According to a recent Associated Press (AP) report, there is a striking lack of evidence to show that daily flossing actually prevents gum disease and tooth decay.
As a result, the Federal Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion has dropped flossing from its recommended oral hygiene practices. This is in large part because all federal recommendations must be backed by strong scientific evidence.
After years of hearing that flossing should be a part of your daily routine, it may be confusing to hear this news. However, don’t quit flossing just yet. Continue reading
For patients who are missing a single tooth or several teeth, there are many ways to address these gaps. These include partial dentures, bridges and implants – but what’s the difference? And which option is best for you? Continue reading
Over the years, teeth get worn, discolored and change positions. I often have patients who come in feeling self-conscious about their teeth and want a quick fix.
But sometimes it’s more than a couple of teeth that need fixing. If I agree to do “patch” dentistry by replacing old dentistry, I’m not creating a better smile.
I tell patients I don’t want to do something that will add to their collection of dentistry. Instead, I want to add to their quality of life and help them regain confidence in their smile. In these cases, I will typically suggest renewing a patient’s smile with veneers. Continue reading
About 20 percent of the population has had a “canker sore,” officially called an apthous ulcer. It’s a painful sore that I see my patients dealing with frequently.
As a result, I get asked a lot of questions about canker sores. Here are six things that you need to know: Continue reading
Acid reflux effects about 20 percent of the U.S. population. However, many people who suffer from acid reflux don’t know they have it, and even fewer are aware that it can erode tooth enamel and wear down tooth structure. To make matters worse, acid reflux is often misdiagnosed for teeth grinding, resulting in improper treatment. Continue reading
There are many reasons people don’t go to the dentist. However, in my many years as a dentist, I’ve found three to be most prevalent: (1) their dental health has been put on the back burner, (2) they are embarrassed to go to the dentist because it’s been so long or (3) they’re unsure where to go.
If you’ve been concerned about your dental health, or haven’t been to the dentist in more than three years, the best time to start is now. The sooner you start, the sooner your dental health will return to good standing. Continue reading
As a cosmetic dentist, I get asked about teeth whitening all the time. What I tell my patients is this: Whitening works, for some people.
The truth is that the success of the tooth whitening depends first on the quality of your enamel and second on whether or not a person is committed to putting in the time and effort. Continue reading
April 19 is National Garlic Day, and if you’re celebrating by eating a meal that contains this tasty bulb, you might be interested in simple ways to get rid of the bad breath that will soon follow. Over the years, I have found three things that work to remove garlic breath. Continue reading
Over the years, I’ve learned that there are three things that keep people from coming to the dentist – lack of time, lack of money and fear. The latter is something that we help patients to overcome every day. How, you might ask? Sedation dentistry. Continue reading
Over the last several weeks, we’ve taken a look at how the dental insurance mindset can often keep patients from dental health. We’ve debunked a number of myths and discussed the problem with completing dental work $1,500 at a time. Another situation I see that can get patients into trouble is when cost becomes more important than care. Continue reading