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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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.

Preventive Dentistry at Home Continue reading

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.

Some additional benefits include: Continue reading

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.

There are six common causes of dry mouth: Continue reading

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.

A sign of this trend is the frequency of a question we’ve been getting at our office: what is Clifford Materials Reactivity Testing (CMRT)? Continue reading