The Painful Truth Behind Sports Drinks

poweradeFall sports are just around the corner, so now is the perfect time to dive into one of the most common causes of dental issues we see among athletes – Sports drinks. Visit any sporting event and you won’t have to search too long or hard to see those colorful drinks scattered on the sidelines.

While sports drinks may be good at helping an athlete recover after a grueling workout or providing a potential boost to performance, we caution you to consider the ramifications to your oral health as well.  Part of an athlete’s responsibility to protect their body is taking care of the teeth and gums too!

Some of the common dental issues we see at Susquehanna Dental Arts as a result of too many sports drinks include:

  • enamel erosion
  • gum disease
  • tooth decay

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The Benefits of Preventive Dentistry

two kids brushing teethGood dental hygiene habits can not only save you from painful dental procedures, they can also save you quite a bit of money. If you practice preventive dentistry, you can put yourself in the best position to protect your smile, your wallet, your oral health, and your health overall.

Preventive dentistry focuses on the ongoing care of your mouth, both at home and with regular visits to the dentist. Here are some techniques you and your dentist can perform to be proactive about your dental health.

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What is an IAOMT Dentist?

If you follow the Susquehanna Dental Arts social media pages, you’ve likely seen several items from the International Academy of Oral Medicine & Toxicology. The IAOMT is a trusted academy of over 800 dentists, health professionals, and scientists who’ve been working together since 1984 to help promote public health and the concept of integrative medicine, or how your oral health can affect your overall wellness.

Visiting an IAOMT dental practice provides several benefits. Since our own Dr. Allison is an accredited member of the IAOMT, you can be sure you’ll receive all of these when you visit us here at Susquehanna Dental Arts: Continue reading

Common Questions for Dentists – Pt II

FAQ made of question marksIt’s not unusual to have questions about your dental health and wonder about the treatment options available to you. The team here at Susquehanna Dental Arts has compiled a dental FAQ- a list of the most frequently-asked questions we receive from patients.

To read some of the other questions we hear frequently, be sure to check out our previous post, common FAQs for Dentists.

What is ozone therapy?

Ozone therapy is a disinfecting method whereby an oxidative burst of ozone kills any infective microorganisms. The oxidative burst has additional benefits to your health, including better blood flow, quicker healing and an enhanced immune response.

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Dry Mouth Causes and Fixes

spilled water glassDry mouth may seem like just an annoyance, but the truth is it can lead to major health issues if not corrected. When your mouth is dry, tooth decay and periodontal disease are able to thrive, and these can lead to a greater risk of other serious health problems like heart disease and stroke.

As a holistic dentistry practice focused on how good oral health can help your overall health, we feel it is important to focus on this subject. So we’ve put together a list of half a dozen dry mouth causes, and what you can do to minimize or eliminate it.

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What in the world is Clifford Testing?

questionmarkMore and more local residents who visit Susquehanna Dental Arts are discovering the benefits of avoiding harmful foods, chemicals and other substances through thoughtful modification of their diets, habits and activities. As a holistic dentistry practice, this excites us, because better-informed patients are good for dentists, too.

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All About Dental Veneers

3d man chipping a toothDental veneers, also referred to as porcelain veneers, are a great way to fix some common problems with teeth. Discoloration, chipped or cracked teeth, gaps, and other irregularities are routinely corrected via dental veneers. They are popular among patients at Susquehanna Dental Arts due to their natural look, stain resistance, and the added bonus of being a typically pain-free procedure.

If this piques your interest, take a look at our answers to common questions about dental veneers. You might find a suitable option for you!

Are veneers right for me?

Veneers are a good option for masking stains or worn tooth enamel, shortening or lengthening teeth and filling gaps, and repairing chips or cracks. To find out if dental veneers are an appropriate option in your case, call Susquehanna Dental Arts at 717-684-3943.

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Types of Teeth

How about a little dental trivia? If all you want for Christmas is your two front teeth, what type of teeth are you hoping Santa brings?

Our blog today aims to answer this question by discussing the different types of teeth you’ve been blessed with- not once, but twice in your life (think baby and adult teeth).

  1. Incisors – It all starts up front. The incisors account for eight of a typical adult’s 32 teeth. You can find these teeth right in the middle of your smile, the four top and four bottom teeth that are used when you take a bite of food. These are normally the first teeth you see poking through as both your baby and adult teeth.

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Tips for Choosing the Perfect Toothbrush

toothbrushesWith so many options available now, choosing the right toothbrush can be a difficult decision. Soft or hard bristles, electric or manual, flexible neck or rigid, and dozens of other options are all things you’ll need to think about before selecting your new toothbrush.

At Susquehanna Dental Arts, we’ve determined that some brush features are better than others, and have put together a quick reference guide for selecting your next toothbrush. We encourage you to follow these tips during your trip to the store: Continue reading

Beware of Halloween Treats!

Halloween candy dishAs we approach the end of October, ‘tis the season to be visited by ghosts, vampires, pirates and other peculiar characters. Scary though they might be, the villain to watch out for is the treats- Halloween can be one of the worst holidays for your child’s teeth. For those of us keeping an eye on oral health, the spooky holiday calls for a warning list of some of the best and worst treats coming soon to your children’s Halloween stash.

We broke down common Halloween treats into two categories, worst and best. If you still haven’t selected what you’ll be handing out for Halloween, these lists should help you decide.

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