One of the most common problems I see among dental patients is that of bruxism, or chronic, habitual clenching and grinding of the teeth. Bruxism affects people of all ages, from very young children to older adults. We most easily recognize bruxers by the excessive wear on the chewing surfac…

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A root canal becomes necessary when infection has found its way into the pulp--commonly referred to as the nerve--of a tooth. In a healthy tooth, the outer enamel and dentin layers protect the pulp from infection, but a deep cavity, a crack or a break, or hard impact on the tooth (such as a …

Did you know that nearly 50% of all women suffer from unexplained headaches, migraines, earaches, neck pain, jaw pain, vertigo or shoulder/arm pain? Throughout the course of my practice, I consistently had at least one patient a week asking if there is anything I can do to alleviate these pa…

Early childhood caries (cavities) (ECC), formerly referred to as baby bottle tooth decay, remains a significant public health concern.1  As a Pediatric Dentist, I am  strongly in support of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) and American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommenda…

“Bad teeth” are commonly thought to run in families. However, there are very rare instances where this is true. There are certain enamel (the outer most and strongest layer of the tooth) defects such as Amelogenesis Imperfecta, but this diagnosis is rare and is usually accompanied by other p…

As dentists, we’ve heard these phrases a million times: “I wish my teeth were whiter” “I hate how crooked my teeth have gotten” “I sure do wish my smile was as pretty as yours.” Nowadays, everyone seems to want a “better” smile.

Every day I meet patients who desire a whiter, brighter smile. Whitening your teeth is a very safe and simple option. Teeth stain or darken due to various factors, but the most common are tobacco use, age, trauma, certain medications, and various foods and drinks. Examples of drinks that cau…

As our nation observes Oral Cancer Awareness Month, Singing River Dentistry and the American Dental Association have joined the Oral Cancer Foundation in its campaign to remind everyone that regular oral cancer examinations by your oral health professional remain the best method to detect or…

Commonly referred to as a “cap,” a crown is a tooth-shaped covering –most commonly constructed of computer-generated porcelain--that fits perfectly over a prepared tooth and serves the purpose of protecting a broken tooth or replacing missing tooth structure.

Tooth loss happens! Whether due to decay, periodontal disease, or injury, the loss of a tooth can affect a person’s appearance, ability to eat certain foods, and ultimately their self-esteem. Thankfully, there are options when it comes to replacing missing teeth. Due to their natural appeara…

Our teeth are surrounded by “gums” or gingiva. The gingiva is very important as it is the protective, outer covering of the bone that hold our teeth in place. If the gingiva is not healthy, it is very likely that the bone support of our teeth is not healthy.

Dental decay is one of the most prevalent, yet preventable diseases. However, most do not really understand what a “cavity” is and how the process of dental caries (what dentists call cavities) can be stopped. First, it is important to understand the structure of teeth. The outer most layer,…