Can’t Afford the Dentist?

If you can’t afford the dentist, you most definitely can’t afford to skip the dentist. This post is directed to folks who can still achieve a good outcome with their natural teeth. If that ship has sailed for you, you’re not alone. But, it’s also a tough place to be. I hope to convince others … Read more

Dental Cavity, No Insurance!

If you have a dental cavity – or cavities – without dental insurance – don’t worry. There are plenty of strategies to make care affordable. Whatever you do, don’t bury your head in the sand!  That is the most expensive choice of all. Before getting to cost-saving strategies – it’s important to understand cavities. Otherwise, … Read more

Dental Cavity Stages

A vibrant, healthy smile and the ability to chew food comfortably are keys to a good quality of life. But they often go unappreciated until we’re on the verge of losing them. Cavities are to blame for many dental problems. They are a major cause of tooth loss as well as untold pain and suffering. … Read more

Best Dental Night Guard Reviews

A night guard – also called an occlusal guard – is a great way to protect teeth from the ravages of bruxism. Bruxism is the involuntary clenching and grinding of teeth. There are two types – sleep bruxism and awake bruxism. Click here to read my post about the nature of these disorders, how we diagnose them, and what causes … Read more

How to Help Bruxism

Bruxism – involuntary clenching and grinding – can do serious damage to your teeth. Treating bruxism before your teeth are worn to nubs may be the most underrated money-saving strategy in dental care. I wish many patients would take it more seriously! Alas, with human nature as it is, we often have to manage it … Read more

Why Do People Grind Their Teeth While Sleeping?

Why do some people grind their teeth when sleeping? The short and unsatisfying answer is that we don’t fully know. But there have been many possible reasons proposed. Most commonly: Psychosocial factors like stress and anxiety Malocclusion – Misaligned bite and bite interferences Obstructive sleep apnea Genetics Medications/Drugs – including illicit drugs, prescription drugs, alcohol, … Read more

Cure My Tooth Abscess!

Dental abscesses can be a very inconvenient and sometimes very painful interruption in our lives.  They can also be dangerous if left to fester for too long.  It’s important to cure your tooth abscess as soon as possible. The treatment you need depends on the origin of your infection.  Gingival Abscess – The infection origin … Read more

Can You Buy Dental Insurance on Your Own?

Yes, you can. But are these plans worth it? If you don’t have access to dental coverage through your employer, you might be looking for an individual or family dental insurance plan you can buy on your own. There are plenty of options. Before you decide whether or not you want to purchase dental insurance … Read more

Are Electric Toothbrushes Better Than Regular?

Good home care is absolutely essential to maintaining oral health. Many people swear by their electric toothbrushes. But, are they really more effective than manual brushes? When I was in dental school, we were taught that electric toothbrushes were clinically shown to help those who struggled with manual dexterity.  For example, children, the elderly, or those who … Read more

Your Dentist Says You Need a Deep Cleaning – Do You?

If your dentist or hygienist recently prescribed a deep cleaning, you may be wondering if you really need one. A deep cleaning refers to a procedure called scaling and root planing. Scaling and root planing is the most conservative and least invasive treatment for periodontal disease. It involves scaling deposits of plaque and tartar off … Read more