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Periodontal Disease - Why You Should be Concerned

Scale Root Clean From Periodontal Disease | Gum Disease

You may be hearing a lot more about periodontal disease these days than you have in the past. The reason is simple – periodontal disease (gum disease) is a serious public health concern that affects millions of people.

In fact, the Centers for Disease Control estimate that nearly half of all Americans over the age of 30 have gum disease. That’s a whopping 64,000,000 people with mild, moderate, or severe periodontal disease.

Why We’re Worried

According to the American Academy of Periodontology, periodontal disease is a bacterial infection that attacks healthy gum tissue and the bone that supports your teeth.

Without treatment, periodontal disease can eventually lead to tooth loss. In fact, statistics indicate ...

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What Happened to my Beautiful White Teeth?

Woman Covering Her Teeth | White Teeth Picking Up Stain

Has your smile lost its sparkle? Are you embarrassed by stained or discolored teeth? You take good care of your teeth and follow proper oral hygiene, so what’s going on?

Teeth can lose their bright appearance for a number of reasons. It’s not always possible to prevent this from happening, but professional teeth whitening can restore your smile to its beautiful, youthful appearance.

So Where do Those Stains Come From, Anyway?

There are basically two types of staining:

Extrinsic Stains

Extrinsic stains sit on the surface of your teeth and are the result of habits you can control. These stains occur when you consume stain-producing foods and beverages like coffee, dark teas and ...

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Medication Side Effects and Your Oral Health

Medications & Affects On Your Mouth Health | Wilmington DE

According to the Mayo Clinic, approximately 70% of Americans are taking some sort of prescription medication, with antibiotics and antidepressants topping the list. You may be surprised to learn that these and many other medications — including antihistamines, vitamins, and even herbal preparations - can have an unwanted effect on the health of your mouth.

Prescription Medications and Dry Mouth

A number of medications (both prescribed and over-the-counter) indicate dry mouth as a potential side effect. Some of these are decongestants, high blood pressure medication, and antidepressants. Dry mouth is a nuisance, but it can actually create conditions in your mouth that lead to periodontal disease.

Saliva has a cleansing effect because it ...

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Dental Technology – It's Not Just Fancy Gadgets!

Modern Dental Technology | Intra-Oral Camera

We’ve seen some amazing advances in dental technology over the last several years. Innovative new treatments and state-of-the-art equipment allow us to provide you with the very best that dentistry has to offer.

You know that it’s nice to have the best technology available, but you may wonder why all these fancy gadgets should matter to you. Consider the cost benefits; using updated technology, we can diagnose and treat problems long before they become complicated and costly to fix. Because we can pinpoint problems with greater accuracy, dental treatments are also more efficient and more comfortable.

Digital Imaging

Say goodbye to those little pieces of uncomfortable plastic that had to be inserted into ...

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Top Five Reasons to Consider Invisalign Treatment

Clear Invisalign Trays | Cosmetic Dentistry

Okay, your crooked teeth are really starting to get to you. Actually, they’ve been driving you crazy for years, but now you’re at the point where you can’t stand another minute of living with those lopsided teeth.

Of course, you’ve heard of Invisalign. In fact, you know a friend who knows a friend who had her teeth done and couldn’t be happier with the results. Now it’s your turn, but you would like to learn a bit more before you jump – what makes Invisalign so great, anyway?

We think they’re pretty great, too, so we’re more than happy to share what we believe are the five most compelling reasons to choose ...

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Finding the Right Dentist for You

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Too many people have had an unfortunate experience with a dentist that has left them with a bad taste in their mouth (pun intended.) To help you avoid this kind of situation in the future, we want to share the qualities to look for before you choose a dentist.

No matter where a dentist gets his or her training, dental school alone is not enough to prepare anyone to be an outstanding dentist. Being a great dentist takes years of practice, hours upon hours of continuing education, and enough sense to listen to and learn from your patients.

Below are some of the most important qualities that you should be looking for ...

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Look at Those Pearly Whites!

Teeth Whitening | Woman Smiling

Ever wonder how movie stars get those bright white smiles?  Sure, most of the brightness they get is just from regular checkups and cleanings, but what if you wanted to get that extra white smile?  There are certainly plenty of options to choose from and that's why we're here!  Whitening and bleaching can take many forms and can vary in the results.  Generally, teeth that are yellow will benefit greatly whereas teeth that are naturally more gray may not bleach well.  Whitening toothpastes are a great place to start, but will usually only remove surface stains on the tooth.  At home bleaching (Crest Whitestrips for example) will work better, however ...

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