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Why are Routine Dental Checkups Important?

We all know it is important to brush and floss to maintain oral health, but did you know it is just as important to keep up with your routine dental checkups? Regular checkups every six months can help identify oral health issues early on before they become a major problem. These checkups help protect not…

The Facts About Fluoride

We all know how important fluoride treatments are for children, but did you know that fluoride is just as important for adults? It is an essential part of caring for your teeth.   Fluoride, a mineral commonly found in nature, has been proven to strengthen teeth and prevent tooth decay. Tooth enamel is under constant…

Sleep-Related Disorders & Dentistry

When most of us think of dentistry, the maintenance of our teeth immediately comes to mind. However, if you suffer from sleep apnea, your dentist may be one of the first practitioners to recognize this and offer treatment options.   The most common sleep breathing disorder is sleep apnea. It is a serious condition characterized…

Smart Snacks for Healthy Teeth

As you already know – the foods you eat affect your general health. But did you know that the foods you eat also affect your oral health? Our teeth and gums require not only proper hygiene, but also a balanced diet.   A lot of snacks that taste delicious are not good for your teeth….

Will Antibiotics Help Treat My Dental Pain?

Dentists will typically only recommend antibiotics for tooth infections. However, not all infected teeth require antibiotics. In some cases, a dentist may be able to drain the infected area, remove the infected tooth, or perform a root canal to fix the issue. Dentists tend to avoid recommending antibiotics unless they are absolutely necessary, such as…

What is Gingivitis and How Can You Prevent It?

Gingivitis is a common and mild form of gum disease (periodontal disease) that causes irritation, redness and swelling (inflammation) of your gingiva, the part of your gum around the base of your teeth. It is often caused by the buildup of plaque. The bacteria from the plaque produces acids that attack tooth enamel and can…

What Is Dental Plaque?

Have you ever noticed a sticky film on your teeth? That sticky film is known as plaque, the result of bacteria collecting on the surfaces of your teeth, often starting at the gumline. The development of plaque is completely normal and can usually be removed with thorough daily brushing and cleaning between teeth.   Plaque…

Do you have Sensitive Teeth?

You dip your spoon into the container and move a big scoop of ice cream to your mouth. As soon as it touches your teeth, you cringe as your sensitive teeth react to the cold. While ice cream can be a treat for some people, to people with sensitive teeth it’s a treat they don’t…

The Benefits of Sugarless Gum

Do you love chewing gum? Who doesn’t? It keeps your breath fresh, and it helps you have an irresistible smile! Sugarless gum however, can do more than just that. It can actually improve your oral heath!   While toothpaste and mouthwash containing fluoride are the best products for strengthening teeth, sugarless gum has several benefits….

How Often Should You Change Your Toothbrush?

It’s easy to see when it’s time to go shopping for a new pair of shoes or jacket, but when are you ready for a new toothbrush? It depends on your usage, health, and preferences, but before you brush again, read on to see if it’s time for you to get a new toothbrush! You…

Dental Care During Pregnancy

You’re pregnant! You’ve got a million things on your mind, and we get that the dentist isn’t the first doctor you’re worried about visiting. However, it’s important to keep up with your oral health while pregnant. Preventative dental cleanings and annual exams during pregnancy are not only safe but are recommended. During pregnancy, the changing…

Electric vs. Manual Toothbrushes

Brushing your teeth is a quintessential part of your daily dental hygiene routine, and we receive frequent questions from our patients regarding their best options when it comes to a toothbrush. According to the American Dental Association (ADA), as long as one brushes twice a day for the recommended two minutes at a time, both…

The Importance of Flossing

Flossing is an essential step in your oral healthcare routine. Unlike a toothbrush, which cleans the tops and outer surfaces of the teeth and gums, floss is an interdental cleaner. According to the American Dental Association (ADA), interdental cleaners such as floss are a critical component of taking care of your teeth and gums. Cleaning between…

Veneers – What are they and how can they help?

At Dentistry by Design we offer many different services and procedures to help our patients with their oral health and appearance. In this post we will be highlighting veneers and the benefits that can come from them. For those not familiar with veneers, they are a thin piece of porcelain placed over the teeth to…

Top Three Reasons to Keep Going to the Dentist

We get it! Booking your next visit to the dentist might not be one of your top priorities, and MAYBE even something you don’t look forward to…GASP!!! And while you may think your teeth are fine, and you can wait another six months or year, many people don’t realize just how beneficial routine check-ups and…