Orthodontics for Children

Most of the time, it is not recommended to do orthodontic procedures on children.  There are a few exceptions to this general rule.  If it is determined that the jaws or teeth are not developing or lining up properly, then orthodontic treatment may be beneficial, or maybe even necessary to allow the jaw, face,  and […]

Baby bottle decay-how to prevent it.

I recently had two of the sweetest boys come into my office for a check up and cleaning.  The first thing that was noticeable on both boys was their front teeth looked funny.  On further examintion,  both boys have severe decay on their 4 front teeth.  One boy is 2 years old and the other […]

Candy, Nutrition, and Teeth.

This time of year, as we start with Halloween and end with Christmas, I get alot of questions about candy, nutrition, and their effects on teeth.  Growing up as a child in Payson Utah, the main concern with eating candy was that it caused cavities in your teeth.  Today, the effects of sugar on the […]

How long should I Brush My Teeth?

About 2 years ago, I was reading a dental magazine and one of the articles was on how long we should brush our teeth each time we brush them.  I found the results quite interesting and try to share the information with my patients at their regular appointments for cleanings.  We always tell them that […]

Crowns on baby teeth.

I had a patient come in and mention that his little brother had just had 3 crowns done on baby teeth.  His opinion was that this was a total waste of his parents money.  He asked me, “Why would anyone pay that kind of money to  have a crown put on a tooth that is […]

The 4 keys to making complete dentures fit properly.

As stated in my previous blog, one of the hardest procedures for my patients to adjust to is going from their own natural dentition (teeth) to an artificial dentition, false teeth or dentures.  The keys to making this transition as successful as possible are the steps taken to make the dentures.  As stated before, the […]

Full, or Complete Dentures

Complete dentures are dental prothesises, or appliances that replaces all of the natural teeth on either the upper, and/or lower jaw.  These are made of acrylic resin and have either plastic, or porcelain teeth embedded in the acrylic resin base.  Dentures are supported by the mucosa (tissue) that covers the bone, or can be attached […]

What is TMJ?

TMJ stands for the temporomandibular joint.  This is the joint between the temporal bones of the skull and the mandible (lower jaw).  This a joint held in place by a joint capsule and ligaments.  There is also a small disk of cartilage that sits between the glenoid fossa in the temporal bone of the skull […]

Tooth eruption-a general timetable of eruption of teeth.

Many parents ask me when they should expect their child’s teeth to erupt, or come in; or when will their child should lose a certain baby tooth.  Every child’s dental development is different, but there is a general time frame for the eruption and/or loss of teeth as the child develops. In infants, the baby […]

Tooth Pain: Cracked tooth syndrome

A cracked tooth is such a common occurring problem that it has its own syndrome named after it.  Cracked tooth syndrome is a term used for a transient (not long lasting) acute pain experienced occasionally while chewing.  It is sometimes difficult to locate and reproduce.  It is most likely to occur among individuals who crack […]