Dental Services

Oral Hygiene Tips From Your Dentist

A dentist is a healthcare professional who maintains oral health by diagnosing and treating tooth decay, gum disease, and other dental problems. They also provide education and guidance to promote good oral hygiene practices and dietary habits.

Many dentists own and operate their own dental practice, which offers them a high degree of independence and flexibility in their professional life. This career can be very rewarding and enjoyable. For more information, click the link provided to proceed.

Maintaining good oral hygiene is important for your self-esteem and overall health. Your dentist may recommend you brush your teeth twice a day and floss once a day. If you don’t adhere to this advice, you could end up with tooth decay and gum disease, which can lead to more serious health problems.

Brushing and flossing help control bacterial populations in your mouth. This reduces the risk of oral health issues, such as cavities, and it also lessens the chance that germs in your mouth will enter your bloodstream and cause diseases elsewhere in the body, such as heart disease or diabetes.

A good dental care routine can also help prevent bad breath, which can affect your confidence and your ability to engage with others. To improve your oral health, be sure to avoid certain foods and drinks that can damage your teeth, such as sugary ones or those with high acid content.

Preventive Care

You’ve probably heard that you should brush your teeth twice daily for two minutes each time, floss regularly and use mouthwash to prevent gum disease, cavities and bad breath. These habits, along with routine dental visits to the dentist, are the foundation of a good oral health plan.

Preventive care includes health services like physical exams, screenings, tests and patient counseling that are used to help prevent illnesses, diseases or other health problems or catch them when they’re most treatable. Many preventive services, like vaccines against tetanus and other infectious diseases, are available free of charge with your health insurance.

Good oral health is not just important for healthy, confident smiles but also for overall health. Researchers have discovered a link between poor oral/dental health and other medical issues like heart disease, diabetes and even Alzheimer’s. It is important that your doctor know what medications you are taking, particularly those that slow bone loss, which can lead to a condition called osteonecrosis of the jaw (ONJ). These drugs include bisphosphonates (Fosamax and Actonel) and denosumab (Prolia or Xgeva). These medications increase your risk of developing ONJ when undergoing certain surgical dental procedures, such as extractions or implant placement.


We’ve all heard that brushing and flossing are critical to maintaining good oral hygiene. However, it’s important to know that professional cleanings are essential as well! During your bi-annual cleanings, your dental hygienist will remove the bacteria and plaque that cause tooth decay. In addition, they will help prevent bad breath and remove surface stains, leaving your teeth and gums feeling fresh and clean!

During a cleaning, your dentist will also look for signs of problems like broken fillings, cracked teeth, or the early stages of oral cancer. It is important to catch these problems in the earliest stage as they can be easier and more cost-effective to treat.

Dental cleanings are usually covered by your dental insurance, and they can be paid for using funds from a health savings account or flexible spending account (FSA). For more information about dental insurance and scheduling an appointment, contact our office today! We look forward to seeing you soon.


Dental fillings repair cavities, thereby restoring the strength and appearance of the tooth. They also prevent decay from re-entering the tooth, which would otherwise lead to further damage and eventual tooth loss.

Before the procedure begins, the dentist numbs the area with an injection of local anesthetic. Then, he or she removes the damaged area of the tooth, cleaning and washing it thoroughly. A drill is used to remove any remaining fragments of decay and old filling. The tooth is then filled with the chosen filling material and a blue light is used to harden it.

Composite resins are colored to match the tooth and provide a natural look. However, these types of fillings are not as durable as other materials and may chip or wear over time. Practicing good oral hygiene, including regular brushing and flossing, and attending regular dental checkups will help extend the life of your filling. Also, avoid foods and drinks that stain teeth, like coffee or red wine.


A dental extraction is an important tool in safeguarding oral health when certain complications arise. If teeth are severely damaged or decayed to the point where a root canal is no longer an option, then they may need to be removed to prevent further damage and improve the patient’s quality of life.

Tooth extractions also help protect the health of nearby teeth by removing bacterial infection and other problems that can affect them. For instance, crowded or misaligned teeth can lead to tooth decay and gum disease. By removing the problem teeth, patients can avoid these issues and save themselves time, money, and pain in the long run.

In addition to protecting the overall health of the mouth, tooth extractions can also help improve a patient’s smile. For example, if a tooth is severely broken or discolored, extracting it can make room for an oral prosthetic like a crown or bridge, which can be used to close the gap and enhance the appearance of a patient’s smile.


Crowns are used to restore broken or cracked teeth, fix an overbite, strengthen weak teeth, and improve the appearance of your smile. The best way to take care of your crowns is to practice good oral hygiene. This includes brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and rinsing with mouthwash. Keeping up with your routine dental appointments is also important, as this will help your dentist to spot any potential problems and treat them before they worsen.

When placing a crown, your dentist will numb the tooth and surrounding tissue, remove any decay or damage, reshape the tooth, and then cement the crown in place. They may use a traditional technique, or they might be able to use CAD/CAM technology that allows them to make and place the crown in one appointment.

Some patients might experience pain or sensitivity in the area of their crowns. However, this usually resolves within a week or two after treatment and should not last long.


Dental bridges are one of the best tooth replacement options available. They replace missing teeth and help prevent problems such as the shifting of surrounding teeth, improper bites and temporomandibular disorders. They also help to restore the natural shape of your face, improve chewing and speech and prevent bone loss.

Typically, the dentist uses resin to affix a false tooth to two healthy anchor teeth (called abutment teeth), which are fitted with crowns. The bridge fills in the gap left by missing teeth, restoring a patient’s smile and ability to chew and speak normally.

It is important to care for your dental bridges to ensure they last as long as possible. This includes brushing and flossing regularly, as well as seeing your dentist for regular checkups and cleanings. Seeing your dentist regularly will also allow them to spot potential problems and address them early, before they become worse. This can help you maintain good dental hygiene and keep your smile beautiful for life!


Dental implants replace missing teeth and are a permanent alternative to dentures or bridges. They consist of a titanium screw-shaped post, an abutment and a crown. The implant heals in the jawbone, fusing with it through a process called “osseointegration” to create a strong foundation for replacement teeth.

Generally, patients who are healthy enough for surgery are candidates for implants. However, those with chronic illnesses that affect healing or those who smoke may not be. In addition, a bone graft might be needed to give the implant a solid base, particularly in the upper back region of the mouth.

Implants provide long-term advantages for oral health, overall well-being and self-esteem. They help to prevent bone loss, preserve remaining teeth, and promote a nutritious diet. Good oral hygiene is also crucial, so regular brushing and flossing, as well as routine dental checkups, are important. Patients should also follow their dentist’s instructions for dietary restrictions, such as avoidance of hard or crunchy foods.

Preventive Medicine

While treatment is a major component of medicine, there are physicians who place a greater emphasis on illness prevention. This includes promoting healthy lifestyles, screening for diseases, and giving patients advice on their risk factors for certain illnesses.

Oral/dental health is linked to overall general well-being. For instance, gum disease has been linked to heart disease and diabetes. Keeping good oral hygiene can reduce inflammation, help manage weight, and improve your mental health.

It’s important to let your dentist know what medications you are taking, as some can negatively affect dental and bone health. For example, drugs used to treat osteoporosis may cause a bone-weakening condition called osteonecrosis of the jaw (ONJ). It is also important to tell your doctor about any changes in your overall health that might impact your oral/dental health. This is particularly important for people with HIV/AIDS, rheumatoid arthritis and other chronic conditions. This helps prevent complications like dry mouth, which can lead to tooth decay and infections.