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 …

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 …

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 …

Protect Your Investment!

We assist you in keeping your natural teeth for a lifetime. However, it’s up to you to protect your investment!   A healthy smile begins with a solid foundation. The easiest way to strengthen the gums and bones supporting your teeth is to brush twice daily.  Just 2 minutes, 2 times daily helps remove plaque and bacteria Read More …

Perio 101

Periodontal disease is a chronic bacterial infection that affects the gums and bones supporting the teeth. It is a serious infection that, if left untreated, can lead to tooth loss.   Periodontal disease starts when the bacteria in plaque causes the gums to become inflamed. Gingivitis is a mild form of periodontal disease that is most-often Read More …

An Ode to Your Orthodontics

Food and plaque can easily get trapped In the tiny spaces around your braces. So take care of your grill by brushing after every meal And using floss at least once per day. A little effort now is definitely worth your while Because you only have One Life, One Smile! #NCDHM

Oral Care Affects Heart Health

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the US, taking more than 1 million lives every year. According to a 2016 study, gum disease increases your risk for a heart attack by 28%. Researchers believe that inflammation caused by periodontal disease may be responsible for the connection. Regular healthy Read More …

February is Children’s Dental Health Month!

Great oral health can last a lifetime, so help your child develop good habits at an early age: Dental care should begin when the first tooth is visible Eating and drinking habits are the key to a healthy mouth Brushing and flossing are still the best way to fight plaque Regular dental check ups can Read More …