Does Your Home Oral Care Routine Measure Up?

When was the last time you visited our office for a hygiene examination and cleaning? We recommend that most of our patients visit our office twice a year. However, there are certain patients we like to see more frequently due to other circumstances such as gum disease. While under our care, we ensure that your oral health is in tip top shape or we suggest a treatment to restore the function of your teeth. Because we see you so infrequently each year, the bulk of your oral care lands on your shoulders. Therefore, we want to review the importance of home oral health care. Continue reading to see if you are doing all you can to ensure the longevity of your oral health.

What to Know About Dentures

At Pollard Dental, we do everything we can to save your natural teeth, but unfortunately that is not always possible. At times, tooth decay, gum disease, or other medical conditions can lead to the difficult decision to extract most if not all of the teeth in a patient’s mouth. While our first recommendation for a tooth replacement option is typically dental implants, that is not always a viable option for a number of patients. In those cases, we recommend dentures. Dentures have been used for many years to replace teeth, and with advancements in dental techniques and technology, they have come a long way.

3 Dental Warning Signs You Should Never Ignore

In life, we are often given warning signs when something is about to go wrong or cause a problem to disrupt our day. In many cases, these warnings give us ample time to make the changes necessary before something becomes an emergency. For example, a light appears on the car dashboard to warn that gas is getting low or to warn that there is a potential problem with the vehicle. A smoke alarm sounds to give a warning when the battery is about to die or if smoke is detected in the house. Our mouth gives us warnings as well. The longer we ignore the warnings, the greater the chance it will turn into a dental emergency. Read on to learn warning signs in your mouth that you should never ignore.

Helping your Teenager Manage Their Dental Health

When a child is first born, there is so much excitement over every milestone that occurs. As time goes by, those milestones lead to more and more independence in children until they reach their teenage years. If you have a child who is a teenager or have one in your extended family, then you know that it is one of the most difficult age brackets a parent or guardian experiences because the teen is testing the waters of adulthood and learning their boundaries.

Are You Putting Off A Needed Treatment?

There is no time like the present to schedule an appointment for a dental treatment we may have recommended during your last visit to our office. Did we recommend a dental crown, but you have been hesitant to schedule treatment because you are unsure what the treatment entails? Delaying needed dental treatments, such as dental crowns, can lead to serious oral health complications and the need for additional treatments. We want to help explain the process of receiving a dental crown to help you feel more comfortable. Continue reading to learn more.

What to Know About Tooth Extractions

At Pollard Dental, we do everything in our power to save your natural teeth. However, unfortunately, that is not always possible. In certain circumstances, we need to make the difficult decision to extract a tooth. A tooth extraction is when the entire tooth structure, including the root, is fully removed. There can be a number of reasons that a tooth may need to be removed, including a medical condition, severe decay due to neglect, trauma, gum disease, and spacing issues before orthodontic treatment.

Another Exciting Milestone For Pollard Dental

We love mentioning our team members when they are recognized with an exciting honor. We are thrilled to announce that Dr. Pollard has officially graduated from the prestigious Kois Center. You may be wondering what this esteemed honor means and how it relates to your care. Continue reading to learn more about the importance of the Kois Center and Dr. Pollard’s graduation.

Helpful Tips For A Child’s First Visit To The Dentist

When you have a young child or loved one in your care there are many exciting milestones that are celebrated. This time of year is always a time of great excitement for those with young children. We think there is another exciting time in a young child’s life that we need to mention — their first dentist appointment. You might be surprised to learn that we recommend that a child visit our office for the first time no later than their first birthday. So, while you are planning the party, birthday pictures, and cake smash, be sure to call our office to schedule an appointment. We know that visiting the dentist can be a bit intimidating for the little ones (and sometimes their parents too), so we wanted to offer some tips to help make their first experience a little easier.

Don’t Let Stress Ruin Your Holidays!

Now that Thanksgiving has passed, many of us have moved on to planning and getting into the spirit for the upcoming December holidays. While there is plenty of excitement in the air, there are certainly some stressors that can come into play around this time of year, especially with travel uncertainties, shipping delays that are being experienced across the country, and the overwhelming feeling of trying to fit everything on the to-do list in a few short weeks. The added stress can wreak havoc on not only your overall health, but your oral health as well. Continue reading to learn about how your stress levels can impact your oral health.

Tips for Healthy Teeth During The Holidays

It’s hard to believe that November has arrived and the holiday season is right around the corner. One of the best parts of the holidays is the delicious foods and treats shared with family and friends. Last year, many plans had to be cancelled, changed, or postponed. Many of our patients have expressed their excitement about the plans they have over coming months. With all of the happy times and excitement, it can be hard to think about your oral health. We would hate for you or a loved one to experience a dental emergency over the holidays, so we want to take a moment and share some helpful tips to keep your mouth healthy during the upcoming holiday season.