What is a Bruised Tooth?
What is a Bruised Tooth

If you’re conscientious about your oral health, you get regular dental examinations and cleanings, and take care to prevent cavities and periodontal disease. But there are other dangers to your teeth to be aware of – for example, bruising a tooth. It may sound odd, but teeth can be bruised or sprained. How so? Each…

What You Need to Know About Tooth Sensitivity
What You Need to Know About Tooth Sensitivity

Do your teeth hurt when you consume foods or liquids that are cold, hot, sweet or sour? Does brushing and flossing cause a sharp pain? If so, you most likely have dentin hypersensitivity – which is commonly known as sensitive teeth. This is an especially frustrating condition that limits the types of foods and drinks…

How to Floss Your Teeth Like a Pro
How to Floss Your Teeth Like a Pro

Along with brushing your teeth, flossing is a basic essential to achieving and maintaining oral health. However — like brushing — most people assume they’re doing it correctly. But in order to get the full benefits of flossing, there’s a certain technique to follow — not to mention that some circumstances can add challenges, such…

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…

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…

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…

What is Root Resorption?
What is Root Resorption?

If you’ve never heard the term “root resorption” before, you aren’t alone, as it isn’t a common term outside of the dental profession. Root resorption is a natural, healthy process in children that occurs when the body resorbs the tissue that connects the primary (baby) teeth to the gums so that they can loosen and…

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…

Long-Term Benefits of Wisdom Teeth Removal
Long-Term Benefits of Wisdom Teeth Removal

If you’re experiencing pain or discomfort due to impacted wisdom teeth, then the immediate benefits of wisdom teeth removal are clear. For anyone who may not be experiencing discomfort but has been told by a dentist that you should consider having some or all of your wisdom teeth extracted, you may be more curious about…

What Your Toothache Could Mean
What Your Toothache Could Mean

When you experience tooth pain, your first reaction might be to turn to Google or WebMD to see what your toothache could mean. Quickly, you might find yourself down a rabbit hole of everything that could be wrong, from the most mild causes to the most rare and severe. Don’t let this dental anxiety and…

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