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...]

Dental Erosion: What to Avoid

Frequently consuming foods with a low pH value, such as soft drinks, fruit juices, pickles, fresh fruit and yogurt can lead to irreversible dental erosion, according to a report in the January/February 2005 issue of General Dentistry, the Academy of General Dentistry's (AGD) clinical, peer-reviewed journal. Dental … [Read more...]

Is it going to hurt, Doctor?

How scared of your dentist are you? Behavioral studies show that about 75 percent of patients are moderately to severely fearful of going to the dentist. It’s the reason for a question that Dr. Carol Ford gets asked often, “Is this going to hurt?” “Fear increases tension and tension increases the perception of … [Read more...]

Why are minerals and nutrients important for oral health?

You must include minerals and nutrients in your diet in order for the body's tissues to resist infection. The presence of too much or too little of any nutrient can have harmful effects, particularly on the mouth and teeth, and may contribute to oral diseases and infection. Which vitamins and minerals are good for … [Read more...]