It is in our nature to want to know what came before us and what will come after us. Science has taken great strides to learn about our human history and what it teaches us about today. The discovery of Roman skulls has given us some great insight into the way oral health has changed. Let’s take a look at what we learned from these ancient skulls and how it should affect our daily habits.

They Didn’t Know Much About Oral Health, But…
Romans didn’t know nearly as much as we now know about oral health, and yet the skulls showed a surprising find. Romans didn’t have nearly as much gum disease as we have now. They showed signs of decay and abscesses, but not gum disease. Even though they didn’t see dentists like we do today, and they certainly didn’t follow the strict hygiene habits that we have. How is this possible?

Our Habits Harm Our Oral Health
Researchers believe the shift in gum disease has to do with our poor habits of smoking and not eating well. Gum disease numbers stayed down until society began smoking tobacco. As tobacco use and diabetes numbers have gone up, so has the spread of gum disease. If that is true, we should see a decrease in gum disease as tobacco use and diabetes numbers go down. We just have to make that happen, first!

Take a good look at your health habits, and see if you might be putting yourself at risk for gum disease! If you are, there’s no better time than the present to change those habits and build a healthier you. Contact us today to find out more about the link between your health habits and gum disease. We would love to see you soon!

How long have you been missing that tooth? At first, you probably thought it was no big deal, but as time goes by, you will notice more and more issues from that one little problem. Don’t let another year go by without taking care of your missing tooth. There are serious problems that could occur if you let that gap continue for much longer!

Painful Chewing and Other Problems
Every single tooth matters when it comes to chewing your food and talking correctly. You probably had no idea how important that one tooth was until it was gone. We have had patients who lose a tooth and never chew on that side of their mouth again! Not only is chewing uncomfortable, but that gap gives room for other problems, like misalignment when the neighboring teeth shift into the empty space. Misalignment comes with it’s own host of problems like TMJ pain and broken teeth.

A Dental Implant Solution
There’s no reason to spend another year waiting for these problems to occur! Take care of the issue now with a dental implant solution from our office. The procedure is very straightforward. We will first place the implant itself into your jawbone and all it some time to heal. We will then create a permanent crown to attach to the top of the implant. This crown will complete the restoration of your missing tooth and allow you to eat, speak, and smile just as you would with natural teeth.

As we’ve said this entire month, 2015 is the year of your healthier smile. If you are missing a tooth, this is your opportunity to make a big improvement in your smile with a dental implant. Contact us today to set up an appointment or consultation. We would love to see you very soon and help you get the smile of your dreams!

By now, most people have completely abandoned their New Year’s resolutions. We hope you are still working towards a healthier smile! That is one resolution that can truly save your life. Maybe you are considering changing the look of your smile. We have some fantastic options. One of our favorites is Invisalign: an orthodontic system that allows you to get the smile of your dreams without ever dealing with awkward metal brackets or wires!

Invisalign has revolutionized the way we approach orthodontics, especially for adults. There is no longer a need for young professionals to be embarrassed by their orthodontic care. In many cases, these patients have always need orthodontic care but were never able to get it as a child, maybe because their parents couldn’t afford the work, or they weren’t seeing a dentist. Now, they are ready to improve those smiles, and they can do it in complete comfort.

The Invisalign Difference

Invisalign is a fantastic way to get great care in complete comfort. The clear plastic aligners are comfortable against all of the soft tissues in your mouth, and your confidence won’t be shaken in the least bit! You will be able to show off your smile at any moment without any worry that someone will comment on your orthodontic work. There’s no better way to get the smile of your dreams!

If you’ve been wanting orthodontic work for years but haven’t wanted to wear traditional metal braces, this is your time! We would love to sit down and discuss the procedure with you. Contact us today to set up an appointment, and let us get started on your new and improved smile!

In our previous post, we discussed the signs that it might be time for you to consider having a Smile Makeover. We mentioned that your poor oral health could be affecting your overall health, and today we’d like to go into that a little bit more. Researchers are studying the relationships between poor oral health and numerous health conditions. We selected three below to explain what researchers are finding so that you can see how serious of a situation this really is!

Heart Disease – We have known that poor oral health and heart disease go hand in hand for quite a while, but the exact links have always been a bit hidden to us. New research may have found an explanation. When your gums are bleeding, the bacteria enters the bloodstream and sticks to your blood platelets. These clumps turn into blood clots, which can cause damage to your heart or even a heart attack.

Pancreatic Cancer – This is a new connection that researchers are still trying to understand, but in a study done with men, they found that men who had had gum disease were 64% more likely to develop pancreatic cancer later in life.

Alzheimer’s – Alzheimer’s numbers continue to climb, and research is always expanding to try to find an explanation. While no explanation has been found, researchers did discover the bacteria p. gingivalis in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients, but they did not find it in brains of patients without Alzheimer’s. This is the same bacteria responsible for advanced gum disease.

As with most research, we have yet to discover direct links that gum disease is causing these other issues, but the evidence seems to be screaming that something serious is happening. We are encouraging our patients to take steps to prevent gum disease by following a thorough oral hygiene routine. Contact us today with your questions about how gum disease affects the rest of your health. We would love to discuss it with you very soon!

This New Year, while others are considering making small improvements here and there, there are some people whose smiles are so far gone that they see little hope. For those patients, we recommend a custom Smile Makeover from us here at Grand Dental. Are you not sure a Smile Makeover is right for you? Take a look at some questions below, and see if this sounds like you!

Are Your Teeth Painful to Use?
Our bodies are strong and can take a lot of hurt, but having teeth that are causing pain while you chew is not normal and should not be tolerated. You should be able to eat your favorite foods, chew your favorite gum, and use your teeth normally without pain.

Do You Hide Your Smile?
One things we hear from our makeover patients more than anything else is that they miss being able to smile freely. If you hide your smile behind your hand or lips because you are embarrassed by the look of your teeth, it is time to consider some big changes. Your family misses seeing your smile!

Is Your Health Affected by Your Teeth?
Your teeth shape your overall health. Your poor oral hygiene could be linked to your heart disease, diabetes, or preterm birth of your children (for women). There is so much at stake, and you might already be seeing the effects of poor oral health on the rest of your body.

If you related to any of these questions, it is time to come see us! Even if a full makeover isn’t right for you, you need some dental care. Contact us today to learn more, and let us help you get the beautiful, healthy smile you deserve. We can’t wait to see you soon!

January is peak season at the gym. People who haven’t stepped into the gym in years will be signing up this month as a part of their New Year’s resolutions! It’s a great way to stay active and keep your body healthy, but there are some concerns for your smile when exercising. Take a look below for more information. It’s definitely not impossible to maintain a healthy smile along with a healthy body, but it can be more challenging.

Dehydration and Decay – One of the biggest concerns for your teeth is dehydration. If you don’t adequately hydrate during exercise, you will not produce enough saliva to keep your teeth safe from harmful bacteria. This can increase your risk for decay. Keep that bottle of water nearby!

TMJ Pain – If you notice a headache after you work out, it could be a problem with your TMJ. When you exert energy through running, biking, lifting, etc, you might tend to clench your teeth. That constant pressure on your TMJ (the joint that moves your lower jaw up and down) can lead to headaches and pain. Consider wearing a mouthguard or practice relaxing your jaw while you work out.

Sugary Sports Drinks – Sports drinks taste so good after a workout, but the sugar content in these beverages ruin the effect for your teeth. It’s always best to stick with water. If you need a boost of flavor, toss some fresh fruit and herbs in your water bottle, but stay away from the sugar-laden sports drinks.

Go to the gym. Work out. Get healthy, but keep your mouth healthy at the same time! Contact us today for more tips about keeping your mouth healthy while exercising. We would love to hear from you and help you have a happier, healthier smile!

As we mentioned in our previous post, 2015 can be the year of your smile. In the last post, we spoke primarily about improving the health of your smile, but what about improving the look of your smile? Maybe your smile is healthy, but you just aren’t happy with the aesthetic appearance. If that’s the case, we are ready to help! Take a look below at some common cosmetic needs and how we address those need at Grand Dental.

Improving Your Color – The number one cosmetic request we hear is from people who want to boost the color of their smile. You want white teeth, and we have the ability to give it to you! Skip the worthless whitening kits in the drugstore and come in for in-office whitening that is not only more effective, but also safer than the boxed kits.

Improving Your Shape
– Sometimes cosmetic work is more involved that just a little bit of whitening. In the case of a misshapen or misaligned smile, orthodontics are key to results. We highly recommend Invisalign to our adults patients because this treatment allows you to move your teeth into position without the awkward look and feel or traditional metal braces.

Improving Your Look – If your teeth are just not looking their best due to wear and tear, chips, cracks, etc, it might be time to consider a porcelain veneer or Lumineer solution. Through this procedure, we can cover your existing smile with a beautiful new look. Your smile will be completely transformed!

Having a great smile is about having a healthy smile that you are proud to show off. Make sure you have both bases covered by scheduling an appointment today. Contact us to make your appointment, and let us know what you have in mind for your smile! We can’t wait to see you!

Happy New Year! It is officially 2015, and we are so excited to see all that this year has to offer. The beginning of a new year is traditionally a time to make resolutions for change. We hope that you are considering great changes for you and your family, and we hope that your smile is going to be a benefactor. Let’s work together to make 2015 the year of your healthiest smile ever! Start by considering some of these tips below.

Increase Your Water Intake – Increasing your water intake benefits not only your teeth, but your entire body! Your teeth need saliva to protect from harmful bacteria. Saliva can only be produced by a hydrated body, so be sure to avoid the sugary beverages and get your 8 glasses of water each and every day.

Change the Way You Snack – We often reach for crunchy, starchy snack foods like pretzels, granola bars, or crackers. The problem is that these starchy foods get really sticky in your mouth and cling to your teeth, leading to decay. Plan ahead, and reach for crunchy fresh fruits and vegetables this new year. Your body will get a boost from the vitamin intake, and your teeth with get a scrubbing from the texture of the snack!

Make Your Appointments Now – Don’t wait to make your dental appointments. Go ahead and make them at least six months in advance so that you can plan your calendar around your appointment. This will also ensure that you don’t forget to make the appointment until it’s too late. Once it’s in the books, you are far less likely to skip it!

Make 2015 a great year for your smile by improving your oral health. For more tips, or to make your appointments,contact us today! We can’t wait to hear from you! This is the beginning of a journey towards your new and improved, healthier grin!

From all of us here at Grand Dental, we want to wish you an absolutely wonderful holiday season! We hope that you enjoy the extra time with family and friends, and that you make the most of this season of giving. We would also love to remind you that we have some fantastic ways to improve your smile in 2015, and we will help you figure out what is best for your smile during your free consultation!

We love to see patients who are seeking to improve their smiles. If any time of year is perfect, this is it! This is a time of changing, improving, and making better decisions. Start with your smile! We have a vast array of cosmetic procedures that will allow you to have the smile of your dreams. All you need to do is call to set up your free consultation where we can discuss your options together!

If you’ve been thinking about a change this holiday season, consider the effects of an improved smile! We know you’ll be pleased with the results! Contact us today to set up your free consultation. We can’t wait to hear from you soon and begin this journey towards your new smile!

It’s that time of year: gift giving, parties, family dinners, and mistletoe. Who doesn’t love to be caught under the mistletoe with the right person this time of year?After all, this is the season of love, and why not to share an unforgettable moment with a loved one. Recent studies have found that you aren’t just exchanging love when you give someone an intimate kiss, but you’re also exchanging about 80 million bacteria.

Before you start getting anxious thinking about 80 million bacteria, know that this is a drop in the bucket compared to the amount of bacteria already in your mouth. You need these bacteria colonies, and your saliva works with your oral hygiene routine to keep harmful bacteria from doing damage. However, there is always a risk when you’re locking lips.

To Kiss or Not to Kiss

This exchange of 80 million bacteria only occurs during an intimate kiss of 10 seconds or longer, so chances are pretty great that you aren’t going to be sharing this bacteria from a small peck with a friend. It is interesting to note that couples who kiss at least 8-9 times each day have shared so much bacteria that their bacteria cultures are close to identical! This gives a whole new meaning to the old adage, “What’s mine is yours, and what’s yours is mine.”

There is always a risk that harmful bacteria could swap from one mouth to another, but with a great oral hygiene routine, there is no reason to fear for your smile when you pucker up under the mistletoe. Contact us today to set up an appointment for your next cleaning. We would love to see you very soon!