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Although your dentist has the delicate task of taking care of your mouth and monitoring your oral health, most of what will be done in your life to maintain your smile comes down to oral hygiene.

It’s true that oral hygiene can be confusing with lots of conflicting opinions about what is effective and what is not. Here are some of the straight facts:

 


Brushing


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Oh no – what can I replace my missing tooth with?

If you’re missing one or more teeth, you may be aware of the impact on your appearance and dental health.  A missing tooth in front affects the way you speak, chew and smile.  Missing teeth in the back can cause your mouth to shift and your face to look older than your years.

The good news is, there are three options when it comes to replacing a missing tooth:

  1. Dental Implant
  2. Fixed Bridge (aka “Fixed Partial Denture” or “FPD”)
  3. Removable Bridge (aka “Partial” or “Partial Denture”)

Each option has advantages and disadvantages, and Dr. Luther can help you choose the best option for you. Read More »

A trip to the dentist can be a very emotional experience.

Like any appointment, there is the time to worry about as well as the cost and, oh yeah, how am I going to explain a cavity if they find one? The whole thing can be pretty stressful.

Thankfully, it’s unlikely that everything you’ve heard or have come to believe about your dentist is true. Just like any other medical professional, the majority of dentists are where they are because they want to see you proudly displaying that beautiful smile you have.

Let’s debunk some of these dentistry myths.


 1. The dentist doesn’t have time for me.


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“I’m your dentist, and I love the career that I picked. I’m your dentist and I (enjoy) the pain I inflict.”
- “Dentist” from Little Shop of Horrors

As unfortunate as this (worldwide dentist-boycotted) song is, the lyrics accurately convey the emotion that many people feel toward their friendly neighborhood smile-smiths.

Twice a year is the ideal number to swing in and say “hi.” A recent Gallup poll, however, shows that one-third of Americans haven’t visited the dentist once in the past year. Though the poll doesn’t provide insight into their reasoning, the excuses always make their way back to us.

Here are some of the most popular ones:


1. It’s going to hurt

This excuse may be reasonable, but it’s also a bad one…very bad. Here’s why:

The truth is that the mouth is a hypersensitive part of the body. It’s full of thousands of nerve endings and any contact with one of those nerve endings can result in a varying degrees of pain.

As a dentist, it is impossible to promise a pain-free experience.  What is safe to pledge, however, is that the amount of pain you feel in the office is going to be much less than the amount you will experience if a dental problem continues untreated.

Take the root canal for example. A root canal is a necessary procedure to save an abscessed tooth and has become a trope for unpleasant and painful experiences. Abscesses can be prevented early on with basic preventative dental care and managing cavities should they occur. Read More »

What is halitosis?

Brush and Floss to fight bad breath.

Brush and Floss to fight bad breath.

Halitosis is another name for bad breath – and over 90 million people suffer from chronic halitosis!  Halitosis is most likely caused by bacteria on your gums and tongue, which produces a malodorous sulfur compound from the decay of food particles and other debris in your mouth, as well as poor oral hygiene.

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Will you provide a good start for your baby’s healthy teeth? 

It’s said that children are the future…and their oral health-care habits will impact tooth health when an adult.

But, it all starts with mom.

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According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, in the US employed adults lose more than 164 million hours of work each year due to poor dental health or dental visits.

Not only are hours of work lost, but poor dental health results in poor work quality. Good dental health increases work success because good dental hygiene affects overall health.

You perform at your best when you are healthy and happy!

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When you lose a tooth and don’t replace it with an implant, bridge or partial, you run the risk of the teeth adjacent to the lost tooth drifting into that space and changing your bite. This can also lead to tooth decay and/or gum disease.

But if you have several teeth lost and don’t replace them with an implant, bridge or partial, you may also experience facial collapse - this can make you look visibly older and more tired.

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The following has been copied from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention of the Department of Health and Human Services website and is no longer available.  We believe this information is still highly useful and valuable regarding health and hygiene.  

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We love top ten lists…and here’s one highlighting foods beneficial to your teeth.

Can you guess which food is most beneficial to your teeth?

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