Patient Resources

Below are several articles provided by Crest that we feel you may find helpful and informative. You can open each link by clicking on it.

Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth, or third molars, are the final teeth to develop. Most of us have four wisdom teeth, one in each corner of the mouth. They usually emerge during our late teens or early twenties.

Tooth Decay

Dental caries (tooth decay) involves three major factors:
• Food or beverages consumed
• Bacteria in plaque
• Your teeth and mouth

TMJ Diseases

TMJ diseases and disorders are a group of conditions that cause pain in and around the jaw joint (called the Temporomandibular Joint or TMJ) and nearby muscles.

Sensitive Teeth

Do you experience pain or tingling in your teeth, especially when eating sweets or very hot or cold foods?
You may have sensitive teeth.

Root Canal

If your tooth’s nerve chamber becomes infected by decay, or damaged by trauma, root canal treatment is often the only way to save your tooth.

Regular Dental Visits

Have you ever wondered why the American Dental Association and your dentist recommend you come back every six months? It is because regular dental visits are essential 

Plaque & Tartar Control

Plaque is a sticky, colorless deposit of bacteria that is constantly forming on the tooth surface.

Periodontal Disease

Early and moderate periodontal disease may exhibit few, if any, symptoms. However, warning signs of advanced periodontal disease

How to Floss

Flossing removes plaque—a sticky, germ-containing substance that builds up on your teeth and gums to cause gum disease—as well as debris that can adhere to teeth and gums and in between teeth

Fluoride & Tooth Decay

Tooth enamel is hard yet porous. Plaque on the surface of your teeth can produce acids that seep into the pores (rods) of the enamel and break down its internal structure.

Diabetes and Periodontal (Gum) Disease

If you are an adult with type 1 or type 2 diabetes and your blood sugar control is sometimes not as good as your doctor or nurse wants it to be,

Crowns and Bridges

When a tooth is fractured, has a large old fi lling, or is severely damaged by decay, your dentist may recommend the placement of a crown or cap

Cosmetic Dentistry

Stains beneath the tooth enamel are known as intrinsic stains. This type of staining is commonly caused by:
• Aging
• Defects within the tooth
• Use of certain antibiotics during tooth development
• Smoking

Children’s Teeth

Children’s teeth begin forming before birth. As early as 4 months, the first primary, or baby teeth, erupt through the gums