Do I Really Need to Floss?

Yes! Floss removes plaque and debris that sticks to teeth and gums in between teeth, polishes tooth surfaces, and controls bad breath. Plaque is a sticky layer of material containing bacteria that accumulates on teeth, including places where toothbrushes can't reach. This can lead to gum disease. By flossing your teeth … [Read more...]

Meet the Staff – Kadee Maxwell, Hygiene Coordinator

Kadee Maxwell knows about teamwork. She’s part of the busy group who makes Dr. Ford’s dental office in Phoenix a success. “I work in the front office, but I coordinate my work with the people doing dental treatments,” she explains. “My job is keeping in touch with patients and keeping their cleaning and treatment … [Read more...]

Asthma and Oral Health

Asthmatic adults and children have a tendency to be mouth breathers, which when combined with asthma medications, such as corticosteriods, causes a decreased saliva flow, known as dry mouth. Without saliva's cleansing effects, asthma patients have a higher risk for increased cavities and bad breath. In those that … [Read more...]

Meet the Staff – Lisa Collier Office Manager and Treatment Coordinator

When you talk to Lisa, it’s easy to think of her at “VP of Smiles” because she is the cheerful voice that greets you first when you call Dr. Carol Ford’s office in Phoenix.  Her job is to guide you through the first steps of becoming a regular in Dr. Ford’s office, and to keep you comfortable throughout your specific … [Read more...]

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...]