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 »

Your Child’s Dental Habits

Preventing cavities in a child’s teeth is a constant battle for most parents, and it is true that ‘an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure’. The best way to prevent problems in your child’s teeth is to help them develop their own good habits of brushing and flossing daily. But in addition to that, teach them the... read more »

Baby Bottle Tooth Decay

Many common dental problems in children can be avoided with daily flossing and brushing, along with regular trips to the dentist. However, one of the most common dental troubles begins before the teeth emerge. “Baby Bottle Tooth Decay” typically occurs when a baby or toddler has gone to bed for the night, or for a nap, with a bottle filled... read more »

Children and Oral Care

You can help your child to take good care of his teeth by providing fun toothbrushes, allowing him to select the toothpaste and floss to use daily. If children are engaged in the process, the more excited they will be to take care of their own teeth. Encourage your child to take time to brush each individual tooth. We suggest... read more »

Celebrating February as Children’s Dental Health Month

February is Children’s Dental Health Month and we love to support our patients who are parents to young children. Parenting is a tough job, and being responsible for your child’s dental hygiene can be intimidating! Especially if your child is not willing to comply with the routine you are trying to set. We are here to help! Ideally, we love... read more »

Ideas for a Healthy Mouth

Sugary foods, candy and carbonated soda can wreak havoc on teeth. The bacteria found in plaque mixes with the sugary substances resulting in acid attacking the teeth. What are some good things you can eat to deter the bacteria’s growth? Healthy foods such as raw vegetables and fiber-rich grains are not only good for the body, they are beneficial to... read more »

Tooth Problems?

Have you ever wondered why tooth decay and erosion occur? Plaque, a sticky substance that covers teeth, begins to build up when we eat or drink. Plaque contains bacteria that eat away at the enamel of the teeth. Saliva helps in the battle against tooth decay by diluting the acid and the bacteria as well as keeping your mouth moist.... read more »

Do You Have Sensitive Teeth?

Wintertime is the best time to enjoy hot foods and beverages, but this can be difficult if you have sensitive teeth. If you experience sharp or throbbing pain with hot or cold beverages, consider changing toothpastes to one specifically formulated to treat sensitive teeth. These toothpastes may soothe your pain, and with use over time can decrease your teeth’s sensitivity.... read more »

Start the Year off Right!

Happy New Year to our patients and their families! With the start of a new year, many of you have dental benefits that have now renewed.  Many health plans provide two professional cleanings, annual X-rays, and examinations. If you have not scheduled your first appointment for 2021, please contact our office. We love to help our patients with their dental... read more »

Hello, 2021!

Welcome the New Year with a renewed focus on health and wellness. Make a smart resolution to take better care of your smile in 2021. Parents, perhaps you have faithfully brought your children to our office for their cleanings and check-ups, but have put off making your appointment, now is the time to care for yourself. Start your year with... read more »

Your Teeth Aren’t Tools!

Your beautiful teeth can make your smile brighten someone’s day, chew your food, or properly pronounce your words, but avoid using your teeth as a tool.  If you are in the habit of using your teeth to open a snack bag or pry something open, you can damage your teeth. But what should you do if this does happen?  Let... read more »

Whiter, Brighter Smiles

Teeth bleaching does not refer to what we usually associate with the term ‘bleach’. Rather, it is a common tooth whitening technique to help our patients with healthy teeth achieve a whiter, more youthful smile. If you have an upcoming event for which you would like to look your best, you may want to consider cosmetic dentistry such as teeth... read more »

Are Your Teeth Aging You?

Did you know your teeth are the first indicator of age? Not only do your lower front teeth tend to shift forward with each birthday, but missing teeth can also make your cheeks look hollow, furthering the appearance of aging. Want to look younger, more healthy and vibrant? Start with your smile. Clean, white teeth are the least expensive way... read more »

Composite Bonding

Have you ever chipped or broken a tooth, and thought because no pain was experienced, going to the dentist was not necessary?  However, addressing this issue as soon as possible will help reduce the chances of additional complications. Also, fixing a broken or chipped tooth may benefit your general oral health, too.  Sometimes a damaged tooth can be improved with... read more »

And That Means?

Bruxism Bruxism is the professional term for teeth grinding. Typically, people grind their teeth during the night and do not even realize they are grinding their teeth. How do you know if you grind your teeth?  Common symptoms are jaw pain and headaches. If you are stressed, or suffer from anxiety, you are more likely to grind your teeth. If... read more »

Dental Terminology Can Be Confusing!

We understand some of the words and terms we use in our office might be confusing to you and your family. This month we are focusing on a few of those terms and definitions so you will have a better understanding of dental terminology. Sensitive teeth Sensitive teeth literally means your teeth are sensitive to temperature changes in your mouth. ... read more »