Month: August 2012

The Importance of Parent Education and Early Childhood Cavity Prevention

A new study links oral health problems in teens with poor levels of emotional health and education in mothers. Researchers from Case Western Reserve University, School of Dental Medicine suggest the oral health of teens directly relates to early education by primary care givers. While brushing and flossing go a long way in cavity prevention,… Read more »

Your Rochester Dentist Discusses Tooth Decay, Gum Disease, and Licorice

Scientists recently discovered a potential new use for dried licorice root. In a study published in the American Chemical Society’s Journal of Natural Products, researchers identified two substances in licorice that may combat tooth decay and gum disease, giving credence to the use of licorice in traditional Chinese medicine. Possible New Application for a Traditional… Read more »

How to Prepare Your Family for a Dental Emergency

Even the most meticulous oral hygiene regimen only goes so far in protecting the health of your family’s teeth. Sometimes events beyond your control may lead to a broken or knocked-out tooth. Accidents happen. While dental emergencies are not always preventable, you are not helpless in the event one occurs. Preparation goes a long way… Read more »

Rochester Dentist Discusses Cracked Tooth Syndrome

Cracked tooth syndrome is a term used to describe the symptoms associated with a cracked tooth. Teeth crack for a number of reasons. They endure a lot of pressure simply from the work they do as you bite and chew every day. Older teeth are less strong, and the daily use of teeth may eventually… Read more »

How to Protect Your Teeth at the Movies

The weekend is almost upon us. That means many of us will spend time with friends and loved ones, perhaps taking in a movie. While movies are a great way to kick back after a long week at work, the foods we typically eat at the movies can wreak havoc on our oral health. Soda… Read more »

Rochester Dentist Provides Fun Facts on Chewing Gum

A widely embraced habit, chewing sugarless gum can actually help improve your oral health. Chewing gum causes your mouth to produce more saliva, which helps keep it clean. Harmful bacteria that feed off food particles in your mouth secrete an acid that contributes to tooth decay. Because saliva helps wash away food particles and neutralizes acid, chewing gum… Read more »

Rochester Dentist Provides Tips on Protecting Tooth Enamel

Protecting the enamel of your teeth is essential for maintaining your oral health. The enamel, or hard outer layer of the tooth, protects teeth against cavity-causing bacteria, extreme hot and cold temperatures, and daily wear from chewing. There are many different causes of enamel loss. The acidic nature of certain beverages and foods, as well as… Read more »

Rochester Dentist Discusses Gum Disease in Children

Most people associate gum disease with old age. While periodontal disease is common in older populations, early forms of the disease are especially common in children. The American Academy of Periodontology claims almost all children and teens have some form of gingivitis. There are a number of reasons for this, but the most common is… Read more »

Rochester Dentist Discusses Dry Mouth

Saliva is such a common part of everyday life, most take the clear, watery liquid in their mouth for granted. Some do not have this luxury because they cannot produce as much saliva as is normal. This is a condition called dry mouth, or xerostomia, and it has serious implications for your oral health. There… Read more »

Rochester Dentist Discusses TMJ Disorder and Headaches

Headaches and migraines are a common part of everyday life. There are numerous causes for both, ranging from stress to a collection of serious neurological conditions. In some cases, dental occlusion is a contributor. TMJ disorder, or temporomandibular joint disorder, can cause severe and debilitating headaches patients often describe as similar to migraines. Symptoms include… Read more »