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Have You Examined Your Tongue Lately?

This muscular organ does more than help to churn up food. It’s also an important component in your complete oral health. Most people don’t associate tongues with medical maladies.

That’s why at our office, our dental experts pay close attention to your tongue to ensure that it’s healthy. Of course, we also take immaculate care of your teeth and gums. Everyone on our team is a friendly, highly trained specialist who helps you and your family feel comfortable and relaxed, while providing the very best in oral healthcare.

Cancer can show up on tongues. The most conspicuous form of tongue cancer starts in the thin, flat squamous cells that line the tongue’s exterior, where it’s more likely to be perceived. This type of tongue cancer tends to be diagnosed when the cancer is small and more simply removed through surgery.

White patches on your tongue imply that you are a smoker. The patches, which are also called lesions, are made up of the growth of excess cells. There’s a 17 percent chance that they could develop into cancer. Your tongue is actually doing you a favor in that it’s telling you that your prolific consumption of cigarettes is making the cigs’ bad chemicals overproduce the cells that make up those white patches.

If you notice that it looks like cottage cheese is covering your tongue, whether you’re male or female, you probably have a yeast infection called thrush. Thrush crops up for a variety of reasons, but it’s often due to using antibiotics because antibiotics kill certain types of bacteria in your body. (Your body has untold types of “good” bacteria, which are used to keep your body running smoothly.)

Thrush or other kinds of yeast infections upset the normal balance of microorganisms in your mouth. Thrush can cause a disagreeable taste in your mouth and sometimes a little pain. While it sometimes disappears on its own, other times medication in the form of prescription tablets and mouthwash are required.

At our office, our compassionate and highly educated staff of professionals enthusiastically provide our patients with personal and superior care in all aspects of your oral health. Whatever your needs, please call us today to schedule an appointment!

Think of it as the key to keeping everything flowing in your mouth and digestive system. Saliva may be something we have always taken for granted, but a decrease in its production can have significant consequences.

At our office, our holistic approach takes into consideration every aspect of your health. Our attentive, highly skilled staff delivers state-of-the-art care in a setting that provides our patients with maximum comfort.

Dry mouth, a lack of saliva also known as “xerostomia,” can make everyday oral functions like chewing, tasting, swallowing, and even speaking more difficult and cause germs to collect in your mouth — leading to bad breath, tooth decay, gum disease, and creating fertile conditions for numerous oral infections. It can result in a sticky or burning feeling in the mouth, sore throat, hoarseness or a roughness on the tongue.

Did you know that there are hundreds of salivary glands in your mouth working to produce about two to four pints of this precious liquid every day? And it’s not just water; your saliva also contains electrolytes, enzymes, and proteins, all mixing together to cleanse and protect your teeth and the surrounding soft tissue. What causes the drop in the amount of saliva we produce? There are a host of reasons, including our age (this condition is often seen in the elderly), side effects of medications we have taken, our use of tobacco, dehydration, disease, an injury or surgery, and treatments for cancer.

Don’t let xerostomia cause you to lose the enjoyment you get from eating, or leave you at risk for developing myriad dental or digestive problems. Our staff at our office know the best approach is to be proactive about dry mouth. We’ll identify its underlying cause and provide the most up-to-date treatments to keep your good oral health flowing.

When you’re faced with a dental emergency, it’s important to act fast. As experienced providers of care, we are well-equipped to provide the prompt, compassionate treatment you require. At our office we prioritize dental emergencies and provide skilled and reliable care to get you back on the road to excellent oral health. New patients are always welcome to our state-of-the-art facility, your resource for the highest quality of skilled and reliable care.

A dental emergency can be an uncomfortable and stressful event. As your trusted dentist, it is our goal to provide you with peace of mind and effective care without delay. We recommend you call us right away if you experience a toothache, a traumatic injury, or if you’ve broken your dental prosthesis. A toothache typically encompasses a range of unpleasant sensations, including sensitivity to hot and cold, pain when biting down or a dull ache that worsens over time. After diagnosing the cause of your discomfort with a thorough examination, we will develop a personalized treatment plan that alleviates your discomfort and restores your oral health. If your tooth has been fractured, knocked out or otherwise damaged in an accident, it’s important to seek care right away. Timely care at our office is the best way to reduce your risk of irreversible damage to your oral health as well as complications for your overall well-being.

While dental emergencies are often painful, they can also come in the form of a broken denture, dental bridge or crown. Our caring office staff understands the everyday challenges presented by a broken dental prosthesis and will schedule you for a prompt repair or replacement at your earliest convenience.

At our office we’re dedicated to providing the highest quality of skilled and compassionate care. For more information on our office and the many services we provide, give our office a call today.

Once you lose your baby teeth and your adult teeth come in, you might figure that’s that – they’re in for life. Not so! Studies show that by age 50, a large majority of adults will have lost one or more teeth due to disease or injury. With today’s dental technologies, there’s no need for anyone to suffer with troublesome or missing teeth. At our skilled professionals use state-of-the-art techniques to restore the look, feel and function of your teeth.

Beyond appearances, missing teeth can have a negative effect on oral function, in addition to weakening the support of the natural contours of your face. Once placed, dental implants can be used to secure custom crowns, fixed bridges or implant-retained dentures, and can even be placed to support an entire set of upper or lower teeth. Dental implants can also be placed to restore missing teeth.

Our office combines state-of-the-art dental technology with the personal touch — a knowledgeable and compassionate staff that will work to restore your smile and your self confidence. We’ll give you the individualized attention you deserve, and educate you on ways to get the most out of your dental implants.

From a routine exam and cleaning to full-mouth rehabilitation, the state-of-the-art office consistently offers the highest quality of skilled and compassionate care. For more information on dental implants or to find out about the many services we provide, give us a call today.

Did you know that according to statistics, more than 90% of adults ages 20-64 have had a cavity in their lifetime? And, tooth decay doesn’t just affect grownups. Cavities also affect the youngest members of the population; with 78% of children having had a cavity by the time they’re 17 years of age. While these percentages are alarmingly high, tooth decay is an almost entirely preventable condition. With routine checkups and care, our dentist can help reduce your risk of dental disease. We utilize the most advanced technology and methods of care to help patients of all ages enjoy optimal oral health.

Tooth decay is caused by plaque, which is a sticky biofilm that gathers continuously on your teeth. The problem is that plaque harbors thousands of colonies of bacteria, some of which are responsible for cavities and gum disease. While brushing, flossing and limiting your intake of sugar, are important steps for preventing any buildup of plaque and protecting your teeth from cavities, it’s also important to see your dentist for routine care. Plaque can gather in the difficult to reach areas between the teeth and gums where it can only be reached with a professional teeth cleaning. As part of our comprehensive program of preventive care, we thoroughly remove any residual plaque and tartar, and offer guidance as to how you can improve your daily oral hygiene at home. As an added level of protection against tooth decay, we offer pediatric patients periodic fluoride treatments, and dental sealants.

For patients of all ages, our team of dentists and hygienists perform a comprehensive examination, assisted by advanced digital radiography, as needed. In this way, we can monitor the ongoing oral health of our patients. If a cavity is detected, our dentist will gently and precisely remove the decay, then restore the tooth with a dental filling. At our practice, we utilize the latest generation of tooth-colored restorative materials, for the most natural looking and seamless results of care.

Our team is dedicated to providing the highest quality of skilled and compassionate dental care. For more information on our practice and the various dental services we provide, give our office a call today.

You’ll know, and your dentist certainly will, when you have tooth decay. It is a real problem that can lead to serious complications if not attended to. That’s why, with early detection, our knowledgeable staff can offer you ways to prevent or stop tooth decay. We use state-of-the-art technology and ways to keep your teeth cavity-free right from the start, and to identify tooth decay early, when it is easiest to treat.

Cavities are small holes that form in the teeth produced by the bacteria found in plaque. This sticky film is where harmful bacteria that feed on sugar tend to reside. The acids produced by the bacteria wear away at the hard outer surface of your tooth. In order to prevent cavities from forming, plaque must be removed before it builds up to cause damage to the teeth.

It can’t be stressed enough that daily brushing and flossing are ways to maintain a clean mouth, free of plaque. But plaque can also be present in areas that only a dental healthcare professional can reach. A tooth cleaning by a professional, who administers a complete oral hygiene routine, is important for preserving a cavity-free smile. Children are especially prone to developing cavities due to their eating habits, and protecting their teeth with dental sealants, fluoride treatments, and checkups prevent the onset of tooth decay.

We will conduct a thorough examination of the teeth, gums and their supporting bone structure. In treating a cavity, we make use of the most cosmetically pleasing and durable tooth-colored fillings made of the highest quality composite resin materials. These fillings look natural and blend seamlessly with the rest of your teeth for a smile you can be proud of.

We are committed to helping you and every member of your family enjoy problem-free mouth problems and a lifetime of healthy, beautiful smiles. Count on us to provide the highest quality care for all of your dental needs. To learn more, or to schedule an appointment, give us a call today.

According to recent studies, 92% of adults ages 20-64 have had cavities in their permanent teeth. Tooth decay is also prevalent in the pediatric population, affecting 50% of children ages 2-11, and increasing to 78% among 17 year olds. At Urgent Care Dental – Riverdale we focus on preventive care to halt the onset and progress of tooth decay. By visiting our dentist for periodic teeth cleanings and examination, we can keep your smile cavity-free from the start.

A sticky film called plaque, which continuously accumulates in your mouth harbors harmful bacteria that feed on sugar, causing cavities and gum disease. The bacteria in plaque produce acids, which eat away at tooth enamel, causing cavities to form. Simply by brushing, flossing and visiting our dentist for professional teeth cleanings, you can help protect your teeth against the detrimental effects of plaque bacteria. We also provide our youngest patients with the educational tools needed to develop healthy oral hygiene practices, as well as offer an additional level of protection against tooth decay with dental sealants and periodic fluoride treatments. Fluoride is a mineral that helps strengthen tooth enamel and dental sealants are essentially protective coatings that are applied to the biting surfaces of the newly erupted permanent molars molars, to shield them from cavities. For patients of all ages, every checkup includes a thorough examination, with the use of advanced digital radiography, as needed, in order to diagnose cavities and other harmful oral health conditions from their outset. If our dentist finds a cavity, we will gently and precisely remove the decay, then restore the tooth with a dental filling. Our office utilizes the latest generation of durable, tooth colored restorative materials, which blend seamlessly with your smile for the most aesthetically pleasing results.

At Urgent Care Dental – Riverdale, we utilize the most advanced approaches to prevent, detect and treat tooth decay. We make every visit to our dentist a stress-free experience. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, call today.

At our office, we maintain a position at the forefront of the latest advances in care to offer patients treatment that is more precise, convenient, and comfortable than ever before. When it comes to smile care, our team of professionals is well equipped to help you and every member of your family enjoy optimal oral health.

Here are three great reasons why regular checkups to our office are essential for a healthy smile:

1.   With routine checkups, we can help prevent dental disease or treat it early in its onset. While a mirror allows you to look at the surface of your smile, underneath the outer layer of your teeth and beneath the gums, there may be a lot more going on.  By performing a comprehensive exam, we’re able to detect and treat emerging dental problems such as the onset of gum disease or dental decay.  We can also take measures to help prevent these issues from happening at all.  

2.    We’ll check signs of medical conditions, suspicious lesions, ulcerations, or oral cancer. We’re always on the lookout for any unusual signs or symptoms affecting your oral health and overall well-being. As part of a comprehensive exam (and if indicated at other visits), we perform an oral cancer screening to look for signs of cancer or precancerous conditions in your mouth. We also check for any oral manifestations of other medical conditions or problematic lesions.

3. Dedicated to helping patients maintain optimal oral health, we emphasize the importance of preventive care.  With professional dental cleaning, we can remove the plaque and tartar between the teeth and gums that your toothbrush or floss may have missed. Not only will your smile feel better after a thorough cleaning, but by removing any accumulated plaque, tartar, and debris, your risk of cavities and gum disease is reduced. Also, as part of our comprehensive program of preventive care, we’ll show you what you can do at home to help keep your teeth and gums healthy.

Committed to excellence in oral care

At our office, we offer a comprehensive range of dental services to meet the needs of every member of your family. Our superior reputation is based on providing experienced and compassionate care with an unparalleled level of skill to achieve the best results for all our patients. For more information on the many services that we provide, give us a call today.

Halitosis, otherwise known as bad breath, can take a toll on your social life and self-confidence. While bad breath might be the result of an underlying medical or digestive issue, a medication, or smoking, it is often due to oral health issues such as periodontal disease, dry mouth, or an infection. Bad breath can also be caused by something that you eat or drink.

At our office, we care about the oral health of all our patients and offer these tips to help keep your breath smelling fresh — and you feeling confident!

  1. Practice Good Oral Hygiene: Brush and floss your teeth at least twice each day. Brushing after mealtimes will remove the food particles that can taint your breath. Rinse your mouth with water or a mouthwash to remove any lingering debris.
  2. Stay Hydrated: Halitosis is a common symptom of dry mouth. When your mouth is dry, it doesn’t have enough saliva to wash away food particles and bacteria. Correcting dry mouth can be as simple as staying hydrated.
  3. Avoid Food and Drink Triggers: Certain foods and drinks can make your breath smell bad, such as garlic, coffee, onions, and alcohol. The substances that impact your breath can enter your bloodstream and travel to your lungs, waiting for you to breathe out and spread their odors.
  4. Quit Smoking: Smoking is not only hazardous to your health, but it’s also bad for your breath. Foul-smelling smoke particles linger in the mouth, throat, and lungs long after you stub out a cigarette, which creates an unappealing stale aroma.
  5. See Your Dentist Regularly: Bad breath can also be a symptom of poor oral health. That’s why regular checkups are so important. Your dentist will thoroughly examine your mouth and diagnose any problems in your mouth that could easily turn into major ones if left untreated.

Our office consistently offers the highest quality of skilled and compassionate care. For more information on our office and the many services that we provide, give us a call today.

At our office, we make it a point to keep pace with the most advanced technology and methods to give you a more convenient dental healthcare experience. With same-day crowns, our team of professionals can complete your customized, permanent dental restoration in just one visit. Our caring team of professionals values your time and strives to provide solutions that are tailored to meet the demands of your busy life.

If your tooth has been severely compromised and cannot be restored with a filling, our dentist may recommend placing a dental crown to restore the tooth’s function and appearance. While a filling replaces a small portion of a decayed or damaged tooth, a dental crown becomes the tooth’s new outer surface. Placing a dental crown helps protect and strengthen the underlying tooth structure, helping to maintain it in the dental arch. Using the latest in imaging techniques, our dentist takes an accurate set of digital impressions to design your crown to fit precisely. We then use these images to fabricate your permanent crown on-site, all in the same visit.

Same-day crowns eliminate the need for a temporary crown or a follow-up appointment, making it more convenient than ever to receive the quality restorations you deserve. We never compromise on service or materials; our crowns are milled from the latest generation of durable, ceramic materials, for the most aesthetically pleasing and natural-looking results. Once your crown is placed, it is easy to care for, requiring the same brushing, flossing and periodic checkups as your natural teeth.

If you require a dental crown but don’t want to deal with multiple visits to the dentist, messy impressions or the uncertainty of lab results, visit our office for the convenience of same-day crowns. We are committed to providing stress-free solutions for all your dental needs. For more information or to schedule an appointment, give us a call today.