Archive for the ‘ Health ’ Category

How Can I Prevent Cavities?

Ever heard that phrase, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”?  It is never more true than when applied to cavities. Why Prevent Cavities? Tooth enamel is one of the only parts of the body that cannot heal itself.  For this reason, cavities are never really cured, only “restored”.  We cannot regenerate […]

If You Have Diabetes, You Need to Read This!

Diabetes affects almost one in every ten Americans, and millions more are pre-diabetic.  This disease that affects the body’s ability to control the level of glucose (sugar) in the blood has devastating effects on the body.  What this blog focuses on is its devastating effects on the mouth! Patients with diabetes have a higher risk […]

Why Should I Get My Teeth Cleaned Every Six Months?

This is actually one of those questions we do NOT hear very often in the dental office. Why?  Because we typically see the people who do come to get their teeth cleaned every six months. We do, however, see many patients who have a family member who chooses not to stick to a consistent schedule […]

Tonsil Stones: What Are They, and Why Do I Get Them?

To be frank, tonsil stones are gross.  If you have never experienced them, count your lucky stars.  They feel weird, they smell bad, and they put you at risk for infections! What are Tonsils? Tonsils are lumps of lymphatic tissue (part of your immune system) at the back of the mouth.  They come in all […]

How Acid Reflux Affects the Mouth

Acid reflux is a condition that affects millions of Americans, both adults and children.  Also referred to as GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease), acid reflux allows stomach acid to escape from the stomach, creeping up into both the esophagus and the mouth. Acid reflux is a case of a broken one-way “door”.  There is a “door”, […]

What to Do if You Have a Dental Emergency

Accidents happen.  Sometimes dental problems sneak up on you when you’re not prepared for them.  Regardless of the cause, emergencies are never easy.  This blog will equip you to deal with dental emergencies in the best possible way. What Constitutes a Dental Emergency? There are many different dental problems that occur when you least expect […]

What Does Sleep Apnea Have to Do with My Teeth?

Many of our newer patients are surprised to hear us asking about their quality of sleep.  To some, it may seem like sleep problems and dentistry are completely unrelated. There is a two-way link between dentistry and sleep-disordered breathing issues like sleep apnea. What is Sleep Apnea? Sleep apnea is a condition when a person […]

Sjögren’s Syndrome

We care about your overall health, and we are especially interested on how the condition of your mouth impacts overall health.  There are also systemic conditions that affect the condition of the mouth, and one of those is the focus of today’s blog. Sjögren’s Syndrome is a disorder that has huge ramifications for the health […]

What Causes Cold Sores and Fever Blisters?

Cold sores and fever blisters have these names because people once believed they were the result of colds and fevers.  They are not caused by colds or fevers, but colds and fevers can put you at risk for them. What is a Cold Sore/Fever Blister? A cold sore and a fever blister are the same […]

Xylitol: A Sugar that is GOOD for Your Teeth

What is xylitol? Xylitol is a natural sweetener derived from the fibrous parts of plants, and it a healthy substitute for sugar. Xylitol is not an artificial substance, but a normal part of everyday metabolism.  It is widely distributed throughout nature in small amounts. It does not break down like sugar (which turns into acid […]