Did George Washington Actually Have Wooden Teeth?

There are a number of interesting stories about the first President of the United States. We’ve heard that he skipped a silver dollar all the way across the Potomac, or that he chopped down a cherry tree, as a child, but then confessed to his father, saying, “I cannot tell a lie.” Many of these…

Going Green With Digital X-Rays

The shift to digital x-rays has been amazing for the dental industry in quite a few ways. They save you time in the dental chair. They save us the hassle of sending or storing copies. We all save money!  All in all, going digital is a win for everyone. However, there is another amazing aspect…

Facts and Myths About Flossing

Search engines make it possible to find a great deal of amazing information, all available at our very fingertips. Unfortunately, this can also lead to a rise in misinformation.  There are a number of myths about dental flossing, most of which imply that flossing does nothing beneficial. We’d like to put these to rest for…

Dental Visits Are Both Safe and Essential

As we learn to traverse a world in the midst of an international pandemic, we may not always know where to step or what to do. That can stretch from how often we buy groceries to who we see face to face. We can’t go without groceries, of course, but quite a few parts of…

Mercury-Free Dentistry

Did you know that mercury is the only metallic element on earth that is liquid at room temperature? That’s why it’s sometimes called quicksilver. This extremely low melting point makes mercury particularly useful in many different tools, including thermometers, barometers, and fluorescent lights. For many years, one of the ways we used mercury to great…

The Health Benefits of Dental Implants

Dental implants are an extremely popular way to replace a missing tooth or teeth. They are incredibly long-lasting, durable, and functional. Even better, they look and feel exactly like a natural tooth. However, the benefits of a dental implant stretch far beyond how they look. Thanks to their structure, implants can actually improve your health…

Dental Care for Children and Tweens

There is an idea out in the world that dental care for children is much less important than for adults. The reason for this? Baby teeth are temporary. Why bother to repair something that’s going to fall out and get replaced anyway? In fact, dental care during childhood and the tween years can have a…

Dentistry During a Global Pandemic

You may be wondering what to do about your dental care while we’re in the midst of a world-wide health crisis. You certainly won’t be the only one trying to figure all of this out. After all, staying home as much as possible is the safest thing, in most cases. But what about those things…

What Do Modern Braces Have in Common with Mars Rovers?

NASA has developed a new type of tire for future Mars rovers, made out of a “memory wire” called nitinol. These tires are carefully-designed to bend out of shape as they cross obstacles in the Martian terrain. What makes them so special is what comes next: the wire mesh can bend itself back into shape…

What Happens When I Find a Cavity?

Finding a cavity is never an exciting experience, but it happens to nearly everyone at some point in their lives. If this is your very first cavity, you may feel some apprehension about your situation. What happens next? Is there anything special you should do? Will the filling process be painful? Let’s walk you through…