What to Do If Your Tooth Gets Knocked Out

It’s something that none of us expects to happen. Whether it’s a car accident, a thrown baseball or some other trauma, a tooth can become dislodged from your mouth. While your initial response might be to panic, it’s important to stay calm and keep your wits about you. Here are the steps you should take immediately after a tooth is …

Crown Prep: What to Expect

If your dentist has told you that you need to have a crown placed on your tooth, you might feel nervous and unsure of what to expect. A crown is a piece of metal or porcelain (or both) that covers your natural tooth. It’s made to fit your bite, so if your natural tooth has a good shape, the crown will have the same shape. If your natural tooth …

Tooth-Friendly Fall Foods for Better Dental Health

Fall is a great time for cozying up and enjoying warm comfort foods. Sometimes, however, these special fall foods are less than friendly when it comes to your dental health. While you probably already know that sticky (but delicious) pecan pie, the kids’ leftover Halloween candy, and pancakes coated in maple syrup are not the best choices as far …

Myths About Dental Braces

Are you unhappy with the way your smile looks, so your dentist has suggested braces as a possible solution? Or maybe your dentist has told you that your child will benefit from dental braces. Hearing this news for the first time can make you feel overwhelmed and nervous. There are many myths about orthodontic braces floating around, and now is a great …

Your Dental First Aid Kit: What to Include

You probably have a first aid kit in your home that has everything you might need in the case of a minor emergency. It likely includes bandages, antibiotic ointment, allergy medication, a pain reliever and medication for nausea or heartburn. Have you ever thought about putting together a dental first aid kit as well? Having the items on hand that you …

Dealing With Dental Anxiety

Do you feel nervous in the dental chair? You might be surprised to know that approximately 20% of people have some dental anxiety, and that for a small percentage, perhaps 8%, their fear is enough to keep them out of the dental chair altogether, unless there is a real dental emergency. Avoiding the dentist can lead to bigger problems, of course, and …

Baby Teeth: What to Expect

As a new parent, you probably have a lot of questions. While your pediatrician will be able to answer these during regular checkups (and occasionally over the phone when you need reassurance or advice), it can be helpful to know what to expect as you go about the monumental task of raising your baby into a child and beyond. One part of your child’s …

New to the Area? How to Choose a New Dentist

If you have recently moved to the area, you undoubtedly have to find new physicians, a new hairdresser, maybe a new daycare center for your children… and a new dentist. It would be easy to simply promote ourselves as your new dentist of choice, but it’s important that every patient find a dentist who meets his or her needs. Here are some …

Pain Control at the Dentist’s Office

Many people get nervous when they hear that they have to have a filling or a root canal. Some even get anxious when it’s time for a cleaning. While there are many reasons for dental anxiety and fears, one common reason is that people are afraid to feel pain. Lying back in a dental chair is a vulnerable position, and we understand that you are …

Dental Myths: How Many Did You Believe?

Any branch of health care has its share of myths that many patients believe, and dentistry is no exception. Sometimes the culprit of incorrect information is a faulty website or article in a magazine; other times it’s just common lore passed down from generation to generation. The good news is that your dentist is a fountain of knowledge and can …