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Signs of Dental Anxiety and How To Control Them
Signs of Dental Anxiety and How To Control Them

It’s not uncommon to avoid situations that cause you feelings of stress and anxiety. When faced with two options, we choose the one that seems safer or easier. However, a fear of the dentist can have a lasting negative effect on your oral health and overall health if you don’t schedule appointments for regular check-ups…

What You Need to Know About Tooth Decay
What You Need to Know About Tooth Decay

It’s safe to say that tooth decay is the most common oral health issue in the United States. According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), 92% of adults ages 20 to 64 have had dental caries (tooth decay) in their permanent teeth. But while tooth decay is widespread, it shouldn’t be…

What To Know About Night Guards
What To Know About Night Guards

The health benefits of a good night’s sleep are becoming increasingly well known. The more that scientific research reveals about the importance of deep, restorative sleep, the more we do to try to achieve it — from investing in high-quality mattresses and supportive pillows to practicing “sleep hygiene,” which includes saying good-night to the smartphone…

What is Pediatric Dentistry?
What is Pediatric Dentistry?

As a parent, you know that children aren’t small-scale adults. Just as they need a pediatric doctor who focuses on their health, they also need a dentist who has the experience and qualifications to care for a child’s teeth, gums and mouth throughout the various stages of childhood. Choosing a pediatric dentist will help give…

Tooth Anatomy 101
Tooth Anatomy 101

We all have teeth, but what do we really know about them? Most people mainly pay attention to their appearance and their health. Yet beyond that, those who are outside the dental profession are probably unaware of the anatomy, structure, and tissues that comprise our teeth. Although we see the outer surface of our teeth,…

What is a Smile Makeover and is it Right for You?
What is a Smile Makeover and is it Right for You?

Having a beautiful smile is a powerful boost to self-confidence — and can open doors in many aspects of your life! But the bright, perfect “movie star” smile that’s so desirable can’t always be achieved by best oral health practices alone. Fortunately, a smile makeover is designed to give you what nature didn’t — or…

How to Choose a Dentist
How to Choose a Dentist

Choosing a healthcare provider is an important decision. Finding a professional worthy of your trust to treat and prevent illness — perhaps not only for yourself but also for your family — is a task to take seriously, rather than left to chance. Our team at NK Family Dental always emphasizes that dental health is…

Is Mouthwash Necessary?
Is Mouthwash Necessary?

A clean taste in your mouth, fresh breath and an extra defense against the bacteria that cause plaque buildup and gum disease are among the main benefits that mouthwash delivers. But is it really a necessary part of your daily oral hygiene routine, or do you just believe it is thanks to successful marketing by…

Fluoride: Myths and Facts
Fluoride: Myths and Facts

In 1945, Grand Rapids, MI, became the first community in the world to add fluoride to the municipal water supply in order to help prevent tooth decay. When subsequent studies showed a significantly lower rate of cavities in schoolchildren, water fluoridation spread to other towns and cities — including Chicago. The Centers for Disease Control…

What To Look For In A Toothpaste
What To Look For In A Toothpaste

Does the toothpaste aisle in your supermarket seem daunting to you? Not only are numerous brands available, but toothpaste (known in the dental profession as dentifrices) is formulated to serve a wide variety of needs. Some promote their whitening ability, others are intended to prevent tartar build-up, and so on. But which type is right…