Are Your Teeth Scarier Than Your Halloween Costume?

October is here, and it's National Dental Hygiene Month. This isn't a surprise, since Halloween is also around the corner and the holiday fun can have a big impact on teeth.

With Halloween comes treats, and the sugar in these goodies could play some tricky games on your teeth if you're not being careful. This is because your mouth has bacteria that go after the sugar left behind by the candy. This causes acid, which contributes to cavities. 

However, this doesn't mean you should put your costume away and give up on Halloween. Halloween is supposed to be fun, and giving, getting, and eating candy is a huge part of it. Eating Halloween candy as a splurge is fine, but only if you're brushing your teeth twice daily and flossing once daily all year long. It wouldn't hurt to learn about the candies that have the most impact on your teeth as well.

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7 Oral Health Tips for Cold & Flu Season

Having a cold or flu can wreak havoc on your body, but it can also affect your dental health. This is especially true if you have recently had dental work. Fortunately, incorporating a few tips and tricks into your dental hygiene routine can reduce your chances of having oral health problems during or after having a cold or the flu.

Cold and flu season typically starts in October and can run as late as May, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), although you can catch a cold or the flu at any time of year. Furthermore, the CDC says that adults in the United States have an average of three colds per year and children have even more colds.... Read more

How Do Seasonal Allergies Affect Your Oral Health?

Seasonal allergy sufferers know that when allergy season arrives, they will experience a number of obvious problems such as increased sneezing, itchy, red eyes, and sinus congestion or pain. What allergy sufferers don't know is that seasonal allergies can dramatically impact your oral health.

Discover how seasonal allergies affect your oral health and learn what you can do to protect your teeth, mouth, and gums when allergy season arrives.

Got a Toothache? It Could Be Caused by Allergies

Typically, when you experience a toothache, you think you have a cavity, but that might not be the cause of your pain. The cause of your tooth pain could be from sinus congestion caused by seasonal allergies.... Read more

5 Summer Tips for Healthy Teeth

Summer is a great time for fun in the sun with friends and family. It is also a time for backyard barbeques, ice cream cones, and drinking an icy beverage after spending time outside on a hot summer day. Sounds like a wonderful time. But, here's the thing - summer can also be hard on your teeth. Sugary foods and quick snacks instead of healthy meals can increase the risk of cavities and other dental problems.

Here are five tips to help keep your teeth in top shape this summer.

1. Drink plenty of water

Staying hydrated is important, especially during the hottest months of the year. While it might be tempting to drink sweetened beverages, such as soda and fruit juices and iced flavored coffee drinks, these all contain large amounts of sugar that can lead to tooth decay. Sadly, the staple of southern living --sweet tea-- is the "curse of the South" because of its high sugar content.... Read more

Dental Problems and Symptoms College Students Shouldn't Ignore This Summer

College is a great time for learning, fun, and adventure. You're away from home and on your own when it comes to deciding what to do and when to do it. That's great most of the time, but sometimes you forget about the basics -- like taking the best care of your teeth. 

You may have been enjoying all the pizza and Chinese takeout so much you didn't notice the problems occurring in your mouth. Little problems might have cropped up that were simply easier to ignore than to find time to address during your busy class and social schedule. 

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3 Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures for Wedding Season

Your wedding day is one of the most memorable days of your life. Crooked or misaligned teeth, discolored or yellow teeth, and uneven gums can cause you to have a less-than-perfect smile. And that can really put a damper on your big day. Luckily, there are numerous cosmetic dentistry procedures that can quickly and easily help you improve your smile so you feel confident and beautiful on your special day.


If you are comfortable with the overall appearance of your smile, but think your teeth appear dull or discolored, professional teeth ... Read more

What to Do in a Dental Emergency

Dental emergencies have the potential to be serious! You really can't afford to ignore them - prompt care is critical! In fact, failing to get proper treatment quickly can increase your risk of permanent damage, and could result in more expensive treatment in the future.

So how do you determine what is a true dental emergency? And what do you do when you have that dental emergency? We've put together a guide to some of the most common dental emergencies and a summary of what to do when you face these problems.


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Is a Custom Occlusal Guard (a.k.a. “Nightguard”) Right for You?

Woman in Jaw PainIf you suffer from clenching or grinding of your teeth, you may need a custom occlusal guard to protect your pearly whites. Bruxism (teeth grinding) is a common condition, affecting 10% of adults and 15% of children, according to the American Sleep Association. How do you know if you grind your teeth?

4 telltale signs...

  • Your spouse hears your teeth squeaking or grinding.
  • Your canine teeth are completely flat, or even "notched out," instead of having their original pointed tip.
  • You frequently wake up with jaw muscle soreness or headaches.
  • You suffer from tooth sensitivity.

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Antimicrobial Therapy For Gum Disease

Dental ToolsAntimicrobial therapy is a form of oral treatment used to eliminate or reduce the development of bacterial infections in the mouth. The therapy aims to prevent periodontal disease resulting from infections, which can cause painful, bleeding gums and loosening of your teeth.

Preparation and Treatment

If your dentist decides you will benefit from antimicrobial treatment, they will likely start with scaling and root planing. This process removes plaque and calculus (tartar) from the sulcus area around the teeth using either a scaler or instruments as well as an ultrasonic scaling device. In severe cases where there are periodontal ... Read more

Why Dentin Is Just as Important as Tooth Enamel

When it comes to teeth, there's a lot of talk about enamel and why we should protect it, but you never really know why. Is it to keep your teeth shiny and white? Is it to prevent cavities? Both of these answers are YES, but there's an even more important answer: If you don't take care of your enamel, your dentin will become exposed.

If enamel is the star of the show, dentin is the supporting actor. Located beneath your enamel, dentin consists of a sensitive layer of living tissue and tubules that communicate with the nerve ... Read more

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