Social Distancing is for People NOT Your Teeth

DF2 Cosmetic Dentistry, Routine Dentistry

Kids aren’t the only ones to lose teeth. Adults can suffer tooth loss for various reasons, including trauma/accidents, gum disease, tooth decay and bruxism (grinding), as well as severely misaligned teeth. A lost tooth isn’t just bad for your smile, it is bad for your overall oral health. Losing one tooth actually makes it more likely that you’ll eventually lose more teeth … because the empty space results in increased reliance on the surrounding teeth, which can lead to fracture from overuse. You’re also more likely to develop infections with the newly empty space in your gums.

If you find yourself with a new space in your mouth,…

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Stress Side Effects and Your Jaw

DF2 Prevention & Wellness, Routine Dentistry

Have you recently noticed that your teeth are sore or sensitive to cold? Do your jaw muscles hurt in the morning? Does your face ache?

You’re not alone. As a result of the stress of our current circumstances, many of our patients are noticing symptoms that they haven’t had before. In particular, a significant uptick in facial muscle pain and temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ).

Many transient cases of TMJ can be managed by simply being more aware of your own behavior (such as clenching during the day), and taking measures such as eating a soft diet,…

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10 Dental Resolutions (With Tips to Make Them Stick)

DF2 Prevention & Wellness, Routine Dentistry

Taking steps to improve dental health is a critical part of overall health and wellness. Without proper oral care, you may be more prone to develop issues such as tooth decay, gingivitis or gum disease. Because diseases of the mouth can affect the rest of your body, it is important to maintain good oral health. With the “New Year, New You” mentality top of mind as we begin a new year, consider adopting some of these healthier dental habits.

1. Don’t rush when you brush.

Of course brushing at least twice daily is a must, but for optimal care,…

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Smile for Fluoridated Tap Water

DF2 Prevention & Wellness, Routine Dentistry

Water is a necessity. We are fortunate to live in a country where clean, safe water is available at the turn of a tap; yet some hesitate to take advantage of this resource. There are several reasons to choose tap water over bottled water, cost certainly being one of them. However, the added fluoride in our local water is the best reason to start drinking from your faucet. 

What is fluoride and why does it matter?

Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that is released from rocks into the soil, water and air. It helps protect against cavities by decreasing demineralization of enamel caused by certain oral bacteria….

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Men’s Health Month: Dental Exams & Healthy Sleep

DF2 Prevention & Wellness, Routine Dentistry

According to research published in the Journal of Periodontology, women are almost twice as likely to have received regular dental checkups in the past year, scheduled the recommended treatment and had better indicators of periodontal health.

Unfortunately for men, a casual approach to dental health could lead to some serious health issues. Routine visits to the dentist not only help prevent damage to the teeth, gums and mouth, but an exam of your mouth and teeth can also detect major (dental and medical) health conditions, so that they can be proactively addressed.

For instance,…

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