More on Cold Sores

People who are infected with herpes simplex virus tend to be able to feel a cold sore coming on.  Symptoms like tingling, soreness, and redness serve as warning signs and are a good indicator to begin treatment. Although a cold sore will heal eventually on its own, antiviral medications taken by mouth as well as topical creams may shorten the... read more »

How Do You Treat Cold Sores?

To reduce the onset of cold cores: Try to maintain a moderate to low stress level. Take extra precautions during cold and flu season not to get sick. Diligently use lip balm and sunscreen on your face daily. Avoid sharing things like razors, eating utensils, and lip balm with a person with a cold sore. Prescription pills can be effective in... read more »

Cold Sores

Do you or someone in your immediate family occasionally suffer from cold sores? By age 50, an estimated 80-90% of adults are infected with the virus that causes cold sores. Often called fever blisters, this common ailment is nothing serious, but it is sometimes painful and embarrassing. What are these unsightly blisters? How are they spread? And how can you... read more »

Can I Tell if I Have a Cavity?

You may find this surprising, but most people are unaware of cavities because cavities are completely painless. The outer layer of the tooth, the enamel, has no nerves. People are caught off-guard when diagnosed because they have not had any symptoms. When the cavity enters the underlying dentin the tooth may begin to feel sensitive. The most common symptoms are... read more »

Another Reason Not To Smoke

Children living with smokers are more likely to develop cavities. Researchers at Kyoto University in Japan found young children living in homes with smokers are more likely to develop cavities. The American Dental Association states the study adds to the evidence, there is a correlation between secondhand smoke and cavities in children. ADA reports “infants exposed to secondhand smoke at... read more »

Caring for You Through the Holidays!

No one wants to think about a dental emergency during this festive season, but we want you to be prepared if an emergency should arise. If a tooth is knocked out: First, locate the tooth. Hold it by the crown (not by the roots) and rinse it if it’s dirty. Do not scrub it. Place it in a glass of... read more »

Dental Appointments Should Not Be Optional!

First of all, at-home dental care is just a start! Even if you are particular with the care of your teeth and always brush and floss daily, your teeth need a professional cleaning. If you are like most people and your dental care occasionally lapses, you have an even greater need. Brushing and flossing do remove plaque, a soft sticky... read more »

More Reasons To Stop Smoking

Did you know when a person quits using tobacco products the body begins to change almost immediately? Twenty minutes after the last cigarette: Blood pressure and pulse rate drop, and body temperature of hands and feet increases. Eight hours after the last cigarette: Carbon monoxide level in the blood drops to normal, and oxygen level in blood increases to normal.... read more »

Health Risk With Tobacco Products

Using tobacco products can cause significant health problems, including coughing, shortness of breath, production of phlegm, respiratory illnesses, reduced physical fitness, poor lung function, and an increase in the risk of cancer. Cigarettes not only stain your teeth but your fingers as well. Tobacco products can make your breath, clothes, hair, car, and home smell like smoke. Quitting is the... read more »

Diabetes and Your Oral Health

This month we are discussing diabetes and oral health care. One of the effects of diabetes on the mouth is a slower healing process for mouth sores. If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, you may already be aware of how the condition affects your mouth and gums. To increase the healing process of mouth sores, keep your mouth clean... read more »

National Diabetes Awareness Month

We care about the overall health of our patients! November is National Diabetes Awareness month; therefore, our blog is going to focus on raising awareness of diabetes and the connection to oral health. Our team is committed to excellence in dental care, and for our patients that do have diabetes, we have the experience and education in taking the extra... read more »

Dental Benefits

Did you know that you could actually save money by using your dental benefits before the end of the year? As another year is winding down, we want to remind you to take advantage of any unused dental benefits you may have remaining. Most companies do not allow you to carry benefits over to the next year.  Typically, the yearly... read more »

Use Your 2021 Benefits

Remember, dental problems can get worse by delaying dental treatment. If you wait, you might have to have a more extensive and expensive treatment in the future, the problem simply will not go away. What may be a simple cavity now could turn into a root canal later. Call to schedule an appointment to utilize your benefits! Patients, whether children... read more »

What Are Premiums and Deductibles?

As you are probably aware, you are paying a monthly premium for your dental benefits. Premiums are what you pay the company to carry your coverage. If you are paying your dental benefit premiums every month, you should certainly use your benefits. Whether or not anyone in your family has a dental problem, every family member should have regular dental... read more »

Dental Maximum

As we look at dental benefits this month, you need to consider your annual maximum. An annual maximum is the amount your dental benefit company will pay within a calendar year. Not every plan has the same maximum but in most cases, it averages around $1,200 per year. If you are not sure what amount you have used, contact our... read more »

Smiling Is a Natural Drug!

Smiling is important for many reasons but have you ever thought about smiling as a natural drug? Smiling Releases Endorphins, Natural Pain Killers and Serotonin - Studies have shown that smiling releases endorphins which are natural pain and stress fighters plus serotonin. Serotonin can affect mood and social behavior, appetite/digestion as well as sleep and memory. Simply put - Smiling... read more »

Show Off Your Smile!

Go ahead and show off your smile! Below are a few more facts about smiling for you to consider: Smiling Makes You Seem Successful - Studies have shown smiling people appear more confident, are more likely to be promoted, and are more likely to be approached. Put your best smile on during a meeting or appointment and people will react... read more »

You Really Need To Smile!

Smiling Makes Us Attractive We are drawn to people who smile. There is an attraction factor. We want to know a smiling person and figure out what is so good. Frowns, scowls and grimaces all push people away -- but a smile draws them into a conversation. Smiling Changes Our Mood The next time you are feeling down, try putting... read more »

Smiling Makes Us Stand Out

Smiling is a great way to make yourself stand out in a crowd, but did you know that smiling can help your body to function better? Smiles can improve your health and stress level, plus you look better with a smile.  Go ahead and smile. If you are not happy with your smile, call our office to schedule an appointment... read more »

We Celebrate Labor Day!

Dr. Petrusha, Dr. Selasky and staff would like to wish you all a safe and happy Labor Day weekend! You might take time this weekend to celebrate with a cookout with friends, find a great sale at the mall, but without our “laborers” this weekend wouldn’t exist.  As a federal holiday, we celebrate the economic and social contributions of workers. ... read more »