Beyond the Basics

Education for Specific Situations

Airway and Breathing

Snoring. It may be cute in babies, but the consequences are not cute, at any age. Learn more about causes, consequences and options available to stop snoring and sleep better.

Bacteria the good, the bad, and the neutral

Our mouth is colonized by hundreds of different species of bacteria. Some are beneficial, some are harmful to both our oral health and systemic health, and some are neutral. Find out more about what we know, and what we don’t know, when it comes to oral bacteria.

Cavities

Cavities are 100% preventable! Keeping your mouth at a neutral pH is the key.

The Dental Team

Are Dental Hygienist and Dental Assistant different names for the same role?

Orthodontics

Braces can improve our oral health in the long term, but during active treatment, they present a challenge in plaque (biofilm) removal, and therefore bacteria thrives. Unfortunately, we most often see harmful bacteria thriving, leading to increased decay and bleeding. Educate yourself on products available to improve oral health during active orthodontic treatment.

Paying for Dental Care

You just want a “free cleaning,” but can’t get it. Click to understand the how an oral assessment is made, and what insurance coverage may be available depending on the assessment. And tips if you find yourself without insurance.

Pregnancy and Oral Health

Have you ever heard of Porphyromonas gingivalis, or Fusobacterium nucleatum? It’s time to inform yourself about how these oral bacteria may impact your pregnancy. How to determine if you have either of these bacteria present in your mouth, and how to minimize your risk (and your baby’s risk) from them.

Dental X-Rays

X-rays allow us to detect decay and infection before you become symptomatic. Early detection often leads to less invasive treatment. However; radiation exposure accumulates throughout our lifetime, so we need to be responsible in it’s use. The American Dental Association (ADA) has recommendations based on age and risk for disease, plus we will look at other sources of radiation.

Xylitol

Using a sugar to reduce decay? Yes, and it may minimize plaque accumulation!