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Information About Your Teeth

Your teeth are hard workers! Every day, your teeth help you perform valuable functions to keep your body healthy and moving. Without your teeth (or teeth replacements), it would be difficult for you to eat and get nutrients. Additionally, your…


What Is Dry Mouth?

Dry mouth, or xerostomia, is a condition in which your mouth doesn’t produce enough saliva. While we may not consider its importance, saliva is essential for good oral health. Saliva helps neutralize bad bacteria and keep your mouth moist. This…


Why Do I Have TMJ?

TMJ (or temporomandibular joint disorder) is a condition that affects the jaw joint. This disorder can affect the muscles, ligaments, or cartilage within the joint or surrounding it. Because your jaw is responsible for opening and closing your mouth, TMJ…


Are Bleeding Gums a Concern?

When we see blood in nearly any context, it can be alarming. We typically don't expect to see blood if you are brushing or flossing your teeth. However, it is not uncommon to have bleeding gums. There are a few…


Options for Missing Teeth

Losing one or more teeth can be an overwhelming process. However, your dentist can guide you through it all from start to finish. One part of the process you need to consider is what replacement option is right for you.…


Preparing for Your Dental Cleaning

Most dentists recommend wellness exams at least twice a year. During a routine dental exam, you will receive a professional cleaning. A dental cleaning is an important step in your oral health routine. Even if you have excellent oral hygiene,…


How to Make Your Professional Whitening Last

You finally did it. After pondering the smile of your dreams, you contacted your dentist to schedule an appointment. In one quick session, your dentist lifts the shade of your teeth to reveal sparkling white teeth. After taking stunning pictures…


Why Do I Need A Crown?

For many dental procedures, a patient needs a crown to complete their service. Crowns have many uses, but patients may not be thoroughly familiar with what they are and how they work. A dental crown is a “cap” that goes…


Do You Know Your Teeth?

Your smile consists of your teeth and how they fit in a row. Together, they make it possible for you to chew, smile, and speak, making them essential tools. By the time you reach adulthood, you have 32 teeth; however,…


5 Ways to Ease Dental Anxiety

It is not uncommon to have some fear or anxiety about going to the dentist. Numerous films and television shows highlight this fear with visuals of white knuckles gripping a chair and sounds of drills and shouts. While this is…