Allergic Reactions

SERVING LACONIA, CONCORD AND THE LAKES REGION OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

Allergic reactions are sensitivities to a specific substance, called an allergen, that makes contact with the skin, or is inhaled into the lungs, swallowed, or injected. Some allergic reactions are mild, while others can be severe and life-threatening. Allergic reactions often occur more frequently in people with a family history of allergies. Substances that don’t […]

Pregnancy and Gingivitis

SERVING LACONIA, CONCORD AND THE LAKES REGION OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

Will Pregnancy affect my oral health? Expectant mothers (and women who take some oral contraceptives) experience elevated levels of the hormones estrogen and progesterone. This causes the gums to react differently to the bacteria found in plaque, and in many cases can cause a condition known as “pregnancy gingivitis.” Symptoms include swollen, red gums and […]

What are mouth rinses?

SERVING LACONIA, CONCORD AND THE LAKES REGION OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

Mouth rinses or mouthwash is a product used for oral hygiene. Antiseptic and anti-plaque mouth rinse claims to kill the germs that cause plaque, gingivitis, and bad breath. Anti-cavity mouth rinse uses fluoride to protect against tooth decay. Mouth rinses are generally classified either as cosmetic, therapeutic, or a combination of the two. Cosmetic rinses […]

What Is Tooth Decay, And What Causes It?

SERVING LACONIA, CONCORD AND THE LAKES REGION OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

Tooth decay is the disease known as caries. Caries is highly preventable and it affects most people to some degree during their lifetime. Tooth decay occurs when your teeth are frequently exposed to foods containing carbohydrates (starches and sugars) like soda pop, candy, ice cream, milk, cake and even fruits, vegetables and juices. Natural bacteria […]

Periodontal Disease

SERVING LACONIA, CONCORD AND THE LAKES REGION OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

Periodontal disease is caused by the presence of bacteria in plaque. Plaque is the sticky film that accumulates on teeth both above and below the gum line. Periodontal disease can cause inflammation on destruction of tissues surrounding and supporting teeth, gums, bone and fibers which hold the gums to the teeth. A number of factors […]

When should I take my child to the dentist?

SERVING LACONIA, CONCORD AND THE LAKES REGION OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

Taking your child to the dentist at a young age is the best way to prevent problems such as tooth decay, and can help parents learn how to clean their child’s teeth and identify his or her fluoride needs. After all, decay can occur as soon as teeth appear. Bringing your child to the dentist […]

What is Bruxism?

SERVING LACONIA, CONCORD AND THE LAKES REGION OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

Bruxism is a term for grinding and clenching that abrades teeth and may cause facial pain. People who grind and clench unintentionally bite down to hard at inappropriate times, such as in their sleep. These people also tend to bite their fingernails and their cheeks. Many people are completely unaware that they have the habit. […]

What Can I Do To Help Protect My Teeth?

SERVING LACONIA, CONCORD AND THE LAKES REGION OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

The best way to combat cavities is to follow these 3 steps: Cut down on sweets and between-meal snacks. Remember, it’s these sugary and starchy treats that put your teeth at extra risk for cavities. Brush after every meal and floss daily. Cavities most often begin in hard-to-clean places between teeth and in the grooves […]

Burning Mouth Syndrome

SERVING LACONIA, CONCORD AND THE LAKES REGION OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

Burning mouth syndrome (BMS) is a common, but complex problem that causes people to experience a burning or scalding pain on the lips and tongue (and sometimes throughout the mouth). There are often no visible signs of irritation, and the cause of the syndrome may be caused by the onset of menopause to vitamin deficiencies. […]

Problems Solved by Porcelain Veneers

SERVING LACONIA, CONCORD AND THE LAKES REGION OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

Porcelain veneers can solve numerous cosmetic dental problems in the same treatment, so you have fewer visits to the dentist’s office to get the results you want. You may be able to avoid undergoing a series of treatments, and have all of your problems solved in two office visits. Porcelain veneers can also be used […]