I Have a Microbiome…in My Mouth?

Not all bacteria are bad!  Our bodies also host a range of good bacteria that help keep us healthy.  They are part of your body’s microbiome, which is defined as a community of microorganisms (such as bacteria, fungi, and viruses) living on or in the human body.  There is an emerging field of medical research on our microbiomes and how the bacteria…

An Interview with Dr. Karagiorgos on Antibiotic Prophylaxis

Antibiotic prophy….say what?! For most of our patients, antibiotic prophylaxis is something they’ve never heard of and don’t need to worry about.  However, for some of our patients, particularly with heart conditions, it can be an important part of their oral health care. In short, antibiotic prophylaxis is the use of antibiotics before a dental procedure to prevent a bacterial infection elsewhere…

An Interview with Dr. Brunacini on Oral Cancer Screening

Did you know that your routine dental check-up could save your life?  Dentists are on the front lines of a growing health concern: oral cancer.  Oral cancer is the uncontrollable growth of cells that invade the oral cavity (mouth) and the oropharynx (part of the throat at the back of the mouth).  According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, approximately 53,000 people will…

5 Oral Health Tips for Seniors

Oral health is important no matter your age.  It’s not just a part of maintaining a beautiful smile, but also a crucial element in overall wellness and quality of life.  The health of your body and the health of your mouth are connected, and both require ongoing care. This is especially true for our older patients.  Aging certainly doesn’t mean you have…

Integrative Dental Care for the Whole Person

January is a great time to think about your health…and why not take an integrative approach and think about your oral health as well.  Poor dental care has been linked to cardiovascular disease and complications in diabetes.  Your dentist can be a part of your health care team and help you set up an oral health plan that takes your whole body’s…

Season of Giving: FDA’s Favorite Dental Charity

‘Tis the season…to give!  One of our favorite parts of the holiday season is the opportunity to give back to those in need.  We believe that everyone deserves a healthy smile and access to oral health care. That’s why we’ve partnered with Dental Lifeline Network and their Donated Dental Services (DDS) to help people in our community receive the dental care they…

You Better Wise Up…About Wisdom Teeth!

Third molars, prehistoric chompers, painful nuisances…we’re talking about wisdom teeth! You’ve probably known someone who has had their wisdom teeth removed, but what are these mysterious molars and why do they need to be removed?  Let’s be wise and learn more! What are Wisdom Teeth? Between the age of 16 to 25, most people develop a third set of molars that are…

Five Fun Facts About Saliva

What do you think when you hear the word saliva?  Cute baby drool-bubbles? Gross spit on the sidewalk?  An amazing bacteria-fighting superhero in your mouth? Get ready to get excited about saliva, one of the most important fluids in oral health!  It plays a significant role in maintaining not just your teeth and gums, but also your overall health. Here are five…

Make Oral Care “Smart” with a Toothbrush of the Future!

Oral care is important and with ever-changing technology, there are more and more options to help make it just a bit easier. In the early ‘90s, the electric toothbrush entered the market, helping to improve oral care for millions of Americans. But in 2018, inventors are setting out to create even more options to make brushing your teeth effortless. We found three…

How Diet Affects Oral Health

We all know how food choices affect the body, but did you know they also affect oral health? It may not be as evident, but if you were to examine your mouth on a cellular level, you would find a wealth of health information there, often before health problems manifest elsewhere in your body. With that in mind, we’d like to share…