Whether being stirred into your oatmeal, smashed by your toddler, or plopped into your bowl of ice cream, bananas are one of the most widely consumed fruits in the world.  High in valuable nutrients such as potassium and fiber, we can all agree that bananas are a healthy addition to most diets.  However, after you’ve…

While some things like plaque buildup and gingivitis can often be ignored for a period of time, if you have ever experienced a tooth or gum abscess, chances are this could not be ignored.  Usually extremely painful, a tooth or gum abscess is a serious condition that can lead to various complications if not treated. …

Apart from the many health benefits orthodontic treatment can have on children, including but not limited to less cavities and a corrected bite, there are many other benefits orthodontic treatment can have on children.  The main reason people get braces is to straighten out crooked teeth, so it goes without saying that one of the…

You may be surprised to learn that detecting a cracked tooth can be hard to do on your own.  While you will know immediately if you chip your tooth or lose a crown, getting a cracked tooth can happen gradually or without you even knowing it.  In fact, some cracks, also called fractures, can’t even…

Do you avoid ice cream because you know it’s going to hurt your teeth?  Do you wait for your hot latte to cool off before you drink it to avoid mouth discomfort?  If so, you are probably experiencing tooth sensitivity.  There are two main culprits of tooth sensitivity. Worn Away Enamel.  Tooth enamel is the…

Dental fillings are materials put on decaying teeth to restore the tooth’s original shape and function and to prevent further decay.  If a cavity is too large for a filling or the tooth is too weak for a filling, the dentist will put a crown on the tooth.  Like a filling, a dental crown restores…

Bearing the responsibility for keeping our teeth safe and healthy, gums serve a very important role in our mouths.  But many times we neglect our gums, both when it comes to caring for them and when it comes to noticing pain and sensitivity.  Most people assume that gum sensitivity is caused by gingivitis, a mild…

Forming good dental hygiene habits is a struggle for most kids, necessary for all kids, and even more crucial for kids with braces.  Traditional braces consist of square metal brackets connected by a wire.  While these kinds of braces are the most popular because of their affordability and effectiveness, because they can’t be taken out…

If your child ends up getting the traditional metal braces, which are the most popular because of their effectiveness and affordability, they will need to be treated with care.  Kids usually wear braces for at least a year, so practicing good dental hygiene is crucial to keeping their teeth healthy.  In addition, every time a…

You may be surprised to learn that orthodontic treatment is often recommended in children as young as 6 or 7. Even though children at this age still have baby teeth, there are usually enough permanent teeth for dentists or orthodontists to make a general assessment. Early orthodontic intervention will make it much easier to begin…

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