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Online Dental Education Library

Our team of dental specialists and staff strive to improve the overall health of our patients by focusing on preventing, diagnosing and treating conditions associated with your teeth and gums. Please use our dental library to learn more about dental problems and treatments available. If you have questions or need to schedule an appointment, contact us.

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Cosmetic Crowns
...As with all treatments, crown restorations require meticulous oral hygiene...

Dental Implants
...By following a regular routine of careful oral hygiene and regular checkups, your implants will look, function and feel great for many years to come...

Implant Dentistry
... Implant Care and Maintenance  There are only two ways an implant can lose attachment to the bone and fail once it has successfully fused: poor oral hygiene or excessive biting forces...

Facts You Should Know About Gum Disease
... Gingivitis (“gingiva” – gum; “itis” – inflammation) — A response of the gum tissues to plaque biofilm that is left undisturbed (due to ineffective, or inadequate oral hygiene)...

A Link Between Dental Health - And Mental Health?
...Our goal is to help you maintain proper oral hygiene — for life...

Technique Just as Important With Powered Toothbrushes as With Manual
... In all actuality, the most important aspect about toothbrushes in effective oral hygiene isn’t the brush, but how it’s used — or as we might say, “it’s not the brush so much as the hand that holds it...

Don't Ignore Bleeding Gums - A Sign of Trouble Ahead
...Bring your toothbrush and floss with you to our office and ask us to demonstrate proper oral hygiene techniques...

TV Design Guru Nate Berkus Shares the Secrets Behind His Dazzling Smile
...” And we totally agree! For this reason we have put together the following list of facts and oral hygiene tips: Over 50% of plaque accumulation occurs in the protected areas between teeth — a place that may be difficult or even impossible to reach with a toothbrush...

TV Anchor Nancy O'Dell Discusses Pregnancy and Oral Health
... It's especially important to maintain good oral hygiene during pregnancy with routine brushing and flossing, and regular professional cleanings...

An Oral Irrigator is an Effective Alternative to Flossing
...The success of this strategy depends largely on effective oral hygiene with three essential elements: daily brushing, daily flossing, and semi-annual checkups with professional cleaning...

Bad Breath
...Poor oral hygiene sets the stage for these problems, as well as for tooth decay and gum disease, which can also cause foul odors...

Blood Pressure Medication and Your Gums
...This can cause a rapid deterioration in oral hygiene that may lead to full-blown gum disease if not treated promptly...

Diabetes and Oral Health
...While much depends on the individual situation, some typical procedures might include: scaling and root planing (a deep cleaning that removes plaque bacteria from teeth, both above and below the gum line); antibiotic therapy; and oral hygiene self-care instruction...

Good Oral Hygiene Made All the Difference for Ballroom Dance Star Cheryl Burke
Growing up with a dentist stepdad, Cheryl Burke of Dancing with the Stars heard a lot over the years about the importance of good oral hygiene — in particular, the benefits of using dental floss...

Preserving Your Teeth's Enamel Could Preserve Your Teeth
... Following these tips, along with effective oral hygiene, will go a long way in protecting your teeth’s enamel coating — and preserving your teeth in the long run...

Christie Brinkley's All-American Smile
... Brinkley attributes her famous smile to a combination of good genetics (she inherited her mother's “beautiful straight teeth”), combined with the intelligence to practice good oral hygiene and have regular dental appointments...

Certain Factors May Raise Your Risk and the Intensity of Gum Disease
Periodontal (gum) disease is mainly caused by bacterial plaque built up on tooth surfaces due to ineffective oral hygiene...

Nancy O'Dell on Making Oral Hygiene Fun for Kids
...” Seems like this savvy mom is on to something! Just because good oral hygiene is a must for your child’s health and dental development, that doesn’t mean it has to feel like a chore...

Even Celebrities Like Jennifer Lawrence Aren't Immune From Bad Breath!
... Finally, maintaining excellent oral hygiene is a great way to avoid bad breath...

Tom Hanks' Abscessed Tooth Gets Cast Away
...But if you do have a tooth that can’t be saved, we promise we won’t remove it with an ice skate! The best way to prevent an abscess from forming in the first place is to practice conscientious oral hygiene...

Any Time, Any Place: Cam Newton's Guide to Flossing
...It doesn't matter if you do it in your own home, or on the sidelines of an NFL game… as long as you do it! If you would like more information about flossing and oral hygiene, contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation...

Dwight Howard: A Bright NBA Star With a Smile to Match
... Effective Oral Hygiene: Keeping your teeth clean is more important than ever, but also more challenging than ever...

In Today's NFL, Oral Hygiene Takes Center Stage
...That's why we're so pleased to see some NFL QB's setting great examples of… wait for it… excellent oral hygiene...

Help 'De-Stress' Your Child's Dental Visits with these Tips
...So be sure you practice what you preach: daily oral hygiene, a dental-friendly diet and, of course, your own regular visits to the dentist...

Expert Advice: Vivica A. Fox on Kissing and Oral health
Is having good oral hygiene important to kissing...

Sofia Vergara: 'Obsessed' With Oral Hygiene
... Even if you are meticulous about your daily oral hygiene routine at home, there are plenty of reasons for regular checkups...

Don't Let Smoking Increase Your Chances of Implant Failure
...And you should pay close attention to your daily oral hygiene — brushing and flossing at least once — and regular, semi-annual dental visits for cleanings and checkups...

Beyonce Makes Flossing a Family Affair
...taken-by=beyonce We’re happy that this clip highlights the importance of helping kids get an early start on good oral hygiene...

Take Care of Your Gums
... Be diligent about your oral hygiene routine at home: Your first line of defense is your oral hygiene routine at home...

Bad Breath in Children
...If your child has persistent bad breath, it may be for one of the following reasons: POOR ORAL HYGIENE HABITS...

Support Your Child's Dental Development with Preventive Care
... That starts first and foremost with early oral hygiene practices...

Take These Steps to Prevent Early Decay in Your Baby's First Teeth
...You should, for example, begin oral hygiene even before teeth come in by wiping their gums with a clean, damp cloth after feeding...

Keep Alert for this Extreme Form of Gingivitis
It takes only a few days of inadequate oral hygiene for bacterial plaque to trigger the periodontal (gum) disease gingivitis...

We'll Help You Maintain Your Oral Health After Gum Disease
...But now you must face a hard reality: because you’ve had gum disease you’ll need to be extra vigilant with your oral hygiene to avoid another round with this destructive disease...

Five Tips for Top-Notch Tooth Brushing
...That’s why it should be an essential part of your oral hygiene routine...

Oral Health Concerns for Preteens
... A combination of hormones, lifestyle changes and poor oral hygiene habits raises the risk of oral health problems among adolescents...

Keep up Regular Dental Care While You're Pregnant
...Be sure you’re practicing good oral hygiene habits like daily brushing and flossing...

Keeping Your Smile Healthy Through the Holidays
...Keep up good oral hygiene...

Stop Gum Disease Before it Harms Your Health
...If you don't practice effective oral hygiene, however, within a few days you could develop an initial infection called gingivitis...

How Big Bang Theory Actress Mayim Bialik Gets Her Kids to Floss
...Here are some other oral hygiene tips you can try at home: Brush to the music — Plenty of pop songs are about two minutes long… and that's the length of time you should brush your teeth...

Dental Sealants Give Children an Added Boost Against Tooth Decay
... Combined with daily oral hygiene and other preventive measures, sealants can reduce the chances of damaging tooth decay...

Share These Timely Dental Care Tips With Your College-Bound Son or Daughter
...Daily oral hygiene keeps plaque, a thin bacterial film on teeth most responsible for dental disease, from accumulating...

4 Common Causes for Gum Recession
...If you have thinner tissues, you’ll need to be diligent about oral hygiene and dental visits, and pay close attention to your gum health...

No Matter When the New Decade Begins, Be Sure You're Partnered With Us for Your Dental Care
...Nothing you do personally promotes a healthy mouth more than dedicated oral hygiene...

4 Things to Do to Keep Your Child's Dental Development on Track
...Start oral hygiene before teeth...

Inflammation: the Link Between Gum Disease and Cardiovascular Disease
...Likewise for your gums, daily oral hygiene and visiting the dentist at least twice a year reduces the risk for gum disease...

What's That on Your Teeth, Nick Jonas? How to Avoid a Similar Smile Oops
...If you would like more information on tips for better oral hygiene, please contact us or schedule a consultation...

Whatever Your Vacation Plans This Year, Don't Forget Teeth and Gum Care
...To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Daily Oral Hygiene” and “The Bitter Truth About Sugar...

Treating Gum Disease is Good for Your Whole Body, Not Just Your Mouth
...Gum disease is a bacterial infection most often caused by dental plaque, a thin bacterial film that builds up on teeth in the absence of effective oral hygiene...

Removing Hardened Plaque Reduces Your Risk of Disease
...In other words, it takes both a daily oral hygiene practice and regular dental visits to keep your teeth healthy and beautiful...

A Little Daily Brushing and Flossing Can Add Up to a Lifetime of Healthy Teeth and Gums
...That said, though, it's not the be-all and end-all of oral hygiene...

How to Ensure Your Child's Teeth and Gums Stay Healthy Now and Later
...Prioritizing oral hygiene...

What Tara Lipinski Does to Protect One of Her Most Valuable Assets - Her Smile
...Protect this invaluable asset with daily oral hygiene, regular dental visits and prompt treatment for disease or trauma...

Although Challenging, Cleaning Around Implants Boosts Their Longevity
Daily oral hygiene and regular dental cleanings help keep your natural teeth and gums healthy and disease-free...

4 Guidelines to Help Make Sure Your Child's Oral Health Stays on Track
...Start oral hygiene early...

The Preventive Program
...At the initial visit oral hygiene instructions are reviewed and are reinforced at subsequent recall visits...

Medication and Heart Disease
...That’s why it’s critical to practice good oral hygiene to keep infections at bay—this includes a daily regimen of brushing, flossing and rinsing...

What is Tooth Decay?
... Simple Preventative Measures The two best defenses against tooth decay and gum disease are a healthy, well-balanced diet and good oral hygiene, including daily brushing with fluoride toothpaste, flossing and rinsing...

Seniors and Oral Health
... In fact, there's usually no reason for you NOT to keep your teeth your entire life, providing you maintain a healthy balanced diet and practice good oral hygiene...

Bad Breath (halitosis)
...If your bad breath persists even after good oral hygiene, there are special products your dentist may prescribe, including Zytex, which is a combination of zinc chloride, thymol and eucalyptus oil that neutralizes the sulfur compounds and kills the bacteria that causes them...

Canker/Cold Sores
...A healthy diet and good oral hygiene are usually the best remedy, but some special rinses and anesthetics can help...

Cavities and Tooth Decay
... Preventing Cavities The best defense against cavities is good oral hygiene, including brushing with a fluoride toothpaste, flossing and rinsing...

Diabetes
... As with any condition, good oral hygiene, including regular brushing, flossing and rinsing, as well as the proper diabetic diet, will go a long way in preventing needless problems...

Dry Mouth
...Of course, there is no substitute for regular checkups and good oral hygiene...

Oral Cancer
...Maintaining good oral hygiene, and regular dental checkups, are highly recommended...

Braces (Orthodontia)
... Daily oral hygiene such as brushing, flossing and rinsing are a necessity...

Flap Surgery
... A pocket reduction procedure is recommended if daily at-home oral hygiene and a professional care routine cannot effectively reach these deep pockets...

Implants
...In all cases, dental implants require strict oral hygiene...