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 …

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 …

Hygienists Help Patients Achieve Better Dental Health

Dental hygienists are licensed oral health professionals who administer the following services to patients: Prophylaxis (cleanings) Periodontal scaling, root planning, and maintenance Take radiographs Apply dental sealants and fluoride treatments Perform oral cancer screenings Perform in-office whitening treatments By providing essential preventive dental care, hygienists make it possible for dentists to focus on other complex 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 …