The Scoop on Cavities and How to Prevent Them

Although we are turning back the clock for daylight savings, you can’t turn back time on your teeth. Studies have shown that one in five Americans has untreated cavities, which is decay that has damaged a tooth’s hard, outer enamel layer and created small holes. Cavities can arise in people of all ages, including children and infants. Factors can include... read more »

Consider Water Flossing for Your Dental Flossing Needs

When it comes to caring for your teeth in or out of braces, you already know how important it is to brush twice a day. Cleaning your teeth daily helps get rid of harmful bacteria or plaque in the mouth that can cause gum disease and tooth decay. But brushing alone won't do the job, because you still need to... read more »

Start off the New Year With a Whiter Smile!

Have you been waiting for the right time to look into a teeth whitening treatment? There's no better time than the New Year! While you are setting goals for 2019, one to include could be achieving a whiter and brighter smile. Teeth whitening lightens the color of your teeth, helping remove discoloration and stains that have gradually appeared over time. The primary target of a teeth whitening... read more »

Gift Yourself and Your Loved Ones with a Healthier Smile

Your daily brushing and flossing routine is crucial to thwarting dreaded cavities and gum disease from invading your smile, but by itself, it's still not enough to maintain top-notch oral health. There is a reason our doctors and the American Dental Association recommend bi-annual dental cleanings and exams. Seeing our dental team for routine dental checkups and cleanings supports your daily oral hygiene... read more »

The Difference Between Full, Partial, and Implant-Supported Dentures

Do you know the important differences between full, partial, and implant-supported dentures? Our team is happy to review all these options for optimal tooth replacement to help you better understand how they can restore your smile. Below we will review the main types of dentures and the benefits they have to offer. Dentures replace missing teeth in your smile to... read more »

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month & Dental Hygiene Month

October is here and fall has officially begun, bringing with it Breast Cancer Awareness Month as well as National Dental Hygiene Month. This is a time to raise awareness for both and help to prevent problems by monitoring your health and being mindful of your lifestyle choices. Whether you are fighting cancer or dental problems, detecting problems in their early stages lead to much better outcomes.... read more »

How Your Bite Pattern Can Affect Your Smile

By now you are likely aware that keeping your teeth and gums free from tooth decay and gum disease should top your list of oral health priorities when it comes to maintaining your healthy smile. But did you know that malocclusion is another common dental issue that often needs to be addressed? Essentially, occlusion is how your upper and lower... read more »

Enamel-Friendly Foods for Your Teeth

When it comes to protecting your teeth, your first line of defense against tooth decay and cavities is tooth enamel, the outermost covering of your teeth that protects the more vulnerable dentin and tooth pulp below. Your enamel comes equipped for the job, since it is the hardest substance in your body. However, because it does not have living cells, it cannot grow back once... read more »

How Routine Dental Checkups Help Your Smile in the Long Run

During your periodic visit with our hygienists for a regular teeth cleaning or supportive periodontal therapy appointment, Dr. Hockel or Dr. Jardine can perform an examination of your mouth and teeth to look for any cavities, loose or broken teeth, damaged fillings, tongue tie, or airway issues, and also evaluate your risk rate for certain diseases, taking into account your family history. We will look... read more »

Are You A Good Candidate for Dental Implants?

Having a full smile is important for three reasons. The first is for your health. Missing teeth give plaque and bacteria extra places to accumulate and breed, which can contribute to tooth decay and gum disease. The second is functionality. A complete set of teeth will allow you to speak clearly and to chew your food properly. The third reason... read more »