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 …

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 …

Do You Suffer from Dry Mouth?

Dry mouth, or Xerostomia, results from inadequate flow of saliva.  Saliva helps protect against tooth decay by washing away food and other debris and neutralizing acids produced by bacteria in your mouth.  Dry mouth is not a disease but a symptom or a medical disorder or a side effect of certain medications.  Left untreated, dry 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 …

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 …