Facts About Oral Cancer

April is Oral Cancer Awareness month. Mouth cancer can often be spotted in its early stages by your dentist during a thorough mouth examination. If mouth cancer is recognized early, the chances of a cure are favorable. It is important to visit your dentist regularly, as often as they recommend, even if you wear dentures. Read More …

National Nutrition Month

Cheese, milk, plain yogurt, calcium-fortified tofu, leafy greens and almonds, are foods that may benefit tooth health thanks to their high amounts of calcium and other nutrients they provide. Protein-rich foods like meat, poultry, fish, milk and eggs are the best sources of phosphorus. Both of these minerals play a critical role in dental health, Read More …

With Age Comes Wisdom (Teeth)!

Wisdom teeth, also called 3rd molars, are the last teeth to erupt in your mouth. This generally occurs between 17-21 years of age. Wisdom teeth can lead to problems if there isn’t enough space in your jaw to accommodate them or if they come through in the wrong position, like this patient. If your dentist Read More …

Gum Disease Affects More Than Just Your Smile

Did you know that 7 of the 10 leading causes of death reported by the CDC can be connected to inflammation and/or bacteria in the mouth? Evidence supports a cause and effect relationship between periodontal disease and arterial disease. This correlation between oral health and systemic conditions is now broadly accepted by both the medical Read More …

Lasers in Dentistry

How Do Lasers Work in Dentistry? All lasers work by delivering energy in the form of light. When used for surgical and dental procedures, the laser acts as a cutting instrument or a vaporizer of tissue that it comes in contact with. When used in teeth-whitening procedures, the laser acts as a heat source and Read More …

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 …