What is a Dental Composite?

Dentists use tooth-colored composites (white or natural-looking materials) that they have in their offices to fill cavities, repair chips or cracks, close gaps between your teeth and build up the worn-down edges of teeth. Dentists place the composites in or on the teeth where needed. Because direct composite bonding involves the precise placement of restorative material by the dentist, the direct composite …

Foods to Help With Bad Breath

These common foods can help hide bad breath — at least for a short while.   Maybe you shouldn’t have had those raw onions with your hamburger at lunch, because now you’re faced with bad breath all afternoon. Many people find they can’t hide what they ate because certain foods linger in their systems, causing bad breath. Onions and garlic are probably …

How to Prevent Teeth Grinding

Are you grinding your teeth at night? The condition, called bruxism, can be a painful problem if it goes untreated. You may not even know you’re doing it. But if you wake in the morning with jaw pain, headaches, or chipped enamel on your teeth, you might be grinding your teeth in your sleep, a condition called bruxism. Understanding Bruxism …

Why Do We Have Morning Breath?

Does this sound familiar? You wake up in the morning and quickly cover your mouth with your hand so your partner doesn’t get a whiff of your bad breath. Morning breath, also known as halitosis, can be unpleasant and it probably isn’t the way you want to greet your partner, or the day. Everyone has morning breath to some degree. …

Is Fluoride Beneficial in Your Water?

You’ve heard of Fluoride before, but do you know what it actually is? Fluoride is found naturally in water (rivers, lakes, streams, and oceans) and in many foods, such as grapes and tea. It’s also added to certain processed cereals and infant formulas. Fluoride has a big benefit: It protects your teeth from the plaque, bacteria and sugars that hang …

Caring for Baby Teeth

Parents often wonder the best approach toward dental hygiene in babies and young children. Baby teeth are the “place holders” for adult teeth, which is why it’s so important to care for them from the beginning. You can start caring for baby’s gums right away by following these steps: Get a soft, moistened washcloth or piece of gauze. Gently wipe …

Can Strawberries Whiten Teeth?

Can Strawberries Whiten Teeth? The answer is YES! We all seem to want whiter teeth. Teeth cannot seem to get white enough for us most of the time. There is a great, big market out there for whitening strips and dental procedures which promise a more alabaster smile. Some of the procedures and strips are successful at providing an ivory …

Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome (TMJ)

Temporomandibular joint syndrome, also known as temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJD), is a disorder of the jaw muscles and nerves caused by injury to the temporomandibular joint. The temporomandibular joint is the hinge joint that connects the lower jaw to the temporal bone of your head, located just in front of the ears. The joints allow the jaw to move smoothly up and …

Common Brushing Mistakes and How To Fix Them

Brushing our teeth has become second nature to us, but we are not always doing it right. It seems like such an easy task to perform, but it’s very easy to make mistakes that could end up harming our teeth instead of helping them. Give It Time Dentists recommend that we should be brushing at least twice a day, three times …

Denture Care: Steps to Maintaining Your Dentures

Denture care is, not only important for the health of your dentures, but it is also important for the health of your mouth. Taking the proper steps to ensure that your dentures are clean will help them last longer and keep your face smiling. Also with proper care and regular dental checkups, your dentures will be a healthy, natural part of …