At our office, we believe preventative dental care and maintenance is vital to your dental health. Through regular scheduled exams we check the overall health of your teeth and gums, perform oral cancer screenings, and perform x-rays to detect problems before they worsen. Routine dental cleanings, sealants, and fluoride treatments help prevent cavities and dental disease.
In dentistry, we use the term prognosis to describe how long a tooth will continue to function properly. That term also encompasses any treatment done on a tooth as a predictor of how long the treatment itself will last and keep the tooth in proper function. Giving a prognosis on a tooth or treatment is a little like predicting the future. We are not giving an exact timeline; we are making an educated guess. We want your teeth and the work we perform on them to last as long as you do! (more…)
The History of Dentures
More than 36 million Americans do not have any teeth. Unfortunately, this state, called edentulism, is nothing new. Teeth have been removed due to decay and gum disease for thousands of years. People have also been attempting to replace those missing teeth for thousands of years. There is historical evidence that dentures were made as far back as 700 BC! Contrary to popular belief, President George Washington’s dentures were not made from wood, but from a combination of carved ivory, human teeth and animal teeth. (more…)
Dry mouth or xerostomia is a condition in which the salivary glands do not function properly. In some cases, there is some limited salivary flow. In others, there is no salivary flow at all. At rest (when not eating), your body is supposed to produce more than 1/10mL of saliva per minute, and when chewing, more than 7/10mL of saliva per minute. Anything less than this is considered dry mouth. Some people can tell when their mouth feels dry, but others are unaware of it. If you’re not sure, ask your dentist, hygienist or dental assistant. As dental professionals, they know what normal salivary function looks and feels like and will be able to tell you if your mouth is normal or dry. (more…)