Does Your Brushing Routine Really Keep Your Teeth Safe?

Your teeth remain safe thanks to good oral hygiene habits, smart diet choices, and consistent preventive care from your dentist. While many people feel confident in the routines they have established, it can be difficult to avoid problems that demand restorative dentistry if you fail to identify and correct mistakes. As time passes, people grow comfortable enough with their brushing routine that they may not give it a second thought. Unfortunately, this can lead to mistakes or shortcomings that leave you vulnerable to cavities and gingivitis. To avoid problems, you can talk with your Charles City, IA dentist about improvements in your routine that help you fight tartar, gum disease, and dental decay! (more…)

Treating Cavities With Crowns Made To Imitate Healthy Teeth

Once you develop an oral health problem that requires restorative dental work, you can fear that your smile will be permanently altered. While the appearance of a restoration can be less concerning if a molar or premolar is being treated, the appearance of a tooth that is prominent when you smile can have a big impact on your confidence. Our Charles City, IA dentist’s office is prepared to address problems with your dental health by restoring teeth with lifelike dental crowns. With the right materials, a crown that matches the look and color of your healthy teeth can benefit both your oral health and the way you look!
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Your Dental Bridge Can Make You More Confident In Your Bite

A movement as natural as biting down can become difficult if you have an incomplete smile. After losing just one tooth, it may be difficult for you to evenly apply and release pressure when you bite, which can lead to new oral health concerns. Fortunately, a dental prosthetic can be used to restore your appearance as well as your dental function, and this can help you avoid frustrating complications. At our Charles City, IA dentist’s office, we are able to restore a complete smile by placing a custom dental bridge in your gap. The bridge stays in place thanks to a pair of dental crowns that are secured to your teeth. Once in position, you can count on this restoration to absorb pressure as you bite and chew, which means you are less likely to develop painful TMJ issues or overwork remaining teeth. (more…)

Flossing Will Help You Fight Plaque And Tartar Buildup

You may be making your fight to prevent plaque and tartar buildup more difficult than it has to be. While many people take the need to brush on a consistent and thorough basis seriously, they can overlook the role that flossing should play in preventive dental care. When you floss, you remove the harmful microbes that are present between your teeth. These tight spaces are difficult to reach with a brush alone, which is why the added effort of flossing can be so important for your long-term smile health. At our Charles City, IA dentist’s office, we can offer tips and guidance about better daily care during your routine dental exams. When necessary, we can also return your smile to good health by providing restorative dental work. (more…)

Can Behavior Changes Help Me Address Nightly Teeth Grinding?

Waking up with a headache, sore teeth, and a tender feeling in your face and jaw joints can make your entire morning less pleasant. These uncomfortable experiences frequently affect those who frequently grind their teeth while they sleep. This issue, known as bruxism, can actually worsen as it progresses. Over time, you may notice that your teeth appear worn down, or that you struggle throughout the day with the effects of TMJ disorder. Some adjustments to your behavior can help you control a tendency to grind while you are sleeping. Changes in your diet, and an improvement in stress management, can assist with this issue. If it is a persistent concern, our Charles City, IA dentist’s office is able to provide a custom appliance you can wear to keep your teeth apart while you sleep. (more…)

How Dental Fillings Fit Into Cavity Treatment

When a cavity treatment occurs, what will it take to make sure your tooth is fully recovered and protected from future problems? The first step in your care will be to remove decayed tissues and rid the area of bacteria. Once this is done, the spread of decay can stop, but work will need to take place to restore the health of the tooth. After all, even a small cavity is able to do permanent damage to your enamel. Our Charles City, IA dentist’s office is prepared to restore your tooth by providing a custom, lifelike dental filling. With a dental filling in place, the site of your cavity will be restored, and you can remain safe from a potential future infection. (more…)

Stick To Smile-Friendly Habits Each Morning

woman enjoys healthy breakfastWhat tasks should you make sure to take on at the start of your day? For some, this is a good time for exercise, or it can serve as a chance to catch up on the news. Others prefer to sleep as much as possible before they have to set out for work. While morning routines vary wildly, it is important that people take the time to properly care for their teeth at the start of the day. One way to do this is by making sure you are thoroughly cleaning them when you brush. You should also be mindful of how your go-to breakfast options might be helping or hurting your oral health. Our Charles City, IA dentist’s office can help you stay on top of your oral health needs through consistent routine dental evaluations and cleanings, but make sure you do your part on your time by making good daily decisions! (more…)

What Should Your Approach To Tartar Prevention Look Like?

If you are committed to protecting your smile against problems like tooth decay and gum disease, you should be committed to protecting your teeth against tartar formation. Tartar deposits remain in place after forming, even as you clean your smile by brushing and flossing. They will continue putting your smile at risk until you have your teeth professionally cleaned at your next routine appointment with your Charles City, IA dentist’s office! In order to stop tartar from forming, you should make sure that your daily routine sees you thoroughly brush and floss your teeth. By committing to thorough cleaning habits, you can make sure that your smile remains safe against decay and gingivitis. (more…)

How Pediatric Dental Visits Protect Kids Against Cavities

young girl happy at the dentist's officeHow much effort will it take for you to keep your child free of cavities? Like adults, kids can stay safe against decay with a good oral care routine in place. Brushing and flossing, along with a smart, low-sugar diet, can make people of all ages less likely to need restorative dental work. Of course, this does not mean you have nothing to worry about the moment you implement a dependable daily routine! At every routine pediatric appointment, your Charles City, IA dentist is able to help your child remain out of cavity trouble. When they are old enough, they can enjoy cleanings and evaluations that help adult patients stay healthy. For added support, our practice can also recommend fluoride treatments and dental sealants. These extra steps make it less likely that your youngster will have to come in for work to repair a tooth damaged by decay! (more…)

Accessing Emergency Dental Care For A Lost Or Hurt Tooth

man  with toothache, needs emergency dental workThe effort you put into preventing oral health problems can make you less likely to struggle with dental decay or gum disease. Unfortunately, these efforts are not making a person luckier, which means there is still a chance you might find yourself needing treatment for an injured tooth. Something as simple as biting down in the wrong way can lead to problems with a chipped or cracked tooth. If you need to do something about a dental injury, or if you are growing concerned about a pain in your tooth, our Charles City, IA dentist’s office does offer emergency dental appointments. Treatment on short notice can ensure that a tooth is restored and out of pain. Thanks to modern dental restorations provided at our practice, we can also make sure that your smile looks healthy and attractive after a procedure is done. (more…)