Archive for the ‘ Oral Health Trends ’ Category

Is it Safe to Have Silver Fillings?

. . . or should I have them replaced with composite? We hear this question from patients all the time.  There are several reasons to replace old silver (amalgam) fillings, but actually, safety isn’t one of them.  The short answer to the question in the title is: Yes, it is safe to have silver fillings.  […]

Over-the-Counter Teeth Whiteners: Do They Really Work?

Many people are interested in sprucing up their smiles for the holidays.  While you may not have time to get in to see your dentist for professional whitening, you can always grab something from the dental care aisle at the grocery or drugstore. The question is: Do they really work? What Works There are two […]

Is Vaping Bad for Your Mouth?

Yes. Absolutely, 100%, there is no doubt that vaping is bad for your mouth. This new trend causes concern among dentists because we know that many people are choosing it as a “healthier” option.  Just because it is slightly better for you than smoking cigarettes does not mean it is okay.  Vaping can cause disastrous […]

Five Trendy Things that are Really Bad for your Teeth

With the wealth of information available to anyone with internet access comes the risk of incomplete information or misinformation.  Health and beauty blogs tout countless trendy ways to lose weight, clear your skin, and whiten your teeth. There are a few popular trends that can have a detrimental effect on your teeth, and we want […]

Teeth Whitening FAQs

We are constantly asked about teeth whitening.  It’s hard to find someone who does not want to whiten his or her teeth.  This blog will cover the questions most commonly googled about teeth whitening. Is teeth whitening safe? Yes.  Teeth whitening is safe and causes no permanent damage to the teeth. In fact, there are […]

What is Xylitol, and How Can it Make My Mouth Healthier?

Xylitol is slowly making its way to the top of the list of sugar alternatives and sweeteners for people trying to cut back on sugar intake.  Lowering sugar consumption is good for your entire body, not just your teeth.  Of course, dentists have always urged people to limit the amount of sugar they eat or […]

Activated Charcoal and other DIY Teeth Whitening Trends

You have probably seen it as you scroll through your Facebook, Instagram or Pinterest feed: do-it-yourself teeth whitening.  The trend of attempting to whiten your teeth with “all-natural” or over-the-counter ingredients and without the endorsement of a dentist has gained widespread popularity in recent years.  It’s no surprise that everyone wants whiter teeth.  Our goal […]

What Does It Mean to be High Risk for TMJ Problems?

What is the TMJ? The TMJ is arguably the most complicated joint in the body.  It is a ball-in-socket joint, just like your shoulder and hip joints.  The complicated part is that during normal function, the ball comes out of the socket! The “ball” of the joint is the condyle of the mandible (lower jaw).  […]

Do I Really Need to Have My Wisdom Teeth Removed?

Winter break is approaching, and for a lot of high school and college students, this may mean it’s time to have their wisdom teeth removed.  Does everyone need to have their wisdom teeth removed?  Not necessarily.  There are many criteria that dentists evaluate to determine whether or not a patient’s wisdom teeth need to be […]

Working Together for Excellent Patient Care

Interdisciplinary Dentistry At Timberlake Dental, not only do we believe that each patient should be treated with excellence; we believe that each individual procedure should be carried out with excellence.  Because our goal is for each patient to receive the best treatment in every aspect of their health care, we cooperate with medical and dental […]