Youth Sports and Dental Injuries

Dental injuries are the most common type of orofacial injuries sustained during participation in sports.  In fact, the National Youth Sports Safety Foundation estimates that more than three million teeth will be knocked out during youth sporting events in the United States this year. The best way to prevent a dental injury while participating in … Continue reading "Youth Sports and Dental Injuries"

Online Dating and Your Smile

If you are a single American and are currently dating on-line or considering dating on-line, you are not alone.  According to recent estimates, approximately 5.5 million American singles are currently utilizing one or more on-line dating services.  In one survey, 49% of those utilizing on-line dating services reported that physical characteristics from photos and videos … Continue reading "Online Dating and Your Smile"

Looking Forward to Dental Appointments?

For as long as there have been dentists, patients have dreaded dental appointments.  For many, visiting the dentist involves a long wait in a poorly decorated dental office with uncomfortable chairs and five year-old magazines.  Well, not anymore!  There is a new trend emerging that is making many patients actually look forward to visiting the … Continue reading "Looking Forward to Dental Appointments?"

Painless Tooth Extractions

A tooth extraction is the removal of a tooth from its socket in the bone.  When most of us think about having a tooth extracted or pulled from our mouth, it automatically conjures up thoughts of pain and discomfort.  However, with dental advances including sedation dentistry, this does not have to be the case.  The … Continue reading "Painless Tooth Extractions"

Tooth Loss in the United States

Although the prevalence of partial and total tooth loss among Americans has decreased since 1970, tooth loss is still a problem for many Americans.  A full grown adult has thirty-two teeth including four wisdom teeth.  Many adults will have their wisdom teeth removed leaving them with twenty-eight teeth.  According to the latest (1999-2004) National Health … Continue reading "Tooth Loss in the United States"

Hollywood Smiles For Regular People

Have you ever noticed that almost everyone in Hollywood has a perfect smile?  It is rare to see an actor or an actress on television or in the movies who does not have perfect teeth.  You can be assured that they were not all born this way!  Many actors and actresses choose to improve the … Continue reading "Hollywood Smiles For Regular People"

The Benefits of an Attractive Smile

Scientific research has proven that the better you look, the better others treat you.  It is not even a conscious choice by those around you; it is just the way human nature works.  Right or wrong, the reality is that attractiveness can determine how other people perceive you and treat you.  Your smile and teeth … Continue reading "The Benefits of an Attractive Smile"

Starting Out the New Year With Good Oral Health

For many people, the New Year is a great time to get their lives in order and start new, healthier habits.  Some will start a new diet or an exercise routine in the New Year.  You may notice that your local gym gets very crowded in January.  Others will try to quit smoking or using … Continue reading "Starting Out the New Year With Good Oral Health"

Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a common disorder characterized by one or more pauses in breathing or shallow breaths while you sleep.  The pauses can last from a few seconds to minutes.  They often occur five to thirty times or more an hour.  Typically, normal breathing then starts again, sometimes with a loud choking sound. It is … Continue reading "Sleep Apnea"

Your Age and Your Teeth

As a natural part of the aging process, our teeth often become darker due to changes in their mineral structure as the enamel becomes less porous.  Over time, bacterial pigments, tobacco and foods and beverages including red wine, coffee, berries, tea and colas can stain our teeth and cause them to become discolored.  The use … Continue reading "Your Age and Your Teeth"