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The Lowdown on Cavities and Some Stuff You’ll Just Find Gross

Cavities: What are they Cavities are just like they sound—little caves or holes in the hard surface of your teeth. These are permanently damaged areas of your teeth that won’t get better on their own and if left unrepaired can be extremely painful. Bacteria poop (seriously) The road to cavities begins with plaque. Actually, the road to cavities begins with eating sugary starchy foods. When you eat these types of foods, such as potato chips, soda, or candy and don’t clean your teeth after, a sticky coating is left behind. Bacteria love it when you do this because that sticky [...]

2018-11-29T20:55:11+00:00Tags: |

Small Business Saturday: A Few of Our Favorite Local Spots

While most people are aware of Black Friday and Cyber Monday as the start of the holiday shopping season, not everyone knows about Small Business Saturday. The Saturday after Thanksgiving celebrates and encourages shoppers to support small businesses in their community. As a locally-owned dental practice in the Biltmore area, we want to share some of our favorite local shops and restaurants in our neighborhood: 1. Tarbell’s Wine Store This local gem is located in Camelback East Village and is a go-to for any wine enthusiast. It’s the perfect place to grab a bottle for a special occasion and offers [...]

2018-11-21T17:45:17+00:00Tags: |

Why do I have receding gums?

People don’t always realize that they have a problem with receding gums until they’re being told by their dentist or hygienist during an annual dental checkup. Because they are focused on taking care of what they see while brushing our teeth and flossing most people tend to overlook the areas of the mouth that aren’t as visible, such as the gum line below the teeth. As a result, receding gums is an oral health issue that is often missed or ignored. The fact is, receding gums should be taken just as seriously as other oral health problems, because, if left [...]

2018-11-14T15:53:51+00:00Tags: |

Bad Breath: Why You Have It and How You Can Fix It

Bad breath: It’s everyone’s worst nightmare, but it’s (unfortunately) something we’ve all had to deal with at one time or another. For some it’s only temporary, like the kind you get after eating onions or right after you wake up. For others, though, it can be a serious and persistent problem. Officially known as halitosis, chronic bad breath can last for an extended period of time and can actually be a sign of other serious health problems. Whether you suffer from halitosis or just want to know how to prevent it, here’s everything you need to know: What causes bad [...]

2018-10-17T20:49:15+00:00Tags: |

Sports Mouth Guards and Tips on How to Clean Mouth Guard

How to Clean Mouth Guard and Other Sports Tips You know it is important to have a sports mouth guard, but do you know the best way to care for it? Would you like tips on how to clean mouth guard? Dr. D was recently interviewed on the care and cleaning of sports mouth guards--check out this video for more tips: How to Care for Your Sports Mouth Guard During normal use, mouth guards easily become contaminated with germs, including mold, bacteria, strep, and staph. Here are some simple tips to care for your mouth guard [...]

2018-07-30T18:23:39+00:00Tags: , , , |

National Orthodontics Month: FAQs About Orthodontics

Orthodontics isn’t always a priority for patients the way general dentistry is, but it can be just as important when considering overall oral care. People with irregular bites or teeth that aren’t straight can experience decay and other oral health issues as a result. While the focus in October may be Halloween, it is also National Orthodontics Month, which gives us a great opportunity to share insight on orthodontia and its benefits. Below you will find answers to some of our patients’ most frequently asked questions regarding orthodontics: What is orthodontics? Orthodontics, otherwise known as orthodontia, is a specialty of [...]

2018-11-14T15:57:35+00:00Tags: |

Halloween Candy and Artistic Dental’s Dr A on Fox 10 Arizona Morning

How to have an enjoyable, not 'spooky', trip to the dentist this Halloween! For many people, the best thing about Halloween is the delicious candy, and it’s hard to resist digging into these treats. But there’s a downside: consuming too many can lead to extra trips to the dentist when cavities and tooth decay result. Artistic Dental’s Dr. Adhikari chats with Fox morning show hosts Ty Brennan and Anita Roman about important “dos and don’ts” for Halloween candy, so you can minimize the harm it causes to your teeth and still enjoy this yearly indulgence. You’ll find [...]

Biggest Dental Fads: Do They Actually Work?

Thirty years ago, oral care meant brushing your teeth twice a day with a manual toothbrush and flossing; today there are a considerable list of dental fads people are turning to to brighten their smiles. From charcoal products that claim to magically whiten teeth to water flossers that bring dentist-level technology to your home. With any new trend, it’s tough to know if you can believe the hype. There can be an even greater uncertainty when it comes to trying new oral health products, because you could be doing more than losing money on something that doesn’t work. You could [...]

2018-11-14T15:59:10+00:00Tags: |

How to Deal with Dental Anxiety

While some people view a visit to the dentist as just another item to check off their to-do list, others see it as the last thing they want to do. Unfortunately, dental anxiety is common. In fact, an estimated 75 percent of adults in the U.S. experience some amount of fear when it comes to visiting the dentist. For roughly 10 percent, the fear is strong enough to be considered dentophobia, which can be so debilitating that it keeps people from even stepping foot inside a dentist’s office. Whether your fear is minor or severe, we’re here to help make [...]

2018-11-14T16:00:59+00:00Tags: |

Why and How to Floss with Dr. Adhikari

How to Floss and Why It's Important Our own Dr. Adhikari was recently interviewed on Fox 10 about flossing. Why floss? How to floss the right way? It's all very important, as she explains: Is Flossing a Waste of Time? Dr. Adhikari cautions to read beyond recent headlines claiming flossing your teeth might be a waste of time. It actually has a number of benefits for both your oral and systemic (whole body) health. Because your toothbrush can only reach three out of five surfaces on your teeth, there tends to be more bleeding and inflammation [...]

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