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Can the health of my smile affect my overall health?

December 10, 2010

Absolutely! Your mouth is a window to your body's health and your family dental center can do a whole lot more than simply keep your teeth clean. Oral health and overall health are more connected than you might realize. Sometimes the first sign of disease shows up in your mouth. In other cases, infections in your mouth, such as gum disease, can cause problems in other areas of your body. Research shows and experts agree that there is an association between periodontal disease and diabetes, cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer's disease and other illnesses. Read More

How can I make my smile look better with help from a cosmetic dentist?

December 7, 2010

Cosmetic dentistry can improve the look of your smile, make you look younger and help alleviate something that's getting the way of a more confident, more joyful you. The right cosmetic dentist with the proper training in this dental specialty can help explore ways you can achieve your goals for a new and improved smile. Read More

Is Invisalign right for me?

December 4, 2010

InvisalignTM is the ""clear alternative"" to braces, and patients have become more and more interested in this option for improving the look of your smile over traditional braces. Your orthodontist can assess whether or not you're a candidate for Invisalign. Our orthodontic patients at First Choice Dental love the way Invisalign works. Instead of traditional wire and bracket braces, we use a series of clear aligners to straighten teeth. This option has become popular among adults and teens. Since the aligners are clear, they're nearly invisible, which many people prefer. You can take them out for easy brushing and flossing, or for a special occasion. Read More

What causes periodontal disease?

December 1, 2010

When it comes to the initial cause of periodontal disease, plaque is the culprit. This thin, colorless, sticky film contains bacteria and constantly forms on the teeth. These bacteria use sugars and starches to produce an acid that attacks the enamel covering the teeth and can cause gum disease, also known as periodontal disease. After repeated acid attacks, the enamel can be broken down and a cavity begins. Continued acid attacks break down the enamel, cause cavities and eventually penetrate the tooth's structure, causing periodontal disease. Protect your teeth from acid attacks by brushing and flossing to remove plaque, reducing the amount of sugar and starches you eat, using fluorides, asking your dentist about plastic sealants that can be applied to teeth, and by regular cleanings by a dental hygienist. There are several stages to gum disease. You're far better off and able to combat gum disease with help from your dentist if you catch it early on. This is one of the many reasons why dental checkups every six months is so important. During these routine visits, your dentist can check on gum health, as well as a number of other preventative checks to maintain your oral health. Read More