Soda Versus Our Teeth
added on: December 15, 2017 | By: Sarah Merkle

HAVE YOU EVER HEARD of “Mountain Dew Mouth”? It’s what happens to our teeth when we drink too much soda. The term comes from rural Appalachia, where that particular drink has long been the carbonated beverage of choice and tooth decay is alarmingly common. But this doesn’t just happen in Appalachia,… Read More

National Hand Washing Awareness Week Dec 4 – 10th
added on: December 8, 2017 | By: Sarah Merkle

You may not have heard… but this week, December 4 – 10th, is National Handwashing Awareness Week. With the upcoming cold and flu season we thought it would be fitting to revisit the ins and outs of what proper hand washing techniques look like. Wash your hands multiple times a… Read More

Which Toothbrush Is best?
added on: November 6, 2017 | By: Sarah Merkle

BACK IN THE GOOD old days before the 1930s, toothbrush bristles were made of animal hair. We’re pretty happy to live in the era of nylon bristles, but how can we tell which toothbrush will be best for our teeth and gums? How hard should the bristles be? Are electric toothbrushes better… Read More

What is a Dental Hygienist?
added on: October 24, 2017 | By: Dr. John Kling
Rena

What is a Dental Hygienist? To become a dental hygienist, most states require that a hygienist graduate from an accredited dental hygiene program. We attend classes in which we study subjects such as human anatomy and physiology, head and neck anatomy, periodontology (study of gum disease), pharmacology, dental materials and… Read More

Cause, Effect, And Prevention Of Dry Mouth
added on: September 1, 2017 | By: Dr. John Kling

HAVE YOU EVER woken up with your mouth feeling like a barren desert? Then you’ve probably experienced dry mouth, although it can be even more severe, making it difficult to speak or even eat. Dry mouth affects a tenth of the population, but why is it such a problem, why does it… Read More

Posted In: Dry Mouth
Medications’ Impact On Oral Health
added on: August 16, 2017 | By: Dr. John Kling

MANY OF US need to take medications to treat a wide variety of conditions. However, even as those medications treat our illnesses, they could be causing problems for our teeth and gums. Medicine And Oral Chemistry Some medications—even some vitamins—can damage our teeth for the brief period that they’re in our… Read More

Posted In: Medications
Types Of Dental X-Rays
added on: July 6, 2017 | By: Dr. John Kling

EVERYONE WHO’S BEEN TO THE DENTIST is familiar with X-rays. You put on the lead apron, you’re given a rectangular contraption and told “put this between your teeth and bite down,” and then you hear that tinny beep. Have you ever wondered what the different types of dental X-rays are and… Read More

Posted In: X-Rays
Smokeless Doesn’t Mean Harmless
added on: April 24, 2017 | By: Dr. John Kling
chewing tobacco

As we near the end of April, which just so happens to be Oral Cancer Awareness Month, the team at our Alexandria dental office thought we should talk a bit about the oral health concerns associated with smokeless tobacco. Some individuals may assume that since it’s smokeless, chewing tobacco isn’t… Read More

What’s a Frenectomy and Do You Need One?
added on: April 6, 2017 | By: Dr. John Kling
frenectomy

There are times when the team at our dental office in Alexandria may recommend a frenectomy for a patient. But we understand that many patients aren’t exactly sure what a frenectomy is and why one may be needed. So we’d like to cover the basics to help all of our… Read More

A Word to the Wise: Don’t Let Wisdom Teeth Cause Trouble
added on: March 16, 2017 | By: Dr. John Kling
wisdom teeth

Wisdom teeth usually begin to develop and show on x-rays in our early teens. And that’s the best time to start monitoring their growth to see if your wisdom teeth can stay, or if it’s better to get them removed. While all wisdom teeth don’t necessarily have to be extracted,… Read More

Posted In: Prevention
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