Could stem cell research help your cavities?

Dentists have devised a treatment to regenerate rotten teeth that could substantially reduce the need for fillings in the future. The therapy works by enhancing the natural ability of teeth to repair themselves through the activation of stem cells in the soft pulp at the centre. Normally, this mechanism is limited to repairing small cracks and holes in dentine, the solid bulk of the tooth beneath the surface enamel… Continue Reading

Diabetes & Gum Disease – A Two Way Street

Diabetes, which kills more people annually than breast cancer and AIDS, can weaken your mouth’s ability to fight germs, increase blood sugar levels, and can make gum disease more severe and harder to control. When diabetes is poorly controlled, high glucose levels in mouth fluids may help germs grow and set the stage for gum disease. These “bugs” sit below the gum line and act as termites, eating away at your bo… Continue Reading

How to Pick the Right Toothbrush.

A toothbrush is a small tool with a big job.  It removes plaque, prevents tartar buildup, reduces the risk of gum disease and helps keep your breath fresh. But if you’ve wandered down the toothbrush aisle lately, the choices can be overwhelming. Here are some tips for finding the ideal brush: Bigger isn’t always better.  Choose a toothbrush with a head that is small enough to reach your back molars. Go s… Continue Reading

Are You Mistletoe Ready?

Fresh breath, strong gums and clean teeth: there’s nothing like a healthy mouth to make you want to pucker up!  Here are 7 foods to help you be mistletoe ready this holiday season: Herbs, especially minty ones.  Spearmint and peppermint, as well as parsley, cilantro, rosemary, cinnamon and tarragon fight bad breath and aid digestion. Yogurt.  Probiotics in yogurt battle bad breath, plaque and gum diseas… Continue Reading

Is it time for a new dental home?

A relationship with your dentist is based on continued communication and trust. And making a change to that relationship can make you feel uneasy.  But if you continue to see your dentist only because you always have or dread going to the dentist, it may be time for a change.  Below are some signs that it may be time to switch: Does your dental office take a full medical history when getting to know you?  Do they update i… Continue Reading

Sealants – A Good Choice for your Child.

Our pediatric dentists recommend sealants frequently.  And there’s good reason for it.  Studies show they could prevent 80% of future cavities in children. What is a sealant?  A sealant is a liquid that is brushed over a tooth that hardens and creates a protective barrier between bacteria and the tooth’s enamel. Why does a tooth need a sealant?  Sealants are applied specifically to molars. Molar… Continue Reading

Extra Halloween Candy?

Little witches and goblins returned home from trick-or-treating this year and sorted through their bags of candy, sorting their very favorites.  And all that candy in the house is fun for a couple days.   Yes, even we enjoy it too! The problem is that it lingers for weeks and some never gets eaten at all.  As a parent, you can rest easy knowing your kids’ extra candy can be donated to a good cause – Operatio… Continue Reading

Candy Buyback Returns!

Halloween is just days away and that means the return of the Halloween Candy Buyback! From November 1 -3, Little Smiles has partnered with local schools for our 9th annual Halloween Candy Buyback.  November 1st – 3rd from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Children bring their unopened candy to Little Smiles and we buy it back for $1 per pound Another $1 per pound is also donated to the local school of the child’s choice. Top colle… Continue Reading

The Braces Debate – Dentist or Orthodontist?

When people meet the first thing they notice is the other person’s eyes, second teeth and third hair.  If so, why do most people worry more about who cuts their hair than who straightens their teeth? When you are ready to explore braces, how do you know who to call?  What is the difference between a dentist who offers orthodontics and an orthodontist? Dentists and orthodontists are both doctors and have graduated f… Continue Reading