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ABOUT FAMILY DENTISTRY

Family dentistry is whole-life oral healthcare.  A family practice provides care to patients of all ages. From infants to the elderly. Each stage of life has its particular dental issues. Family dentistry addresses all these chapters in the human story. This discussion first surveys the types of dental care provided by a family practice.  It […]

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TONGUE SCRAPING

What are the three main habits for keeping the mouth healthy? Why, brushing, flossing, and tongue scraping, of course. Wait – tongue scraping? Tongue scraping‼??  Got your attention? Read on. In round numbers, everyone in 21st Century America knows that brushing is the essential self-care practice for oral health.  In truth, we’re not as a […]

Electric Toothbrush

ELECTRIC TOOTHBRUSHES

It’s now been 90 years since the first electric toothbrushes were sold by the Electro Massage Tooth Brush Company. There was a passion in that age for electrifying everything, as today we seem to want to laser everything. The Electro Massage, believe it or not, took it’s power directly from a wall outlet. Through a […]

DENTAL SEALANTS

More than one patient has sighed and asked why our teeth aren’t made of something like Kevlar. That is, stuff that cannot and will not decay. That’s a pretty deep question that goes way beyond a dentist’s scope of practice. The plain truth is that everybody is more or less vulnerable to tooth decay. Well, not […]

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DRY MOUTH

Dry mouth, or xerostomia, results when glands in the mouth don’t make enough saliva. Teeth, gums, and other soft tissues inside the mouth need saliva to stay healthy. A dry mouth is not a happy mouth. Ideally, the human body adjusts the output of saliva to keep things properly moist in there.  Kind of like the […]

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PORCELAIN DENTAL VENEERS

Most people want to have a bright, white smile. There’s a popular belief that people with great smiles as better people, not just more attractive. In fact, some research suggests there’s some truth to this. In contrast, other studies don’t find attractiveness ratings related to tooth color. It’s a tough thing to measure accurately. In any case, […]

DENTAL BRIDGES

When an adult loses a tooth, things start to happen. The empty space seems to invite the neighbors to move in. They do move. Slowly, but surely.  And so do their neighbors, and then theirs. It’s chaos! The new gaps invite food bits to get comfortable where the brush can’t come. Dental hygiene becomes more […]

Gingivitis - Gum Disease

GINGIVA BLUES

Know why that common gum disease is called “gingivitis”? Well, it’s because in medical terms, the gums are the gingiva. An “-itis” is an inflammation, so gingivitis is inflammation of the gums. Hence, gum disease. But we’re getting ahead of the story. To begin with, let’s talk about the gums themselves. Our gums are part […]

IS THIS A DENTAL EMERGENCY?

CONDITION RED? Faced with troubling signs and symptoms in the general area where dentists do their work, a decision must be made. Is this a dental emergency? It’s an important decision, with consequences for the short term and the long term. Some types of dental emergencies have much better outcomes if the emergency dentist starts […]