Meet The New Doctor!

There is a new friendly face in our office! One of our goals is to improve the state of your oral health and maintain that through the rest of your life. None of this would be possible without the knowledge and expertise of our amazing dentists and staff. While you may be used to seeing our dentists in the office, we want to take a moment and introduce you to our new dentist, Dr. Jacob D. Fugate, DDS. Continue reading to learn more about the new addition to our office.

Importance Of Caring For Your Oral Health When Sick

The arrival of fall and winter not only brings about the various holidays we enjoy during this time of year, but it also brings frigid temperatures that can lead to pesky illnesses that are common during the colder months. While we hope you and your family remain healthy during the late fall and winter months, if you should fall ill, there are certain precautions you should be taking when you are sick to protect your oral health.

Did You Know Your Mouth Has Enemies?

There have been a number of famous rivalries over the years, like Batman versus the Joker, McDonald’s versus Burger King, and Coke versus Pepsi. Did you know that your teeth also have rivals? Our goal is to keep your teeth as healthy as possible, but since we see you so infrequently during the year, the majority of the responsibility lies on your shoulders. There are quite a few enemies to your oral health that are constantly lurking, waiting to cause a problem. Do you know what is trying to cause damage to your teeth and oral health? Continue reading to see if you are correct!

Beverages That Are Harmful To Oral Health

You often hear about the foods that are harmful to your oral health because of their sugar content, but did you know that your beverage choice could be even more harmful to your oral health? When you are eating, especially during a mealtime, you start eating your food and finish in a certain amount of time, unless you are a grazer. The difference with a drink is that you can nurse one for hours. Each time you take a drink, you are introducing new bacteria into your mouth. These bacteria cling to your teeth, increasing the likelihood of developing decay.

Important Aftercare Instructions

As much as you might wish you could have ideal oral health your entire life, that is not always a possibility. Thankfully, we have a number of dental treatments available to help you with any issue you may experience. While it is extremely important to be diligent with scheduling and receiving treatment for any issues with your oral health to ensure they do not progress, it is just as important to follow our aftercare instruction for your mouth. Not following our instructions can lead to severe damage to your oral health. Continue reading to learn more.

Pregnancy And Oral Health

Are you pregnant or planning to add to your family soon? While this information may not currently apply to you, many of us have friends and loved ones who may be at this stage in their lives and could use this information. It is well known that pregnancy changes the shape and appearance of a woman’s body, but did you know that it also changes the state of a woman’s oral health as well? While we know there is plenty to do before the baby arrives, we want to share some helpful tips to ensure the mom-to-be doesn’t experience a dental issue or emergency during this busy time.

The Time Is Now!

Would you love to improve your smile but have been hesitant to mention your desires during your most recent visit? Or has it been some time since your last appointment and you are self-conscious about the amount of dental work you need? We never want our patients to feel embarrassed or self-conscious about visiting our office and expressing their feelings. We see patients every day who need dental treatments, and we never pass judgment. We offer a number of preventative, restorative, and cosmetic treatments that can transform your smile. Read on to learn more.

Importance Of Treating TMD

Do you frequently have pain or discomfort in your jaw? Have you recently received a diagnosis that you are suffering from temporomandibular joint disorder, also known as TMD? You may be more familiar with the term TMJ, which stands for the temporomandibular joint, the two joints on either side of the head that connect the jaw to the skull. TMD is a condition that affects the temporomandibular joints, the jaw, and the muscles in the face.

Why Are My Gums Bleeding?

We always stress the importance of brushing and flossing your teeth for optimal oral health. Do you often notice signs of pink or red when you brush or floss your teeth? If so, you may be experiencing bleeding gums. While bleeding gums does not always mean there is an issue with your oral health, as it can happen on occasion from something as simple as food trapped between your teeth, if you experience bleeding gums frequently, it can be a warning of a significant issue. Continue reading to learn more about what may be causing your bleeding gums.

Screening for Oral Cancer

At Family Friendly Dentistry, we are passionate about the state of your oral health. This is one of the reasons we stress routine hygiene examinations for your entire family. During these appointments, we not only clean your teeth, but we also inspect for other conditions and diseases that can affect not only your oral health but your overall health as well. One condition in particular we inspect for is oral cancer. While not among the most common cancers diagnosed, it still affects more than 50,000 Americans each year and can cause great disruption to your daily life.