What To Do AFTER Dental Treatment

Have we recently recommended a dental treatment or are you due for your routine hygiene examination? Whether you or a loved one currently needs an appointment at this time or not, you may need a restorative or cosmetic dentistry treatment in the near future. While it is extremely important to be diligent in scheduling your appointment in a timely fashion, it is just as important to follow our after-treatment instructions. Failing to follow our instructions can lead to serious complications. Continue reading to learn more.

Bad Habits That Affect Oral Health

At Parkside Dental Care, our goal is to help our patients achieve and maintain optimal oral health. We only see our patients a few times each year, so the bulk of the oral care responsibility lands on our patients. This is one of the reasons we are so passionate about proper oral care and developing an oral hygiene routine. We love answering questions and helping patients who are unsure of the proper steps to take to clean their teeth. While we normally share positive habits that we encourage patients to do daily, today we are sharing bad habits that can negatively affect your oral health. Bad habits can lead to discomfort as well as a dental emergency. These include:

How To Keep Your Smile Healthy All Summer Long

We don’t know about you, but we could not be more excited for summer. There is just something about the hot weather, longer days, and feeling of relaxation that comes along with this season. We have heard from many of you that you have plans to spend time with children and family, enjoy cookouts and reunions, as well as exciting travel plans. No matter what you have planned this summer, we want to encourage you to be sure you are maintaining your oral health. We would hate for summer fun to turn into winter problems. Continue reading to learn some helpful tips to ensure your mouth remains healthy and emergency free.

Can Drinking Water Improve Oral Health?

Water is one beverage that offers many benefits to overall health, so much so that companies have created water bottles with time indicators to encourage us to drink large quantities of water throughout the day. Water has many health benefits and can be beneficial in flushing harmful toxins from the body. When a patient is experiencing a health complication, medical professionals will often encourage them to increase their water intake. Dentists are no different. Water can have an amazing positive impact on your oral health.

The Top 2 Medical Causes Of Bad Breath

Do you find yourself stepping away from others when you speak with them because you are concerned with how your breath smells? Do you constantly have a mint or gum handy because you are worried about bad breath? We all experience bad breath from time to time, especially after a large cup of coffee or a meal filled with onions and garlic. For most of us, our breath improves considerably after a thorough tooth brushing. Patients who experience bad breath on a regular basis, however, may be experiencing a dental issue that needs to be addressed. Continue reading to find out more about the smell of your breath and what it can mean for your oral health.

What To Know About A Dental Emergency

If the past few years have taught us nothing else, it is to be prepared for the unexpected. The state of your oral health is no different because there is always the possibility of experiencing a dental emergency. The likelihood of experiencing an emergency increases the longer you delay needed treatments or postpone routine hygiene examinations. Dental decay is unlike other medical conditions that may improve over time, worsening until the tooth eventually needs to be extracted and a tooth replacement option is needed.

Can Your Medications Affect Your Oral Health?

Medications are often prescribed to assist with an illness or a long-term medical condition. While these medications are often used to improve your health, there are various side-effects that can negatively affect your oral health. When under the weather or dealing with a medical complication, the effect medications can have on your oral health is not always your first concern; however, many medications, prescribed and over-the-counter, can have lasting negative effects on your teeth and gums.

Something Important to Celebrate This February – Gum Disease Awareness Month

February is the month that many of us celebrate love and Valentine’s Day, but at Parkside Dental Care, there is another event that happens in February that we feel is just as important — Gum Disease Awareness Month. February is recognized as Gum Disease Awareness Month in an effort to make the public aware about the prevalence of the disease and the lasting effects that it can cause if left untreated. Gum disease affects more than half of American adults and is when the gums become inflamed and infected.

New Year, Healthier Smile

Have we recommended a treatment plan and you have postponed your appointment? Maybe it’s been some time since you’ve visited our office and you feel it’s too late to restore your smile. We are here to tell you that it’s never too late to receive the dental care you need to improve and restore your smile! The start of a new year is the perfect time to visit our office for an evaluation and put a plan into action. It is also a great time to schedule the treatment you have been postponing. Delaying needed dental care can lead to discomfort, additional costs, and can impact your overall health. Read on to learn more.