Tips for Teething Babies

Teething can be an uncomfortable time for your baby. It is important to soothe your baby and to help ease teething symptoms. Typically, your little one will start teething at about 6 months old, although it can start earlier at 3 months. Signs that your baby is teething include:  Excessively Drooling (This can lead to skin irritation on the face …

Foods That Whiten Your Teeth

As we all know, taking care of your oral health is extremely important and a healthy diet is key to healthy teeth. But did you know that some foods can also naturally brighten your teeth? Let’s learn more about foods that can whiten your smile:  Cheese and Milk  The calcium and lactic acid in milk/cheese help whiten your teeth and …

Child Dental Health: Thumb Sucking

Thumb sucking and pacifier usage are common habits for babies and may seem harmless. However, both can lead to an unfortunate array of dental issues. As a parent, it is important to monitor these habits and to know how they affect your child’s dental health. Thumb sucking/using a pacifier is soothing and relaxing to children, it makes them feel secure. …

Is Coconut Oil Good For Your Teeth?

Coconut oil is very beneficial to your dental and overall health. So, what exactly is inside coconut oil? Coconut oil contains about 50% lauric acid, a medium chain triglyceride that is not present in most foods. The antimicrobial lauric acid is what makes coconut oil so special. Studies have shown that the oil pulling technique (swishing oil around your mouth) …

What is Dry Mouth?

Dry mouth, otherwise known as xerostomia, is when your mouth does not produce enough saliva. Saliva is important because it helps neutralize acids and flush away harmful bacteria that may cause tooth decay. Saliva also aids in breaking down food and with digestion. Dry mouth can be frustrating to live with and have an impact on your day to day …

Toothbrush: Electric or Manual?

Thinking about buying your mom/sister/friend a brand-new toothbrush for the holidays? One of the most common patient Qs is, “should I be using an electric toothbrush?” For whatever reason, people tend to be reluctant over switching from the type of toothbrush their grandparents used and want to be completely sure before making the switch. Let’s explore the pros/cons of the …

Teeth Development

Your teeth develop at different stages. In fact, your teeth begin to grow even before we are born! Teeth formation begins at 6 weeks of pregnancy. Because of this, it is extremely important as a mother to maintain a healthy and nutrient-rich diet. Foods that are high in vitamin D and vitamin C are vital for teeth development. Let’s take …

Top 5 Foods that Stain your Teeth

Certain foods can change the color of your teeth and affect your enamel (this is known as extrinsic discoloration). It is important to know what foods stain your smile and how to properly maintain its white shine. These are the top five foods/beverages that cause tooth discoloration:  Berries  Berries tend to stain your teeth. Whether it’s blackberries or raspberries, their …

Dental Extractions

Dental extractions may be needed for several reasons and your dentist will explain why the decision to remove a tooth was made. In the event of a tooth extraction, it’s best to be prepared. Don’t worry, Premier Dental Associates is here to help! Let’s look at our dental extraction guide:  What Causes a Tooth Extraction?  The following can cause a …

Holiday Sweets and Your Teeth

The holidays are a joyous time of year filled with happiness, family, and delicious treats. But don’t let your sweet tooth talk you into eating lots of sugary goodies this holiday season! Too much sugar can break down your enamel and cause tooth decay or gum disease. This is our guide to protecting your dental health during the holidays:  Keep Balanced …