Pop Quiz! Test Your Knowledge of Basic Dental Health

Welcome to Dental Health 101!  Educating our patients is one of our top priorities at FDA, and we thought it would be fun to test your knowledge of some oral health care basics with a pop quiz!  Relax, this won’t impact your final grade. 😉  So, grab your extra-sharp No.2 pencils and see if you pass the FDA Basic Dental Health Pop…

Jaws: Grinding, Clenching, Popping

When was the last time you checked in with your jaw?  In these stressful times, perhaps you’ve noticed that you clench or grind your teeth more frequently, or that your jaw has begun to pop as you chew or talk.   While occasional grinding or clenching may not be harmful, regular grinding can cause damage to your teeth and impact your jaws…

National Dental Hygiene Month! What Does It Take to Be a Hygienist?

  October is National Dental Hygiene Month and we are lucky to have an amazing team of dental hygienists at Falmouth Dental Arts: Diann, Kelly, Jean, Erin, Alex, and our newest addition Leigha! From a patient perspective, this incredible group of compassionate and knowledgeable healthcare professionals are the people you interact with most:  they perform your routine check-ups and cleanings, and help…

5 Tips for Healthy Gums

Your pearly whites get a lot of attention, but when was the last time you thought about the health of your gums?  Your gums play a vital role in your beautiful smile and your overall health. When you brush and floss your teeth you’re not just preventing cavities,  you’re also protecting your gums from developing gum disease.  Also known as periodontal disease,…

Tooth Culture Around the World

Pack your toothbrush!  Let’s travel around the world and learn about tooth culture in other countries!  While the goal of oral health is the same across the globe, other cultures have different values and practices surrounding teeth.  At FDA, we love an opportunity to learn…come join us in this dental exploration! Tooth Fairy or Magic Mouse? What do your kids do when…

Celebrating Children’s Dental Health Month: 5 Oral Care Tips for Parents

Happy Children’s Dental Health Month from Falmouth Dental Arts! This national health observance brings together thousands of dedicated professionals to promote the benefits of good oral health to children and their caregivers all February long. Falmouth Dental Arts looks forward to any opportunity to help our youngest patients love their healthy smiles and dentist appointments. In celebration of Children’s Dental Health Month,…

Help! I Need to Choose a Toothpaste!

Fluoride and flavors and flip-caps oh my! If you’re staring down the selection of toothpastes and wishing there was a Yellow Brick Road leading to the perfect one, you’re not alone. Luckily, your friends at Falmouth Dental Arts are here to help! First and foremost, as you’re examining the tube of toothpaste, keep your eye out for two key details: the ADA…

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 micro-organisms (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…