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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …