My ultimate goal as a dentist is to help patients to create sustainable dental health, where their teeth will outlive them. Doing this requires me to look 20 or even 30 years in the future when planning out a course of treatment.
However, there are also things that patients can be doing to prolong the life of their teeth. At the top of this list is avoiding things that contribute to poor dental health. Continue reading
Over the years, I’ve found that there are three things that prematurely age a smile – color, wear and mismatched dentistry. Regardless of the patients’ physical age, these traits can make them look much older than they are and create a smile that they are embarrassed to show.
The good news is that there are strategies to correct these issues. With proper care, patients can have a smile they are proud of and create true dental health where their teeth will actually outlive them. Below are a few simple strategies to correct an aging smile. Continue reading
Roughly 20-30 percent of my patients have issues with teeth grinding. It’s a common problem that can be quite serious, particularly if it is not addressed in a timely and effective manner. Unfortunately, many patients do not realize that they are grinding or clenching their teeth until the effects are obvious – worn enamel and loss of tooth structure. Continue reading
As I’ve mentioned before, adults should not be getting any new cavities. Unfortunately, I can’t tell you the number of adult patients I see who are getting them, and bad ones. The problem is that these adults are often susceptible to cavities, and where one cavity forms, others will soon follow. Continue reading
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