Posts by Dr. Phyllis Dixon

Happy Dental Assistant’s Week

Posted by on Mar 1, 2020 in Blog | 0 comments

Happy Dental Assistant’s Week

This week we give a shout out and big thank you to our dental assistant Melanie. She goes the extra mile for our patients and we would be lost without her!

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New Year Resolutions

Posted by on Jan 3, 2020 in Blog | 0 comments

It’s a New Year! Welcome to 2020. Lots of people make resolutions for the New Year. As a dentist, there is one I wish everyone would make. Get an electric tooth brush. They do a much better job at cleaning your teeth. Studies have confirmed they do a much better job at removing plaque (sticky film on your teeth) and reducing gingivitis (inflamed gums.) Electric vs. manual There are many types on the market . It depends on your personal preference but they work better than the manual type. Oscillating kinds ( they rotate) do a better job than those that just vibrate. You can choose one with lots of bells and whistles like timers, different pressure...

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The top worst foods for your teeth

Posted by on Aug 11, 2019 in Blog | 0 comments

We know brushing and flossing are all important- as is visiting your dentist regularly for check ups. These are my top no-no’s for your teeth! 1. Sticky sugary foods In particular gummy candies that stick on your teeth. 2. Acidic foods Citrus fruits and beverages cause erosion of enamel. Try to balance eating the citrus foods with alkaline ( non-citrus) foods at a meal like protein, veggies, and non-citrus fruits. Be careful with sports drinks and sparkling water too. Chew sugarless gum after consuming these drinks if you have one occasionally. 3. Nuts, seeds, and kernels These can get stuck between teeth and under the gums causing inflammation. ...

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Removing a tooth

Posted by on Jul 19, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

Dentists try to preserve teeth but in some instances a tooth or teeth need to be extracted. Some reasons for tooth removal can be if the tooth is badly decayed, broken, or has severe gum disease that can’t be fixed by another method. Sometimes a tooth may need to be removed for orthodontic treatment if there is not enough room to align the bite properly. Another reason a tooth may need to be removed it if it is a wisdom tooth that is impacted. This means the tooth can’t come into the mouth properly and can cause issues later like shifting your teeth, infection, or jaw pain. What happens during the tooth removal? The dentist will numb the area with...

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Ewww! My breath stinks

Posted by on Oct 18, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

The most common cause of bad breath is bacteria at the back of the tongue. Your tongue has a lot of bumps and grooves where bacteria can hide. Certain medications can also cause your mouth to become dry, leading to more bacteria being formed. Your saliva is your friend. What can you do to eliminate the odor? Clean Use a tongue scraper to clean your tongue. Be sure to reach back as far as possible. You can also slide the edge of a spoon over your tongue to clean it, or use your toothbrush but the scraper works best. Eat When the pH in your mouth gets to an alkaline state, sulfur compounds are formed leading to stinky breath. Eating keeps your mouth more acidic,...

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