How Does Teeth Whitening Actually Work?

Teeth whitening is a common process, asked for by quite a few of our patients. Not only is it available in dental procedures, but you can also buy over-the-counter whitening strips, or even whitening toothpaste.  With all of this available to anyone who takes a trip to the grocery store, we often get asked the…

What Your Tongue Could Be Telling You About Your Oral Health

The tongue is an amazing organ, covered in 5,000 to 10,000 taste buds. Every day of our lives, it is involved in our talking, eating, and certain facial expressions. You’ve probably never looked at your tongue to diagnose health conditions, though. You won’t become an expert just from reading a blog post, but you can…

Is It Past Time to Replace Your Toothbrush?

The humble toothbrush. It’s a small instrument with a huge impact: it’s your first line of defense against plaque and gingivitis. Along with flossing, brushing two to three times per day can help to prevent costly problems. Using your toothbrush can help you avoid the dental drill, root canals, fillings, and gum disease treatments. But…

How a Great Dental Office Screens for Oral Cancer

Sometimes, you just know you’re sitting in a great organization. Every team member knows his or her role. There’s a plan behind every service. The teamwork is obvious. And when the goal is preventing oral diseases—especially oral cancer—it’s vital that your dental team has a thoughtful plan and excellent teamwork. You need them to catch…

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…