What Causes Cavities? 

It’s estimated that approximately 91% of Americans over the age of 20  have had a cavity at some point. In addition to this staggering statistic, nearly 30% of Americans over the age of 20 have untreated cavities. Given the fact that cavities can be avoided with preventive care , these numbers are incredible. So why? … Read more

Stages of Periodontal Disease 

As we wrapped up National Dental Hygiene Month in October, it seemed fitting to follow up with information about the different stages of gum disease. As your hygienist has probably discussed with you, we take measurements of your gums at least every 12 months to help us determine what stage of health your gums and … Read more

Why do I have Gum Recession?

You may experience gum recession at some point in your life, even with great homecare and regular dental visits. To some degree it actually affects the majority of our population. “Gum recession is when the margin of the gum tissue surrounding the teeth wears away, or pulls back, exposing more of the tooth, or the … Read more

Brazilian Flavor to Brighten Up Your Summer

Whether right or wrong, lemonade is one of the go to drinks in summertime.  With the COVID-19 pandemic hampering a lot of travel plans, we thought we’d add a little bit of an “international flair” to your summertime beverage choices.  The Carlile family was first introduced to Brazilian churrasco when Dr. Carlile was an undergraduate … Read more

Do I really need X-rays every year?

Routine x-rays can be a conflicting topic in the dental office, especially while many people do not understand the benefits and importance of updating images. In some cases the answer could be getting images done every 18-24 months. Those cases are rare and not usually advised, especially as we age. You wouldn’t want to have … Read more

Dealing with Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD’s)

A temporomandibular disorder is found through symptoms of pain or tenderness in the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) of the jaw. The TMJ is an intricate joint that allows us to chew, swallow, yawn and speak. The joint also has a wide range of movement. It’s enclosed by muscles and ligaments that work in affiliation with the … Read more

Oral Care Tips for Seniors

As many of us know, due to advancements in medical technology we are living longer than we ever have. By 2030 the last of the Baby Boomers will turn 65 and older individuals will account for 20% of our population. This is good, but also presents other issues for us to deal with as we … Read more

Autoimmune Series: The Oral Health Impact of Sjogren’s Syndrome

Sjogren’s Syndrome is an autoimmune disorder in which the body begins invading it’s own moisture producing glands. This can be saliva glands, tear ducts and other types of organs. The problem for oral health occurs when the saliva glands are affected and flow of saliva is reduced. This autoimmune disorder shows up in all racial … Read more