Chronic teeth grinding or Bruxism is a condition that many people suffer from but are mostly unaware of.Fotolia_4104434_XS-300x184  Bruxism can occur during the day or night but for most people occurs at night. This habit can cause significant damage to the teeth and cause discomfort to the structures that hold your jaw and TMJ in place. Although many speculate what causes people to clench and grind often times there is no clear cause for it and may resolve on its own.

 Common signs that you may be grinding your teeth are:

  • Flattening of biting surfaces of teeth
  • Pain in jaw muscles and temples
  • Pain when biting in molar area
  • Scalloping or indentation of the sides of tongue
  • Scooping out of flat part of teeth along gum line
  • Popping and clicking of the jaw
If you are suffering from symptoms consistent with a chronic bruxer your dentist may recommend treatment with an appliance called a nightguard. A nightguard is a tray that overlays the upper or lower teeth separating them slightly. This helps protect wear of the biting surfaces of the teeth and relieves pressure on the jaw joint and surrounding muscles.]]>

Fotolia_5327278_XS-resized-600Being a dentist and being surrounded by a lot of dentists, I’ve had the opportunity to try a lot of dental products over the years and learn the opinions of my friends, family and colleagues about these same products. I decided to compile a list of my absolute favorite, tried and true, dental products on the market. Of course I’m always open to try something new, so if you have any favorites, please let us know!

Toothbrush: Sonicare

This toothbrush’s sonic motion and handy timer really make a difference in your smile. It’s the best home care tool in my opinion.

Floss: Glide

Whenever I buy floss, I tend to lean towards an unwaxed tape variety rather than a rope. Glide is great b/c its easy to manuever between teeth and doesn’t shred easily.

Regular Toothpaste: Crest Original (with sodium fluoride)

Crest is a great product. I like the flavor of the paste and usually prefer sodium fluoride in my toothpaste as opposed to stannous fluoride. When I’m looking to buy a regular toothpaste I usually stick to the Crest Original.

Toothpaste for Sensitive Teeth: Sensodyne Isoactive

For patients that are long time users of toothpaste for sensitive teeth, this new product is a great change from the dull chalky tasting toothpastes that have been on the market. I tried this product about 6 months ago and use it from time to time when my teeth become hot & cold sensitive. It forms a refreshing foam that leaves you with a great taste and more comfortable teeth as well.

Whitening Toothpaste: Crest 3d White

When brushing your teeth in between whitenings to keep that beautiful fresh smile I like to use this Crest 3d White. It’s Crest, which has a great line of whitening products, and also has a great taste and is very effective in maintaining a bright smile.

Antibacterial Mouthwash: Listerine and Closys

An antibacterial mouthwash is crucial to home care. The hard part is sorting through all the options and finding whats right for you. My top two picks are: CloSys and Listerine. I love CloSys because although it has a mild flavor, it is a great tool to kill bacteria that can lead to periodontal disease and also it is less acidic than many of the rinses on the market. My other top pick is Listerine. In my opinion Listerine is hands down the most effective antibacterial rinse on the market. My morning routine usually includes a quick rinse with CloSys then a thorough brushing & flossing followed by a rinse with Listerine.

Fluoride Mouthwash: ACT Total Care

I always rinse with ACT right before bed. It has a great flavor (my favorite is the green one), probably the best tasting of all the mouthrinses I’ve tried, and is very effective in helping remineralize and strengthen enamel. Another great product worth trying.

100% Xylitol Gum: Epic (

Xylitol is a great sugarfree product that is important to home care. I usually opt for 100% Zylitol chewing gum (right now I’m addicted to Epic cinnamon flavor). The only downfall is the chewing gum doesn’t keep its flavor for that long.  But on the upside, even after only chewing it for a short amount of time, my mouth feels really fresh and clean afterwards. And it’s a great way of delivering Xylitol, which is the only sugar substitute that studies have shown that has cavity fighting properties.]]>

katy-perry-gets-braces-7462-1305167389-1-resized-600 Using both Invisalign and traditional braces, we’ve seen their smiles change over the years and sometimes even caught them in the process. So who has had Invisalign and who has had braces?


Katherine Heigl: There have been many sightings of the starlet wearing Invisalign and some great pictures of her putting the aligners in. Gisele Bündchen: An interview with Elle Magazine reported that she had worn Invisalign to straighten her shifting teeth. Justin Bieber: The teen crooner is currently wearing Invisalign and was spotted wearing aligners to the UK premiere of “Never Say Never.” Cheryl Cole: The English pop star has said during interviews that her worst habit is not wearing her Invisalign aligner at night. Other rumored to have altered their smiles using Invisalign include Oprah Winfrey and Zac Efron.


Other celebs take the traditional route and wear conventional braces. Browse through our gallery of celebrities in braces. I bet you’ll be surprised to see who has worn them and how old they were when they took the plunge.]]>

Fotolia_194988_XS-300x200Picture this: You’re mere moments away from your regular dental visit, anticipating the question, “Have you been brushing and flossing regularly?” In an attempt to clean whatever might be lurking between your teeth before your hygienist or dentist catches you red-handed, you franticly brush and floss hours before your appointment. Once that dreaded questions comes, you give your answer, “Yes of course I do! All the time! I love flossing!,” but get the distinct feeling that they just don’t believe you. So, how do we dentists know if you’ve been flossing regularly? Being dentists, we can’t stress enough the importance of regular flossing in conjunction with brushing. Flossing is important to your gum and tooth health and when you don’t floss regularly, there are very apparent consequences. The most obvious is inflammation between the teeth. When you don’t floss regularly, plaque, bacteria, and debris sit between the teeth causing inflammation. As a result, your gums start to look pink, puffy and inflammed and bleed easily. The second give away is cavities forming between the teeth. Brushing your teeth, no matter how good and efficient you are at it, will not clean where the teeth meet. The only way to clean in that crucial spot is to floss. If you have any cavities or the beginning stages of cavities, it indicates that flossing is a weak point in your home care regimen. Lastly, the biggest and most obvious sign that a patient is not flossing regularly is cuts or abrasions on the gums, indicating that the patient may have just flossed or isn’t doing it correctly or efficiently. If you aren’t careful and don’t know you’re way around your teeth and mouth, it will show. The moral of the story is simple, make flossing a part of your daily regimen! The benefits to your oral health are tremendous.]]>

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services_stock Even America’s taste in beauty has changed over the years. In general, we’ve moved away from the windswept and overprocessed looks of the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s as seen with Michelle Pfiefer, Cindy Crawford and Farrah Fawcett, to focus on fresh-faced, more natural looking women like Jennifer Aniston, Jessica Alba and Angelina Jolie. The New Vs. The Old Standards of Beauty:

  • Full natural faces vs. angular faces with high cheekbones
  • Round to almond shaped eyes with thicker less arched eyebrows vs. Cat eyes with skinny angular eybrows
  • Straight noses with longer bridges vs. perky, ski-slope noses
  • Full upper and lower lips vs. angular pouts w/ thinner upper lips and a fuller lower lip
  • Natural straight white teeth vs. Bright white ear to ear smile with large uniform flat edged smiles.
The old standards of beauty was a one-size fits all plasticized sense of beauty. Todays standards focus on the natural and enhancing an individuals unique features. This is heavily reflected in dentistry today. People have been retaining features about their smile that makes them unique and gives them character, like diastemas (or the gap between the front teeth). And, others have been opting for invisalign over veneering their teeth to retain the individuality that, to put it plainly, makes them… them.]]>