2016 Year in Review: Oral Health Care Quiz

Have you assessed your oral health care for the year in review? Would you give yourself a passing or failing grade for the effort you gave to protecting your teeth and gums? Even if you know that more could be done to improve your oral hygiene, do not despair as even the smallest of effort can present huge benefits for... read more »

A Loose Crown Is Always a Cause for Concern

When Dr. Brent A. Spears secures a temporary crown, it is only intended to protect the abutment within while the dental lab is preparing your new crown or bridge. It does not actually restore the full function of the tooth’s ability to bite off, chew or grind food. If the temporary crown comes loose, falls off or is damaged in... read more »

Taking Proper Care of Your Temporary Crown

Having one of your teeth restored with a crown requires two separate appointments. During the first appointment Dr. Spear removes most of the affected enamel from the tooth, leaving behind an abutment that will later anchor your new crown. The abutment then has a hard plastic cap of a temporary crown cemented over it to protect the abutment while a... read more »

Water Picks vs. Floss

Everyone knows that they are supposed to floss their teeth once a day. However, some may wonder if using a water pick can be just as effective as flossing. Here we analyze the benefits of water picks and their role in dental health. What Are Water Picks? Water picks are also known as oral irrigators, dental water jets, and water... read more »

Teaching Your Children About Their Teeth

A child who learns great dental health habits becomes an adult with great dental health habits. To this end, the American Dental Association sponsors “National Children’s Dental Health Month” every February, in hopes of raising awareness among children (and their parents) about the importance of maintaining good oral health. But how can a family incorporate National Children’s Dental Health Month... read more »