What Are the Treatment Options for Periodontal Disease?

The best decision regarding your treatment option can be made after a full mouth examination and any necessary tests or X-rays.  However, common options may include the following: Non-surgical treatments, such as scaling and root planing (a careful, deep cleaning of the root surfaces to remove plaque and bacterial toxins) with locally applied antibiotics, may be the most appropriate treatment... read more »

What About Gingivitis?

Gingivitis is a common dental concern that can lead to periodontal disease if not treated early. If you have noticed bleeding when you floss or brush your teeth, or if your gums seem red, swollen, sensitive or painful, this may be a sign of gingivitis. The gums are a very important part of the structure of the mouth as they... read more »

What Can I Do To Prevent Periodontal Disease?

The American Dental Association, ADA, found that bacteria in the mouth can start causing gum disease in only 24 hours; so regular, thorough cleaning is imperative. The first, and most important, step is to take excellent care of your teeth– brush twice a day, floss daily, and see us at the interval determined by your dentist and hygienist for professional... read more »

Information about Periodontal disease

Periodontal disease, often called gum disease, is actually an infection in the gums and tissues that support your teeth. When plaque and food particles are left on teeth, a build-up of bacteria occurs in that crevice just below the gum line. As the bacteria grow and thrive, they feed on the tissue that attaches to your tooth and causes the... read more »

Sensitive Teeth?

Does the thought of ice cream or a cold beverage make you cringe? You may be suffering from sensitive teeth. This problem literally means the roots of your teeth are more prone to sensitivity. Drinking hot or cold beverages can cause painful or uncomfortable sensations in a patient’s teeth. This is a common concern among adults and can be managed... read more »

Your Health Is Our Concern

When you visit our office for a regular check-up, your medical conditions are of great importance to us. When we are aware of your physical health concerns, we can be more vigilant in identifying potential dental concerns.  Some medical conditions affect dental health, especially if they are related to hormonal changes.  Puberty, pregnancy, and menopause are all risk factors for... read more »

A Healthy Smile and Body!

You know what you eat and drink has an effect on your teeth, but so do your lifestyle habits. If you use tobacco, in any form, let us know and we will offer suggestions on quitting. Prolonged use of tobacco can stain your teeth and your tongue, as well as give you bad breath. The chemicals in tobacco can cause... read more »

Healthy Dental Lifestyle

If we were to describe the perfect dental-health lifestyle to recommend to our patients included would be: Eating healthy foods Drinking plenty of water Staying physically fit Having your teeth professionally cleaned and examined regularly Daily hygiene habits of brushing and flossing Being tobacco-free Taking care of your mouth not only helps with your overall health, but with regular exams,... read more »

All Smiles

Did you know? Smiling Relieves Stress - Stress can really show up in our faces. Smiling helps to prevent you from looking tired, worn down, and overwhelmed. When you are stressed, take a deep breath and smile, now you will be able to handle the situation easier. Smiling Boosts Your Immune System - Smiling helps the immune system to work... read more »

You Deserve A Beautiful Smile!

We offer veneers as an additional option for creating the beautiful smile you dreamed of having for years! If your teeth are cracked, chipped, or worn they can be restored to perfection with ultra-thin porcelain or composite veneers. This is usually done through a three-appointment process; we will first schedule a consultation to determine if veneers are a good choice... read more »

Cosmetic Dentistry?

Have you ever considered taking steps to improve the appearance of your smile, beyond your regular oral exams and professional cleaning?  You may be a good candidate for cosmetic procedures if your teeth are strong and healthy. If your teeth are discolored, chipped, broken or missing, you may be pleased to know most of these common complaints are easily fixed... read more »

A Whiter and Brighter Smile for Summer!

One of the ways our smile shows our age is the color of our teeth. Food, beverages, habits, and medications can affect the appearance of our teeth, discoloring them and making us appear older. Fortunately, there is a treatment for discolored teeth.  Whitening or bleaching is one of the most common cosmetic dental procedures performed. You may have tried to... read more »

Oral Cancer Awareness

During April, we continue our focus on Oral Cancer Awareness. The lifestyle habits that increase the chances of developing Oral Cancer include the use of smokeless or chewing tobacco, smoking, and also exposure to the sun. It is a myth to consider chewing tobacco a ‘safer’ form of tobacco use as compared to smoking. The chemicals in the juice of... read more »

Oral Cancer Screening

Today’s dental warning sign might just save your life if you pay attention to it. Sore spots in your mouth that won’t go away are more than just an inconvenience – they just might be the indicators of oral cancer. Sure, it’s common for people to bite their inner cheek due to stress or habit – or even while they... read more »

Who Is Most At-Risk for Developing Oral Cancer?

Typically, men older than 50 are diagnosed most often with oral cancer, and it is more commonly diagnosed in men than women.   One of the main causes of oral cancer is the use of chewing tobacco, an unhealthy habit more common among men than women. Exposure to the sun can cause cancer on lips that may not have been protected.... read more »

Oral Cancer, Should I Be Concerned?

Like many Americans, you may be unaware of how serious this disease is; an estimated 43,250 people in the United States will be diagnosed with oral cancer this year.  April is Oral Cancer Awareness month, and the Oral Cancer Foundation (OCF) has invited us to join them in their national screening campaign to increase awareness.  An oral cancer screening is... read more »

April Is Oral Cancer Awareness Month!

Oral Cancer occurs most commonly on the “floor” of the mouth (under the tongue), along the inside of the cheeks or lips, along the gum line, or the palate or “roof” of the mouth. Though oral cancer is not as common as other forms of cancer, approximately 40,000 Americans are diagnosed with oral cancer every year. Since oral cancer can... read more »

Wisdom Teeth Information

After oral surgery, either to remove wisdom teeth or another procedure, Dr. Petrusha and Dr. Selasky recommend eating a diet of soft foods and to avoid hot or cold temperatures in foods and beverages. We recommend foods such as mashed potatoes, pudding, and applesauce. Patients need to remain eating soft foods for approximately a week or two after surgery. When... read more »

Wisdom Teeth Removal

For patients considering wisdom teeth removal, you may be concerned about the healing process following the surgery, how you may feel, and how you need to care for your surgery site. Sutures will be likely placed at the site of each wisdom tooth removed. An important part of the healing process is the blood clotting at the site. Occasionally the... read more »

Wisdom Teeth Basics

How do you know if you are a candidate for wisdom teeth extraction? Dr. Petrusha and Dr. Selasky will recommend the procedure based on X-rays and your oral health. When examining an X-ray, the wisdom teeth can be seen, even if they have not emerged yet as they are fully formed under your gum line. If the teeth appear to... read more »