Do you have a young child in your life who is always grabbing for their pacifier or continuously sucking their thumb? These are both common soothing techniques for infants and toddlers. It is also a common coping mechanism as a child gets a little older to help them feel calm and not overwhelmed by a situation. While these behaviors can help ease a tantrum or create a sense of calm on a sleepless night, the longer your child uses a pacifier or sucks their thumb, the more damage they can cause to their teeth and jaw.
When you visit our office for an oral hygiene examination, there are a few steps we take to ensure you have optimal oral health. We thoroughly clean your teeth, removing any lingering plaque from the surface and along the gumline. In addition, we look for problems such as gum disease, oral cancer, and decay. If we detect decay, there are a number of treatments we may recommend. Another common name for decay is a cavity. Many people are aware of the term cavity, but do you really understand what it means and how it is caused? Read on to learn more about cavities and what can happen if they are not treated.
Do you frequently experience discomfort in your face and jaw? If so, you may be suffering from a common condition known as temporomandibular joint disorder, also known as TMD. TMD is a condition that affects the temporomandibular joint. This is the ball-and-socket joint that attaches the lower jaw to the base of the skull. If you place your fingers on the back of your jaw near your ear and open your mouth, you can feel the temporomandibular joint move. One of the biggest struggles with this condition is that patients are often undiagnosed or misdiagnosed because many of the symptoms resemble other medical conditions.
Are you interested in receiving dental implants as a tooth replacement but are concerned you will not be eligible for treatment? Thankfully, due to advancements in dental treatments and technology, more patients than ever before are eligible to receive dental implants. Unfortunately, there are still some patients who may not qualify. Continue reading to learn more about implants and if you would be a candidate to receive treatment.
At Joel D. Singer, DMD, we are passionate about helping our patients achieve optimal oral health. One way we encourage this is to have patients visit our office for routine hygiene examinations. During these appointments, we not only thoroughly clean their teeth, but we also look for signs of a problem with their oral health. One common issue that many of our patients experience is dental decay, also commonly referred to as a cavity. You have likely heard of cavities. Maybe you have even had one or two. But do you know how they form and what can happen if treatment is not received?
Do you look at other people’s smiles and dream of having a different smile yourself? If you have been unhappy with the aesthetics of your teeth, there is no better time to make a change to your smile. While we offer numerous cosmetic dentistry treatments that can make any change you would like to see, there is one treatment in particular that can help improve the look of your teeth when you smile. Read on to learn more about this popular treatment.
We are passionate about helping our patients enjoy long-lasting oral health. One way this can be accomplished is with regular, routine oral hygiene examinations. We recommend that our patients visit us every four to six months, depending on their oral health needs. During these appointments, aside from cleaning your teeth, we look for potential oral health problems, including mouth cancer or oral cancer. November is Mouth Cancer Awareness Month, dedicated to promoting knowledge of this form of cancer. Mouth cancer is a type of head and neck cancer that can be detected anywhere in the mouth or oral cavity, including the lips, tongue, cheeks, and gums.
Did we recommend a dental treatment for you or a loved one during your last visit, but you have yet to schedule the appointment? There is no time like the present to contact us to get on the schedule. We know that our patients have busy schedules. It seems like there are countless tasks on the to-do list, and you may feel like you are constantly on the go. We encourage you to make your dental health a priority, even if your schedule is a little tight. It would be a shame for your plans to be disrupted because of a dental emergency. This can be especially challenging with the holiday season around the corner. Read on to learn more about what can happen when you delay treatment.
We frequently speak about the importance of oral health and ways to help you keep your teeth and mouth healthy. One of the best ways to do this is to teach healthy oral habits at a young age. Bad habits that start in childhood can be extremely difficult to change. We would hate for these habits to lead to problems with your children’s oral health now and in the future.
Dealing with oral health complications can be stressful. If you or a loved one has experienced tooth loss, you may be struggling to choose a tooth replacement option. We believe it is important for our patients to understand the different options we provide. One treatment that we may suggest for severe decay or a missing tooth is a dental bridge. We want to be sure that our patients feel informed and comfortable with any treatment we recommend. Read on to learn more about this treatment and how we use it to restore oral health.