Your Baby's First Tooth: What To Expect

Do you see a white bud that could be your baby's first tooth? Between four and six months of age, your little angel will begin teething. This is an exciting milestone, but sometimes it can turn your little one's smile upside down, as erupting teeth can be uncomfortable. This rite of passage is a time to collect tips on teething and begin thinking about your child's dental care.

Baby's First Tooth
Even when your baby's mouth is all gums, it's not too early to start planning their dental care. At bath time... Read more

How to Keep Your Mouth Healthy this Season

The festival season is well and truly upon us.

Research by interdental brush brand TePe has revealed that while one third of us will spend over $50 on our appearance alone ahead of festivals, half of us admit that our usual oral health care routine goes out of the window on arrival, brushing less than the recommended twice a day.

One fifth admit to brushing less than once a day, and 15% report not brushing at all. The worst offenders in this survey are men, with a fifth admitting to not brushing at all during festival weekends.

Here are the top tips for maintaining good oral hygiene at festivals:

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Mouth-Healthy Eating

If you want to prevent cavities, how often you eat can be just as important as what you eat. That's because food affects your teeth and mouth long after you swallow. Eating cookies with dinner will do less harm to your teeth than eating them as a separate snack. Of course, overall poor nutrition can contribute to periodontal (gum) disease. It also can have other long-term effects on your mouth. Learning how food affects your oral health is the first step toward mouth-healthy eating.

Immediate Effects of Food

Changes begin in your mouth the minute you start ... Read more

Know The Parts Of Your Teeth

Have you ever wondered what makes up a tooth? Each part of a tooth has unique functions and properties. Aetna's Simple Steps to Better Dental Health lists major parts of tooth anatomy, including enamel, dentin, cementum, root(s) and the root canal chamber(s) inside the tooth. Damaged teeth, especially teeth with cracked or eroded enamel, are very susceptible to cavities. Advanced gum disease, another oral health condition that threatens tooth health, attacks the bone of the teeth and may cause tooth loss. Understanding the function of each part of a tooth and the steps required to ... Read more

Celebrating Mother's Day with Imagine

This month we are happy to celebrate Moms - our patients, friends, family, and staff. Here we are highlighting the moms on our team (all 6 of us!), and the special people in our lives:

Dr. Coambs, with her husband Ed, and sons Blaine and Simon:
Melissa, her sons, her grandson, and her fur children:
Tiffany, with her 3 children and husband:

Amanda and her son:

Carol with her her late mother, her son Charles as a baby (he's 27 now), and son Isaiah (19) :

Angela with her daughter Nichole:

Happy Mother's Day from all of the moms at Imagine Dentistry!
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Re-Think That Cup of Tea

First thing's first: coffee isn't great for your teeth. Prolonged exposure to the caffeinated beverage is sure to leave your teeth stained. But you may be surprised to learn that tea has even more teeth-staining properties than coffee. 

It's easy to think that tea is an all-around healthier beverage than coffee. It has less caffeine, it's not as acidic, and it's supposedly packed with antioxidants. So how could this praise-worthy drink cause more damage to your pearly whites?

It turns out that tea is loaded with the perfect cocktail of stain-causing ... Read more

How to Manage Teeth Grinding

Do you wake up with a sore jaw and headaches or have you noticed tiny fractures in your teeth? You may be grinding your teeth.

Many people grind their teeth at night, and some may not be aware they are doing it, according to American Dental Association Spokesperson and dentist Maria Lopez Howell.

She says many times people have no idea they grind their teeth at night.

"A lot of times someone else tells them," she said. "We will have patients who come in and say 'Oh my wife grinds her teeth,' or a ... Read more

Fact vs. Fiction: Natural Teeth Whitening

When it comes to teeth whitening, you may see many different methods featured online and in magazines--from oil pulling to charcoal, and even turmeric. It's no surprise that DIY whitening is top of mind, either. When the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry asked people what they'd most like to improve their smile, the most common response was whiter teeth. 

Healthy smiles come in many shades, though it's tempting to think ingredients in our own kitchens could hold the key to a brighter smile. Still, just because a method is natural doesn't mean it's ... Read more

Great Dental Health During Pregnancy

Being pregnant comes with many responsibilities--and the way you care for your teeth is no exception. It's a myth that calcium is lost from a mother's teeth and "one tooth is lost with every pregnancy." But you may experience some changes in your oral health during pregnancy. The primary changes are due to a surge in hormones particularly an increase in estrogen and progesterone - can exaggerate the way gum tissues react to plaque.

The benefits of receiving dental care during pregnancy far outweigh potential risks. Be sure to keep your dentist informed of any changes ... Read more

Teeth Grinding: Causes & Treatments

What Is Bruxism?

Bruxism is clenching or grinding your teeth. Most people are not even aware that they are doing this. In the United States, bruxism affects about 30 million to 40 million children and adults.

Some people grind their teeth only during sleep. This is called "nocturnal bruxism" or "sleep-related bruxism." Others grind or clench their teeth during the daytime as well. This is thought to be related to stress or anxiety. Stress can occur for many reasons, including sad and painful events such as the death of a loved one or the loss of a job. It ... Read more

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