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Category Archives: Dental Health

Woman choosing her veneers.

Choosing Between Veneers and Crowns

  • Apr 21 2020

How do I know if porcelain veneers or crowns are a better choice for me? Having trouble deciding between veneers or crowns? Actually, that is an excellent problem to have. True, being blessed with perfect teeth that never required anything more than regular exams and cleanings would be the best of all outcomes. Short of […]


Woman at a dental office with a dental abscess.

Treating a Dental Abscess

  • Mar 20 2020

If I have an abscessed tooth does that mean it will require a root canal? If you have ever been unfortunate enough to have developed a dental abscess, then it is unlikely that you have forgotten what an unpleasant experience it can be. There are the rare few who somehow manage to be symptom-free, but, […]


Man with bad breath in front of a mirror.

What Causes Bad Breath?

  • Jan 21 2020

Is occasional bad breath normal or the sign of some underlying issue? Sometimes it can seem like social interaction is uncomfortably similar to making our way through a minefield. At any moment, some sort of faux pas or embarrassing happenstance can take us by surprise. This can be anything from a miscalculation in etiquette to […]


Forest Hills Dentistry discusses the importance of dental prophylaxis.

Is Dental Prophylaxis as Serious as It Sounds?

  • Aug 8 2019

What is dental prophylaxis? If someone from your dentist’s office calls and says it is time to schedule you for your dental prophylaxis appointment, it is something that you should take seriously. This is not because some major issue has been detected that requires extensive dental work but rather to prevent that from happening. We […]


If You Have to Choose Between Brushing or Flossing…

  • Nov 20 2018

If I don’t have time to brush and floss my teeth, which is more important to do? Everyone knows the importance of good oral hygiene, but no one really likes to do it. Brushing and flossing multiple times per day can easily get old, and it isn’t hard to imagine considering cutting back a bit. […]


Sensitive Teeth

  • Oct 12 2018

Is it possible to damage the enamel on my teeth by brushing too hard? Everybody knows how important it is to practice good dental hygiene. One of the first things we teach small children is how to brush their teeth, hopefully starting them on a lifetime of careful attention to the care of their teeth. […]


Swollen Gums

  • Sep 28 2018

If I have swollen gums is it necessary for me to make an appointment with my dentist? Which kind of person are you? When you detect something wrong physically, such as swollen gums, do you always assume the worst and rush off to a periodontist expecting to immediately be scheduled for surgery? Or, given the […]


Halitosis

  • Aug 28 2018

Is persistent halitosis a sign of periodontal disease? We humans may be wired as social beings, but that does not mean that social interaction is necessarily easy. There seems to always be something to worry about, whether it is about the way we are dressed, the inability to recall names or those extra pounds that […]


How Important Is It to Smile?

  • May 21 2018

Is having a nice smile really worth all of the expense? We have all had the experience of not being in a very good mood or being distracted by unpleasant thoughts and having someone tell us to smile. Probably resulted in your wanting to do just the opposite, right? Despite the fact that it really […]


Preventing Dental Abscesses

  • Jan 26 2018

What causes a tooth to become abscessed and are there ways to prevent it? Not all that long ago, a dental exam meant sitting in a fairly scary-looking chair, under an intensely bright light, while the dentist decided what painful procedure he was going to do first. Everyone can agree that there is nothing to […]