Choose Your Candy Wisely

Good and Bad Candy for Your Teeth As each October creeps up on Cindy Flanagan, DDS, MAGD, spokesperson for the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), her mind always wanders to the amount of sweets both children and adults will be consuming during the last few months of the year. "Too many sweets can cause a spooky … [Read more...]

Sparkling Smiles – Veneers

“My friend got veneers, Dr. Ford, and I want that smile, too!” is a sentence Dr. Carol Ford hears often. “Before we do cosmetic veneers, I take a tour of their smile to see what is going on right now. After that, we can set goals.” Dr. Ford says. What would those shining-smile goals include? Smiles and brightness … [Read more...]

Vitamin C Speeds Recovery From Oral Surgery Wounds

Getting plenty of vitamin C is one way oral surgery patients can ensure timely recovery. Patients who neglect nutrition might be tacking extra days onto their recovery time, reports the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD). Deficiencies of vitamin C have been shown to significantly slow the healing process. AGD … [Read more...]

Sparkling Smiles – Zoom, Strips and Gels

Everyone wants a white, sparkling smile. Almost everyone thinks the smile in the mirror can be improved. But you can over-improve your smile. “You want to have natural-looking teeth,” says Dr. Carol Ford. “You don’t want super-white, large teeth if that isn’t what suits your mouth. And having your teeth whitened means … [Read more...]

Three Things Your Dentist Wants You to Know

Of course you brush your teeth every day. At least two times. And you floss every day, too, right? Dr. Ford has enough experience to know that few people floss regularly or completely. Even if you don’t do a perfect job flossing, there are three things she would like all her patients to do. 1. Use a Sonicare … [Read more...]

Oral Warning Signs Can Indicate Serious Medical Conditions

Regular dental exams not only help to decrease a patient's risk of oral diseases, such as cavities and periodontal (gum) disease, but they may also help to diagnose other, sometimes life-threatening, medical conditions. Dentists are able to assess a patient's overall oral health and may recognize symptoms of serious … [Read more...]