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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…

How to Fight Sugar Cravings
How to Fight Sugar Cravings

Whether it’s in your morning coffee, doughnut, or sprinkled on your favorite cereal for that extra sweetness, sugar is the way many people start their day. Yet what we know as sugar is actually refined sugar. Also called processed sugar, it’s extracted from the sugar cane or sugar beet plant and chemically processed to remove…

Are Energy Drinks Ruining Your Teeth?
Are Energy Drinks Ruining Your Teeth?

Many people depend on energy drinks to power them through their demanding day. Although popular for their ability to enhance energy levels, physical alertness and performance, energy drinks have come under scrutiny for their adverse effects on health when consumed in excess. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the potential dangers…

April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month
April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month

Our most typical concerns about oral health focus on tooth decay and periodontal issues. However, oral cancer is an insidious disease that the American Cancer Society estimates will claim over 11,000 lives this year, and produce about 54,000 new cases diagnosed. April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month – a time when dental professionals call attention…