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With Halloween just around the corner, children (and parents) everywhere are preparing their candy bags for all of the sugary treats headed their way! Dentists on the other hand know what this holiday could mean for their patients' dental health. Since October is National Dental Hygiene Month, we decided to take the opportunity to share a few tips and tricks as you take care of your teeth this Halloween.
While your dental health may not seem related to your overall health, it can actually have a significant impact on your body and health as a whole! Many people only think about a toothache or unsightly stains when they consider dental health, but there are many issues that can lead to significant health problems when left unattended.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, but that may not be true for your teeth if you do not take the proper precautions over the holiday season. You can have a cavity-free smile while enjoying festive treats and sweets. Follow our five holiday oral health tips to ensure your teeth and gums have a holly, jolly good-time all season long.
Do you shiver in discomfort when taking a bite of ice cream? Do you shrink into agony when sipping hot cocoa? If you feel shocks of pain when eating or drinking foods of different temperatures, you may be experiencing symptoms of tooth sensitivity.
Can you guess what the top ten New Year's Resolutions made in 2018 were?
The months of October, November, and December are all about celebrating. It is a wonderful season of spending time with family and participating in precious holiday traditions.
Everyone wants to feel attractive. Shiny, healthy hair; radiant skin; straight, white teeth...these are often the standards by which we define outward beauty.
Fillings are typically composed of a substance known as dental amalgam. This substance is a combination of several metals, most commonly silver, tin, mercury, and copper.
There seems to be a lot of mystery concerning wisdom teeth... What are they? Why are they often cut out? Why in the world are they called wisdom teeth?? First of all, the term wisdom teeth is simply due to the timing of their arrival...usually during the mid-teen years. During the age of gaining wisdom. Hence, wisdom teeth.
Just because we live in a time that boasts technology superior to any other time in history does not mean that we trump the ancients in everything. For instance... According to some very interesting finds in the remains of Mt. Vesuvius's victim's teeth, residents of Pompeii experienced healthier teeth than we do today - nearly 2,000 years ago!
It's November! This is the month in which diets are kicked to the curb, families gather and eat without the pressure of gift-giving, and all things pumpkin make their way into our homes. And everything is orange and gold and (hopefully) all cooled off from our long summer. What a wonderful and joyous holiday! And it is completely centered around, well, food.
If there is a dental hygiene practice that is commonly overlooked, forgotten, or simply ignored...it is flossing. It is easy to believe that good brushing covers all of the bases, and that as long as you are brushing at least twice a day your teeth will be in tip top shape. Unfortunately, that is just not true.
"If a cavity is found in a child's baby teeth, what is the point of filling it? It's just going to fall out in a couple of years anyway!" This is a very common misconception that adults have toward their child's baby teeth.
We live in a DIY-saturated society. Entire TV series are dedicated to the art of the "life hack." Social media is ablaze with lists of DIY birthday parties, holiday decorations, home organization - it goes on and on.
"I'm young and healthy." "I don't have any tooth pain or unusual symptoms." "Going to the dentist twice a year seems a little extreme." "Do I really need to go to the dentist??" It seems like a very logical train of thought. Why would someone have their teeth checked twice a year if there seemed to be no need?
Have you ever had a sensitive tooth and looked in the mirror, only to discover that the affected tooth appears longer than the other ones? If you have, then you might be one of millions of Americans suffering from receding gums.
As you walk down the toothpaste aisle at the grocery store, do you become overwhelmed at the amount of options you have?? Extreme whitening, all-natural, tartar control, cavity prevention, enamel protection, and not to mention all of the kids' varieties...how does one go about knowing what type of toothpaste is actually worth buying?
Here at Montgomery Dentistry, we love to have fun! So, we've created this fun pop quiz to test your dental knowledge. Some of the answers might surprise you! And don't worry, there's an answer key at the bottom of the quiz. No cheating, though!
Are you a southerner who enjoys sipping on sweet tea? Or an early-bird who likes to jumpstart their day with a strong cup of coffee? Or a connoisseur of deep red wines? If so, then you are probably well aware of the unfortunate price that comes with enjoying such wonderful beverages...stained teeth.
Dental hygiene is anything but a modern-day concept. Fresh breath and clean teeth have been coveted by all types of people for thousands of years! Albeit, practice and technology have certainly changed and progressed. What began as a "chew stick" over 5000 years ago has now become the tool universally known as the "toothbrush." The history of this staple of dental hygiene has a fascinating and surprising history!
Xerostomia - more commonly known as "dry mouth" - affects millions of Americans. This condition can range from a mild annoyance all the way to severe complications due to an extreme lack of saliva. Either way, dry mouth negatively affects a person's quality of life.
A chipped tooth can happen to anyone. Playing sports, chewing on ice or hard candy, using your teeth to open something...all of these actions can potentially lead to a chipped or damaged tooth. A small, painless chip may seem like a minor issue not worth dealing with, but here at Montgomery Dentistry we want you to take our word for it: a chipped tooth is always worth looking into!
Did you know that gum disease and diabetes are related? Your overall oral health is affected by so much more than watching your candy intake or remembering to floss...albeit great habits!
Here at Montgomery Dentistry, we are passionate about eating. Why do you think we care so much about healthy teeth? :) Our very own Betty Karle has shared a recipe for a delicious vegetable pizza. It's great for parties, tailgates, and cookouts. It's a must have at our office luncheons. Enjoy!
If a crowd of adults was asked why it is important to schedule regular dental check-ups, it would be reasonable to assume that almost everyone would mention something about cavities.
As concerns have risen over the purity and integrity of our country's tap water, so has the number of people who have begun purchasing and drinking from bottled and filtered water. It seems like the logical and responsible thing to do, especially when it comes to the health and safety of our children.
Here's a fact that's a little tough to swallow: According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, one in four Americans over the age of 65 have no teeth.
There is a fascinating list of household celebrity names that deserve recognition beyond what they are ultimately famous for. Here at Montgomery Dentistry, we would like to offer you a more well-rounded view of some of our most beloved celebrities who also dabbled in dentistry!
We here at Montgomery Dentistry know how drastically the health of your teeth and gums can affect your quality of life. When your teeth are straight and white, you feel beautiful and confident! When your gums are healthy, you can brush and floss without any discomfort! And when your teeth are strong and well maintained, you are freed up to use them for their intended purpose…to EAT!
Real life is typically nothing like the movies. Who has time to pause right before they jump into a dangerous situation to save someone and say something really cool and intense? And there is no such thing as an “ugly” girl who takes off her glasses and all of a sudden she is thought to be gorgeous. And, unfortunately, some things just aren’t as “romantic” as the movies portray. Hollywood often creates a beautiful scene of a handsome husband waking up next to his beautiful wife and giving her a lovely “good morning” kiss. But, here on earth, we all know what reality is. A good brushing (or at the very least, mouthwash) MUST precede any “good morning” kiss. Bad breath…it plagues even the best of us.
A common question that we are asked here at Montgomery Dentistry is why we take a patient’s blood pressure for a procedure as simple as a check-up. Isn’t it a little unnecessary to have your blood pressure monitored, when all we are going to do is clean your teeth? Not at all.
Your child’s life is probably filled with things that he or she naturally sees as fun or exciting. For instance, no one has to teach their child to jump into a mud puddle…they instinctively seem to know that getting muddy is awesome.
Toddlers and young children often display some pretty cute behavior that, unfortunately, isn’t quite as cute once they are older. Smearing dinner all over their face. Wearing any article of clothing backwards. Repeating everything Mommy and Daddy say. Sucking their thumbs.
“A smile is a curve that sets everything straight.” - Phyllis Diller Everyone wants to be happy and healthy. The problem is, to achieve these things often costs so much money! To be healthy seems to require a huge grocery budget that can accommodate everything organic. And to be happy apparently involves purchasing the finest things in life to make you look beautiful.
Parents of toddlers know that learning opportunities come in all shapes and sizes! The perfect “teaching time” rarely involves your preschooler sitting quietly at the dinner table; rather, fun little lessons often occur smack in the middle of chaos and mess!
Please join us in welcoming Joyce Smith and Brittni Chambers to our team.
We want to congratulate Haleigh and Teddy Barrera on the recent birth of their son Tatum Reid, 8 lbs. 4 oz. and 19 in. long. Haleigh has decided to stay home for a time with her son. Her last day was February 14, 2013. Also, we want to congratulate Syndal and Justin Miller on their recent marriage. Syndal will be moving to Tuscaloosa with her husband who is studying accounting at The University of Alabama. Her last day with us was June 4, 2013.
Have you ever said, “My teeth are soft, my teeth are translucent, or my teeth are VERY sensitive?” If yes, then you might be dealing with acid erosion. Acid erosion is when your tooth enamel is being worn away from the acid in our foods like: wine, fruit, sodas, and even vegetables.
No one likes to be around someone with bad breath. And even worse is to be the one WITH the bad breath. It can be downright embarrassing! Bad breath, also known as Halitosis, is caused by bad oral habits, the types of foods we eat, and other unhealthy habits.
I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and that you are planning a great upcoming holiday season. There are several things happening at Montgomery Dentistry that I wish to tell you.
Shortly after becoming a parent, it's natural to start asking questions: What school should they attend, what doctor should we use, what immunizations should we get? But... have you ever wondered, when should I take my child to see the dentist for the first time?
Tis the season for candy, chocolate, costumes, and party’s. BUT… let’s not forget the importance of caring for our teeth.
Have you ever wondered…? What are sealants, and why are they necessary? Well, let me share with you what they are and why we at Montgomery Dentistry recommend them.
We love our service members and are proud to announce that we can continue to serve them even with the recent changes with The Tricare Dental Program (TDP).
You’ve heard it a thousand times. You need to floss. But let’s be honest, flossing isn’t the most fun activity. And if you don’t regularly floss, it can be pretty uncomfortable.
Our practice often gets questions about the amount of radiation received during routine x-rays. Many patients also want to understand why it is necessary for them to have them taken. Let’s start off with how much radiation you are getting during routine x-rays.
“The staff at Montgomery Dentistry never fails to provide timely and professional dental care in a pleasent and beautiful facility.”
Joe Panza, Colonel, USAF (Retired)
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