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How Dental Implants Can Fix Your Smile and Improve Your Oral Health Dec 1st, 2020

Of all the advances in dentistry over the past couple of decades (and there have been quite a few), dental implants have emerged as one of the most popular. Implants provide plenty of men and women with a more comfortable, more secure, and a more natural alternative to dentures and...

Straight Teeth Are Healthy Teeth: Why Alignment Matters Nov 11th, 2020

It’s no mystery that a smile full of white, bright teeth makes a great addition to your appearance. But did you know that straight teeth can also lead to a healthier mouth? Teeth that are misaligned or crooked can influence your overall oral health in many ways, giving you an...

Can’t Afford A Smart Toothbrush? Five Games To Make Brushing Fun. Jan 14th, 2020

A smart toothbrush? Yep! For about $150 dollars, you can buy a smart toothbrush to track your kids’ brushing habits and provide them with games to make brushing fun. The smart toothbrush has Bluetooth connectivity and will work with your smartphone or tablet. But if $150 seems like a bad...

Therapy Instead Of Sedation For Fear Of The Dentist? Jan 4th, 2020

Fear of the dentist affects millions of Americans. Sedation dentistry helps many of them, but like some, you may be interested in alternatives. What about therapy? Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is short-term treatment to help patients face their dental phobia. Psychologists at King’s College London Dental Institute used CBT to...

The Fear Behind Friday The 13th Sep 20th, 2017

It’s an infamous and usually uneventful day (except for maybe a horror film’s release). But it instills fear into the hearts of many. That or mild uneasiness. Still, there are a lot of anxiety ridden Americans who take Friday the 13th’s supposed unluckiness very seriously. It has been estimated that $800...

Gum Disease And Arthritis Sep 20th, 2017

A strange and possibly profound connection has been stumbled upon: brushing your teeth well could help prevent arthritis. At the moment, this is still just a claim. A notable biological link has been found, however, between the bacteria responsible for gum disease and the early onset of rheumatoid arthritis, as well...

Is There Fecal Matter On Your Toothbrush? Probably. Sep 20th, 2017

Your toothbrush (and bathroom) is a cesspool of germs. A recent study by the American Society of Microbiology researched the presence of fecal matter on toothbrushes. The big concern not being the presence of our own fecal matter, but those of others. Why would our own fecal matter not be an issue,...

Your Teeth & Coffee Sep 20th, 2017

Your teeth and coffee go together like white t-shirts and unsightly stains. We know it isn’t the best liquid to splash over our pearly whites, but we love it anyway. While many people may forget about flossing for a day or two, coffee lovers never miss their morning cup of...

Hillsdale Dental Membership Plan Sep 20th, 2017

Do you not have dental insurance? It’s okay. It’s understandable in this day and age. Unemployment may have gone down, but most Americans still feel the squeeze of this now 6 year old recession. Lucky for you, Hillsdale Dental Care has a Membership Plan! The Hillsdale Membership Plan is not only very...

Introducing The Sprout Pencil Sep 20th, 2017

It is truly a wondrous and modern age we live in. Left and right advances are being made in all fields. Telecommunication, nanotechnology, green energy, you name it and we’re reaching new frontiers. A new technological leap has been made. It’s in a field that’s important—environmental sciences. But its nature is...

Three Habits To Make You More Effective Sep 20th, 2017

Did you ever wonder what makes some people more effective than others? Two people can work equally long with differing results. What secrets do effective people have? There’s been a lot written about this. Books on habits. Articles on the routines of successful people. In all of these tomes, there’s...

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Candy Canes Sep 20th, 2017

Candy canes are synonymous with Christmas. Thanks to their hook shape, they’ve become Christmas tree ornaments in their own right. While they’re sweet and delicious, be wary of their effect on your teeth! That said, despite how popular candy canes are, so much about them seems shrouded in mystery. Why...

Disaster: Aral Sea Dried Up Sep 20th, 2017

Aral Sea, once a giant lake between Kazakhstan in the north and Uzbekistan in the south, has dried up completely according to NASA. Photos from satellites are conclusive and pessimistic in their depiction of human impact on the earth’s environment. Has the Aral Sea Dried Up? As recently as the...

Is Chewing Gum Better Than Flossing? Sep 20th, 2017

Many Americans already know the benefit of flossing your teeth, but one of the many overlooked facets of dental health is the benefits of chewing gum. Chewing gum is extremely efficient when it comes to removing bacteria from your mouth. So, is chewing gum actually better than flossing? Surprisingly enough, it...

Welcome To Our New Blog! Sep 20th, 2017

Hillsdale Dental Care has started this blog, to keep you, the reader, informed on all the latest industry and health-related news.

The “White Teeth Diet” – Eating Your Way To Whiter Teeth Sep 20th, 2017

Wouldn’t it be great if we could get whiter teeth, simply by eating the right foods? Well, according to one expert, that’s very possible! Dr. Anthony Zybutz of TDC Implant Centre is leading the charge of the “White Teeth Diet” and naming specific foods that will help or hurt the...

Could Fluoride In Your Drinking Water Be Harmful? Sep 20th, 2017

The debate of whether or not fluoride should be added to towns water supplies is moving quickly and ever-changing. Americans are becoming more aware of risk factors that may lie in water fluoridation. It has become such a hot button topic that many city councils are beginning to give their...

Problem Solved! Calming Your Little One’s Dental Fear Sep 20th, 2017

It’s no secret that some children have an apprehension when visiting the dentist. It’s a place they are not familiar with and some cartoons can portray dentist visits as a painful, and overall bad experience. However, a new study is showing that children may have other reasons to be nervous about...

A Mastodon In Michigan Sep 20th, 2017

Yes indeed, there is a mastodon in Michigan…the remains of one. I’m sorry, but we don’t have the technology yet to clone them a la Jurassic Park. That said, this is hardly an ordinary find. It’s not only the discovery that’s intriguing. It’s the way the mastodon tooth was found. Not in...

How To Change Your Life, 2 Days At A Time Sep 20th, 2017

The 5:2 diet is a popular diet for today’s world. For only 2 days out of the week (non-consecutive days), you have to “diet” a.k.a. really limit your calorie intake. It’s simple to understand, not to difficult to follow, but the jury is undecided about long term effectiveness or if it’s healthy....

Teeth Found In Brain Tumor Sep 20th, 2017

It’s rough being a 4-month old infant with a brain tumor. It’s even rougher when that brain tumor turns out to be an extremely rare one…and contains a tooth! And by tooth we mean several fully formed teeth. You heard correct: teeth found in brain tumor. Not to worry though....

Our World’s Mysterious Top 5 Natural Phenomena Sep 20th, 2017

Over the many millennia of our existence, science has resolved many mysteries. Answered many questions. Hypothesized and theorized about the nature of our world and beyond. Human understanding of nature has been exponentially improved. Despite our ever increasing knowledge, there are still many things that baffle scientists. And we’re not...

Brushing Your Teeth…At Work Sep 20th, 2017

Ever need or want an activity to help break-up your work day? Some people go for a cigarette break. Others make the mid-afternoon coffee run. A new activity has been suggested by one office worker. It’s an activity that’s right up our alley: brushing your teeth at work. Seems unusual...

75 Fun Dental Facts You Didn’t Know Sep 20th, 2017

We’re taking a walk on the silly side. Here are a few fun facts and interesting tidbits about dentistry.  Fun dental facts about teeth If you’re taking a road trip this summer, these fun dental facts might keep you entertained. The average American spends 38.5 total days brushing their teeth...

Exercise Can Save Lives Sep 20th, 2017

Exercise has always been touted as being part of a healthy lifestyle. Obviously it keeps you ‘in shape’ and prevents weight gain (unless you’re trying to tack on mass). But now researchers are really discovering how essential physical activity is to your health. Exercise and Disease The LSE Health and Harvard Medical School conducted...

A Wonder Of Nature: Chiton Teeth Sep 20th, 2017

Who do you think has the hardest teeth in the world? It’s not Jaws from the 007 films The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker, though he certainly may rank up there. Before you start thinking it’s a big cat or an elephant, one hint is…it doesn’t live on land. Sharks might have...

Prehistoric Dental Health: What We Can Learn From The Past Sep 20th, 2017

Have you ever wondered how our prehistoric ancestors dealt with dental issues? What do you do when you have a cavity and no dentist to fix it? You could always knock the tooth out—a la Tom Hanks in Cast Away—but this is hardly a good solution. The truth is, our ancestors...

The Space Station Broke…Anyone Have A Toothbrush? Sep 20th, 2017

No astronaut has ever been lost in space. Reassuring, but that fact doesn’t make the job any less dangerous. Astronauts have prepared and are equipped for dealing with all sorts of technical issues. Yet every once in a while, that training and those tools may not be enough and they’ve...

An Anti Smoking Campaign That Will Scare You Sep 20th, 2017

If you want to look scary this Halloween, don’t get your costume from the traditional costume store. Just check out the HealthExpress clinic’s new line of anti smoking materials. .. This anti-smoking campaign is quite literally in your face. Sometimes, however, people need dramatic examples to shake them out of apathy. These...

Dental Collectibles Sep 20th, 2017

You might not think of dentistry when you think of collector’s items, but you’d be wrong. Dentistry has had a rich history dating back thousands of years, each civilization having its own methods of oral hygiene. In modern times, dental instruments have even been auctioned off by the big names...

The Age Calculator Sep 20th, 2017

Someone’s age is no longer just a matter of how many years old they are. Nowadays everything in our lives must be complicated. Age is just more thing made complicated by modern society’s obsession with exactitude. At least in this case, it concerns health and well being. Someone’s age, or at...

Today Is History Sep 20th, 2017

Today is history. One hundred and forty nine years ago, on this day, two men sat down in a court house. Both were career soldiers, graduates of West Point and veterans of the Mexican-American War. Both by now were generals—generals of armies as opposed to pisions or brigades—and both were excellent in their...

Toothbrush Tips: Are You Doing It Right? Sep 20th, 2017

One of the most overlooked aspects of dental hygiene if your toothbrush. It’s something that we’ve all had since we even grew teeth and they are handed out for free at most dentist offices. It’s not something that we put much more though into after that. However, even though it’s...

Mammoths And Mastodons Liked To Stay Put Sep 20th, 2017

We when we imagine mammoths and mastodons, we tend to see them as roaming elephant-like beasts that marched across the prehistoric continents in gigantic migrations. It turns out though that this may just be fiction, an image that we created and institutions like Hollywood perpetuated (remember when dinosaurs used to stick their tongues...

L.A. To Seek Energy Drink Age Restrictions Sep 20th, 2017

Energy drinks have been catching a lot of flak as of late. Four years ago the immensely popular alcoholic, energy drink Four Loko was implicated in a number of controversies. This led to its ingredients being overhauled. 5 Hour Energy is coming under a lot of scrutiny lately too. Legal actions aimed at...

Youth Sports Increase Risk Of Dental Injury By 700% Sep 20th, 2017

We all know that taking care of our teeth is important, but it is even more important as a youth. Creating good dental habits and protecting your mouth at a young age, can lead to healthy teeth as an adult. One of the easiest ways to injure your teeth is...

How To Stop Grinding Your Teeth Sep 20th, 2017

Many of us seem to be grinding teeth because of stress or anxiety. This is a known fact, however few of us do know that this particular habit is called bruxism and it mostly takes place during the sleep. The annoying thing is that while many do it, only a...

The Internet And Our Brains Sep 20th, 2017

Back in the day, people used to say that TV would rot your brain. Then it became video game consoles like Nintendo, Sega, and then eventually Playstation and XBox. Well the tradition seems to continue. This time it’s “Google will rot your brain.” Addiction People have been addicted to the Internet since it first came...

NASA To Grow Plants On The Moon Sep 20th, 2017

It’s incredible that we landed on the moon given the technology available at the time. Just recall a scene from Apollo 13 astronaut Jim Lovell (Tom Hanks) brags that NASA has a computer “that fits in one room and can send out millions of instructions.” It’s safe to say that an iPhone completely outclasses...

Real Solutions For Sensitive Teeth Sep 20th, 2017

Around 20% out of all adults are suffering from sensitive teeth once in their lives, and this is a problem that can lead to a wide range of complications. This issue is caused by the tooth enamel that protects the dentine, which tends to suffer from wear as time passes....

1,000 Year Old Man Found Sep 20th, 2017

The oldest case of gum disease has been unearthed. The “patient” was a human that was alive over 1,000 years ago, living in the middle of the Middle Ages. Though we’ve come a long way in terms of technology in dental care, the Medieval man suffered from gum disease caused...

Four Dental Tips To Protect Your Children’s Teeth This Halloween Sep 20th, 2017

With Halloween rapidly approaching, your dental health may be the last thing that comes to mind about the holiday. Class parties, costumes, and house decorations seems to all take precedence over the health of your teeth this October 31st. Keep in mind that Halloween is one of the best times...

4 Steps To Your Dog’s Dental Health Sep 20th, 2017

We spend plenty of time and energy making sure that our own teeth are clean and healthy, but sometimes the oral healthy of our furry friends can be overlooked. Your dog’s oral hygiene is just as important as your own! Proper oral hygiene can continue to keep your dog healthy...

How To Care For Your Baby’s Teeth Sep 20th, 2017

It’s no secret that taking care of your teeth is essential for proper oral hygiene and health. It’s even more important to begin proper oral care as early as possible in young children. Setting the foundation of proper oral care will benefit them for the rest of their lives! How...

Learning To Regrow Teeth Sep 20th, 2017

Regeneration is something that we see in other animals. Salamanders re-growing their tails after a run in with a predator; starfish doing the same with their multiple arms and legs. It’s an ability that we should be rightly envious of. There is hope, however, that we may one day attain the...

Introducing Fish On Wheels Sep 20th, 2017

There are a lot of excessive inventions. Ones that bring very little to the table. They act more as circus sideshows than as a display of human technological advancement. Today, we witness an invention that fits the bill of “excessive” to a tee. And despite this, this invention is just...

Worst Drinks For Tooth Enamel Sep 20th, 2017

There are many things out there that erode teeth. There are plenty of lists of foods, but drinks are equally important when it comes to oral health. Now we all know that sugary sodas are always first on the list of culprits. Recent studies, however, have found that diet sodas...

Do Vegans Get More Cavities? Sep 20th, 2017

Veganism is on the rise in the US and it comes with various health and dental benefits. To those new to the scene, Vegans abstain from eating any animal products in their diet. There tend to be different distinctions of veganism, some abstain from consuming animal products including meat and...

How To Know When To Worry: 3 Dental Oddities In Children Sep 20th, 2017

It’s a parent’s job to worry about their children, right? We want them safe. We want them healthy. So, when something weird appears on (or in) their body, it’s easy to panic. There are some unusual things that can show up in a child’s mouth. Here are three common pediatric...

What Does Your Breath Tell Your Dentist? Sep 20th, 2017

We can diagnose more than your oral health. A trip to our offices can indicate medical problems as well. We smell a lot of breath. It’s not a big deal. Most people brush their teeth before coming to our office anyway. They floss too—often for the first time since their last appointment. Your breath...

Getting Your Kids to Brush…Without a Battle Sep 20th, 2017

We get it. Getting your kids to brush their teeth can be a battle. But, it doesn’t have to be. Here’s a few tricks moms have shared with us over the years–maybe one of these tips will work for you. Tips From the Battlefield Sticker Booklet“We make a sticker book...

5 Mistakes People Make When Brushing Their Teeth Sep 20th, 2017

Dental health is easy right? Two minutes of brushing twice a day, followed by flossing. A visit to the dentist twice a year and your on your way! Well it’s not that simple. Most adults in the United States are actually brushing their teeth incorrectly. Are you? Find out what the most...

Shark Twitter To The Rescue Sep 20th, 2017

It seems that Twitter has finally found a legitimate purpose, besides being a medium for celebrities to broadcast inane comments or people to announce things that no one else cares about. No it seems Twitter has made itself useful, and in a most unexpected place: the beach. Why the beach?...

Steph Curry And His Mouth Guard: A Love Hate Relationship Sep 20th, 2017

Steph Curry just can’t seem to keep his mouth guard where it belongs. Photo credit:http://www.bet.com/news/sports/2016/06/03/-watch–got-him–steph-curry-reads–mean-tweet–about-his-pubert.html The Golden State Warriors are up two games to zero in the NBA finals. Exciting right? It’s great news for Warriors fans. But we’re distracted by Steph Curry’s mouth guard situation. What’s this about a...

Shark Teeth Sep 20th, 2017

I know it’s not shark week. In fact, it is long since past. But, today I read an article about megaladon sharks and that got me thinking about shark teeth In a human’s lifetime, we are given two sets of teeth. You could spring for a third, but you’d need...

Yawning: Contagious Across Species Sep 20th, 2017

Yawning as a contagion is not a myth; far from it. Being in the presence of someone yawning, hearing someone yawn, and even just reading about the act can induce it. At first this may seem strange. There’s nothing chemically contagious about it, unlike a cold. But just think about...

DYK: Crooked Teeth Can Affect Your Spine? Sep 20th, 2017

We all know that getting our teeth checked and keeping them in good shape is crucial for a healthy life. But teeth, and their problems, could reveal deeper health issues. Indeed, misaligned teeth could expose health problems that go far beyond the limits of your mouth. Scientists are trying to...

Solar Flares Aplenty Sep 20th, 2017

Last Wednesday through Friday, solar flares of unusual intensity were unleashed. They had the kind of power to interfere with satellite communication and injure astronauts. In fact, they completely disrupted radio transmissions. The strongest of these flares lashed from the sun around 4 in the morning on Friday. Solar flares are classified...

Oral Ecology: Bacteria In Your Mouth Sep 20th, 2017

We all know bacteria in your mouth can be a bad thing. Indeed, bacteria’s lactic acid fermentation is the process that bores holes into your teeth, leading to cavities. But did you know that bacteria in your mouth can be beneficial. In fact, your mouth is teeming with bacteria, some bad and some...

Why You Should Never Fall Asleep Before You Brush Your Teeth Sep 20th, 2017

You had a long day. You’re exhausted and you can barely keep your eyelids open. You skip dinner in favor of a light snack and you close everything down for the day. As you begin to drift off into blissful sleep, you suddenly realize that you forgot to brush your...

11 Amusing Reasons For Canceling Your Dentist Appointment Sep 20th, 2017

We’ve recently spent some time surfing the Internet. Turns out, not every patient looks forward to their dental appointments. We’re shocked too The level of discomfort that patients experience when imagining a trip to the dentist varies from slightly worried, to mildly anxious, to being frightened to the point of...

Can Taking Selfies Improve Your Oral Health? Sep 20th, 2017

It’s hard to get on social media without seeing someone’s selfie. Maybe you’ve posted a few yourself. While selfies are fun to take and share (for many), they also have a serious side. What you may not know is selfies can help improve your oral health. According to a new study,...

Dental Implants: Your Complete Guide [INFOGRAPHIC] Sep 20th, 2017

More than 500,000 people use dental implants to replace missing teeth every year. Turns out more than 35 million Americans don’t have any teeth. And, 178 million people are missing at least one tooth. Edentulism—the fancy way of saying missing teeth—leads directly to social and psychological deficits and functional limitations and impairments....

Have A Cavity? It’s Nothing New As Prehistoric Dentistry Shows Sep 20th, 2017

Dentistry is far less modern in origin than you might think. Pierre Fauchard is often considered the “Father of Modern Dentistry.” In 1728 he published Le Chirurgien Dentiste, which contained very detailed information about all different aspects of contemporary dentistry. But dentistry long predates him, reaching back through the Middle Ages and through...

DYK: Cavities Are Contagious Sep 20th, 2017

It should be remembered that cavities are caused by bacteria. They’re caused by living organisms. Food particles don’t inherently bore holes in your teeth. They provide the potential for bacteria, the breeding ground for their survival. But like other bacterial infections, cavities are contagious. At first this may seem odd....

A Real Life Groundhog Day Case Sep 20th, 2017

A man in the United Kingdom, known as William, wakes up every day thinking he has a dental appointment. It all started on March 14, 2005. Those of you whom don’t celebrate dental appointments probably felt a shiver go down your spine. He was serving in the military in Germany...

When Should You Replace Your Teeth? Sep 20th, 2017

A woman and her husband interrupted their vacation to go to the dentist.“I want a tooth pulled, and I don’t want Novocain because I’m in a big hurry,” the woman said. “Just extract the tooth as quickly as possible, and we’ll be on our way.”The dentist was quite impressed. “You’re...

Making Dental Care More Affordable Sep 20th, 2017

We’ve had several new patients end up at our practice as a result of a dental emergency. Sometimes it’s the result of a traumatic event–i.e., they were playing football with family on Thanksgiving and chipped their tooth. Sometimes it’s the result of neglecting their teeth for years. Neglect cases are always difficult. Usually patients...

Does Pregnancy Ruin Your Teeth? Sep 20th, 2017

By Øyvind Holmstad (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons Pregnancy is a beautiful time. You’re developing a brand new human being! There are few things more miraculous. But, just like pregnancy has an impact on your body, your oral health is affected as well. So, how can...

5 Ways To Keep Your Mouth Healthy When You’re Sick Sep 19th, 2017

When you have a cold or the flu, your top priority is taking care of your body—including your mouth. While it’s important to practice good dental hygiene all year round, it’s especially important when you’re sick. Coughing, sneezing and worse can keep you in bed, and practicing good dental hygiene...

Don’t Leave Your Bridal Smile Makeover Off Your Wedding Planning Checklist Sep 19th, 2017

I think I wanna marry you Weddings. They. Are. Perfect. The dress. The venue. The flowers. The music. All beautiful. All meticulously selected. And, all of those details will be photographed. Forever preserved to live on your social media profiles or framed on your wall. So, what happens when your...

Reliving The Same Day Over And Over Sep 19th, 2017

Have you ever wanted a do-over? A day that you can relive and change things around? It’s something many of us wish we can do. There are, however, people who do in fact relive a day. And it’s not necessarily their choice to do so. There is a man in...

Want To Help Your Child Improve In School? Send Them To The Dentist! Sep 19th, 2017

Photo (When Young Children “Hate” School) by wecometolearn from Flickr (Creative Commons License) We want our children to do well in school. Did you know that making sure your children get regular dental visits can actually improve their school performance? You can help them with their homework. You can drill...

How Many Licks Does It REALLY Take To Get To The Center Of A Lollipop? Sep 19th, 2017

It’s an age old question and one that kids all across the globe have been trying to determine for decades. How many licks does it take to get to the center of a lollipop? If you’ve ever seen the “Tootsie Pop” commercials, you’ve probably tried this yourself! However, your casual...

The World Of Dental Museums Sep 19th, 2017

Dentistry is an incredibly interesting field. That may seem completely and utterly unsurprising coming from a dentist, but we mean to emphasize that dentistry is fascinating even to the layman. The problem is that most people don’t give dentistry the time of day to invest interest. This is a shame...

5 Lifehacks To Enrich Your Life Sep 19th, 2017

We live in a world of frustration, chaos and just downright annoyance. We waste so much material because we are at a lost for what to do with them: toilet paper rolls? Paint samples? And what about when wee’re at a lost for luxuries that we need? Sometimes we can’t...

Kolibree: The Smart Toothbrush Sep 19th, 2017

We’re surrounded these days by smarter and smarter technology. We have smartphones, tablets, cars with onboard computers, PS4s and XBox Ones, etc. But in the world of oral health, we are bereft of smart technology. That is until now. At this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2014), a new electronics brand—Kolibree—has...

Could Stress Cause You To Lose Your Teeth? Sep 19th, 2017

Photo used with permission from firesam. Do you wake up with headaches? Is your jaw sore? Do you have indentions on your tongue or damage to the inside of your cheeks? These are just some of the symptoms that indicate you may be grinding your teeth at night. Most people do...

Enter The Mobile Dentist Sep 19th, 2017

Food trucks are one of the greatest innovations in modern history. It’s a mobile restaurant. A whole kitchen on wheels. It’s truly one of the marvels of the modern world. So if there are places where you can stuff your mouth on wheels, don’t you think they should have places...

Missing Teeth? Dentures May Not Be The Best Answer Sep 19th, 2017

Approximately 69 percent of Americans between the ages of 35 and 44 are missing at least one tooth. And one out of every four Americans over the age of 74 have lost ALL their natural teeth. The good news is there are various options for replacing missing teeth that can have...

Cleaner Shrimp: Nature’s Dentists Sep 19th, 2017

Oral health is not just a human concern. Animals need to be able to consume food in order to undergo cellular respiration. Without the ability to eat, animals die. Without a healthy mouth, this could ability could be undermined. Most herbivores keep their teeth clean by gnawing and chewing on certain...

Free Oral Cancer Screenings This Month Sep 19th, 2017

Early Detection Saves Lives In honor of Oral Cancer Awareness Month, Hillsdale Dental Care will be offering free oral cancer screenings the entire month of April. Oral cancer is not a rare disease. Approximately 43,250 people will be diagnosed with oral cancer every year in the US. It kills one person...

Forensic Dentistry: The Coolest Field Sep 19th, 2017

They might not get as much press as other detectives, but forensic dentists are absolutely detectives. They are the specialists, the guys you call in when you’ve hit a snag or when you’re out of options. It’s an art as well as a science. Forensic Dentistry: Identifying the Victim The main objective...

Flossing Basics & Tips Sep 19th, 2017

Flossing… We know we’re supposed to do it every day. We also know we should be eating fresh, organic vegetables and exercising daily. We’re human, and like all humans, we’re not always consistent or perfect. But, we can create new, positive habits by setting ourselves up for success. Flossing only...

DYK: The Moon Affects Sleep? Sep 19th, 2017

Here at Hillsdale Dental Care we love science. All science, that is, not just fields that pertain to dentistry (though we do love those). Last week we wrote about the“virtual cadaver,” a brilliant innovation that allows medical students to practice autopsies and operations on detailed, 3D human models generated by a computer. This...

Surgery On A Virtual Cadaver Sep 19th, 2017

Have you always wanted to be a surgeon, but were too squeamish about the idea of operating on someone? Well, there may be an answer. Straight out of Scotland comes the “virtual cadaver.” Rather than dissect a real human body, medical students can operate on a virtual one. Problem solved!...

This Week in History… Sep 19th, 2017

The five day work week. The bane of human existence. We’re always trying to find ways to forget about the work week, about the days spent behind a desk collating, copying and filing. But rather than try and forget the work week, let’s dig deeper. Rather than dismiss the days...

Teeth in Space Sep 19th, 2017

Having healthy teeth in space is important. And, we’re not talking about the spaces that require braces or Invisalign! Recently, Commander Peggy Whitson, a NASA astronaut, set the U.S. record for the most days spent in space. What a feat! This got us wondering—with so many days spent in zero gravity...

Tablets And Smartphones Are Killing You! Sep 19th, 2017

The 21st century will see great advances in medical science. Diseases of the past are being stamped out one at a time. Yet as this is happening, ailments unique to our modern times are beginning to spring up in their stead. That being said, these ‘ailments’ are hardly serious. Most...

Smart Ways To Help Kids Enjoy Brushing Their Teeth Sep 19th, 2017

As adults, we know that oral health is important. Yet, sometimes children need a little motivation to make proper brushing a part of their routine. If your children feel brushing is boring, these smart products can make tooth brushing more fun. Our goal is to help our littlest patients get off...

Commonly Overlooked Teeth Tips Sep 19th, 2017

We live in a society where many people avoid taking care of their teeth in general. Maybe it’s a fear of visiting the dentist, lack of time to do so, or maybe it’s a general lack of knowledge about how to properly take care of your teeth. Oral hygiene is...

Your Kids’ Teeth Are Hurtin’ From These Bad Habits Sep 19th, 2017

There are a lot of bad habits out there in the world. TV addiction, smoking, biting fingernails, constant Facebook viewing, the list can go on forever. But there are certain bad habits that we really care about. We’re concerned about common bad habits that you overlook and could be hurting your...

Tea Drinkers Rejoice! You Too Can Have Pearly Whites Sep 19th, 2017

Tea is the most consumed beverage in the world. You’ve just gotten your teeth whitened, making you look years younger. You love the beautiful white sparkle. Now you want to do everything to retain those snow-white chompers. Beverages can stain your pearly whites–coffee and tea are two of the biggest...

How Long Do Veneers Last? Sep 19th, 2017

How Long Do Veneers Last? This is a valid question many people have. Veneers are one of the most popular and sought after cosmetic dental procedures, and they aren’t the cheapest. So, of course we’d love them to last forever. However, according to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the...

Awesome Ways to Create Tooth Fairy Magic Sep 19th, 2017

There’s something magical about childhood. The innocent pleasures. The imaginative wonder. Losing teeth–an important rite of passage for children–can be just magical. Waking up to some extra cash under the pillow is great. But, how can we go just a little further for children whose imaginations are extraordinary. Here are some...

Memorial Day: A Grateful Look Back Sep 19th, 2017

It has often been said we are the land of the free because we are the land of the brave. There are no words to express my gratitude for the sacrifice of the men who’ve served past and present. Memorial Day Versus Veteran’s Day Sometimes there is confusion between the...

Can you believe it’s back to school time? Sep 19th, 2017

Can you believe it’s already back to school time already? Where did the summer go? Stores have been in full swing for a month already, promoting all that is back to school: Pencils, notebooks, uniforms, new shoes, etc. Our kids will look ready for their first day, with new haircuts,...

Help Your Children Have Healthy Teeth For A Lifetime Sep 19th, 2017

Photo by Makelessnoise Did you know your children’s oral health can also affect their medical health? Here are some tips to help your children have a lifetime with a healthy smile. Start Them Off with Good Habits It helps if brushing is as normal a habit for them as eating. Of...

Hot Dogs & 4th Of July Sep 19th, 2017

What do hot dogs have to do with 4th of July? A lot! According to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council, on Independence Day, Americans devour 150 million hot dogs—enough to stretch from Washington D.C. to Los Angeles more than five times. Get creative with your hot dog toppings! Photo courtesy of...

Top 5 Best Dental Apps Sep 19th, 2017

Nowadays there are apps for everything. There’s MyFitnessPal for staying in shape. Cook’s Illustrated and Epicurious so you can cook up a storm. RetailMeNot so you’ll never be short a coupon when you need one. When we say there are apps for everything, we mean it. One area that is, of course, very close to our hearts—oral hygiene—too...

Watch Out! 5 Bad Habits Could Be Costing Your Teeth Sep 19th, 2017

We all like to think that we’re brushing our teeth correctly, following the best protocol for maintaining a healthy mouth. Too often, unfortunately, the techniques people think are beneficial for their teeth are actually damaging. So in order to help out our patients and people in general, we’ve put together...

Positive New Year’s Resolutions For Kids Sep 19th, 2017

For many, the start of a new year means a clean slate and the opportunity to start new healthy habits. While New Year’s resolutions are common for adults, there may be some commitments children can make to improve themselves as well. If you’d like to help your child start healthy...

Help Your Teeth Survive Valentine’s Day Sep 19th, 2017

Ahhh…Valentine’s Day. People either love it or hate it. Regardless of how you feel about the holiday, it has a huge impact on both the economy and relationships.According to statisticbrain.com, here is just a sampling of its impact: Average annual Valentine’s Day spending $13,290,000,000 Number of Valentine’s Day cards exchanged annually...

5 Fun Ways To Get Your Kids Brushing Sep 19th, 2017

When just starting out, many children find brushing their teeth a fun, “big kid” adventure. And parents are happy they’re having fun improving their dental health. However, as they grow up and have more responsibilities, some begin to get tired of this seemingly thankless routine. What’s a parent to do...

Spot Oral Cancer Early With These 6 Signs Sep 19th, 2017

Cancer is obviously a terrible thing. Nowadays, doctors urge men and women to check for signs and symptoms of cancer. But cancer awareness isn’t even across the board. There are many cancers that are given less prominence from the media and even medical community. A major form that’s overlooked is one...

CEREC Crowns To The Rescue! Sep 19th, 2017

CEREC crowns might not be “life” savers, but they’re tooth and time savers! You’ve just broken your tooth. Your tongue goes right to it, confirming the feel of its sharp, jagged edges. It feels horrible, but surprisingly doesn’t hurt. You run to the mirror, lifting the corners of your mouth...

Are You Making These Mistakes When Caring For Your Teeth? Sep 19th, 2017

You know the importance of caring for your teeth. You learned the rules long ago: brush after each meal, for two minutes, and floss daily. It’s second-nature to you. So you don’t need any dental tips, right? Think again. You may be making some mistakes in caring for your teeth...

Too Old For Braces? Sep 19th, 2017

You’re never too old for braces! Long ago, seeing adults wearing braces would’ve been a rare sighting. These days, almost half of orthodontic patients are adults. Although, you probably wouldn’t notice too many! Invisalign (clear braces) are barely visible, which makes them a convenient choice for our patients who want to straighten...

Flossing…No More Excuses! Sep 19th, 2017

We hear a lot of excuses as to why our patients don’t floss. “I don’t have time.” “I can’t do it right.” “I keep forgetting.” We’re making these excuses a thing of the past once and for all. Why? Aside from the dangers of gum disease, recent studies have linked gum disease...

Why Fireworks On 4th Of July? Sep 19th, 2017

“The day will be most memorable in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, bonfires and illuminations (fireworks) from one end of this continent to the...

Coffee And Tooth Decay Sep 19th, 2017

For years dentists have been decrying coffee as bad for your teeth. They highlight how it can stain teeth and how, if sugar is added, it can lead to the proliferation of cavities. Now, however, new studies have been recasting coffee in a much better light. It seems that coffee could...

Top Reasons to See Your Dental Hygienist Sep 19th, 2017

Top Reasons to See Your Dental Hygienist Top reasons to see your dental hygienist? Having clean, shiny teeth could be reason enough, but here’s five more! You’re in a judgement-free zone Dental hygienists are well-trained cleaning machines. Years of school and continuing education give them the tools they need to...

15 Fun Facts About Teeth Sep 19th, 2017

Not much surprises us about teeth. We’re dentist after all! However, we have come across some very interesting and fun facts about those pearly whites over the years. We bet you’ll be amazed (and entertained) too when you read these 15 fun facts about teeth: Fun facts about teeth everyone...

21 Days Of Inspiration For The Busy Mom Sep 19th, 2017

Inspiration for the busy mom. Face it. We all have tough days from time to time. And for the busy mom, it seems to be a fact of life. Some days, you handle it better than others. It’s just on those “other” days, when crayon drawings on the wall bring...

How Can I Find Affordable Dentures? Aug 15th, 2017

I’m trying to find affordable dentures for my aunt who is on disability from her job. She was in a car accident in June and hit her head and mouth. In addition to a concussion, she lost several teeth. Her teeth were not in good shape anyway, but now they...

Did Aaron Judge See A Family Dentist For A Knocked Out Tooth? Aug 3rd, 2017

Did the Yankee’s Aaron Judge really have to see a family dentist because of an injury in a game and a knocked out tooth? Online reports say he was playing the Rays and had an injury to his mouth. I thought mouth guards were required for professional baseball players. I’m...

Buying Online, Invisalign Alternatives – What Are The Risks? Jul 30th, 2017

Many people are interested in buying Invisalign online, which cannot be done. Invisalign is only available through a dentist. But there are there are online alternatives to Invisalign. Are these alternative, clear braces effective? How do they work? What are the risks? The Basics of Alternative Treatment You will be sent...

Why Don’t More Dentists Post Their Fees On Their Websites? Jul 26th, 2017

Can you tell me why most dentists don’t post their fees on their websites? We live in times where transparency is supposed to be a good thing. I don’t want to have to schedule appointments or call offices only to find out that I can’t afford a dentist. It’s a...

Thinking About Switching Family Dentists? Five Reasons Patients Make The Move Jul 17th, 2017

Should you switch family dentists? In most cases, if there is a misunderstanding with your dentist, taking time for open communication can resolve the issue. But sometimes there are legitimate reasons to switch. Below are five reasons some patients have felt compelled to move on. Your dentists doesn’t offer the...

How Do I Ask Our Family Dentist To Use Turmeric For Tooth Decay? Jun 8th, 2017

I love our family dentist and so do my kids. My 7 year old has what looks like the beginning stages of a cavity. We are working hard to prevent it with diligent brushing, flossing, and closely monitoring what she eats. My husband and I greatly limit our kids’ sugar...

My Kids’ Pediatric Dentist Is Cavity Crazy Jun 4th, 2017

It seems like my kids’ pediatric dentist is cavity crazy and money hungry. I really think she is looking for reasons to rack up my kids’ dental bills. For anything that looks like it might become a cavity she is recommending a filling. I have 4 kids and each of...

How Much Would It Cost To Get The False Teeth In My Dentures Replaced? May 23rd, 2017

The false teeth in my dentures keep falling out and my dentist keeps putting them back. This has been going on for the past 9 months or so. After the 3rd tooth fell out, I started keeping track of it because I thought it might become a pattern. I am not...

How Do I Find Transparent Braces Half The Cost Of Invisalign? May 18th, 2017

I can’t afford Invisalign. How do I find transparent braces that are half the cost of Invisalign? I have severe overjet and my dentist quoted me just over $5000 and that was not at all what I had in mind. The overjet is so bad that it’s starting to get...

Can I Trust A Cosmetic Family Dentist? May 8th, 2017

I’m wondering if cosmetic family dentists can be trusted. I need a cosmetic dentist but I also need a family dentist for my 2 kids. If we can all go to the same place it would save me a lot of time. I now work full time, so I’m limited...

Finding The Right Pediatric Dentist For A Child With Autism May 4th, 2017

A visit to the pediatric dentist is challenging for most children, but a disorder in the autism spectrum can present even more challenges. Many parents find themselves switching Photo of three children standing behind one another, for information on pediatric dentistry for autism spectrum children on the blog of San...

The Bonding I Got From My Family Dentist Looks A Mess Apr 24th, 2017

I got dental bonding from my family dentist on my bottom front teeth to close the small spaces that make it look like I have black triangles between my teeth. My gums are receding and causing the spacing issue. My dentist said she could fix it with dental bonding. She...

Can I Get A Celebrity Smile Without Invisalign? Apr 20th, 2017

I want a celebrity smile but I don’t want to wear Invisalign to get it. There are multiple things wrong with my teeth and I am feeling pressure to do something about it. I’m at dance clubs every weekend. Most of the people at the clubs I frequent have straight...

Family Dentist Gave Me A Bad Root Canal Again Mar 28th, 2017

My family dentist did a root canal on my top right premolar in January and the tooth seemed okay at first but started giving me problems again. I got the second root canal 2 1/2 weeks ago. Everything seemed to be normal for over a week, but the pain and...

Should A Family Dentist Prescribe Antibiotics After Pulling A Tooth? Feb 20th, 2017

I’ve had a toothache on and off that I let go on for several months. 2 months ago my family dentist told me that I need a root canal and a crown but I didn’t get it done. I just don’t have the time or money. I’m a single mom...

Can A Family Dentist Get Stains Out Of My Teeth From Smoking Marijuana? Feb 8th, 2017

I smoke marijuana three times a week and it’s starting to stain my teeth. 2 years ago my doctor prescribed it for pain. It helps a lot but my teeth are suffering from it. People who know me remember my white teeth and are asking if I’ve started smoking. I...

Do I Need To Replace My Snap On Smile Every Year? Jan 29th, 2017

I’ve been wearing a snap on smile since 2003. I bought top and bottom. The first set lasted 3 years and so did the 2nd and 3rd set. Within the past 5 years it seems that I’m replacing them every year to year and a half. This is beginning to get a...

How Can I Get My Family Dentist To Remove My Silver Fillings? Dec 18th, 2016

I asked my family dentist to remove my 4 silver fillings and replace them with white fillings, but she doesn’t want to do it. She said that nothing is wrong with my silver fillings and she doesn’t want to remove them unless they are old. I want the fillings removed...

Should I See An Emergency Dentist For My Sore Implant? Dec 14th, 2016

Do I need to see an emergency dentist for one of my dental implants? I got dental implants in August 2016. They seemed to be healing well, but 2 weeks ago I started feeling some irritation around of one the implants. It is also sore to the touch. Now it’s...

Will My Invisalign Trays Work For Teeth Whitening? Dec 10th, 2016

I’m in month 7 of Invisalign. I only have 13 months of treatment so I’m ready to start whitening my teeth. I found professional strength gel on Amazon. I am starting with a carbamide peroxide gel that is in the middle as far as strength is concerned because I don’t...

Is Six Month Smiles A Con? Dec 4th, 2016

My dentist now offers Six Month Smiles. My teeth stick out because I sucked my thumb from a toddler through 9th grade. I didn’t do it openly but it was an everyday habit. I have wanted braces since I was in high school but I have never wanted to wear...

Should I See An Emergency Dentist For A Bad Canker Sore? Nov 24th, 2016

I have a canker sore that won’t go away and I am wondering if I should see an emergency dentist. Over the weekend the sore got more painful. It’s pretty big too. When I smile or chew, just the movement seems to make the sore hurt worse. A white pus-like...

Can’t Find A Good Family Dentist For My Son With Down Syndrome Nov 20th, 2016

Hello. I need some advice on a family dentist. I have 4 children. The youngest, Evan, is 11 years old and he has Down syndrome. When we lived in AZ we had a wonderful family dentist who was great with children. Since living in CA, we’ve had to switch dentists...

Why Are My CEREC Crowns Giving Me A Toothache? Nov 16th, 2016

I got 3 CEREC crowns on top left teeth. They are all side by side and it hurts when I chew. I can’t tell which tooth it is that is really hurting because I think the pain is referring. It hurts most when I chew and all of the teeth...

Can I Get A Better Smile With Implant Dentures? Nov 11th, 2016

I am in my 20th year of wearing dentures and never have I had a good smile with them. My smile just looks so generic and I am tired of it. I am only 63 yrs young and my parents lived into their 90s. My good health leads me to...

Will Six Month Smiles Fix My Teeth From My Thumb Sucking Habit? Nov 5th, 2016

I am exploring different options to fix my teeth from a thumb sucking habit and I am wondering if Six Month Smiles will help. I am 27 years old and have been sucking my thumb since I was 3 years old. The habit comes from childhood stress and trauma that...

Will Invisalign Get Sterile In The Dishwasher? Nov 2nd, 2016

I am not sure that my Invisalign trays are getting clean enough. The thought of having to wear them for 2 weeks is kind of grossing me out. I use the cleaning solution my dentist gave me and when I asked her if there is something more I can do,...

How Does A Smile Bought Online Compare To Snap-On Smile? Oct 29th, 2016

I am job hunting and I think that part of my lack of success if due to the way my teeth look. They are pointy and crooked and it is very noticeable. On 2 of my interviews I am certain that my teeth were a distraction. I don’t have dental...

My Family Dentist Says She Won’t Do Porcelain Veneers With My Tongue Piercing Oct 22nd, 2016

I have fluorosis stains on my teeth and I am getting married in April of next year. My family dentist is also a cosmetic dentist and she does beautiful work. Some of my co-workers got porcelain veneers from her and so have some of her own staff members. Their teeth...

My CEREC Crown Is Irritating My Gums Oct 18th, 2016

I got my CEREC crown in August. My gums were irritated after I got the crown. I was told to rinse my mouth with warm saltwater several times a day to calm the irritation and help my gums heal. I have been back to my dentist 4 times about the...

Bone Grafting For Dental Implants Oct 16th, 2016

Successful dental implant placement requires sufficient jawbone density. The jawbone support dental implants. When a tooth is missing, the body begins to resorb the bone from the site and use it and the minerals from it elsewhere in the body. If you have experienced jawbone shrinkage, the bone might need...

Can I Refuse Fluoride Treatments From The Pediatric Dentist? Oct 13th, 2016

I am not convinced that my 4 yr old should get fluoride treatments from her pediatric dentist. I don’t even give her fluoride toothpaste yet. She might swallow it, and she is too young for it. The pediatric dentist recommended it because my daughter has an unusual number of cavities....

My Face Sags With Dentures Sep 28th, 2016

My face sags with dentures and at this point in my life I am not sure what to do about it. I have worn dentures since 1985. I needed them younger in life than most people. My face sags even when I am wearing the dentures. It makes me look...

6 Month Smiles Or Veneers? Sep 26th, 2016

I am trying to figure out if I should get veneers or 6 months smiles. My teeth are a bit overlapped but not terribly. I know that both ways can straighten my teeth pretty quickly. I think veneers cost more than braces but I don’t know if veneers are the...

Invisalign Before Or After Dental Implants? Sep 25th, 2016

I have 2 bottom left molars missing. Since I have lived in Cali I’ve had 3 different dentists. Each dentist I see tells me that I need implants to replace the teeth. I know I do need them because my bottom front teeth have shifted and started to overlap. I...

Affordable Emergency Dentist For Impacted Wisdom Tooth Sep 22nd, 2016

I have an impacted wisdom tooth on the upper left. I need to find an affordable emergency dentist to pull the tooth. My toothache is so bad that it makes me nauseated. The gums all around the tooth are swollen. I had dental coverage through my husband’s job, but as...

Can My Snap On Smile Protect My Teeth Like A Mouth Guard While I Play Sports? Sep 4th, 2016

2 of my 5 missing teeth are from playing sports. Others are from my failure to take care of my teeth. My parents have told me that they are not paying to replace my teeth but they did get me a snap on smile. They feel that because I was...

I Have New Dentures And I Keep Biting My Tongue Aug 25th, 2016

In June I got new dentures and since I’ve had them I keep biting my tongue. I have bitten my tongue more in the past 2 months than I have in my lifetime. Of course I have told me dentist about this and he keeps checking the dentures every time...

Need A Family Dentist’s Recommendation For Gum Disease Treatment Aug 6th, 2016

Could I get some advice from one of your family dentists? I think I have gum disease. My gums hurt and sometimes when I brush my teeth they bleed. I just moved to CA and although I am working my employer doesn’t provide dental insurance. I have been waiting to...

Will A CEREC Dentist Do Crowns For My 12 Yr Old’s Front Teeth? Jul 16th, 2016

My 12 yr old daughter had an accident over the holiday weekend and chipped her 2 front teeth almost half way horizontally. I took her to her pediatric dentist and she tried to do some bonding but I don’t like the way it looks. The color doesn’t even match. She...

Did Drugs So Long I Have No Choice But To Get Dentures Apr 19th, 2016

I ruined my teeth during a 10 year long drug addiction. I am recovered now but I am only 47 yrs old and I have no choice but to get dentures. I want to get implant dentures at some point but I know my teeth have to be extracted first....

I Can’t Get Tomato Sauce Stains Off My Invisalign Mar 29th, 2016

Please don’t scold me because I know I am not supposed to eat with my Invisalign on. I did eat with them on 3 days ago on a dinner date. I usually take them out but things were pretty romantic and I didn’t want to have to take them out at...

My Tooth Broke When I Was Trying To Pull It Mar 25th, 2016

I had a rotten tooth so loose that I could almost fit the tip of my toothbrush under it. The tooth is a bottom right molar. I also have another tooth next to it that is also loose. I tried to pull the tooth out that is the furthest back....

Tight And Gritty Dentures Mar 23rd, 2016

I got my dentures relined two weeks ago and they are a mess. I took them to a place in town to save money. They fit too tight and are very gritty. I hate to think that I have to get them redone and that I’ve wasted money. Do I...

Braces Or A Snap On Smile Mar 20th, 2016

I am really torn about whether I should get braces or a snap on smile. I have been leaning toward the snap on smile because it only takes a few weeks to get it. What does it take, a year or 2 to get through braces? The only problem is...

Knock Off CEREC Crown Looks So Fake Mar 17th, 2016

I went to this new mobile dental clinic to get a crown. I needed it fast because my schedule is crazy. I knew that I was taking a chance but I didn’t think it would be that bad. It’s horrible and you can see it when I smile because it’s...

Swollen Lump In My Gums That Hurts Bad Feb 21st, 2016

I have a swollen lump in my gums around 2 molar teeth on the bottom left. Both teeth ache a little but my gums hurt to the touch. This is starting to hurt enough to bother me in my sleep. I tried flossing around the teeth but it hurts too...

What Would A Family Dentist Do About Dry Mouth For Children? Nov 23rd, 2015

Before dry mouth is treated, your family dentist will help determine the cause of dry mouth. An oral exam, tests, review of your child’s medical and prescription history, and possibly a referral to a specialist may be required. What Are the Causes of Dry Mouth? Some of the common causes are: Dehydration...

How Long Will A Temporary Pro Crown Last If I Buy It Online? Oct 13th, 2015

I love the convenience of online shopping. I am having a problem with a worn out tooth and any day the crown is going to fall off. It’s the holidays so I just want to be proactive. I am looking at packages of professional crowns. There are several crowns in...

Why Does Our Family Dentist Keep Getting My Temporary Veneers The Wrong Color? Sep 20th, 2015

I am starting to get nervous about my veneers because my family dentist keeps getting the temps the wrong color. This is the 3rd try. I am not sure why this is happening. I picked the color but each of these three times the temps are not a color match. Why...

“CEREC” Crown Came Off Again Sep 16th, 2015

My “CEREC” crown came off for the 3rd time. It’s not really CEREC but the dentist I got it from couldn’t or wouldn’t tell me the real name of the crown. It’s a generic form of CEREC but looks just as good or better than CEREC. That’s all good but the...

Wish I Had Known Before I Got Invisalign Aug 30th, 2015

I would not have gotten Invisalign if I had known they would be absolutely yellow if I kept smoking. My teeth were not and are not this yellow but the trays get yellow within a few days. I feel like I wasted my money. I just hope it will be worth...

Having A Hard Time Getting Used To My Veneers Aug 26th, 2015

I’ve worn my temporary veneers for 5 weeks now and I am having a hard time getting used to them. I almost feel like my dentist is trying to make me like them. She keeps asking me don’t they look great? Not to me. We already had one change to...

Facial Wrinkles From Dentures Aug 18th, 2015

I’ve had dentures since I was 49 years old and I just turned 61 last week. The wrinkles on my face from dentures are finally catching up with me. Other than cosmetic surgery, what are some ways that people with dentures can at least soften their wrinkles? Thanks. Madge Madge...

Can I Smoke With 6 Month Smiles? Jul 26th, 2015

I smoke a lot. Not a chain smoker, but probably a half pack a day. I want 6 month smiles because it’s faster and looks better than regular braces, but I am wondering if I can smoke with them. Thanks. Marcel Marcel – Technically, yes, you can smoke while you...

Snap On Smile Won’t Snap And It Falls Off Jun 24th, 2015

I can put my snap on smile on but it never really snaps. It doesn’t feel snug at all. I can’t count the times it has fallen off, but I can feel it slipping so I manage to catch it. Can this thing be re-molded or do I have to...

Will I Need New Dentures If I Get Cosmetic Surgery On My Face? Jun 7th, 2015

I have implant dentures so I am very happy with my smile. What I am not happy with is my face. This October I am going to have a few consultations with cosmetic surgeons. I know that teeth affect the position of your lips and cheeks. Will I need new...

Family Dentist Isn’t Good With Kids May 30th, 2015

We’ve had the same dentist for 6 years or so. Since then we had a baby girl. Our daughter is now 2 years old so we took her for her first dental appointment. I was surprised that our dentist is not good with kids! At least he wasn’t good with...

Can Invisalign Double As A Mouth Guard While I Play Soccer? May 28th, 2015

I’ve had Invisalign for 7months. After my dentist found out that I joined a soccer team, he told me that I need to wear a mouth guard. Is he trying to make money off of me? Why can’t my Invisalign double as a mouth guard? Thanks Quinn Quinn – A mouth guard...

My Gap Is Closed But Front Teeth Look Like Bugs Bunny May 20th, 2015

No joke. That’s how my teeth look. Whenever my brother sees me now he says “What up, Bugs?” It is not funny at all. He is my brother but if he keeps it up I will have to clock him. I had my gap closed with dental bonding and now...

7 Yr Old Drinking Soda From Sippy Cup Apr 14th, 2015

My sister lets her 7 yr old son drink soda from sippy cups. I know he is way too old for a sippy cup and so does my sister but she says she gives it to him because my nephew is clumsy and she doesn’t want him to spill soda...

What Happens If I Decline To Have Attachments On My Invisalign? Apr 12th, 2015

The whole point of my getting Invisalign is to have braces that people can’t see. My dentist said that I might need attachments on them, which to me are clearly visible. What happens if I decline the attachments? Will my treatment time be longer? Thanks. Missy Missy – The attachments are...

Wisdom Teeth May One Day Help Your Eyes Apr 7th, 2015

Wisdom teeth can cause a lot of pain and discomfort, but researchers at the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences have found a good use for them. The dental pulp from wisdom teeth might one day be used as a source of corneal transplant for scarred corneal tissue...

Should I Have An Emergency Tooth Extraction Before My Trip? Apr 1st, 2015

I had a root canal 4 months ago and just this week I am having a horrible toothache in the same tooth. In mid-April my job is sending me to Italy for 3 weeks. My insurance will cover dental care there, but I am unsure if I will have the...

The Teeth In My New Dentures Are Yellow Mar 27th, 2015

I did not and would not order dentures with yellow teeth but that’s what I have. I am almost in tears about this because I never had yellow teeth. It took two months to get the dentures, and I honestly feel that I look worse with them than without any...

My Snap On Smile Melted Mar 22nd, 2015

I had my snap on smile on the table and my yorkipoo got it. I was looking for it and saw her chewing on it. When I took the snap on smile from her, it looked okay but I knew I needed to really clean it. Ordinarily, I wouldn’t do...

All Of My CEREC Crowns Cracked Mar 16th, 2015

I am really disappointed because I have 3 CEREC crowns for upper molar teeth that have all cracked. The cracks have occurred over the last 4 or 5 months. I looked back at my insurance records online and I got the crowns in December 2004 when I lived in Colorado....

Does My Family Dentist Really Have To Etch My Teeth For Bonding? Mar 12th, 2015

I don’t want my enamel touched at all. My family dentist said he has to etch my teeth for dental bonding. Is this something I can avoid if I see another dentist? Thanks Melanie Dental bonding, or cosmetic bonding, can be used to lengthen or shape teeth, conceal stains in...

Only A Few Months To Fix My Smile Before My Wedding Mar 7th, 2015

Last week I proposed to my fiancé. We set the date for November. I had braces in my early teens and kind of fell off wearing my retainer when in my late 20s. Of course my teeth have shifted. I’ve been saying for a few years that I want Invisalign...

Need Second Opinion After Seeing Our Kid’s Dentist. Why Does He Have Two Rows Of Teeth? Mar 3rd, 2015

I already asked our pediatric dentist this question, so don’t worry. I am just getting opinions from other dentists. We have 5 kids and our youngest son is the only one who has 2 rows of teeth. The permanent teeth are coming in behind the baby teeth. Why is this...

Denture Won’t Fit On Implants? Feb 26th, 2015

I would say 40% of the time, I can get my denture to snap onto my implants with no problem. 60% of the time either it takes me a long time (maybe 10-15 minutes?) to get it to snap on, or I can’t do it at all and just give...

What’s Your Risk For Getting Cavities? Feb 1st, 2015

Are you at low, moderate, or high risk for getting cavities? What can you do to protect your teeth from cavities so that you can avoid fillings, dental crowns, or even losing a tooth and requiring a more expensive restoration? Consider some of the factors below: At home care –...

My Retainer Doesn’t Fit. Did It Change Shape? Jan 28th, 2015

It’s been a while since I wore my retainer. We had a lot of illness in our family. I was taking care of my mom after she had 2 surgeries and at night, I just crashed and went to sleep. A few nights in a row I forgot my retainer...

Do I Need To See Our Family Dentist Or Is There An Over The Counter Treatment For Bleeding Gums? Jan 13th, 2015

My gums are bleeding. Not all the time but when I brush my teeth. My sister said I probably have gum disease. Could this be even though I brush my teeth every day? Is there something over the counter I can buy to stop it? Thank you. Camille Camille –...

What Are Hybrid Dentures? Jan 4th, 2015

My dentures are worn out and I have to use a lot of adhesive just to keep them on. I want cosmetic dentures this time because my current dentures are just plain ugly. I guess you notice certain things more when it involves you. Now that I am in the...

Snap On Smile Or Partial Denture For 2 Missing Teeth? Sep 27th, 2014

I have 2 missing teeth. I need an affordable option to replace them. I have been looking at a snap on smile and a partial denture. I read about them both. What do I need to consider? Marisol Marisol – A Snap-On Smile covers all of your teeth, and it is meant...

Can I Buy Invisalign Or Something Similar Online? Sep 8th, 2014

I am going to get my teeth straightened and I am doing research on how to do it best in the least expensive way. I am looking at Invisalign and wondering it is something that I can buy online. If not Invisalign, is there something similar that I can get online?...

Why Are My Lips Still Numb After Dentist Appt? Jul 23rd, 2014

I had a dentist appointment this morning and my lips are still numb. I am starting to get nervous. A friend and I just had lunch together and my drink kept rolling down my lips like I was drooling. Did my dentist do something wrong? Why are my lips still...

My Teeth Are Keeping Me From Work Mar 30th, 2014

I graduated last year with a degree in radio, tv, and film. My dream is to work in tv. I’ve been on many interviews and auditions, but never quite get hired. My last interviewer mentioned my teeth would need to be worked on if I wanted a visible job. Could...

My Dentures Fell Out! Mar 12th, 2014

I’m at a dinner with my girlfriends. We’re talking and having a great time and my dentures slip out onto my plate. I was absolutely mortified. What can I do to keep that from happening again? Sylvia P. – Morganville, WI Sylvia, What a difficult experience that was for you....