Periodontal Treatment

How is the Entire Body Connected to Your Dental Health?

Whole-Body Health is Connected to the Mouth Most people would be surprised to find out the entire body is connected to the mouth through various systems, including the circulatory and immune systems. The health of a person’s mouth can affect the overall health of the body, and vice versa. For example, poor dental hygiene can lead to gum disease, which has been linked to an increased risk of heart disease and stroke. Certain systemic conditions, … Read more

Can You Go to the Dentist While Pregnant?

Dental Guidelines During Pregnancy Make sure and tell the office staff when making your dental appointment that you are pregnant and how far along, so Dr. Mark Phillipe, DDS, and Dr. Derek Hauser, DDS, have this information for the health and safety of you and your baby. Any recommended dental treatment should be completed before you are pregnant to prevent dental infections and emergencies. IMPORTANT: If you are pregnant and have an emergency or a dental … Read more

Fluoride Treatment vs Tooth Sealant

What Is Fluoride Treatment? Fluoride treatment is a proven and safe way to prevent tooth decay, especially in children who may not be adept at brushing their teeth effectively. At the dentist, fluoride treatment may be applied easily in several different ways, including varnish, foam, or gel. Varnishes are painted onto the teeth with a small brush. Only a small amount is used, and the varnish hardens fairly quickly before being brushed off within 4 … Read more

Bruxism

Bruxism Definition Bruxism is the medical term for the involuntary grinding or clenching of teeth on a habitual basis. When the grinding or clenching is done during waking hours, the condition is called awake bruxism. When done during sleep, the condition is called sleep bruxism. The term is derived from the Greek word brychein, which means “to gnash the teeth.” Both forms of bruxism are considered two distinct conditions with different causes. However, the symptoms … Read more

Registered Dental Assistant in Extended Functions (RDAEFII)

What They Do and How They Benefit Our Valued Patients At Lakefront Family Dentistry, we believe in providing our patients with the best possible dental care. This includes investing in advanced technology—such as the CEREC System and Solea Laser—and providing our patients with a comfortable and luxurious dental experience. For example, the practice has invested in the most comfortable A-dec dental chairs on the market. Lakefront Family Dentistry also provides a variety of ways to … Read more

Gummy Smile

What are Gummy Smiles? A gummy smile is when too much of the gumline shows when a person is smiling. The medical term for a gummy smile is “excessive gingival display.” The ideal smile shows approximately 2 millimeters (mm) of the gumline. A smile is considered a “gummy” when more than 3 to 4 mm of the gum is seen when smiling. Gummy smile before and after photos (such as the ones used throughout this … Read more

Deep Cleaning

What is a Deep Teeth Cleaning? Lakefront Family Dentistry’s registered dental hygienists are highly skilled and perform deep teeth cleanings with the patient’s comfort in mind. A deep teeth cleaning is a simple, non-surgical procedure that is usually performed without anesthesia. Deep cleaning removes harmful bacteria and hardened tartar deposits called calculus that build up on teeth below the gum line. These deposits release toxins that cause gum disease, which is also known as periodontitis. … Read more

Periodontal Disease

What Is Periodontal Disease? Periodontal disease is known by a few names, including periodontitis and gum disease. Simply put, periodontal disease happens when a serious gum infection damages the soft tissue (gums) surrounding the teeth. Periodontal disease is quite common. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 47% of adults over the age of 30 have some form of gum disease. The odds of developing periodontitis increases with age. Approximately 70% … Read more

Sinus Tooth Pain

Allergies, colds, upper respiratory infections, and the flu can all result in sinus infections. Symptoms of a sinus infection include a stuffy/runny nose, discharge in the throat, cough, sore throat, fever, and feelings of heaviness behind the cheekbones. However, a lesser-known symptom of a sinus infection is a toothache. If you’re wondering “can a sinus infection cause tooth pain in teeth,” the answer is a resounding yes! However, it is important to understand why sinus … Read more

How to Improve Gum Health

Prevent Gum Disease All too often, gum health is taken for granted. The importance of looking after the teeth is widely accepted, but for many, oral health stops there. Learn how to improve gum health before tooth loss and expensive dental treatments you can avoid with the right care. Gum health is essential. If this is overlooked, it can lead to gum disease, tooth decay and can impact upon a person’s general health. In this … Read more