Diabetes and Oral Health

If you are among the more than 37 million Americans living with diabetes, you already know the risk for medical complications in such areas as your heart, kidneys, eyes and skin. But did you also know that diabetes can affect your oral health? According to the American Diabetes Association, diabetes and oral health complications are…

How to Instill Good Oral Hygiene Habits in Your Child
How to Instill Good Oral Hygiene Habits in Your Child

Parents have a great deal of responsibility in teaching their children the values and behaviors they’ll need to become responsible adults themselves. Although it may not immediately come to mind, instilling good oral hygiene habits in your child is a process that’s essential to establishing good oral health for a lifetime! Knowing the right time…

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…

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 Take Care of Your Toothbrush
How to Take Care of Your Toothbrush

While we all know that the humble toothbrush is the basic, most essential instrument in maintaining oral hygiene and health, we may not be letting it do its job effectively. In fact, neglecting the condition of your brush can actually have a detrimental effect on oral health! The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends replacing your…

What is an Ankylosed Tooth?
What is an Ankylosed Tooth?

Primary (baby) teeth are important to a child’s oral and overall health. They are instrumental in establishing favorable conditions for the permanent teeth to emerge and position themselves correctly — which is why we at NK Family Dental recommend that children receive their first dental visit shortly after their initial teeth begin emerging. This provides…

The Best and Worst Foods for a Healthy Smile
The Best and Worst Foods for a Healthy Smile

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is a tremendous benefit to your oral health. A well-balanced, nutritious diet is important because the food we eat supplies the nutrients that the body, bones, teeth and gums need to renew tissues and help fight infection and disease — including periodontal (gum) disease. But there’s another important aspect to choosing…

What You Need To Know About Dental Bone Grafts
What You Need To Know About Dental Bone Grafts

When it comes to bone grafts, the procedure sounds more frightening than it really is. Dental bone grafting is a well-established, proven treatment method that replaces missing bone in your jaw to provide a secure platform for dental implants, as well as to restore bone that has been reabsorbed as the result of periodontal (gum)…