Archive for the ‘ Oral Health Tips ’ Category

How Can I Maintain a Healthy Smile?

Maintaining a healthy smile involves more than just brushing your teeth.  In order to keep your mouth in a state of optimal health, you must commit to three essential components of oral health.  When combined, these three components will work together to help you maintain a completely healthy smile! Do Your Part At Home This […]

Does Using a Mouthwash Help?

The oral care aisle at your local grocery store or pharmacy is full of an almost endless supply of toothbrushes, toothpastes, floss and mouthwash.  The most important purpose of any oral hygiene routine is to physically remove dental plaque from the teeth, and this is something that mouthwash cannot accomplish on its own.  Therefore, it […]

How Can I Prevent Gum Disease?

Millions of Americans suffer from a chronic bacterial infection in their mouths commonly referred to as “gum disease”.  This progressive disease causes bad breath, tooth sensitivity, looseness of the teeth, and eventually tooth loss.  The bad news is that it can be difficult to treat. The good news is that it is very easy to […]

The Answers to Xylitol FAQs

Maybe you’ve seen it as an ingredient in your sugar-free chewing gum.  Or maybe Dr. Chowning recommended it as a sugar substitute for you.  You might have seen it advertised as a “magic” ingredient in some oral care products.  Here’s what you really need to know about xylitol. What is Xylitol? Xylitol is a natural […]

Common Myths about Wisdom Teeth

Many people have had their own experiences with wisdom teeth.  This can lead to certain generalizations that are not necessarily true for everyone.  Some of this misinformation can cause people to make the wrong assumptions about wisdom teeth.  We will debunk several of those myths in this week’s blog. Myth #1: Everyone has wisdom teeth. […]

How Many Times a Day Should I Brush My Teeth?

This is a question dentists hear quite often.  And would you be surprised to learn that the answer is not always the same?  We make a lot of general recommendations, especially in our website content.  However, we want to make sure that all of our patients understand that a customized approach is always the best! […]

Top 7 Questions You Should Ask Your Dentist

Has it been a while since your last dental visit?  Or maybe you see your dentist regularly but are not sure what you need to know about your own oral health?  This blog will help you know what questions to ask your dentist when you go in for an evaluation. How Often Should I Get […]

How Often Do I Have to Go to the Dentist?

Technically, you don’t have to go to the dentist.  But we’ll rephrase the question so that we can give you an intelligent answer.  How often do you have to go to the dentist to maintain a completely healthy mouth?  That is a great question and one with a nice simple answer. The Goal: A Completely […]

Are Your Teeth Making You Look Old?

Did you know that your teeth can make you look older than you really are?  There are certain characteristics of a smile that suggest one is further along in the aging process.  We will discuss those characteristics here and offer suggestions of how you can combat them. The Aging of a Smile The aging process […]