The Tooth Contract: How To Help The Tooth Fairy

For children, losing their first tooth is a major milestone. It means they will start to get their “big-kid” teeth! For parents, this milestone means they get to have their first conversation with the Tooth Fairy. Different sets of parents make different deals with the Tooth Fairy; all parents are tasked with helping her take… Read more »

Tips for What to Do When Your Child Hits Their Tooth

Children tend to fall often, especially when they are just learning how to walk. Sometimes when they fall, they can hit their tooth and damage it or even knock it out of place. Our dentists, Drs. Hawkins, Smith and Hassinger, are happy to help you in this situation by telling you exactly what to do…. Read more »

Superior Smiles Include Therapeutic Mouthwash

  Although mouthwash is a highly effective product for targeting bad breath, it can have other benefits as well. Depending on your oral health care needs, it’s always a good idea to speak to your dentist for product recommendations or suggestions to determine which form of mouthwash is best for you. If you’re looking for… Read more »

These are the Bruxism Facts

Do you often wake up with a sore jaw or morning headaches? Do you have earaches and teeth that are sensitive during the day? These and more could be symptoms of bruxism or a condition that causes teeth grinding. We encourage you to know the facts about bruxism so that you can have it treated… Read more »

Denture Wearers Might Want to Include a Tongue Cleaning

Your new complete denture is intended to replace the basic function of your missing teeth. Even though the dental appliance will not be susceptible to bacterial influence and oral plaque acids, it will still need to be cleaned and maintained each day. Rinsing and thoroughly brushing it with a soft-bristled toothbrush and denture polish that… Read more »

Dentistry Year-in-Review: Jaw Pain

Nobody wants to experience jaw or facial pain, especially around the holidays. However, if you are suffering any sort of jaw or facial pain, it may be an indication of a serious underlying condition within your body. Not only should you take the necessary steps to determine what is causing your pain, but you need… Read more »

Appropriate Dental Work for Pregnant Women

The wellbeing of your child is crucial, particularly so when you’re expectant. To keep your baby healthy during all the trimesters of pregnancy, it’s important to visit the dentist’s office for certain procedures like regular checkups and cleanings. We often get asked about X-rays by expectant mothers. Contrary to what you might think, X-rays are… Read more »

A Dental Checkup Is Important for Diagnosing Oral Health Problems

Undiagnosed or untreated oral health problems like cavities, gum disease, and oral cancers can significantly affect your quality of life. This can lead to tooth loss, dangerous periodontal infections, or potential loss of life. To help catch these problems before they can worsen, you should have a dental checkup performed by one of our professionally trained… Read more »

A Tooth Lost to a Severe Cavity Might Be Replaced with a Dental Bridge

Without treatment from a professionally trained dentist like Dr. Hawkins, Dr. Smith, or Dr. Hassinger even a small cavity will continue to spread. As the tooth decay starts to penetrate the internal structures of the tooth you might start to experience increasing toothache pain, discomfort when chewing or a feeling of pressure building in your… Read more »

How Night Guards Work

  When most of our family and friend hear “mouth guard,” they think of the kind of mouth guards they wore during sports. Dental mouth guards have a more detailed purpose, and they’re slightly more complex than the boil-and-chomp kind. One kind of dental mouth guard is the night guard, which can stop nighttime teeth… Read more »