Ask Dr. Parker: What is the Right Time to Get Braces?

September 28, 2017

what is the best age for braces

People are more confident and can communicate better when they know their teeth look healthy and straight.

Braces are an important part of helping teeth grow the right way. If teeth grow in at odd angles, it can be painful and difficult to speak and chew. Braces slowly straighten out the teeth and move them, so they’re not pushing or grinding against each other. (more…)

Picking Your Ideal Toothbrush

August 18, 2017

picking the ideal toothbrush

There’s arguably nothing as attractive as a healthy smile. But many of us take our toothbrush for granted. We go to the store and pick one that’s on sale or has our favorite color. But, have you ever wondered what the ideal toothbrush is for you? Are electric toothbrushes superior over manual ones? Are soft bristles more effective than hard ones for eliminating plaque? (more…)

Ask Dr. Parker: How to Deal With a Chipped Tooth?

August 2, 2017

how to deal with chipped tooth

It’s all fun and games until someone ends up with a chipped tooth. How many times have you heard that from either your mom or dad — or both? Now, if you’re a parent, you might be saying those same words to your children.

Chipped teeth are quite common, for adults and children alike, and they’re notably easy to achieve. In fact, it only requires a little bit of contact, the right angle, and no small amount of bad luck for practically anyone to chip a tooth. (more…)

Ask Dr. Parker: How Does a Cavity Form?

July 21, 2017

how does a cavity form

When you go to your dentist for a dental cleaning or a checkup, four words you undoubtedly dread to hear is “you have a cavity.” No one wants to have a cavity, but the fact is that just about all adults in the U.S. have tooth decay, according to a government survey, and over a quarter of them have untreated cavities. (more…)

Ask Dr. Parker: Are Dental Implants Permanent?

May 22, 2017

Dental implants have been around for quite some time. In fact, Ingvar Brånemark, a Swedish orthopedic surgeon, invented the first dental implants in 1952. Branemark continued to study and refine his findings until they were presented at the 1982 Toronta conference.  Branemark’s work showing the clinical success of implants and introducing the concept of osseintegration was ground breaking.  Research has continued over the past 40+ years has proven to be a significant advancement in the field of dentistry. (more…)