Charcoal Toothpaste: Science Versus FadsOctober 1, 2019

IF GIVEN THE CHANCE to change something about their smiles, most people would choose to have whiter teeth, and quite a few are willing to try just about anything for it, including something as counterintuitive as scrubbing them with toothpaste made of charcoal. The History of Charcoal as a Remedy The activated charcoal-based dental and skin care products that have been popping up everywhere over the last couple of years aren’t entirely a new idea. Hippocrates of ancient Greece (originator of the Hippocratic Oath and often described as the Father of Medicine) recommended using charcoal to treat black gums and bad…

Dental Scaling And Root Planing: The BasicsAugust 29, 2019

ROUTINE PROFESSIONAL DENTAL cleanings by your dental hygienist include scaling, or the careful removal of plaque and tartar from around the gumline. Tartar in particular can only be removed at a professional cleaning, as brushing and flossing alone can’t do the trick. However, if you have symptoms of gum disease, your teeth may need an even more advanced cleaning called dental scaling and root planing. The Effects Of Gum Disease Healthy gums fit snugly around the teeth, providing a barrier that keeps bacteria away from the roots. When gums become diseased, they begin to pull away from the teeth, forming deeper pockets…

How To Choose A Great DentistAugust 20, 2019

THERE ARE A NUMBER of reasons why someone might need a new dentist. Maybe their insurance changed, they’re moving to a new area, or they simply haven’t looked for a dentist yet. Whatever the reason, if you don’t already have a dentist, it’s a good idea to choose one now so that you and your family can get regular dental exams and so that you’ll be ready in the event of a dental emergency. Five Factors To Consider In Your Dentist Search Many variables play a role when you’re choosing the best dentist for you and your family. How you rank…

Don’t Take A Vacation From Oral Hygiene!June 25, 2019

WITH THE ARRIVAL OF SUMMER comes the season of family vacations and exciting trips to new places. We’re as excited for it as our patients, but before everyone leaves to explore parts unknown, we want to give you a few tips and reminders about taking care of your teeth while you’re away from home. Before You Go, See The Dentist The last thing anyone wants while relaxing on a beach or enjoying the rides at a theme park is for their fun to be interrupted by a toothache or dental emergency. Depending where you go on your vacation, it might be…

Repeat After Us: Teeth Are Not Tools!June 18, 2019

OUR TEETH ARE pretty amazing, and there’s a lot they can do. They chew our food, they provide structural support for the lower third of our faces, they help us speak clearly, and they give us our beautiful smiles. However, many people also find other uses for their teeth, which can be very dangerous. Teeth are not tools, and shouldn’t be used in place of them. Teeth Are Not Bottle-Openers Tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the human body, so it might seem like that makes teeth perfect to use when you don’t have a bottle opener handy, right? Wrong. Tooth…

Filling In The Gaps: Dental Implant BasicsJune 12, 2017

DENTAL IMPLANTS ARE permanent false teeth designed to look just like your other teeth. They’re a popular alternative to dentures or bridges, and the American Dental Association considers them to be “one of the biggest advances in dentistry in the past 40 years.” How Do They Work? Unlike dentures, which don’t feel or look entirely real and must be removed and cleaned outside of your mouth daily, dental implants are surgically affixed to your jaw. In place of the roots your native teeth have, the new tooth is held in place by a surgical screw. The crown is carefully selected…

Say Hi To Our Other Awesome Hygienist, Mandy!April 5, 2017

We believe that knowing and trusting the people who are responsible for your dental health is important. So, where last week we introduced you to Melissa (you can click here if you’d like to read her blog), this week we want you to get to know Mandy a little better. So, We Asked Mandy A Few Questions Those questions are found below—along with her candid answers! Enjoy! Where are you originally from? “Lusby, Maryland” What made you decide that you wanted to become a dental hygienist? “In High School I became interested in dental hygiene.  When I would go in…

Say Hi To Our Awesome Hygienist, Melissa!March 28, 2017

SOMETIMES, WE’RE GUILTY OF ASSUMING TOO MUCH, RIGHT? We recently realized that we’ve probably wrongly assumed that ALL of you—our valued patients—know Melissa as well as we do! That’s probably not the case. So, We Asked Melissa A Few Questions We asked Melissa a few questions to help you get to know her a little better. Those questions are found below—along with her candid answers! Enjoy! Where are you originally from? “LaVale, Maryland” What made you decide that you wanted to become a dental hygienist? “Honestly, it came down to either being a hygienist or a nurse because I knew…

Paying For Dental Care: A Guide To Your OptionsMarch 21, 2017

WE DON’T SIMPLY clean teeth and fill cavities at our practice—we educate our patients! From the moment you walk through our door to the moment you schedule your next appointment, we’re prepared to guide you through each step of your visit. One topic we are often asked about is paying for your dental care. Cleaning your teeth doesn’t have to clean out your wallet, so today we want to provide you with all of the information you need to know when you’re scheduling your next appointment. We Have Payment Options To Suit Your Needs Dental Insurance We do not participate…

How Pregnancy Affects Your Oral HealthMarch 14, 2017

PREGNANCY AFFECTS NEARLY every aspect of your life–your lifestyle, your diet, your health, and much more! Your mouth is no exception to the changes your body may experience during pregnancy. During this special time, you’ll need to pay particular attention to your oral health for both your sake and your growing baby’s. You May Be More Prone To Dental Problems One of the main concerns we have for expectant mothers is what we call pregnancy gingivitis. Around 40 percent of pregnant women have some form of gum disease–gingivitis being the first stage. Because of raised hormone levels during pregnancy, you…

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