Your summer was crazy! Between cross-country trips to see family, camps for the kids and impromptu cookouts, it seemed to just dash by. As back to school time closes in, you’re focused on getting your kids ready for classes. They’ve had a physical from their pediatrician, but did you remember to take them in to see the dentist?
When you wake up in the morning, does the dog run for cover the moment you open your mouth? Everybody has morning breath, but some people have it so bad that they’re afraid to admit there’s a problem. If that sounds like you, don’t let halitosis get you down — we’re here to help.
As you know, we offer Invisalign, which shares some characteristics with retainers, and is often followed by retainer use at the end of the therapy. You wouldn’t believe some of the funk I’ve seen on these and other types of retainers. Kids and their ability to create biological hazards never fails to surprise me. It should, but it doesn’t…
If you haven’t had your wisdom teeth removed — or even if you have and you’re getting ready to help a family member through the process — there’s plenty to know about the available procedures. Not everyone needs oral surgery, plenty of troubling wisdom teeth can be removed right in the office. Whether you’re having them out in the office, though, or at a general oral surgeon, one thing’s for sure. You should be prepared.
Every so often a patient comes into my office and asks a question so fundamental that the rest of us haven’t even given it any thought in quite some time. The question? They want to know, in roundabout terms, what teeth are made of. Are they bone? Are they something else? It’s a perfectly natural thing to wonder about, after all, they don’t behave like many other tissues in our systems.
You may not want to admit you’re one of them, but the truth is that most people experience bad breath from time to time. There are a myriad of reasons that it happens, some that are pretty benign (like that garlic bread you had for lunch), others are kind of serious. The bad news is that if you’re noticing it, chances are good that other people are, too. Luckily, your friendly neighborhood dentist can help diagnose the cause of your halitosis before it starts to impact your social life.
Losing a first tooth is a big deal for anybody, but when you know the Tooth Fairy is coming to collect it, that can really make things interesting. Of course, you and I know that the Tooth Fairy isn’t quite what she seems, but as long as it helps your kids shake their fear of shedding those baby teeth, it seems a pretty harmless story.
Because of the prevalence of Tooth Fairy traditions in our culture, I got to wondering about her — what’s her background, where did she even come from? Turns out that some of the traditions related to the Tooth Fairy are at least as old as the Vikings.
You probably know what most of your major groupings of teeth are called. You know your tongue is in the bottom of your mouth and your lips cover the whole shebang. But how much time do you spend pondering the roof of your mouth?
Even though we dentists seem to laser focus on your teeth and jaws, we also know a fair amount about the roof of your mouth. As it turns out, it’s not just a good way to keep you from touching your tongue to your brain. There are some really neat things going on up there.
There’s nothing quite like a beautifully rich cheesecake or a thick, medium rare steak, but you’ve reached a point where the heartburn and acid reflux just aren’t worth the amazing flavors of your favorite dish. Your dentist expressed concerned about your tooth enamel at your last visit, is it possible that these two things are connected?