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Dental Sealant Importance

By Dr. Laura Kearney 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… Read more »

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

By Dr. Laura Kearney Tooth and cavity fillings: the dreaded words and feeling that is often associated with it. At Dr. Laura Kearney, 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… Read more »

Is Teeth Whitening Safe? Get the Facts.

By Dr. Laura Kearney 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… Read more »

Xylitol and Natural Sugar Substitutes

By Dr. Laura Kearney 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… Read more »

What You Should Know About Oral Cancer

By Dr. Laura Kearney What You Should Know About Oral Cancer Oral Cancer is visible in patient’s mouth as a sore. But unlike many other oral sores, oral cancer sores do not go away. Early detection of oral cancer is imperative for proper treatment and healing. As a patient with Dr. Laura Kearney, you will receive an oral cancer screening at every regular check-up exam. Dr. Laura Kearney will check a patient’s face, neck, lips,… Read more »

How to Whiten Teeth with Day White ACP

By Dr. Laura Kearney Happy New Year from the Dr. Laura Kearney team! This year, make your new year’s resolution to get a whiter smile. We can help you achieve this goal with Day White ACP (amorphous calcium phosphate), a whitening solution by Philips Zoom!. What is Day White ACP and How Does It Work? Day White ACP is proven to comfortably and safely whiten your teeth in a matter of days. The active whitening… Read more »

Gum Disease and How You Can Improve Your Oral Health

By Dr. Laura Kearney What is Gum Disease? Gum Disease, also known as Periodontal Disease in the advanced stages, is a common inflammatory condition caused by plaque irritating and inflaming the tissue surrounding your teeth. Plaque is formed on everyone’s teeth but buildup can be avoided through regular flossing and thorough brushing. However, if you do not practice daily flossing and brushing, the bacterial plaque releases toxins which can cause major damage to your gums…. Read more »

Top 5 Flossing Technique Tips

By Dr. Laura Kearney ‘Tis the Season to be jolly! Keep Your Smile Happy with These Top 5 Proper Flossing Technique Tips on How to Floss Correctly It is holiday season and you know what that means, treats and sweets galore! It’s easy to get caught up in the festivities but remember to keep your smile happy by flossing the right way daily. Flossing is the best way to clean the spaces in between your… Read more »

What are canker sores? What are some solutions to remedy them?

By Dr. Laura Kearney Canker sores, also known as Aphthous Ulcers, are the most common mouth ulcer and are seen in my dentist office frequently. The cause of canker sores is unknown yet there are many factors related to why we get them: Trauma of the mouth or stress can cause canker sores. For example, if you are eating something and it scrapes the inside of your mouth, this has the potential to turn into… Read more »

What are the differences between ceramic vs. composite veneers? What are the benefits of veneers?

By Dr. Laura Kearney What are the benefits of Veneers? For severely discolored or misshapen teeth, several different veneer technologies can help to create a great natural looking smile. The types of veneers that can be used for your teeth depend on how straight and discolored the teeth are prior to application. There are several types of composite resin and ceramic porcelain veneer techniques and materials, however they can be broadly classified into composite and… Read more »