Companions to Brushing: Mouthwash and Chewing Gum

While brushing is important to–arguably, the foundation of–good oral hygiene, there are other steps to consider as you strive for a celebrity smile. Remember these companions to brushing and flossing that could help improve your smile. Mouthwash: Discuss with Dr. Larry Leonakis about the mouthwash that is right for your oral needs. It will likely… Read more »

Do You Have Gum Disease? Here’s How to Tell

Do your gums bleed while you brush or floss? If so, you may be dealing with gum disease. Gum disease can threaten your oral health and lead to tooth loss. That’s why our team is eager to talk to you about the symptoms of gum disease. Gum disease is a dangerous health condition which primarily… Read more »

Yearly Oral Health Reminders: Dental Anxiety

Dental anxiety is a common condition in which individuals are stressed or afraid of visiting a dentist office. The condition is often influenced by fears of pain or other distress at the thought of someone working on their teeth and gums. However, numerous treatments exist to help assuage fears associated with dental anxiety. One of… Read more »

Combating the Effects of Chemotherapy on Your Oral Health

Did you know that over a third of cancer patients can develop dental health issues as a side effect of the radiation treatment? This may include burning, peeling or swelling tongue, oral infections, a pain in the mouth and gums, dry mouth, and a transformation in taste. If you are experiencing these issues, there are… Read more »

The Basics of a Tooth Extraction

Over the years, dental medicine has evolved to the point that many teeth that would have needed to be extracted in the past can now be saved. However, there are occasions in which extraction is necessary. An extraction may be needed to relieve tooth overcrowding, to make room for orthodontics, address wisdom tooth issues, or… Read more »

What Can Gum Disease Do?

One of the most prevalent diseases we treat in our office is periodontal disease. Since this sickness can do so much damage to your teeth and gums, you should know what causes it and how to avert it. Gum disease, also called pyorrhea and periodontal disease, is an infection of the gums that causes damage… Read more »

Eating for a Healthy Smile

Brushing twice a day, flossing before bed, and seeing your dentist for your regular cleanings and exams are the best ways to make sure that your teeth stay healthy. And of course, we all know that it is essential to limit, or avoid sugary drinks and foods. Diet is a big part of dental health…. Read more »

Improving Your Smile With a Dental Bond

No matter how well you care for your teeth, things can happen over the course of your life that can cause minor damage to your smile. Your teeth can become chipped or fractured. Tooth decay can damage your teeth, and they can become discolored. While there are different options for improving your smile, bonding is… Read more »

Dental Sealant Secrets for a Healthy Smile

Your back teeth are equipped with ridges and grooves that are designed to help you chew your food. While those ridges and grooves are great at grinding your food for digestion, they also provide extra places for plaque and bacteria to accumulate. Dental sealants are thin layers of plastic placed over the chewing surfaces of… Read more »

The Facts of Oral Hygiene: Oral Cancer Screenings

Given the significance of oral cancer and the importance of spotting the disease quickly, schedule oral cancer screenings frequently. Each year in America, tens of thousands of individuals are detected with the disease, and as with other cancers, an early discovery is often crucial to ensure a chance at a healthy recovery. Common signs and… Read more »