Retainers: Removeable vs Fixed

After completion of orthodontic treatment, retainers are used to hold the teeth in place and prevent them from moving.  There are two different types of retainers used to do this, removeable or fixed retainers.  Fixed retainers usually consist of an orthodontic wire bonded onto the back of the anterior teeth and do not extend to […]

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 […]

What is a Crown and Why do I need one?

I get asked this question almost every time I tell a patient that they need a crown.  The word crown actually has 2 meanings in dentistry.  First, the crown of the tooth is that part of the tooth that is visible in the mouth and is covered by enamel.  The second definition pertains to the […]

My Child has a loose Permanent Front Tooth.

I received an e-mail at drmax@drmaxwood.com from a C. Biswas in another country asking for advice on a dental problem their child was having.  The problem was that the milk tooth (baby tooth) had been lost and the permanent front tooth (central incisor) had replaced it, but the tooth had become loose.  The child’s parent […]

What is Periodontal, or Gum Disease?

Periodontal disease, also known as periodontitis, is a generalized term for any inflammatory and infectious disease that affects the gums and supportive tissue surrounding the teeth.  The gingival (gum) changes are the same as those that occur with gingivits, with same clinical signs as gingivitis If gingivitis is left untreated and the accumulated plaque and […]

Choosing the best toothbrush

There are a few things that you should look for when choosing a toothbrush.  As a dentist, we give each of our patients a toothbrush and floss when we clean their teeth.  Many things about a toothbrush are personal preferences and really make no real difference in how they affect the patient.  These are things […]

What is dental plaque and tartar?

Dental plaque is the white stuff that looks like soggy bread and sticks to your teeth, especially at the gumline.  It is made up of old food and food debris that is then colonized by the bacteria that we have in our mouth.  It takes about 24 hours for plaque to form.  Within about 3 […]

Whitening Toothpastes: do they work?

All toothpastes help remove plaque and surface stains from off of the teeth.  Toothpaste contains mild abrasives to help with stain removal and other chemicals to clean and polish the surfaces of the teeth.  Whitening toothpastes that have the ADA Seal of Approval have additional special chemical or polishing agents to help to improve the […]