At Smiles By Holsinger & Higgins, one of our goals is to help our patients improve their oral health. Not only can problematic teeth affect your oral health, but they can also lead to complications with your overall health. We highly encourage our patients to visit our office for routine hygiene examinations and cleaning appointments because we are thorough in checking for any signs of decay, gum disease, or other problems. It can be difficult to spot problems with the naked eye, but using X-rays and our dental knowledge, we are easily able to find problems with your teeth and gums. Once we diagnose a problem, we recommend that patients schedule their treatment appointments as soon as possible.
When was the last time you visited our office for an oral hygiene examination and cleaning? If it has been longer than six months, you are due for a visit. With the end of the summer and schedules picking back up, now is the perfect time. It is best to schedule an appointment now before the hustle and bustle of the holidays begins. We would hate for you or a loved one to experience a dental emergency and need treatment during the holiday season. The longer you go between appointments, the greater the chance you have of experiencing dental problems. Read on to learn more about the importance of receiving routine dental care.
We are constantly looking for ways to improve the treatments we offer to patients. We believe in treating the patient as a whole and don’t just focus on a patient’s oral health. After dealing with the pandemic, more people than ever before are concerned about what’s going on in their mouths and bodies. They want to learn about any threats to their health and well-being. Recently, we have added a simple way to test for a number of conditions that can affect your quality of life. Continue reading to learn more about this simple test and what it can determine.
Do you get nervous before you visit the dentist or need dental treatment? If so, you are not alone! There is a large number of people who experience some form of nervousness or anxiety before visiting our office. We never want your nervous feelings to keep you from getting the dental care you need and deserve. We want you to feel safe and comfortable while in our care. Here are some tips to help you relax before and during your next appointment:
Unfortunately, dental emergencies can happen at any time, so it is good to be informed about what you should do if you are in this situation. The most important thing to remember when it comes to any form of emergency is to remain calm and think clearly. If you get excited and emotional, you will forget important steps. Following an emergency, you should evaluate and assess the needs of the injured, whether that’s you or someone else.
Dentistry is constantly evolving and changing, and because of that, we are always looking for new and improved procedures and equipment that we can use and that will raise the level of care we can provide our patients. This is one of the reasons we are passionate about attending continuing education events and adding new technology to the practice when it is available. We recently added a new piece of technology known as the Fotona Lightwalker Dental Laser. Continue reading to learn more about how this dental laser will make procedures faster, more precise, and less invasive.
We know that life can be extremely busy for many of our patients. There always seems to be something going on, whether it’s a work event, a family obligation, time with friends, and the list goes on and on. Now that the craziness of the holiday season has passed and we are into the new year, it is a perfect time to evaluate the state of your oral health. When was the last time you and your loved ones visited our office for a hygiene examination and cleaning? If it has been longer than six months, you are definitely due for a visit! Read on to learn about why regular oral hygiene examinations and cleanings are a must.
Do you notice your gums appear to be bleeding after you brush and floss your teeth? It is more common than you probably realize. Most people likely experience this from time to time. Most of the time, it is nothing to be concerned about. It can happen if something becomes stuck between your teeth and makes the area sore, for example if a kernel becomes lodged after eating popcorn. The problem arises when the gums continue to bleed daily, indicating there is an underlying issue that needs to be corrected. Some possible causes of bleeding gums can include:
Are you due for a visit to our office? We know that life is busy and it can be easy for time to get away from you. As we get older, it seems like time moves faster than ever. We encourage our patients to visit us at least twice per year for a routine hygiene examination and cleaning. During these visits, we inspect the state of your oral health and make treatment recommendations as needed. One of the best ways to avoid additional treatments is with your oral hygiene routine. We only see our patients for a short amount of time each year, so the bulk of our patients’ oral care lands on their shoulders. Are you using proper oral care routines to ensure your oral health is where it should be? Read on to see.
Did we recommend a dental treatment the last time you visited our office and you have delayed scheduling your appointment? We know that the past few months have been hectic with the holidays and the start of the new year. It seems like life is constantly busy and there is always something new to take up free time whether it be work, school, extra-curricular activities, or social commitments. With the start of the new year, it is important to evaluate your oral health. Delaying needed dental treatments can lead to more severe problems. If you experience dental anxiety or fear, we never want your feelings to hold you back from getting the care you need. Read on to learn about the importance of scheduling your appointments and how we can help if you are nervous.