Category Archives: Prevention

Children’s Dentistry

Children’s Dentistry

Good dental habits start early, and our goal for our youngest patients is to help develop a good relationship with the dentist for great oral health and a lifetime of beautiful smiles.  Most children see the dentist around age three but it is very important to bring them in sooner if you notice any problemsContinue Reading

Gum Disease

Gum Disease

The longer plaque and tartar are on teeth, the more harmful they become. The bacteria cause inflammation of the gums, which is called “gingivitis.” With gingivitis, the gums become red, swollen and can bleed easily. Gingivitis is a mild form of gum disease that can usually be reversed with daily brushing and flossing, and regularContinue Reading

Fluoride

Fluoride

Fluoride is a mineral that occurs naturally in many foods and water. Every day, minerals are added to and lost from a tooth’s enamel layer through two processes, demineralization and remineralization. Minerals are lost (demineralization) from a tooth’s enamel layer when acids — formed from plaque bacteria and sugars in the mouth — attack theContinue Reading

Sealants

Sealants

Dental sealants are thin plastic coatings that are applied to the grooves on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth to protect them from  tooth decay.  Permanent molars are the most likely teeth to benefit from sealants as most tooth decay in children and teens occurs on the biting surfaces of these teeth. The firstContinue Reading