Mouthguards Prevent Injuries

lacrosseOdds are that if you have kids, they’ve been involved in sports at some point during their childhood. Competitive sports are a part of millions of adolescents’ lives, and we don’t expect this to change anytime soon.

Physical competition leads to injuries, and when it comes to common sports injuries, maxillofacial injuries (injuries of the mouth) are near the top of the list.

Many of these injuries could be avoided simply by using a mouthguard. In this article, we want to highlight some of the benefits of using a mouthguard, the different options available, and other helpful information. Continue reading

Fight Acid Erosion!

close-up of a smile

Teeth are durable, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t worry about what you consume. We all know sugary foods and drinks are harmful to our teeth (and our waistline!), but there are other types of foods and drinks to be cautious with as well.

Sugar is harmful because it can do significant damage to your teeth’s enamel. Once this protective surface of your teeth wears away, the dentin is exposed and that can lead to plaque, bacteria, sensitivity and other issues. And don’t forget another primary culprit behind the erosion of enamel – acid! Continue reading

All About Cavities

cavityIt seems that cavities are the hot topic on the Susquehanna Dental Arts blog! Our previous article on 10 cavity signs and symptoms has generated quite a buzz, and has led to dozens of follow up questions from patients and other readers.

We thought we’d answer a few of the most frequently asked questions about cavities, for your reading pleasure. Of course, if you have a question and don’t see it answered on the list below, feel free to give us a call at 717-285-7033 and we’ll be happy to discuss any remaining questions you might have.

What are cavity signs & symptoms?

There are several warning signs that you may have a cavity. These include white, chalky, or opaque spots on your teeth, highly sensitive teeth or outright toothache, dark spots, and swelling of your gums.

Can a cavity heal on its own? Do cavities get worse if they’re untreated? Continue reading

Cut Through That Flossing Excuse!

Oh, great, you’re probably thinking. Another blog post telling me how important flossing is.

Well, yes, but please give us a break. The epidemic of non-flossing is simply too widespread for us to abandon our quest to educate tooth owners everywhere. Flossing is critical for good oral health, and therefore your overall health.

Got a good reason why you don’t floss? We’ve heard pretty much all of them over the years. But what you’ll read below is more than just a sad list of excuses. In an effort to persuade you to finally adopt good flossing habits, we’ve included a few helpful suggestions as to how to overcome any reasons for not flossing. Continue reading

Signs You Have a Great Dentist

open signChoosing the right dentist can make all the difference when it comes to those routine visits we all must make. For most of us in Lancaster and York Counties, there’s a pretty good selection of dentists within easy driving distance (although the field narrows considerably if you’re looking for a holistic dental practice like Susquehanna Dental Arts).

Here are six criteria you can use to determine whether your new dentist is of the highest quality and will put you at ease each time you visit:

  1. Convenient Hours

Your time is valuable, and your family’s work, school, and activity schedule isn’t always the easiest to coordinate with regular nine-to-five office hours. Does the dental practice offer later afternoon and evening appointments? Are dentists available in case of a dental emergency? Continue reading

It’s Always the Holiday Season!

blond boy in dentists chair being examinedWe know what you’re thinking: Thanksgiving and Christmas are at least a month away. While this is true, that’s not quite what we’re referring to when we say it’s the holiday season. Specifically we’re talking about dental holidays, and we want to share them with our faithful blog followers. So here’s a list of days, weeks, and months that you may not have realized are tooth-related holidays.

February

National Children’s Dental Health Month

National Toothache Day – February 9th

National Tooth Fairy Day – February 28th (and/or August 22nd)

March

National Dentist’s Day – March 6th Continue reading

What to do for Sensitive Teeth

toothacheTooth sensitivity is a common issue among adults, with some reports showing as many as one in eight adults suffering from sensitive teeth! Most of the time, these teeth are sensitive due to the protective outer layers (enamel and cementum) being worn away and exposing the tooth’s dentin or roots.

Common issues such as cavities, receding gums, and grinding teeth can also lead to root exposure. Once your roots are exposed, you can experience discomfort whenever your teeth are exposed to hot or cold food or drink, or even when just breathing through the mouth.

If you suffer from sensitive teeth, the good news is that there are some steps you can take to try to relieve the pain. Follow the advice listed below to save yourself from the pain of sensitive teeth. Continue reading

Stop Brushing So Hard!

new toothbrushDid you know there are times when brushing your teeth can actually be harmful? We’ve mentioned in previous articles how brushing immediately after consuming sugary or acidic drinks can help wear away enamel, but you also can do harm to your mouth by overbrushing.

Overbrushing occurs when you brush too hard or vigorously during your daily cleanings, brush too often (yes, some people actually do that). This can lead to sensitive teeth, receding gums, periodontal disease, and even cavities! Susquehanna Dental Arts wants to help you prevent this by educating you on the proper way to brush.

If you’re told during your visit to our office that you have cavities on the roots of your teeth, your enamel is wearing, or your gums are receding, you may be overbrushing. The good news is that overbrushing is easy to fix, especially once you’re made aware of the issue.

To make sure you’re not overbrushing, check out these helpful tips: Continue reading

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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