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What is gum disease As bacteria sit on the tooth, the gum fills with blood. Within just a few days the gums grow blood vessels to send immune cells into the site. This is called gingivitis.  During gingivitis, you man notice bleeding during flossing or brushing, and the gums will appear red and swollen.   [...]

Is Invisalign right for me and is it the only option available to straighten my teeth?

There are different methods of straightening your teeth.  There are traditional braces, Invisalign, Veneers or composite bonding that come to mind. There are pros and cons to each.   It is up to you and your dentist to determine which technique is best for you.   Not every modality will be an option for every individual.  As a dental professional, [...]

Is there a link between smoking and gum disease?

Smokers have the highest risk of gum disease of all people. As a matter of fact, they are more than five times likely to get gum disease over non smokers. According to the Center for Disease Control, 41% of all smokers over the age of 65 have missing teeth while only 20% of all non [...]

What type of tooth brush should I use?

I often get the question which toothbrush I recommend.    My opinion is that all toothbrushes are about the same.    Any toothbrush used appropriately is a good brush.     Just make sure the bristles are soft or ultra-soft.   The harsher brushes can rip your gums and will wear down your teeth. Electric toothbrushes can be useful [...]

“Can I refuse X-rays? On The Dr Oz Show, They Said…..”

“Can I refuse X-rays?  On The Dr Oz Show, They Said…..” Now you have to realize that I have never watched the Dr Oz show.   Yet, I find myself answering questions about what patients claim they heard on the show.    I have a couple of patients saying that on the show, they were told to [...]

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