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Dry Mouth: What You Need to Know

What is Dry Mouth? Dry mouth, also known as Xerostomia by its medical name, is exactly what it sounds like. It occurs when a patient’s mouth doesn’t have enough saliva to keep it wet. What Causes Dry Mouth? It may be caused by certain medications, salivary gland problems, certain medical conditions or continuous mouth breathing. Certain medications can cause a patient’s mouth to become extremely dry. Medical issues such as salivary gland problems are also… Read more »

Caring For Children and Baby Teeth

Baby Teeth Care Tips Brushing, Flossing, and Cleaning Like adult teeth, baby teeth and children’s teeth must be cared for by keeping a consistent daily oral routine. For baby teeth, clean their teeth and mouth for them twice a day. Before any teeth appear in your baby’s mouth, it is still important to clean their mouth and gums by wiping with thoroughly with a damp washcloth or with gauze. Young children learn from their parents… Read more »

What Is the Worst Candy for Your Teeth? Try Our Tricks and Treats for Healthy Teeth

Halloween is a favorite holiday for many children and adults alike. What’s not to like? You can dress up in costumes and receive free candy. Halloween shouldn’t be scary for dental health. Continue reading to learn about the worst candy for your teeth, tricks for healthy teeth, and healthy treat alternatives.   Worst Candy For Your Teeth Some of the worst candies for your teeth include: Sticky or chewy candy such as Laffy Taffy or… Read more »

Tooth Enamel and Erosion

What is Tooth Enamel? Tooth enamel acts as an outer layer to help protect your teeth from mechanical, thermal, and chemical insults. As time goes on, your teeth are worn down from the different items you consume, oral habits, and also from normal wear and tear. What Causes Tooth Enamel to Erode? There are several potential causes that lead to tooth enamel erosion. These include drinking excessive amounts of sodas, energy drinks, or high acidity… Read more »

Bad Breath Causes

  Dental Health Issues Periodontal Disease (Gum Disease) and tooth decay can actually cause bad breath (halitosis). The health of your gums has a direct impact on the health of your teeth and mouth. To keep your gums clean and healthy, be sure to floss once a day and brush your teeth at least twice a day to remove bacterial plaque. Poor Oral Hygiene Habits If you look closely at your tongue, you will notice… Read more »

Do You Have Dental Phobia? Learn How To Ease Your Fear Of The Dentist.

What is Dental Phobia and Dental Anxiety? Dental phobia, or fear of the dentist, is something many patients face. This dental fear could stem from a negative experience at a dental office, fear of pain, an embarrassment about teeth appearance, or a number of other causes. Overcoming this dental anxiety is highly recommended to maintain a healthy and beautiful smile. Below are a few coping techniques that we recommend. These skills will help ease your… Read more »

Dental Sealant Importance

  What are dental sealants? Dental sealants are a thin plastic coating applied onto the chewing surfaces of your teeth. Sealants help reduce and prevent tooth decay by creating a physical barrier on your teeth. Tooth sealants are most effective on your back teeth as these are often areas that can be hard to reach when brushing and flossing. Why should a patient consider getting dental sealants? Dental sealants are recommended by Dr. Festa for… Read more »

What Are Cavity Fillings? What Can I Do To Avoid Them?

Tooth and cavity fillings: the dreaded words and feeling that is often associated with it. At Gregg Festa, DDS, we ensure that you are comfortable and at ease when getting a tooth filling. Getting your tooth filled should not be painful. If you ever experience pain while getting a tooth filled, you should let your dentist know immediately. The cause of this pain could be a need for more anesthetic or more in a different… Read more »

Is Teeth Whitening Safe? Get the Facts.

  What is teeth whitening? Tooth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry treatments requested by patients. Tooth whitening is a bleaching process that lightens the discolorations of tooth enamel and dentin. Common tooth whitening services include a mild solution in a custom fitted mouth tray that is worn over your teeth. The active ingredient in the gel solution, enters the enamel and dentin, and bleaches the discolored areas. The improvement of tooth… Read more »

Xylitol and Natural Sugar Substitutes

What is Xylitol? Xylitol is an ingredient used in many gum and breath mint products that is healthier for your teeth than regular sugar. It is a common natural sugar substitute recommended by dentists for patients that still want to chew gum and eat mints but also do not want to consume as much sugar. Xylitol Benefits Xylitol has far less calories than typical gum and mints that do not include this ingredient. Products with… Read more »