Wisdom teeth are a 3rd set of molars that often arrive when we are in our late teenage years or early 20’s. Most people who have tried to answer the age old question, “why are they called wisdom teeth?” have reached the conclusion that it is because they arrive much later than our other teeth. […]
At Smiles by Design we only restore your smile using composite resin white fillings or in some cases, ceramic fillings. Around 50% of US dentists still use amalgam (the silver colored metal fillings), according to dental industry surveys. Here are the top 5 reasons we choose to use white fillings for your teeth and why […]
What is Mouth Cancer? Mouth cancer or oral cancer is just like other cancers which are caused by problems with cell replication resulting in tumors. Over 43,000 Americans (on average 118 per day) will be diagnosed with mouth cancer this year. Unfortunately, many of them will already have advanced cancer when the disease is found.
What is Teeth Cleaning at the Dentist? Teeth cleanings are a routine procedures that are part of every regular dental checkup. When you schedule a regular 6-month checkup, your appointment will include a teeth cleaning and oral exam. Cleanings usually take less than half an hour. During this time, we remove plaque, tartar and sometimes even […]
Want to keep your teeth healthy for a long time? So do we. So here are the top 5 things you can do to keep your smile looking great and your teeth free from problems for as long as possible. We’ll start with the obvious and move on to a few things that you might […]
You may have seen the headlines or heard about the number of germs on your toothbrush from news reports. Or you may have seen the MythBusters toothbrush test on TV, where they checked on whether your toilet is contaminating your toothbrush. Researchers in England and the United States have confirmed that your toothbrush is likely […]
You’ve just taken a bite of your favorite food and felt a sudden sharp pain. Is this pain something you can ignore, or is it time to make a dentist appointment? The answer isn’t always simple, but there are some clues you can use to determine whether to pick up the phone right away […]
Jaw pain can be a mysterious problem that comes on suddenly. In many cases, short-term jaw pain is simply caused by overworking the joint. It is a similar injury to those you might get to a knee or elbow joint from exercising or playing sports. You may have done something you don’t usually do, like […]