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How to Care for Baby Teeth

A child’s smile is truly magical. Not only is their joy contagious, all those cute, small baby teeth really make their smiles something special. However, what many people don’t realize is that childhood dental care is seriously underplayed. In fact, tooth decay is considered one of the most common chronic diseases in young children. Hearing this breaks our heart, so we want to make sure that you know exactly what to do to best care for baby teeth. The Importance of Baby Oral Care First of all, don’t worry. Parents aren’t the root cause of this chronic disease—lack of information [...]


How to Get Relief After a Bad Pizza Burn

Think of the sensation when you pull a pizza out of the oven and the smell overtakes you. You know you should wait for the food to cool down before you eat it, but you just can’t resist. So you go ahead and take a bite out of the scolding hot pizza, thinking that this time will be different for some reason. Unfortunately, the results are the same every time. You’ve burnt the roof of your mouth. Even if pizza isn’t your weakness, you’ve likely experienced the dreaded mouth burn before. Whether it is from hot soup, coffee, or [...]


Dentures Throughout History

Dental problems have been around for as long as man can remember. Back in the old days, toothpaste wasn’t exactly what it is today. Instead, people more or less had to just accept tooth loss and decay. Because of this, false teeth have been around for over 4,000 years—since 2500 B.C.! Discovery of False Teeth When false teeth were first discovered in history, they were made of wolf’s teeth. Years later, we saw Etruscans using bands and wires to attach both human and animal teeth as makeshift dentures. Cultures from Egypt, Rome, Japan, and more have historically created and used [...]


How Sleep Apnea Affects Oral Health

In the United States, 22 million people are affected by sleep apnea—and that’s only the number of those diagnosed. Sleep apnea, which is a disorder that causes people to experience interruptions in normal breathing while they sleep, is a very dangerous disorder. Since it causes a person to momentarily stop breathing, it can be potentially life threatening. Not only that, but sleep apnea is surprisingly harmful to a person’s oral health. Types of Sleep Apnea Before going into more detail on oral health, it’s important to understand the different types of sleep apnea—obstructive, central, and mixed or complex. Obstructive sleep [...]


Managing ands Preventing Toothaches

Dental pain is one of the worst pains to endure. It feels neverending and there aren’t very many great remedies to lessen the pain from home. The primary cause of a toothache is tooth decay. However, toothaches can emerge due to gum disease, inflammation of the innermost layer of your tooth (the pulp), injury from a trauma (such as a sports injury), sinus infections, dental abscesses, and more. If you’re dealing with impacted teeth, you will also experience a toothache even though you might not be able to see the problem. You’ll likely experience a dull, aching feeling associated with [...]


What Makes Teeth Sensitive?

Have you ever bit into something cold or taken a sip of something hot and felt a surge of pain course through your teeth? If so, you’ve experienced teeth sensitivity and know how debilitating it can be. While it can be frightening, you’re not alone. Many people in the United States deal with teeth sensitivity on a regular basis, both children and adults alike. The reason that people experience this is because of the general anatomy of a tooth. Your tooth and your crown, which is the area of the tooth that’s above your gums, have three different layers. The [...]


Protect Your Teeth This Cold and Flu Season

Cold and flu season can be brutal and getting sick is never fun. Not only do you feel miserable, you’ll probably stress yourself out thinking about all the things you have to do but can’t find the energy for. With your mind racing, the last thing you’ll want to think about is how your dental health is holding up. However, you need to make sure you’re taking the proper precautions to protect your teeth, especially when you’re sick. Your teeth become even more vulnerable if you catch a cold or the flu, so make sure you’re prepared to protect your [...]


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 [...]

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The Importance of Working with a Qualified Dentist for Invisalign

A good smile is one of the most fashionable accessories you can wear, but nobody enjoys suffering through the restrictions that come with braces. Braces aren’t fun, nor are they fun to look at. That’s why, over the past few years, products like Invisalign® have been on the rise. However, in a media-dominated world, it’s important to remember one caveat: not all products are created equal. The process of shifting your teeth for a straighter smile is a big commitment. When performed incorrectly, there are a lot of things that can happen, including added expenses and greater discomfort. To make [...]


Love Pumpkin? Your Smile Does, Too!

Fall is everyone’s favorite season and for a good reason. The few leaves we have here in the desert start to change, the weather cools off, and pumpkin makes its annual debut. With how much everyone loves pumpkin, we might as well re-name fall, “pumpkin season.” We use pumpkins for decorating, carve them for crafts, and even add them to our everyday diet. Coffee shops boast pumpkin flavored lattes, restaurants come out with pumpkin cream soups, and we find a way to add pumpkin flavor to anything and everything possible. We can’t complain; pumpkin not only tastes great, it’s good [...]