Floss Successfully for a Fabulous Smile

We hear about flossing, in conjunction with brushing our teeth, every time we go to the dentist. But do we incorporate it into our daily routine? If you do, do you know your technique is on point? Let’s review some of the basics of flossing for clean teeth and gums. When you floss, make sure… Read more »

Oral Trauma That Affects the Lip Might Require Some Basic First-Aid

Sports injuries and accidental blows to the face can often traumatize soft tissues including the lip. While some of these oral traumas are minor, a more significant lip injury might require some basic first-aid while you determine the need for a physician’s care. A warm, wet washcloth can be used to gently wipe away any… Read more »

A Badly Compromised Tooth Might Need to Be Replaced with a Dental Bridge

When a tooth suffers from a large cavity or a severe dental fracture, it might be treatable with a root canal. This will restore sufficient structure to eventually anchor a dental crown. However, in some severe cases, the tooth might be too compromised for conventional treatment and needs to be extracted. Once this is done… Read more »

The Best Smiles are Possible with Dental Erosion Care

Dental erosion is the development of treacherous substances, including harmful acids found in foods and drinks, gradually wearing down the tooth enamel present on our teeth for defense. If the erosion remains unimpeded, erosion can ultimately lead to tooth failure. Dental erosion care is essential if you wish to protect your smile. The best smiles… Read more »

How to Keep Your Smile in Tip-Top Shape

You deserve the best oral health and smile possible. However, it’s a little tricky to maintain your smile goals if you don’t take good care of your teeth and gums. So, to help you keep your oral health in tip-top shape, Dr. Jelinek, Dr. Silva, and our dental team have some recommendations for you. First,… Read more »

Is Mouthwash Right for Me?

You already brush twice a day, floss every day, and you want to know–is there anything else you could be doing? Though not a substitute for brushing and interdental cleaning, mouthwash (also called mouthrinse) can be a good addition to the oral health routine of some people.   When used in addition to brushing and… Read more »

What Is the Relationship Between Chewing Gum and Saliva?

What is the relationship between chewing gum and saliva? As many people have probably discovered in their early adolescence, chewing gum creates saliva, and not just a small amount but lots of it. Although it can seem quite unsettling at first, this can be extremely beneficial for your mouth. The reason chewing gum can benefit… Read more »

Facts on Your Toothbrush

How many times have you heard that brushing and flossing are important to your oral health? Had you heard that you should brush your teeth twice every day for two minutes at a time or that it’s best to start brushing in a different part of your mouth each time? However, while brushing properly is… Read more »

Have You Cracked a Molar? Here’s What to Do

Sometimes people chew on hard foods or use their teeth as tools and hear a loud “CRACK!” or “CRUNCH!” in the back of their mouth. This often means they have cracked one of their molars, especially if the tooth is extremely painful and sensitive. If you have experienced this situation recently, then our dental team… Read more »

Complications from a Missing Tooth Can Be Addressed by a Bridge

If you’ve lost a tooth to damage, decay, or extraction, it can have an adverse effect on your oral health and function. At first, the missing tooth might only impede your ability to chew food. If it was prevalent in your smile, it can also affect your self-esteem or cause you to slur your speech…. Read more »