Ages 12-18

What Are Sealants? Should I Get Them?

Almost two-thirds of all dental decay involves the developmental pits and fissures on the occlusal (chewing surfaces) of the posterior teeth. Sealants are recommended for newly erupted permanent molars.  The sealants act like a raincoat and protect or seal the

Mouthguards While in Braces?

Many parents and children often wonder if a mouthguard can be worn with braces. Absolutely! It is highly recommended by the American Dental Association that kids wear mouthguards when participating in any sports, especially while they are undergoing orthodontics.  Mouthguards

Molar Hypomineralization (MH) or Chalky Teeth

In this condition, the permanent teeth appear soft and discolored (white, cream, yellow or brown) and sharply bordered against normal enamel.  One or up to all four molars may be involved, as well as, the anterior incisors.  This criteria separates

Handling Dental Emergencies

Knocked-out Tooth: Baby Tooth (Primary):  damage to a primary tooth could also harm the permanent tooth underneath it. If the tooth is completely out, do NOT try to put it back in the socket. Clean the area and apply pressure

Geographic Tongue

Geographic tongue (benign migratory glossitis or erythema migrans) is an oral condition affecting the top and sides of the tongue. The exact cause is unknown but studies have found geographic tongue to be the result of inflammation from the loss

How Many Names For Sugar Can You Identify?

Sugar or sucrose goes by many different names, 60 to be exact!!  This makes it very difficult to figure out how much sugar a food or liquid actually contains.  The World Health Organization (WHO) and the American Heart Association (AHA)

Cheek, Tongue and Lip Biting Habits

Is it harmful if I bite or chew on my cheek, tongue or lips? Yes, continued trauma and chronic irritation to your oral tissues can result in painful mouth sores or ulcers. Repeated trauma to these areas can also leave

Diabetes and Gum Disease

Diabetes is one of the most common diseases diagnosed within the United States and around the world. Diabetes affects the body’s ability to process sugars. Many people who have diabetes don’t realize that it can also affect their mouth and