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, catching problems in their early... read more »

Dental Implant Placement Basics as a Step-by-Step Process

If you have ever lost a tooth, you might have more than just a gap between your teeth. If a lost tooth is not replaced, the bone in the jaw that supported the lost tooth starts to deteriorate. That’s because when you chew your food, there’s no more stimulation to the bone from the missing tooth’s chewing action. Over time,... 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, as it is the outermost covering that protects the more vulnerable dentin and tooth pulp below. Your enamel comes equipped for the job as the hardest substance in your body. However, because it doesn’t have living cells it can’t grow... read more »

How Routine Dental Checkups Help Your Smile in the Long Run

When you come in for dental exams and we have cleaned your teeth and gum line and removed any hardened plaque, our dentist can look at them for any signs of trouble, such as cavities, loose or broken teeth, damaged fillings, and evaluate your risk rate of certain diseases which might also take into account your family history. We will... read more »

Brushing After a Meal

Brushing your teeth at least two times a day can help strengthen and brighten your smile, but how long should you wait to brush after you eat? Depending on the meal or snack you eat, the time changes for how long you should wait to brush your teeth. Our dentist, Dr. Tim Woodruff, wants you to have the healthiest teeth... read more »

Understanding TMJs

Preventing a TMJ disorder from arising includes understanding its causes and minimizing the risks involved. A TMJ disorder is an oral health condition in which damage to your temporomandibular joints, also commonly known as your TMJs, has occurred. If damage has occurred to your TMJs, you may experience issues with your oral health due to a downturn in your mouth’s... read more »

Denture Adhesive Can Help Hold Your Complete Denture in Place

Individuals in the process of terminal dentition often have complications related to bone loss from chronic gum disease. Patients who have lost significant oral structure to long-term periodontitis may not be a good candidate for a dental implant restoration treatment plan. In cases like this our dentist might recommend extracting the remaining teeth to prepare the remaining periodontal structure for... read more »

The Links Between Your Oral Health and Dental Erosion

Dental erosion is an issue that frequently plagues individuals who have poor oral hygiene. If you are not routinely brushing and flossing correctly or fail to visit your dentist as needed for routine checkups, you could be placing your smile at an increased risk of several oral health ailments. To help lower your risk of dental erosion, it's important to... read more »

Oral Health Strategies: Oral Cancer Screenings

Your smile is always a risk for dental damage, so it is important to have protective plans in place to protect your teeth as much as possible. This includes prevention plans and preemptive procedures including oral cancer screenings. Due to the risks of oral cancer in all individuals, it is essential to always look for signs and symptoms of its... read more »