The Bare Bones Of Gum Recession
added on: September 17, 2018 | By: Sarah Merkle

NO ONE LOOKS FORWARD to getting “long in the tooth” because of gum recession. However, while tooth length might be an accurate yardstick for judging the age of a horse, age is not the culprit behind receding gums in humans. Gum recession is simply such a gradual process that it can take decades… Read More

Good Tooth Brushing Technique
added on: September 6, 2018 | By: Sarah Merkle

BRUSHING OUR TEETH is something we can get so used to doing that we don’t really think about it, but are we doing it the right way? It can be easy to get into some bad tooth-brushing habits, and the result can be that your teeth aren’t getting cleaned properly and… Read More

Why do I have to update my health history?
added on: April 19, 2018 | By: Sarah Merkle

“Why does my dental practice ask that I update my medical/health information? Nothing has changed.”   At the first appointment a new patient will complete a medical history overview which includes medications, medical conditions and past hospitalizations. Periodically, it is important to update the information so dentists and hygienists can be… Read More

Got Pomegranate?
added on: April 13, 2018 | By: Sarah Merkle

It seems like milk and OJ always get the hype. Although they both have essential vitamins and minerals our bodies need, have you ever tried anything pomegranate? Studies show that eating or drinking pomegranate inhibits dental plaque formation. If that isn’t enough, pomegranates also contain healthy amounts of calcium for… Read More

When To See The Dentist
added on: January 17, 2018 | By: Sarah Merkle

BECAUSE PREVENTION IS such a major part of good dental care, it’s critical to visit the dentist for regular checkups. In most cases, two regular dental cleanings a year will be all you need, but not always. So what are the signs that you shouldn’t wait until your next scheduled appointment… 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

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

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
“Why Are My Teeth So Sensitive?”
added on: March 7, 2017 | By: Dr. John Kling
sensitive

Do you experience shooting pain through your teeth when you drink something hot or bite into something cold? If so, you may be suffering from sensitive teeth. It’s a common problem for many people, but our dental office in Alexandria wants to help explain some possible reasons behind your sensitivity… Read More

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