Common Oral Care Occurrences for Teens

As teens continue to grow, they’re faced with certain dental issues, such as getting braces or having their wisdom teeth removed. Many of these procedures are a normal part of life, while others are proactive steps dentists take to help ensure a lifetime of oral health. Here are a few tips you can discuss with your teen: Bad Breath: Bad …

Fluoride

Overview Fluoride is a mineral that occurs naturally in all water sources, including the oceans. Research has shown that fluoride reduces the risk of cavities in children and adults. It also can reverse early stages of tooth decay! Fluoride is one of the best cavity fighters. Understanding Small particles left in your mouth after a meal breaks down into carbohydrates …

Gum Disease

Definition Gum disease is an inflammation of the gum line. It can affect the bone that supports and surrounds your teeth. There are three different stages of gum disease, gingivitis, periodontitis, and advanced periodontitis. Signs & Symptoms Loose teeth Bad breath or taste in the mouth Receding gums (moved away from the tooth) Visible puss surrounding gums and teeth Swollen, …

Dental Sealants: Save Your Child’s Teeth (and Your Wallet)

You already know the basics of keeping your kiddo’s teeth healthy: Brush and floss twice a day, keep the sugary food and drinks to a minimum, and diligently keep those scheduled checkups. In a perfect world doing these things would guarantee your child a cavity-free mouth forever, but we all know this isn’t always the case. Plaque is terribly stubborn, …

A Day in the Life of a Dentist

Ever wondered what it’s like to be us? As a trusted family dentist in St. George, Utah, we spend most of our time with you. Dentists usually arrive 30 minutes before the first patient and hold a staff meeting. They go through each patient’s records and the procedure to be performed that day. If necessary, plans are made for future …

Why is It Called Laughing Gas?

Nitrous Oxide (N2O) is an inhalation sedation used as an anesthetic to sedate patients and prevent pain. Nitrous Oxide is an oxide of nitrogen, co-administered with oxygen. The gas is usually a blend of 70% oxygen and 30% Nitrous Oxide. Nitrous Oxide is most commonly used as an anesthetic in dental offices, but can used by other healthcare professionals. This …