What are oral parafunctional habits?

In a nutshell, oral parafunctional habits are those we do unconsciously. Often, they are habits we turn to when we are feeling stressed. Oral parafunctional habits often discussed in adult dentistry are jaw clenching and bruxism. Jaw clenching occurs when a person clamps their teeth down on top of each other without movement. It can […]

3 tips for taking care of your teeth around Halloween

As dental hygiene month ends, Halloween is right around the corner! Today we’re sharing some tips on keeping you and your kids’ teeth clean and healthy while you indulge in Halloween treats. 1. Choose smart treats Whether it’s the candy your kids bring home or leftovers from what you were handing out, try to make […]

Your dental hygienist’s role in your oral health

Your daily dental hygiene practices–brushing and flossing twice a day every day–are very important for keeping your teeth, gums, and mouth healthy. But there’s only so much you can do at home. That’s why today we’re talking about how your dental hygienist is an irreplaceable addition to your dental hygiene.  What is a dental hygienist? […]

Replacing traditional impressions with 3D scans

Do you remember the days of going to the dentist and having that weird, gummy material stuck in your mouth to take an impression of your teeth? Maybe you needed orthodontics or a bridge, or maybe you needed a crown or replacement tooth made.  Did you know that those impressions are a thing of the […]

The link between gum disease and Alzheimer’s

Nearly 6 million people in the United States suffer from Alzheimer’s disease. Although scientists don’t know the exact cause of Alzheimer’s disease, we do know that it usually takes effect later in life. A new study suggests that some of the bacteria that cause gum disease (or periodontitis) can be associated with the development of […]

Should I get a snore guard?

Are you a chronic snorer? Do you wake yourself or your partner up throughout the night because you sound like a tractor? Did you know that 90 million Americans suffer from snoring? Snoring is a common phenomenon that can occur for many reasons. Some people snore due to smoking or being overweight, while others simply […]

4 Oral Hygiene Tips for Your Next Camping Trip

We’re nearing the end of summer and many families and friend groups surely have one last camping trip planned. Here are 4 tips on how to take care of your oral hygiene while you’re at the campsite! Make a plan Remind your fellow campers of the importance of keeping good oral hygiene habits while camping. […]

Why does the dentist poke my gums?

Going to the dentist, while necessary, isn’t always the most pleasant experience. Your dentist and hygienist know this and do their best to provide you with the best care with the most comfort when you come in for checkups and cleanings.  There are many things that your dentist and/or hygienist will do during your twice-annual […]

The Benefits of Dark Chocolate for your Oral Health

It’s no secret that sweets can cause tooth decay. Chocolate lovers out there will be the first to cringe knowing the effect the sweet, creamy treat can have on their teeth. There is, however, a loophole: dark chocolate! Dark chocolate that is 70% or more cocoa and less than 6-8 grams of sugar actually contains […]

Benefits of Flossing

Alongside brushing your teeth twice a day, the American Dental Association recommends flossing daily. Flossing is important because it helps you clean those spaces between your teeth that you can’t reach with your toothbrush. Keep reading to learn all about the benefits of flossing! Gets rid of plaque Brushing cleans the surface of your teeth, […]