Timberlake Dental

What are These Gum Measurements?  What is a Pocket?

The people who come to Timberlake Dental regularly for professional teeth cleanings know that, they will periodically have gum measurements taken by the dental hygienist.  We use terms like “FMP”, “pockets”, and “probing depth”, as well as a long list of numbers. What are Gum Measurements? Gum measurements are a way to evaluate the state […]

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 […]

Is Dental Care Dangerous When I am Pregnant?

Great question!  The short answer is no.  The long answer is that pregnancy actually makes dental care more important.  Read on. During pregnancy, your body goes through so many changes.  Some of these changes affect your mouth.  There are also things in your mouth that can affect your growing baby. Here are the things you […]

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 […]

I Just Ate a Candy Cane.  Now What?!?

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!  It could also be the sweetest.  Are you like Buddy the Elf?  “We elves try to stick to the four main food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corns, and syrup.”  While we love Buddy and that beloved Christmas movie, we’re not so sure about his nutritional advice. […]

Healthy Holidays

The holidays are filled with fun gatherings of friends and family.  This time of year, more than any other, those gatherings seem to be overflowing with SUGAR.  Your office lounge is full of sweet treats from vendors and customers.  Your neighbors bring over tins of cookies and candy.  Maybe your stocking is stuffed with Hershey’s […]

Are You Brushing the Right Way?

You may remember that old toothbrush commercial that ended with the dramatic phrase: “Brush . . . like a dentist!” The ad implies that if you use this specific brand of toothbrush, then you will automatically brush like a dentist.  The reality is that you can brush like a dentist with any kind of toothbrush. […]