Darby Creek Dental Blog
July 2, 2018
Summer is in full swing, but it seems like this season always goes by faster than any other time of the year. Before you know it, your kids will be trading in their flip-flops and sunblock for backpacks and sneakers as they start their next year of formal education. It’s never too early to start putting together your to-do list for sending your youngsters back to school. We’re here to remind you that a visit to your family dentist deserves a spot on that list.
June 13, 2018
Summer is here, so a tasty and refreshing sports drink can really hit the spot on a warm day. They provide good hydration and a fair amount of electrolytes, which are essential when you or your kids are especially active. However, they could also lead to some rather serious tooth damage. That’s why a dentist usually recommends water over sports drinks. Read on to learn more about how a sports drink can harm your smile.
June 11, 2018
As the years go by, more and more Baby Boomers join the ranks of senior citizens. The geriatric spectrum ranges from active 90-year-olds to declining 70-year-olds. There is, however, one thing all seniors can do to improve their health and possibly extend their longevity, too. They all need to take care of their teeth and gums. There is actually quite a bit a dentist can do to help the elderly avoid tooth loss and other dental problems. Read on to learn what you can do for your smile throughout the aging process.
April 28, 2018
When was the last time you visited the dentist? If it’s been more than six months, you’re not alone. Most people don’t manage to make it into the office as often as they should. Unfortunately, what they often don’t realize is that these appointments are about more than just checking for cavities. When you skip your routine checkups and cleanings, you’re also missing out on the examinations that could catch the disease that is reported to kill one American every hour, every single day of the year. We’re talking about oral cancer — keep reading to find out more.
April 5, 2018
You might have heard a lot about how important it is to prevent gum disease. This condition endangers both your oral and overall health! However, not everyone understands exactly what gum disease is. They may not even know the difference between gingivitis and periodontitis, the two forms of gum disease. If you’ve ever been confused about these terms, take heart! Here is a quick lesson on what they mean.
March 14, 2018
When it comes to your oral health, what is public enemy number one? It’s the notorious creatures called bacteria. They are always lurking around looking for leftover food to feed on, so they can grow. But are there ways to stop them? Your local dentist says there certainly are! Your best line of defense is your daily oral hygiene regimen, which should include flossing. Learn why it’s so important to use this simple method to hunt for harmful bacteria as you continue reading.
March 2, 2018
Your dental health is supported by two primary pillars – one being your oral hygiene. The latter is of great significance because it helps to foil one of the greatest foes of a healthy mouth, teeth and gums – bacteria. And a simple tool called a toothbrush is a major player in your hygienic regimen, but with so many on the market, how do you make the right choice? Should you use an electric or manual version? Are hard bristles better for removing plaque? These and other questions will be answered by your local dentist as you continue reading.
February 2, 2018
By the time your baby is between 6 months and 1 year of age, you can expect to see their two front teeth coming in. This can be a very exciting time for you as a parent; soon you’ll be brushing your teeth alongside them in the bathroom, singing songs to make sure they brush for long enough. But teaching them oral care isn’t just about developing good habits.
According to your dentist, baby teeth play a large role in your child’s oral development overall. With February being children’s dental health month, there’s no better time to protect your child from decay than now!
January 5, 2018
As you sit and reflect on your childhood, you can remember countless occasions where your mother spoke in the tone of prevention. She would tell you to put on a jacket before going outside so that you wouldn’t catch a cold. Or she would tell you not to stay awake all night playing with your toys because you’d struggle to get out of bed the next morning. And the funny thing is, she was always right. That’s why the old saying goes, “An ounce of prevention is worth more than 10 pounds of cure.” The same mentality applies to your oral health. The efforts you put into protecting your mouth, teeth and gums on the front end, protect you from problems you don’t want to have to deal with down the road. That’s why your dentist says it’s much better to come in for a visit before a minor issue can fester into a major occurrence.
December 10, 2017
The health of your teeth and gums is not only important to your smile, but your general health as well. To prevent complications from developing, you brush your teeth twice a day and floss each night. However, if you are not visiting your dentist every six months, you are allowing preventable issues to develop. While you may believe that you are saving money by not using your dental benefits until after a problem has occurred, you are actually increasing your long-term costs for care. As the end of the year approaches, now is the time to maximize the value of your insurance policy to keep your smile healthy.