Ask Dr. Parker: Why Is It Important to Floss Daily?

January 13, 2016

A few minutes after you eat sugary or carbohydrate-rich foods, bacteria start to demineralize your dental enamel (outer layer of the tooth). Demineralization means the acidic condition caused by sugar leaches calcium and other important minerals from your teeth dentin and enamel. Bacteria responsible for a host of oral diseases thrive on common dietary sugars such as lactose, glucose, and sucrose. (more…)

Ask Dr. Parker: How to Maintain a Denture?

December 28, 2015

denture careLoosing even one tooth negatively impacts your teeth, gums and even the shape of your face. A full or partial set of dentures can replace missing teeth and provide the support necessary for preventing these changes.

Although dentures made of durable, long-lasting, acrylic resins look like real teeth and gums, they still require continuous denture maintenance that involves at-home care and professional care provided at our dental clinic. (more…)

Time to Overcome Your Dental Phobia

November 24, 2015

dental phobiaScared to visit the dentist? You are certainly not alone.

According to the Dental Fears Research Clinic, between five and eight percent of Americans avoid visiting the dentist because they are scared. Another 20 percent say they go to the dentist only when they have to because of their fears. And most parents will tell you their children went through a phase where they were terrified of getting into the chair — even if they’ve since outgrown it.

We get it. At AZ Family Dental, we deal with dental phobia every day, and we know it’s a legitimate concern. While our goal is always to make you as comfortable as possible and to give every patient a great experience, we understand that dental phobia is real and can be truly scary. (more…)

Ask Dr. Parker: How to Maintain a Dental Implant?

November 20, 2015

take care of implantsDental implants are the closest thing you can get to having real, permanent teeth. A popular alternative to removable bridges or dentures, dental implants (specifically the screw) are actually absorbed by your jawbone through a process called osseointegration. This means the implant (crown, titanium screw, and abutment) remains unmovable, just like a genuine tooth with a root.

Care of dental implants involves good oral hygiene practices, such as brushing, flossing, and using a fluoridated rinse, as well as seeing a dentist every six months for a checkup and professional, dental implant cleaning. How well you pursue maintenance of your dental implants essentially determines how long your implant will last. (more…)

Weak Enamel: The Truth about Tooth Erosion

October 21, 2015

Tooth Erosion Weak Enamel Before you slurp down your next soda, consider this: Soda is public enemy number one when it comes to dental enamel erosion, a common and often painful condition.

Enamel loss often starts as a simple annoyance and grows into a serious dental problem. Tooth enamel is a precious substance that gets worn down by the foods and drinks we consume — including but not limited to — soda and other sugary beverages.

If you want to protect your teeth and look out for your long-term dental health, it’s important you learn: (more…)