Now that November has arrived, many Americans are thinking about celebrating Thanksgiving with their family and friends. They are planning the menu or perhaps finalizing travel arrangements if the family lives far away. We all know about the day after Thanksgiving, Black Friday, famous for its big holiday sales and deals. But, did you know there is another important day that is celebrated the day after Thanksgiving? It is National Flossing Day — a day dedicated to the importance of flossing your teeth and raising awareness about proper oral hygiene.
October is here, which means that many of us are enjoying fall fun such as football games, pumpkin picking, and preparing for Halloween. Halloween is a favorite for many because of all the spooky decorations, costumes, and movies. While we aren’t all easily scared by movies or costumes, we are frightened of the effect extra candy and added sugar consumed during this time of year can have on your oral health. The results of added sugar on teeth can be dangerous to adults and children, so everyone in your family is at risk. We have created some simple tips to help ensure you don’t have any oral frights this Halloween season. Read on to learn more.
We hope that you had an amazing summer! Now that we are all getting back into our fall routines, we wanted to offer a gentle reminder to schedule any needed treatments that we recommended during your last appointment. The days go by fast, and we know that between school, work, extra curricular activities, and events with family and friends, it is easy for time to get away from you. Now is a great time to call our office and schedule any appointments that you or your loved ones need. Delaying treatments can lead to additional treatments and costly repairs. Continue reading to learn more about why dental treatment should never be delayed.
At Friendly Family Dentistry, we care about your oral health and will do everything we can to save your natural teeth. There are times when this is not possible and a tooth extraction is required. A tooth extraction is when the entire tooth structure, including the tooth root, is fully removed from the mouth. Learning that you need to have a tooth extracted can bring forth many emotions. Some patients experience uncertainty and fear, especially if they have never had a tooth extracted before. Many patients become concerned about the length of the recovery.
Children love to be independent. If you are a parent, we are sure that you are nodding your head in agreement. Even if you are not a parent, you have most likely experienced a headstrong child who has been determined to try something on their own. Children seem to express a desire to be independent when dealing with their oral care such as brushing their own teeth. While this sounds like a great idea in theory, it is important that children brush their teeth properly. Many young children have a tendency to brush the front of their teeth or suck on the toothbrush, totally ignoring the rear teeth. Over time, this can lead to decay and cavities in the rear molars. You might be wondering what can be done to help prevent this. Continue reading to learn about a common treatment that can help eliminate pesky decay from developing in the back molars.
Do you like to keep a comfortable distance when speaking to others out of fear that your breath isn’t fresh? It isn’t uncommon to experience bad breath once and a while. A cup of coffee or meal full of garlic often has patients reaching for the gum, toothbrush, or mouthwash. If you are often experiencing people taking a few steps back when you speak with them, you might be suffering from chronic bad breath. Frequent bad breath is a warning sign that you might be dealing with a serious issue that cannot be treated with a toothbrush and toothpaste.
Do you hear the term root canal and start shaking in your boots? Thanks to cartoons, movies, and people’s imaginations, root canals have gotten a bad rap over the years. While root canals are something that many people should try to avoid, they do not deserve the reputation that they receive. Root canals can help save your tooth and eliminate the need for a more in depth procedure such as an implant.
Your teeth play an important role in your everyday life. Did you know that enamel—the white protective covering on your teeth—is the hardest substance in your body? As the saying goes, “Even the mighty shall fall”, and it is possible for your teeth to become damaged if you do not care for them properly. We have created a list of bad habits that you might not be aware are causing damage to your teeth. Of course, by now you are aware that endless sugar and snacking throughout the day is not good for your teeth, or body for that matter, we have included habits that you might not be aware of. Continue reading to see if you are guilty of any of these bad habits.
February is Children’s Dental Health Month, making it the perfect time to review with your child or young loved one about the importance of dental health. When a child is young, they are limited in what they can do to care for their teeth, but they can be shown the proper methods for cleaning teeth, and proper healthy foods to help keep their teeth sparkly white and avoid dental decay.
Are you missing a tooth and are unsure which replacement option is right for you? Whether you are missing a tooth due to an extraction, injury, or genetics, it can be overwhelming making the decision about which replacement method is correct for your lifestyle and budget.