3 Oral Hygiene Habits You Should Be Practicing

The right oral hygiene routine keeps you safe from cavities and gum disease, and it can generally help you maintain a smile that you are proud to show off. Because we tend to grow so comfortable in habits like brushing and flossing, bad habits can sometimes creep in without our realizing it. When this happens, your risk for dental problems can rise without your being aware of it! At our Silver City, NM dentist’s office, we provide important preventive services during regular dental exams. As helpful as these practices are, they should be accompanied by a thorough oral hygiene routine at home if you want to keep your smile in good shape. A review of your current habits, and helpful adjustments to improve them, can have lasting benefits. (more…)

Improving the Longevity of Your Smile

A beautiful smile can be a real asset to anyone. Feeling confident in your smile helps you to feel confident in yourself. When you like the way you look in pictures, you’ll be more likely to smile and even more likely to put yourself in social situations. What’s key is ensuring that your beautiful smile lasts. Cosmetic treatment can improve the appearance of your smile, but constant preventive treatment is what will improve the longevity of your smile. By taking small steps, you can extend the lifetime of your teeth. (more…)

3 Things to Remember About Filling a Cavity

Filling a tooth cavity is something that many people will have to do at some point in their lives. The tooth decay that causes a cavity to develop is the result of actions by different types of oral bacteria inhabiting your mouth. Fortunately, decay is highly preventable, and if a cavity does develop, you have a good chance of treating and recovering from it with the help of a biocompatible, tooth-colored filling. Today, we look at a few important points about filling your cavity, and why waiting too long could make the problem in your tooth much worse. (more…)

How Tooth Bonding Is Used Beyond Cosmetic Improvement

Whether your goal is to improve your smile’s appearance or to restore a tooth that’s structurally compromised, your dental treatment should be designed to achieve maximum results in a minimally invasive manner. This is what makes tooth bonding popular as a cosmetic dental treatment, as it can significantly improve a tooth without having to permanently alter its natural structure. In addition to its lifelike and cosmetically pleasing appearance, tooth bonding also has several properties that can make it a good solution for restoring a damaged tooth, as well. (more…)

How Your Teeth Feel When You Grind Them Too Much

When they’re strong and healthy, your teeth shouldn’t feel much. The enamel that protects them stops your teeth’s main structures from being exposed to things like hot and cold beverages, harmful oral bacteria, and more. If your teeth do start to feel more than they should, then it may be a warning that they aren’t as strong and healthy as they should be. When you have a bruxism (or chronic teeth-grinding) problem, then you may start to feel specific changes in how your teeth feel, including these signs that could directly warn you that you grind your teeth too much. (more…)

Can Fluoride Really Protect Your Child’s Teeth?

When it comes to protecting your child’s teeth and oral health, there are many different tips and pieces of advice that hold merit. However, the most important thing to remember about caring for your child’s teeth is that the key is keeping their teeth strong and resilient, as well as consistently clean. Today, we examine why some children can benefit from fluoride treatment to help further this goal, and how fluoride works to protect your child’s teeth from things like cavities. (more…)

Why Having Gum Disease Should Worry You

The specific way in which gum disease develops isn’t typically complicated. It starts with an infection in your gums (known as gingivitis) that grows progressively worse until it becomes a systemic threat to the health and integrity of your gum tissues. However, the specific reasons why gum disease is such a threat, and why it should worry you if you have it, can have far more complex implications for both your oral and your systemic wellbeing. (more…)

Questions About Getting Dental Implants

If you’ve experienced tooth loss, then you may have already heard about dental implants as an advanced way to replace them. The main difference between a dental implant restoration and a traditional one is the way in which each is supported. With an implant restoration, your replacement toot or teeth will include viable replacements for your teeth roots, as well. Today, we answer a few questions about getting dental implants, and what you might need to consider before you can receive them. (more…)

Why Tooth Extraction Doesn’t Have to Be Stressful

One of the most important benefits of keeping up with good dental hygiene and professional dental care is the ability to preserve all of your healthy, natural teeth. Unfortunately, tooth loss can occur for many different reasons, some of which are preventable and some of which are not. In some cases, the loss of a tooth results from having to extract it due to one of several potential reasons. For instance, if a tooth is impacted, severely damaged, extremely decayed, or lacks support due to gum disease, then extracting the tooth before it’s lost on its own could be a better option for your smile. (more…)

Potential Causes of Tooth Loss to Protect Your Smile From

The thing about tooth loss is that it can have many different potential causes, and sometimes, that can make preventing it seem much more complicated. Fortunately, many of the common reasons for tooth loss are more easily preventable than you might expect. They’re also highly treatable, and often, can be successfully addressed before the tooth is lost or needs to be extracted. Today, we examine a few common potential causes of tooth loss, and how you can improve your chances of protecting your smile by preserving your healthy, natural tooth structure. (more…)