Are X-rays Dangerous?

Our practice utilizes radiographs (x-rays) to help take care of your teeth. X-rays are an important diagnostic tool that helps doctors detect damage, disease, and decay that are not visible on physical exam. Dental x-rays can show: areas of decay between teeth and underneath fillings, abscesses or cysts, bone loss due to gum disease, growth Read More …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Protect Your Smile While You Play

Before you hit the field, court, or trail this season, protect your smile with a mouthguard. A mouthguard is a flexible plastic appliance that is worn during athletic or recreational activity to protect the mouth from injury.  Mouthguards can prevent serious injuries like concussions, brain hemorrhages, jaw fractures, and neck injuries by helping avoid situations Read More …