Genetics and Oral Health

Do you ever wish a test could tell you what your oral health will look like in 5, 10, or 15 years? Unfortunately, there is no such test. You might be wondering why… According to the American Dental Association, there is no single gene that is responsible for cavities and/or periodontal disease. These oral health […]

What are tonsil stones and how to prevent them

You’ve probably heard of kidney stones or gallstones, but have you ever heard of tonsil stones? Your tonsils are made up of tissue in the back of your mouth that contain lymph nodes and help to filter out viruses and bacteria. Tonsil stones are a build-up of all that crosses through your mouth.  What are […]

Cold sensitivity

You might have difficulty enjoying your favourite foods if you have sensitive teeth. Discomfort when eating ice cream, an ice-cold lemonade, or watermelon out of the fridge might actually be a sign of something going on with your teeth.  You’re not alone! More than 45 million American adults suffer from sensitive teeth according to the […]

What is dry socket?

Dry socket (alveolar osteitis) is a painful condition that can happen when a tooth is extracted and the underlying nerve and bone are exposed. Usually, when a tooth is removed, a blood clot forms that covers and protects the nerve and bone. Sometimes, though, a blood clot won’t form and will cause exposure.  It is […]

4 common causes of dry mouth

Dry mouth (xerostomia) is more common than you’d expect. It’s estimated that 1 in 4 people suffers from dry mouth. But what is it and why does it happen? In a nutshell, dry mouth is a person’s experience of their mouth feeling dry. This could show up as having difficulty eating dry foods like bread […]

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 […]