Canker Sores Apr 12th, 2016

About the only good thing about canker sores is, they’re hidden inside the mouth. Beyond that—they’re painful, annoying, and bound to erupt at the worst possible time. And common though they are, the world has mixed opinions on what causes them and what can prevent them from recurring. Canker sores,...

Musical Instruments and Teeth Apr 5th, 2016

Ever think of asking your dentist which musical instrument you should play? Few people do. But especially for young people, an early dental analysis–before selecting a musical instrument–can be important. Surprisingly, some instruments–woodwind or brass–can actually help some children who have an overbite problem. Yet, the same instrument can make...

The Most Common Affliction? Mar 22nd, 2016

When it comes to most common, not even winter colds strike as many of us as gum infection (periodontal disease). As many as 75% of adults will be a victim sometime in their lifetime. If this infection could grow on your arm, you’d be horrified. Instead, periodontal disease does its...

Dental Tips for Caregivers Mar 15th, 2016

If you’re one of the millions of caregivers of an elderly patient who perhaps suffers from dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, then you probably maintain a checklist of the many daily tasks necessary to care for them. When making your list, don’t forget to include dental health as part of your routine....

Are First Teeth Just Born to Lose? Mar 8th, 2016

Kids’ teeth—paying special attention to them lays a firm foundation for a lifetime of healthy teeth. They’re milestones in your child’s development, those first teeth. You mark the date in the baby book when the first baby tooth works its way through the gum. You record the day when that...

Making Sure Dentures Will Look Natural Mar 1st, 2016

Have you ever looked at swatches of wallpaper or carpeting and tried to imagine how it might look in your living room? Not easy to do. Choosing a denture that fits your face—and looks and feels natural—poses a similar problem. You never really know how they’re going to look and...

Vending Machines: Cavity Dispensers Feb 23rd, 2016

Vending machines put out all kinds of stuff. But vending machines at work or school can dispense cavities right along with the candy and soda pop that we love so much in afternoon pick-me-ups. So-called soft drinks don’t do teeth any favors. Not even diet soda. That’s because sugar isn’t...

Do You Have Dry Mouth? Feb 16th, 2016

Does your mouth seem uncomfortably dry? Or have you actually been diagnosed with dry mouth (as a side effect of certain types of medication or radiation therapy for cancer)? Either way, here’s what you need to know about your condition: A dry mouth is not only uncomfortable, it’s a cavity-prone...

What You Need to Know About Oral Cancer Feb 9th, 2016

Just as in any good crime show, the sooner the heroes discover the problem and get to work solving it, the better the outcome. Looking inside your mouth provides us a unique opportunity to detect other potential health problems, particularly the signs of oral cancer. Did you know that you...

Dental Choices Are Up to You! Feb 2nd, 2016

Options for Your Treatment Dental care has progressed to where we can now offer you a veritable smorgasbord of choices, a buffet of beautiful smiles. New materials and techniques allow us to treat your teeth more conservatively than ever, and decades of research have gone into developing materials—ceramics, polymer compounds,...

Even When Tiny… Jan 26th, 2016

Tooth Cracks Need Attention Every tooth fracture needs prompt treatment. No chip or crack is insignificant. Unfortunately, some cracks are too small to be seen, even by a trained eye. Sometimes the culprit is a hairline crack in what looks like a healthy tooth. You may not be aware of...

Dental Phobia Jan 19th, 2016

Do You Have a Dental Phobia? The bad thing about dental phobia is that it prevents people from seeking the care they need—when they need it. The good thing about it is that, today, we can treat fear as successfully as we treat tooth decay or crooked teeth.   Over...

Bad Oral Habits Explained Jan 12th, 2016

Tooth-related habits, too, can be conscious (brushing and flossing) or unconscious—chewing on pencils, for example. Dental habits become bad when teeth are expected to do things they’re not cut out for—opening bottles, chewing off the little plastic tags on new clothing, trimming nails, and so on. And bad dental habits...

White, whiter, whitest! Jan 5th, 2016

Teeth Whitening Q&A Do you wish that you had whiter teeth? Have you already tried and have been disappointed by the over-the-counter whitening toothpastes and those mail order kits? Well, here is a safe, easy, and successful way that you can REALLY whiten your teeth. Using a professional whitening system,...

To Prevent Cavities… Dec 22nd, 2015

Don’t filter out fluoride! In the years since fluoride first was added to city water supplies, dentists have seen tooth decay in kids cut in half. Fluoride really works! If you’ve got youngsters at home, make sure they get all the decay-fighting fluoride they need. There’s nothing wrong with home...

The Rubber Dental Dam Dec 15th, 2015

What is a Dental Dam? Throughout your treatment at our office, we want to keep you comfortable and safe while providing the best possible care. During many of our procedures we use a rubber dam (aka dental dam) to help. The rubber dam is a thin sheet that allows us...

Ask About MI Paste Dec 1st, 2015

MI Paste, a calcium-phosphate remineralizing paste, is a safe and effective way to treat a variety of oral health conditions. It may also be the most effective way to reduce cavities in mature adults, especially when combined with the use of high-fluoride toothpastes. MI Paste can be used to: Reduce...

Tongue-Thrusting Nov 24th, 2015

Without therapy, the wrong oral habits, sooner or later, will cause tooth movement, breathing and speech problems You’d think swallowing is easy as falling off a log. But some of us need help retraining muscles that we’ve been using wrong all along. A “bad” swallow is just the luck of...

Root Surface Caries Nov 20th, 2015

As the population ages—more gracefully than ever, of course— we’re keeping more teeth. Along with wisdom and experience, however, come different health problems. Among them, cavities on the surface of the tooth root, what we call root caries. Growing up, most decay is found on the surface of teeth, usually...

Save Money… Nov 17th, 2015

Everyone is concerned about money these days. But the only way to save wisely is to calculate your net gain (or loss). We agree that it’s silly to drive 20 miles to save 3 cents a gallon on gas, but it’s just as foolish to skip your dental appointments. With...

Do You Have A Salivary Stone? Nov 3rd, 2015

A healthy flow of saliva is critical for chewing and digestion, bathing gums, and bacterial control. And we owe it all to salivary glands, three pairs of organs in the cheek and floor of the mouth. Each gland secretes saliva into the mouth via a tube, and this is where...

Alcohol and Your Health… Oct 27th, 2015

There’s so much conflicting information regarding drinking alcohol blasting at us these days. A glass of red wine is good? Is even drinking at all a good idea? It’s a matter of proportion. The facts are these. First, alcohol affects women more than men. Because men tend to be heavier...

Making Bad Breath Go Away Oct 20th, 2015

Where Bad Breath Comes From Most, but not all, bad breath comes from bacterial plaque and food accumulated mainly towards the back of the tongue. The problem is, there are all sorts of not-likely-but-possible other reasons for halitosis: upset stomach, anxiety, inflamed gums, saliva deficiency, infections and removable dentures are among...

Dental Implants: The Next Best Thing to Natural Teeth Oct 13th, 2015

Dental Implants to Replace Missing Teeth Once teeth are missing from the jawbone—whether one or many; whether from accident or disease—something very important is missing as well. That’s tooth stability. Any denture wearer will tell you there’s nothing more upsetting than a slipping lower denture and the anxious uncertainty it...

These are Times that Stress Kids’ Mouths Oct 6th, 2015

Kids’ Mouths and Stress What does a student facing exam pressure have in common with a World War I soldier—or an 18th-Century British sailor? More than you might think. Kids surviving on junk food and stress are at risk of two retro tooth-and-gum woes: trench mouth and scurvy. Trench Mouth (named...

Diabetes Clues Sep 22nd, 2015

In many cases it’s the dentist–and not the physician–who has the first opportunity in the early detection of diabetes, because diabetics are especially prone to dental problems. Swollen, tender, bleeding and receding gums, loose teeth, and a sore tongue may not just be signs of poor dental health. They may...

The Makings of a Better Smile. Sep 15th, 2015

One of the best things about today’s cosmetic dentistry is how dramatically your smile can be enhanced with very simple, conservative procedures. All of us differ in terms of our appetite for cosmetic improvement. But a custom plan can be developed that fits your own particular desire—and comfort level—to a...

Interdental Toothbrush: A Tool of the Trade Sep 1st, 2015

Sure, everybody knows dental floss when they see it (we hope), and if you’re in a periodontal program, you may be using miles of it. But do you recognize this gizmo? It’s for “interdental” hygiene, especially useful for people with substantial spaces between their teeth at the gum line. Some...

How to Dispel Dental Anxiety Aug 25th, 2015

How to Control Dental Anxiety Of course, we do what we can to make your visit with us as comfortable as possible. But there are also ways to help yourself deal with any anxiety you may have while anticipating treatment. Positive self-talk. Tell yourself, “I can handle this well.” Make other...

Healthy Gums Help Your Heart! Aug 21st, 2015

It started out as an unconventional theory. But now, more and more scientists, physicians and dentists are seeing the connection between gum disease and potentially fatal heart attacks. What would a problem with your gums have in common with an ailing heart? Researchers began by looking at heart attack patients...

Gone Missing Aug 18th, 2015

Lose a tooth? We can help you choose the right replacement option. CROWN & BRIDGE is a collective phrase for several methods of restoring teeth. When a tooth has been damaged but is healthy enough to save, we place a crown that covers it and binds it together for strength....

Hazards of Tongue Piercing Aug 11th, 2015

In every big city—and down on a lot of farms—”body art” is all the rage. While we begged our parents for discreet earrings, our children are piercing various body parts in surprising places. Lips, tongue, cheeks, even the uvula (the dangling thingie in the back of the throat) are fair...

Do You Commit Tooth Abuse? Aug 4th, 2015

What is “Tooth Abuse?” Do you absent-mindedly commit Tooth Abuse? These are habits definitely off limits for the health of your teeth: Don’t chomp on a toothpick—it can wear teeth down and get caught in your braces. Stop chewing your nails, pens and pencils—it’s hard on teeth and gums. Leave...

Impression Material Jul 28th, 2015

Whether you need a new denture, braces, or a single inlay restoration, you’ll encounter the “goo” dentists use to make an impression – the first step to a perfect likeness of your mouth. In effect, the material you bite into registers a “negative” image, like a photograph. To make a...

Smile with Esthetic Dentistry Jul 21st, 2015

What can dentistry do for your self-esteem that all the pots of cream and eyeliner on Madison Avenue can’t? While we agree with the ad men that esthetics motivate how people see us, value us, and respond to us, true natural beauty has to do with good health, not technique...

Could You Have Gum Disease? Jul 14th, 2015

Periodontal disease, (aka gum disease) is painless in its early stages. So how can you tell if it’s in your future? Take a good look at your gums. Then call us. Do your gums bleed—at all—when you brush? Are your gums swollen, red or tender? Have any permanent teeth loosened?...

What Did You Say? Speech Impediment Information Jul 8th, 2015

We’ve all heard young children speak “baby talk.” Sometimes it can sound endearing—or it may be a speech defect. In early infancy, babies begin to make vowel sounds, usually mastered by age three. Consonant sounds are more difficult and come a little later on. By the eighth birthday, most children...

Baby Pacifier Pros and Cons Jul 8th, 2015

Is putting baby to bed with a pacifier the way to Sleep Heaven? Or the start of a dangerous habit? Moms, doctors, even dentists have passionate opinions on both sides. As usual, the truth lies pretty much in between. A study published in a recent issue of General Dentistry indicates...

The ABC’s of Vitamins Jun 23rd, 2015

Important Vitamins and Their Sources Here’s our Cast List: Vitamin A; the “B’s” (B1, B2, B3, B6, B12); Vitamins C, D, E, K, and P. Some, like Vitamin C, are old friends; others, like Vitamin P (bioflavonoids) are more mysterious. What they have in common: all can be found in...

How the Tongue Aids Diagnosis Jun 16th, 2015

Traditionally, doctors and dentists have depended on the tongue to help them diagnose various diseases. And tongues do have a lot to say. For example, scarlet fever is accompanied by a spotted “strawberry” tongue. Burning tongue, a very painful condition, affects primarily post-menopausal women and can reflect systemic problems. Hairy...

Are You Wincing from a Cracked Tooth? Jun 9th, 2015

A sudden, sharp pain when you bite—that’s seemingly out of nowhere? Most likely, it’s a cracked tooth. Even a hairline fracture in a cavity-free molar can make the most hardy of us sit up and take notice. When you’re visited by this kind of bite-down pain, get to the dentist...

Prevent Dental Problems from Developing Jun 2nd, 2015

If you’re like the rest of us, now that belt-tightening is the “new normal,” you may already be eating more meals at home, dropping subscriptions, vacationing closer to home. You may also be tempted to cut back on your dental care. But think it over. If a problem has surfaced...

Why Energy Drinks May Be Overrated May 26th, 2015

“Meal Replacement” alternatives…How much of the hype is science—and how much is fiction? Like personal aircraft, elixirs offering all the necessary nutrients in a single dose have been a staple of science fiction. For good reason. Athletes seek a power surge. Seniors dream of a healthy dinner which needs no...

Looking Good at Any Age May 19th, 2015

Improve Your teeth at Any Age These days, ordinary people are cosmetically enhancing their appeal, stripping years from bodies, faces, and smiles. And dentistry can go a long way in helping you look as young as you feel! Cosmetic vs. Restorative Dentistry What’s the difference? Both have to do with...

Heart Healthy News May 12th, 2015

Heart Disease and the Periodontal Connection Do you have sore, bleeding gums? Are you worried about your heart’s health, and how much time may still be available to enjoy your life and family? A visit to our office just might help solve all these worries simultaneously! Fighting periodontal (gum) disease...

Dentistry and the Older Adult May 5th, 2015

Dental Problems that Come with Age With people living longer, we, as dentists, recognize that the dental profession must shoulder a new responsibility for enduring dental care. We all hope we’ll live to a ripe old age. At the same time, we want to enjoy the rest of our years...

Targeting Teenage Risks Apr 28th, 2015

Minimize Teenage Risks Risk-taking is a normal part of teenage development—and often a growth opportunity for parents, too! Heads up to handling some common dental risks of adolescence so you both stay smiling. Wisdom Comes With Age The wisdom teeth, the third molars, are the last to emerge. They appear...

When it Comes to Toothpaste Choosing the Right Toothpaste Apr 21st, 2015

Choosing the right toothpaste for yourself—or your family—goes beyond the coupon you may have in hand, or bright displays in the marketplace. For your health, you have to think like a dentist. At different times in our lives, dental strategies change, toothpaste requirements change. And product name isn’t half as...

What to Know About Teething Apr 17th, 2015

Being mammals, we sport two sets of teeth, the primaries and the permanent. Assuming Mom has already lent strength to her baby’s teeth during pregnancy—beginning from week seven of prenatal life—teeth grow through two stages. In the first permutation, teeth take shape; in the second, the cells are actually transformed...

When Prescriptions and Dentistry Don’t Mix Some prescribed drugs and dental surgery may not be a go Apr 14th, 2015

You might not think that what your MD prescribes—and what your dentist does for your mouth’s well-being—are closely related. But both are significant. If you are contemplating upcoming dentistry like a tooth extraction or an implant, it may be helpful to review which prescribed drugs you are taking for other...

When to Get a New Toothbrush Mar 24th, 2015

A really dead toothbrush—one badly worn and frayed, not necessarily just old—is like having no toothbrush at all. In fact, you’re probably doing more harm than good if your brush has seen better days. All dead toothbrushes should be given a decent burial. If you have doubts about the life...

The War on Germs: Are We Winning? Should we be? Mar 17th, 2015

Homicide: bad word. It means killing another human being. Germicide? For many, good word. It promises to kill what are hated and feared most in this super-sanitary era: germs. Germ is sort of a catchall that refers to any microorganism we can’t actually see. That’s sort of like referring to...

Fluoride, it’s for Life Make Sure You’re Getting Fluoride Mar 10th, 2015

If your goal is healthy teeth for life, then you need fluoride. It ensures newly formed teeth are strong; prevents plaque, caries, and gum disease; and protects roots that get exposed as gums recede over time. This essential mineral is present in what we eat and drink, but a healthy...

Watch Your Mouth Self Examinations can Spot Signs of Trouble Mar 3rd, 2015

Through the day, you check the mirror—your hair, your collar, your hem. Ever open your mouth to see what’s inside? You should, and not just when you feel pain or find blood on your toothbrush. You should routinely examine your oral orifice for any changes. Watch for red or white...

Overcoming a Dental Phobia Feb 24th, 2015

The bad thing about dental phobia is that it prevents people from seeking the care they need—when they need it. The good thing about it is that, today, we can treat fear as successfully as we treat tooth decay or crooked teeth. Over six million people experience some degree of...

OUCH! Pizza Burns Hazards of Pizza Burns Feb 17th, 2015

Do you enjoy eating fresh, hot pizza? If so, you may have experienced a common mouth injury—”pizza burn.” Dentists use this term for a minor burn of the gums and the roof of the mouth (palate). The most frequent cause is biting into hot food such as pizza. The telltale...

Stroke Prevention: Routine Dental Hygiene Appointments Feb 10th, 2015

You may wonder what a tooth cleaning has to do with a stroke—that sudden, devastating paralysis in which blood supply to the brain is blocked. Simply put, it’s the result of a buildup of plaque in the arteries. Yes, their is a direct correlation between the plaque in arteries and...

Fever Blisters, Cold Sores, Canker Sores Feb 3rd, 2015

Some are caused by a virus, some hurt, and all are unpleasant socially. What exactly is that nasty thing on my mouth? And how do I get rid of it before Friday night? Cold Sores Cold sores and fever blisters are one and the same—small skin blisters on the mouth...

Get Your Sunshine for Vitamin D Jan 27th, 2015

Are you one of the millions of Americans who spends most of their working and free time indoors? If so, you may be missing out on the important benefits of sunshine, which not only lifts the spirit, but also helps the body create an essential nutrient—vitamin D. Early in this...

Add Tongue Brushing to Your Routine Jan 19th, 2015

Here’s an idea that may be new to you. Did you ever think of brushing your tongue? Actually, tongue-brushing is an ancient practice. Our ancestors considered it part of their daily hygiene. Yet many people today aren’t aware that their tongue needs brushing as much as their teeth do. In...

What to Know About Gum Disease Jan 16th, 2015

What to Know About Gum Disease It afflicts as many as nine in 10 adults at some point in their lives, as well as teenagers and children as young as five or six years of age. Yet, many suffer from it without even suspecting anything is wrong. “It” is periodontal,...

Our Infection Control Program Jan 13th, 2015

Visitors to our practice have probably noticed the efforts we put into making the office open and comfortable. Well, it’s not just cosmetic. We’re doing something about protecting your health. We consulted with experts in the field of asepsis—sterilization. Our aim was to find the best that technology has to...

Test Your Toothbrush I.Q. Dec 23rd, 2014

Did you know the toothbrush was invented by the Chinese in the 15th century? These first toothbrushes were made of hog bristles. Today, most toothbrushes are made from nylon monofilaments which dry quickly and resist breakage. Did you know a worn-out toothbrush is dangerous? Bent bristles can injure soft tissues....

Live your dream of a good night’s sleep Dec 16th, 2014

Good sleepers have a routine that doesn’t change, even on weekends: lights out at the same time, alarm buzzing at the same time. They don’t use caffeine late in the day or rely on alcohol or sleeping pills at bedtime. They exercise daily and start relaxing two hours before bedtime....

Protect Teeth Against Acidity Dec 9th, 2014

If you eat a lot of citrus fruits, drink carbonated soft drinks, suffer the eating disorder of bulimia, or experience the decline of saliva that often accompanies advancing age, you may be at risk of tooth erosion. What can cause your teeth to erode so badly you wind up having...

Information on Cracked Teeth Dec 2nd, 2014

Every tooth fracture’s an emergency. Unfortunately, some are too tiny to be spotted by even a trained eye. We call it Cracked Tooth Syndrome. A patient shows up with a “mouthful of pain.” Something’s wrong somewhere, but which tooth? It could even be a hairline crack in an apparently healthy,...

Can You Catch a Cavity? Nov 25th, 2014

When you have a cold, we all know to cover your mouth before you sneeze and not to drink out of the same glass. We do this because we know that a cold is contagious. Now we know that, chances are, so is tooth decay. Recent research suggests that the...

A Bright, Healthy Smile Nov 18th, 2014

A bright smile is your most appealing and expressive feature. It projects a positive attitude and high self-esteem—which translates into success in school, business, and your personal life. The face is the most critical and integral aspect of your body image. Not surprisingly, the teeth are important in composing that...

What Causes a Toothache, Besides Cavities Nov 14th, 2014

“My tooth hurts. It must have a cavity.” Well, maybe it does. However, other conditions can cause a tooth to be sensitive to hot or cold foods, to the pressure of chewing… or to just plain ache. A few of these other toothache possibilities are: Shrinkage of the gum down...