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It’s NOT Just a Cleaning! – An In-Depth Look: Part One

Happy New Year! It’s time to get serious – have you ever scheduled a regular hygiene visit with your dentist only to cancel at the last minute, thinking “it’s only a cleaning – it’s not important” or “I don’t feel like going in for a cleaning today, I’m sure it’s fine if I skip”?

At Susquehanna Dental Arts, we’re here to set the record straight. Regular hygiene visits are not only recommended – they’re crucial to your overall health and wellbeing! Today, we want to go through a few of the many important facets of a “regular hygiene” visit and explain how yes, it’s MUCH more than just a cleaning!

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It’s NOT Just a Cleaning!

At Susquehanna Dental Arts, we believe that your ongoing, regularly-scheduled hygiene visits are the most important appointments that you can keep. Here’s a list of some of the things we do for you during every hygiene visit – it’s more than just a cleaning! Continue reading

What Is Gum Recession? Is It Permanent?

Have you noticed tooth pain, exposed roots, elongated teeth, or even loose teeth? If so, you could be experiencing symptoms of gum recession. It’s important to recognize these symptoms right away so that treatment can be issued to stop gum recession in its tracks. Continue reading

Keep Your Teeth and Gums Happy and Healthy!

It can be easy to neglect your teeth and gums with the busy lifestyles we tend to lead. There’s school, work, kids, hobbies, cleaning, and so much more to occupy our minds from the time we open our eyes until we go to bed at night. With so much on our minds, who has time to think about their oral hygiene?

Everyone’s teeth and gums should be a priority to them. Our oral hygiene is just as important as our overall health, and should be treated as such. Today, we want to provide some easy ways to keep your teeth and gums healthy while still keeping up with your bustling lifestyle. Continue reading

What Is Dental Caries, and How are they Fixed?

This may be a phrase you’ve never heard before – dental caries. Don’t be alarmed, this isn’t a new disease that was just discovered! Dental caries is another name for tooth decay or cavities, or the breakdown of teeth due to acids made by bacteria.

Most folks have heard of cavities before; they’re most often caused by poor dental hygiene after eating and drinking foods and beverages high in sugar or that tend to get stuck between your teeth. Of course, with tooth decay comes a way to prevent it, and that’s what were here to discuss today! Tooth decay is extremely preventable; even if you’ve had dental caries in the past, you can still protect your teeth from further damage today. Continue reading

DIY Whitening: What Works, and What Doesn’t

When it comes to whitening your teeth, no stone has been left unturned. Everyone is developing new do-it-yourself methods of bleaching their pearly whites, and we’re here to set the record straight. Tempting as it may be to attempt some home whitening with ingredients found in your own kitchen, a “natural” remedy doesn’t always mean a “healthy” one.

We want to debunk common whitening myths and instead give you healthy alternatives to make your teeth sparkle for summer. Remember, healthy teeth are glowing teeth! Continue reading

Ouch! Why Are My Teeth Sensitive?

Tooth sensitivity is best defined as a sudden, sharp flash of pain when teeth are exposed to cold, sweet, acidic, or hot foods, as well as bursts of cold air. While an unpleasant condition, it is certainly not uncommon – over 40 million Americans suffer from tooth sensitivity, according to the Academy of General Dentistry.

While tooth sensitivity can never be completely eliminated, there are several steps that you can take to lessen the discomfort and improve the health of your teeth. There are no “at-risk” groups for tooth sensitivity; it can happen to anyone, anytime. Today, we want to define exactly what can cause tooth sensitivity, and what can be done to remedy it. Continue reading

Is Thumbsucking Harmful to Your Child’s Teeth?

When children are young, it’s very tempting to let them suck their thumb or a pacifier for comfort. Thumbsucking is a natural reflex for babies and helps them feel secure, while also soothing them and helping them fall asleep. But where do you draw the line?

Many parents don’t realize the negative effects that can occur from thumbsucking or pacifier use past infancy on their child’s permanent teeth and bite. Today, we want to highlight the potential problems that can occur from prolonged thumbsucking, and supply creative solutions to help your child break the habit. Continue reading

Overcoming Dental Anxiety: How to Silence Your Fear of the Dentist

Recent studies have shown that 15% of Americans have dental anxiety. Perhaps it’s the sound of the drill, or the ultra-sterile look and feel of the waiting room? Maybe it’s the latex-clad hands invading your mouth as you try not to think about what’s about to happen.

Did those sentences make your palms clammy and your heart rate accelerate? If so, you may be one of those unlucky folks who fear going to the dentist. At Susquehanna Dental Arts, we’re committed to making your experience with us comfortable and relaxing. Here are just a few tips to overcome your dental anxiety, and enjoy your time here with us as much as we enjoy serving you. Continue reading