How nightguards can preserve your smile

As an adult who’s had dental work, you may think your job is done when it comes to caring for your teeth. Brush and floss, right? There may be more to it for you, though. If a dentist has ever suggested that you wear a night guard, it’s because the wear that you’re showing is…

The Difference Between TMJ Disorder and Bruxism

In some circles, the TMJ disorder and bruxism are used almost interchangeably. However, they are two very distinct dental issues, though often you have both with one irritating the other. It is important that if you suspect you have either issue to consult your dentist right away. While bruxism is often easy to diagnose, because…

The Benefits Cosmetic Dentistry Can Provide

Many people are unhappy with their smile when they look in the mirror; however, this does not need to be the case. There are a variety of cosmetic dental treatments available that can help to transform the way your teeth look including simple treatments such as teeth whitening and more complex options such as porcelain…

How Can a Dentist Help With TMJ Disorder

TMJ, or temporomandibular joint disorder, at the least is annoying, at the most can be very painful and disrupt your life. Doctors and dentists use the term to speak about inflammation in the joint that connects the jaw to the skull. This can cause pain, popping, or both. At Exquisite Smiles, Dr. James Phelan wants…

The Safest Route to a Whiter, Brighter Smile

  There are so many products on the market today promising a whiter, brighter smile. You may even have tried some of them only to be disappointed by the lackluster results. Unfortunately, many of the pastes, gels and potions advertised on our screens will do very little to brighten your smile and can, unfortunately, harm…

What Are the Health Costs of Bad Breath?

Sometimes bad breath isn’t just bad breath. Halitosis is a strong warning sign that you might be suffering from other periodontal diseases. So if you regularly practice strong dental hygiene, including regular brushing, flossing, and dental visits, here are some other potential causes for bad breath: You might have allergies or a mild illness causing…

How to Keep Your Whitened Smile White

The safest way to brighten your smile is to go see your dentist: whether you are interested in chemical or light-based treatments, your dentist has access to safer, stronger methods and can give you good after-treatment care to keep your gums healthy. But no matter what treatment you use, day-to-day life can eventually wear it…

Banishing Bad Breath

If you are battling this beast, don’t give up! There are many possible reasons and your dentist can help you pinpoint the cause. Smoking – If you are a smoker, you already know that this causes bad breath and you should quit now! Here are some great tips for quitting. Poor brushing and flossing habits…

How Long Does Zoom Teeth Whitening Last?

Tooth whitening often seems like a never-ending quest, but while whitening toothpaste can limit surface stains and at-home tooth whitening kits can be effective in some, if you want immediate results, visiting your cosmetic dentist for Zoom tooth whitening is the most effective way to go. By adding a gel of hydrogen peroxide to your…

How Your Dry Mouth Could Be Causing Your Bad Breath

There are several things that cause bad breath, and not all of them are of a dental nature. However, often one of the biggest causes of bad breath is that your mouth is too dry. Formally known as xerostomia, dry mouth occurs, obviously, when you don’t produce enough saliva. This can cause a number of…