All About Plaque

Plaque is the soft, sticky film containing millions of bacteria that accumulates on the surface of your teeth. If not removed regularly with thorough brushing and flossing, the bacteria in plaque cause tooth decay and gum disease. Plaque that is not removed can eventually harden into tartar. Brushing and flossing then become more difficult as Read More …

To Floss or Not to Floss?

Flossing is an essential part of keeping your teeth and gums healthy. In addition to regular brushing, cleaning between your teeth helps remove plaque, the sticky film that builds up on your teeth after eating.  Whether you have braces, crowns, bridges, periodontal issues or sensitivity, Drs. Gretchen and Tom can help guide you on which Read More …

Oral Cancer

Oral and oropharyngeal cancer (cancer of the mouth and upper throat) collectively kill nearly one person every hour of every day of the year. Of the people newly diagnosed with these cancers, 40 percent will not survive longer than five years. Moreover, many who do survive suffer long-term problems, such as severe facial disfigurement or Read More …

Preventive Dentistry

After working in a dental office the last two years I’ve come to notice that there are quite a few patients that only visit their dentist when something is bothering them. Despite some opinions, as a dental staff member we are here to help keep you healthy, and the best way to do that is Read More …

Dental Assistant Appreciation Week

The week of March 5th is Dental Assistants Recognition Week! We would like to thank Sally Hutzler (28 years of service) and Debbie Miles (3 years of service) for their extra efforts in providing patient comfort and support; a clean and sterile environment in the clinical areas; assisting the doctors chairside and with clinical administration; Read More …

Children’s Dental Health

Instilling good oral hygiene habits is imperative to help children learn and avoid complicated dentistry in the long and short term. While good dental habits are critical for everybody, it is especially important in children because not only does it equip children with the knowledge to take care of themselves but it also helps begin Read More …

Give Kids’ Smiles a Sporting Chance

A properly fitted mouthguard, or mouth protector, is an important piece of athletic gear that should be worn during any activity that could result in a blow to the face or mouth. Mouthguards can prevent serious injuries like concussions, brain hemorrhages, jaw fractures, and neck injuries by helping avoid situations where the lower jaw is Read More …

Give a Gift that Makes Them Smile All Year Long!

Having trouble finding the perfect gift for that special someone on your Christmas list? Why not give the gift of good dental health? Encourage children’s good dental habits with fun, character-themed toothbrushes and paste. Timers help ensure little ones are brushing for a full two minutes.           A handy bag filled Read More …

the Great American Smoke Out!

Smoking is one of the worst habits for a person’s health. According to the American Cancer Society, “36.5 million Americans still smoke cigarettes, and tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the world.”  This Great American Smokeout, we encourage our patients, family members and friends to make a Read More …