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 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 …

Should OraCare Mouth Rinse be a Part of Your Daily Dental Regimen?

OraCare is a two-part mouth rinse system that uses activated chlorine dioxide to help improve your oral health. In comparison to similar products on the market, OraCare is exceptional because it kills biofilm, fungi, viruses, bacteria, and VSC’s in the mouth. Because of its multiple benefits and uses, our dentists are now recommending OraCare for Read More …

A Few Minutes a Day Helps Keep the Drill Away!

Although there has been some recent debate on the benefits of cleaning between your teeth, flossing is an essential part of keeping your teeth and gums healthy. The American Dental Association recommends cleaning between teeth once per day.  In an August 2016 statement The US Department of Health and Human Services said flossing “is an Read More …

Importance of Good Hygiene During Ortho Treatment

Good hygiene during orthodontic treatment contributes to a smoother process, keeps teeth healthy, and decreases the risk of discoloration and tooth decay. Brush often – twice per day is ideal, but more is even better!  Use flossers to remove additional food and debris that gets stuck in between teeth and around brackets and wires.  Foods Read More …