Alcohol and Oral Health

Now that December has arrived, we are in the throes of planning for the holidays. Along with the added stress the holidays bring, we are also dealing with the effects of the year we have had. For many, the holidays will look very different this year, with cancelled holiday parties and smaller, more intimate gatherings than usual, even just limited to immediate family. Although there will be some differences this year, many of you will still be enjoying a glass of wine at your Hanukkah dinner, a cup of eggnog in front of your Christmas tree, and popping a bottle of champagne to ring in the New Year. Before the liquid courage starts flowing this holiday season, we want you to be aware of how alcohol consumption can affect your oral health.

Find Out If You Are At High Risk For Oral Cancer

November is Mouth Cancer Awareness Month, which is a month dedicated to bringing knowledge and awareness to mouth and oral cancers. While mouth and oral cancers are not the leading forms of cancer in the US, it is all the more reason to focus on risks in your daily life that could contribute to developing the disease. Continue reading to learn if you are at high risk for mouth and oral cancer.

Fillings No One Will Notice

Nobody wants to get a filling, but it’s a very common dental treatment that will restore the health of your tooth and keep it from further damage. During your routine dental check up is when we most often spot a tiny hole forming on the enamel of your tooth. Through the use of X-rays, we can spot these cavities forming between teeth as well. A filling treatment is a fast and easy procedure that will get you back on track to excellent dental health.

Treating Bruxism

Do you have tenderness or pain in your jaw muscles? Have your teeth been worn down, fractured or chipped? If so, you may have bruxism. Bruxism is a condition in which you grind or clench your teeth and most of the time, you do it unknowingly. This can occur both during the day and while you sleep. Sleep bruxism is generally more severe and may also keep your bed partner awake because of the sound it makes.

Important Hygiene Habits

Spring is here! Are you looking forward to warmer weather and longer days as much as we are? It’s a great time of year to freshen our homes, wardrobes and even our dental routines. We can fall into a rut when it comes to taking care of our teeth, but every now and then it’s a good idea to be reminded of these important dental hygiene habits. Read more to find out what you should be doing to take care of your teeth at home.