5 Surprising Foods That Are Actually Good for Your Teeth

We’ve all had the dangers of certain foods drilled into our brains; which foods cause cavities, which ones cause staining, and which ones erode enamel away. However, we rarely hear about foods that are not only okay to eat, but healthy for your teeth. Here are a few foods that your dentist will be happy to hear you’re eating regularly. Continue reading

What is VELscope?

If you’ve ever been to the dentist, then you’ve heard about the importance of oral hygiene; brushing, flossing, and mouthwash are probably what immediately comes to mind. But did you know that there’s a noninvasive way to detect early-onset oral cancer? It’s called the VELscope, and it’s changing the cancer detection world. Continue reading

Replace That Missing Tooth!

missing tooth on a stand

The majority of complaints about missing teeth are for aesthetic purposes, but the truth is that aesthetics is a very minor concern compared to other issues that missing teeth might present.

Today, we want to outline a few more health-related reasons you should be replacing that missing tooth, and what may happen if the issue remains. Continue reading

So What Happens at a Dental Checkup?

Chris and two dental patientsA routine dental checkup is vital to keeping your mouth in tip-top shape. Since good oral health contributes to overall health, it’s vital to keep up with your dental care. Unfortunately, some patients are fearful of dentists and only visit us when things go wrong, making it more likely that a procedure will be necessary.

To prevent that, we strongly encourage regular visits. No one can get the mouth as clean as a dentist, and we can spot potential issues before they cause you more pain.

To help put your mind at ease, here’s what to expect at a routine dental checkup at Susquehanna Dental Arts. Continue reading

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