Online Dental Education Library

Our team of dental specialists and staff strive to improve the overall health of our patients by focusing on preventing, diagnosing and treating conditions associated with your teeth and gums. Please use our dental library to learn more about dental problems and treatments available. If you have questions or need to schedule an appointment, contact us.

It is our goal to keep your mouth healthy, your teeth fully functional, and your smile bright — and we are proud of all the services we offer to do exactly that. At the same time, we want you to understand all that modern dentistry in general has to offer you. To that end, we have assembled a first-rate dental library in which you can find a wealth of information on various dental topics, including:

Cosmetic general dentistryCosmetic & General Dentistry

From a thorough professional cleaning to a full smile makeover, there is an amazing array of services that cosmetic and general dentists offer to make sure your teeth stay healthy, function well and look great. If your smile is not all you want it to be, this is the place to start. Read more about Cosmetic & General Dentistry.

EndodonticsEndodontics

This is the branch of dentistry that focuses on the inside of the tooth — specifically the root canals and sensitive, inner pulp (nerve) tissue. When this tissue becomes inflamed or infected, a root canal procedure may become necessary. But contrary to the popular myth, a root canal doesn't cause pain, it relives it. Read more about Endodontics.

Implant DentistryImplant Dentistry

If you are missing one or more teeth, dental implants offer the comfort and security of a permanent replacement that looks and functions just like your natural teeth. Dental implants also help preserve the tooth-supporting bone in your jaw that naturally deteriorates when even one tooth is lost. Read more about Implant Dentistry.

Oral HealthOral Health

Oral health is an essential component of general health and well-being. Good oral health means a mouth that's free of disease; a bite that functions well enough for you to eat without pain and get ample nutrition; and a smile that lets you express your happiest emotions with confidence. Read more about Oral Health.

Oral HygieneOral Hygiene

A major goal of modern dentistry is to help you keep your teeth and gums healthy for a lifetime. By following a conscientious program of oral hygiene at home, and coming to the dental office for routine cleanings and exams, you have the best chance of making this goal a reality. Read more about Oral Hygiene.

Oral SurgeryOral Surgery

The word “surgery” often brings to mind a stay in the hospital, general anesthesia, and perhaps a lengthy recovery period. However, the experience of having oral surgery is usually very different from that. Some common oral surgery procedures include: tooth extractions, dental implant placement, and biopsies of suspicious oral lesions. Read more about Oral Surgery.

OrthodonticsOrthodontics

Adults and kids alike can benefit from the boost in self-confidence that comes from having a great-looking smile with beautifully aligned teeth. Orthodontic treatment can even improve chewing, speaking and oral hygiene in certain cases. And with today's virtually invisible orthodontic appliances, it's possible to keep your treatment a private matter… until your new smile is unveiled, of course! Read more about Orthodontics.

Pediatric DentistryPediatric Dentistry

It's never too early to get your child started on the path toward a lifetime of good oral health, and there are many services to do exactly that. Monitoring your child's dental growth and development, and preventing and intercepting dental diseases along the way, is the primary focus of pediatric dentistry. Read more about Pediatric Dentistry.

Periodontal TherapyPeriodontal Therapy

If you want to keep your teeth for life — a completely reasonable goal in this day and age — you need to make sure the tissues that surround them are also healthy. Should gum problems arise, you may need periodontal therapy to restore diseased tissues to health. Read more about Periodontal Therapy.

TechnologyTechnology

In the field of dentistry, new technology is constantly changing the way diseases are diagnosed, routine procedures are performed, and illnesses are prevented. Although they may seem unfamiliar at first, new and improved dental technologies offer plenty of real benefits for patients. Read more about Technology.

 

 

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Patient Education
... Oral Hygiene A major goal of modern dentistry is to help you keep your teeth and gums healthy for a lifetime...

Dental Implants
... Implant Care and Maintenance There are only two ways an implant can lose attachment to the bone and fail once it has successfully fused: poor oral hygiene or excessive biting forces...

TV Design Guru Nate Berkus Shares the Secrets Behind His Dazzling Smile
...” And we totally agree! For this reason we have put together the following list of facts and oral hygiene tips: Over 50% of plaque accumulation occurs in the protected areas between teeth — a place that may be difficult or even impossible to reach with a toothbrush...

Top 5 Tips for Good Oral Hygiene
...But dentists can’t accomplish that goal by ourselves — we need your help! Maintaining good oral hygiene is the best way to ensure that your smile stays as healthy as it should be...

Determining the Right Whitening Approach is Key to Brightening a Dull Smile
...Besides limiting consumption of stain-causing foods and maintaining daily oral hygiene, you can also diminish extrinsic staining with a bleaching application...

There May Be More Than Meets The Eye With Dental Implants
...   You still need to have good oral hygiene   To stave off infection and gum disease, which can cause problems for your implant, it’s important to adopt good oral hygiene...

Christie Brinkley's Tips on Tooth Whitening
...” And while most of her smile's appeal comes naturally, Christie does give it a boost with good oral hygiene, regular dental checkups and tooth whitening...

Christie Brinkley's All-American Smile
... Brinkley attributes her famous smile to a combination of good genetics (she inherited her mother's “beautiful straight teeth”), combined with the intelligence to practice good oral hygiene and have regular dental appointments...

Tom Hanks' Abscessed Tooth Gets Cast Away
...But if you do have a tooth that can’t be saved, we promise we won’t remove it with an ice skate! The best way to prevent an abscess from forming in the first place is to practice conscientious oral hygiene...

Sofia Vergara: 'Obsessed' With Oral Hygiene
... Even if you are meticulous about your daily oral hygiene routine at home, there are plenty of reasons for regular checkups...

Even Celebrities Like Jennifer Lawrence Aren't Immune From Bad Breath!
... Finally, maintaining excellent oral hygiene is a great way to avoid bad breath...

Cleaning Around Implants Crucial to Protecting Them from Loss
...But don’t think that means you can relax your oral hygiene habits — even though the implant itself can’t be infected, the surrounding gum tissues and bone can...

Limit Sugar in Your Diet for Better Oral and General Health
Even after decades emphasizing oral hygiene and supplemental fluoride to fight dental disease, we’re now seeing an increase in tooth decay, especially among children...

To Prevent Tooth Decay, Practice Effective Brushing and Flossing
... If you would like more information on proper oral hygiene, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation...

Beyonce Makes Flossing a Family Affair
...taken-by=beyonce We’re happy that this clip highlights the importance of helping kids get an early start on good oral hygiene...

Nancy O'Dell on Making Oral Hygiene Fun for Kids
...” Seems like this savvy mom is on to something! Just because good oral hygiene is a must for your child’s health and dental development, that doesn’t mean it has to feel like a chore...

In Today's NFL, Oral Hygiene Takes Center Stage
...That's why we're so pleased to see some NFL QB's setting great examples of… wait for it… excellent oral hygiene...

Keep the Space between an Implant-Supported Bridge and the Gums Clean
... If you would like more information on oral hygiene with dental implants, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation...

Expert Advice: Vivica A. Fox on Kissing and Oral health
Is having good oral hygiene important to kissing...

Restore Your Smile With Dental Implants
With good oral hygiene, regular professional dental care, and a little luck, more and more Americans are keeping most or all of their natural teeth longer than ever before...

Teens May Need a Temporary Replacement for Missing Teeth
...Regardless of the type of solution chosen, it’s important to maintain good oral hygiene, especially around a bridge...

Tackling Dental Plaque
...But even though you can remove much of the plaque in your mouth with a toothbrush and dental floss, there are nooks and crannies that are hard to access with these basic oral hygiene tools...

Invisalign for Adults
...Here are some other advantages of the Invisalign system: Improved Oral Hygiene — With an orthodontic appliance that is removable, you will be able to clean your teeth much more easily than if you were wearing metal braces...

Invisalign for Teens
...But brushing and flossing can be much harder to do around the brackets and wires of braces — and oral hygiene often suffers...

How To Brush
...That's understandable — but there may come a point when we find our oral hygiene techniques could use improvement...

How To Floss
...But whichever way works best for you, the important thing is to keep it up! Related Articles Oral Hygiene Behavior — Dental Health for Life The best tools for maintaining your oral health and minimizing dental problems are a quality toothbrush, toothpaste, a roll of dental floss, approved mouthwash and good diet...

Interdental Cleaning Devices
...You've heard it many times before, at office visits and checkups: Proper oral hygiene is your first line of defense against tooth decay and gum disease...

Mouthrinses
...As part of a regular program of oral hygiene, mouthrinses (which are sometimes called mouthwashes) can be effective at reducing plaque, controlling bad breath, and helping to prevent tooth decay and gum disease...

Oral Hygiene for Kids
...By establishing good oral hygiene routines for your children right from the start, you'll give them the best chance of keeping their teeth healthy — forever...

Tips to Prevent Cavities
...This acid mainly comes from two sources: your diet, and certain oral bacteria that thrive in the absence of effective oral hygiene...

Toothpaste
...Don't forget that regular brushing is one of the best ways to prevent tooth decay and maintain good oral hygiene...

Fillings
...And remember, tooth decay is a very preventable disease; with good oral hygiene and professional care, you can make your most recent cavity your last! Related Articles The Natural Beauty of Tooth-Colored Fillings The public's demand for aesthetic tooth-colored (metal free) restorations (fillings) together with the dental profession's desire to preserve as much natural tooth structure as possible, has led to the development of special “adhesive” tooth-colored restorations...

Tooth Decay Prevention
...The basic aspects of this process are practicing good oral hygiene at home, and coming in to the dental office for regular cleanings and checkups...

Age One Dental Visit
...Equally important is reviewing the proper ways to care for a young child's mouth, going over your child's developmental milestones, and discussing the importance of good oral hygiene...

Pregnancy & Your Child's Developing Teeth
...But did you know this extra TLC extends to oral hygiene...

Sealants
...In fact, good nutrition and oral hygiene can start right away...

Space Maintainers
...It is very important that anyone wearing a space maintainer keep up good oral hygiene at home and have regular professional dental cleanings...

Thumb Sucking
...At these appointments, you and your child can also learn effective oral hygiene techniques to help prevent tooth decay...

Loose Teeth & Bite Problems
...The infection results from bacterial plaque that sits on your teeth in the absence of effective oral hygiene...

Non-Surgical Periodontal Treatment
...At that point, keeping up your oral hygiene routine at home and having regular checkups and cleanings at the dental office will give you the best chance to remain disease-free...

Oral Systemic Connection
...Finally, to keep your gums healthy between office visits, you need to develop an effective oral hygiene routine you can practice at home...

Professional Teeth Cleanings
...(Of course, if you aren't quite so meticulous about your oral hygiene, it's even more important!) After a thorough cleaning, your teeth will feel smooth and squeaky-clean, and they will probably look a lot brighter too...

Cleft Lip & Palate Repair
...In fact, good nutrition and oral hygiene can start right away...

Oral Diagnosis and Biopsies
...Getting some rest and maintaining good oral hygiene will also help you get back to normal as quickly as possible...

Aging & Dental Health
... Yet maintaining good oral hygiene is critically important as we age...

Bad Breath
...Poor oral hygiene sets the stage for these problems, as well as for tooth decay and gum disease, which can also cause foul odors...

Blood Pressure Medications & Your Gums
...This can cause a rapid deterioration in oral hygiene that may lead to full-blown gum disease if not treated promptly...

Diabetes & Oral Health
...While much depends on the individual situation, some typical procedures might include: scaling and root planing (a deep cleaning that removes plaque bacteria from teeth, both above and below the gum line); antibiotic therapy; and oral hygiene self-care instruction...

Fluoride
...If you are lax about oral hygiene, drink soda and snack throughout the day, your risk will be much higher...

Oral Piercings
...Some studies have even shown that, over time, this condition makes gum disease more likely — primarily because it's more difficult to practice good oral hygiene with an irregular gum line...

Pregnancy, Hormones & Oral Health
...So if you experience the signs and symptoms mentioned above, you'll want to redouble your oral hygiene efforts, both for your sake and your baby's...

Preventive Dentistry
...Likewise, the importance of maintaining a good oral hygiene routine at home cannot be overstated...

Professional Teeth Cleanings
...(Of course, if you aren't quite so meticulous about your oral hygiene, it's even more important!) After a thorough cleaning, your teeth will feel smooth and squeaky-clean, and they will probably look a lot brighter too...

Air Abrasion
...Read Article Oral Hygiene Behavior — Dental Health for Life The best tools for maintaining your oral health and minimizing dental problems are a quality toothbrush, toothpaste, a roll of dental floss, approved mouthwash and good diet...

Laser Decay Diagnosis
...It's probably due in part to improved oral hygiene, and, ironically, the increased use of fluoride in toothpaste and in tap water...

Dental Implants FAQs
...Although implant teeth will never decay, the gum tissues around them can become inflamed or infected in the absence of good oral hygiene...

Top Reasons to Choose Dental Implants
...Good oral hygiene and regular visits to the dental office for professional cleanings and exams is the best way to prevent gum disease, and to ensure your dental implants last a lifetime, as they're designed to do...

Oral Health
...Effective oral hygiene involves brushing your teeth twice daily with a fluoride toothpaste and flossing at least once per day to remove plaque from between the teeth...

Oral Hygiene
...That's another reason why maintaining good oral hygiene is so important...

Pediatric Dentistry
...Though this may sound early, learning proper pediatric oral hygiene techniques, checking for cavities, and watching for developmental problems is extremely important...

Periodontal Therapy
...If we maintain good oral hygiene and have regular professional cleanings and oral examinations, chances are we can keep our natural teeth for life...

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