Why We Check for Oral Cancer

Everyone knows about cancer, but usually the more notable varieties: breast, colon, lung, skin, etc. But since we’re all about the health of your mouth at Gentle Dental, we keep an eye out for oral cancer. And it shouldn’t be an afterthought anyway — oral cancer is the #11 cause of cancer mortality. Unlike, say, […]


Why Do My Wisdom Teeth Need to Come Out?

Wisdom teeth are really anything but wise. They actually are relics of our caveman ancestry when we had much longer jaws and ate lots of stuff like bark and roots that you don’t really find in the produce aisle these days. Back then, our caveman great, great, great, etc. uncle and aunt needed the extra […]



These Foods Make Your Teeth Smile

OK, so your diet has more in common with the game Candyland than with the vegetable chart. Your snacks tend to be mini Milky Ways or a handful of M&Ms, rather than a cup of almonds. Well, one day your teeth may respond to such snacking with a little S.O.S. in the form of a […]


Just the Facts on Fluoride, Ma’am

Fluoride has a great reputation. People think it’s the Superman of dental care. That’s why you can find fluoride in toothpastes, mouthwashes, and other dental products. Most municipalities add fluoride to the water supply to help fight tooth decay. It’s pretty much everywhere. Since your friends at Gentle Dental are all about preventive measures like […]


Bonding, Just Not at Thanksgiving

Bonding. You remember it from that experiment discussed in your Psych 101 class where the monkey bonded with that wire mesh surrogate monkey. You remember your Mom saying that “This Thanksgiving will be a wonderful time for you to bond with your cousins, you know, the ones who just got out of prison.” Or maybe […]


Crowns Aren’t Just for Prince Harry

They used to be called “caps.” If a hockey player busted one of his teeth, he would have it capped. Somewhere along the line, the preferred term became crown. And while a true crown in the royal sense doesn’t provide much protection, a dental crown at Gentle Dental is all about protection — protection of […]


Periodontal Disease 101

Don’t underestimate your gums. Sure they may look pink and soft like a wad of Double Bubble. Sure you can make them bleed sometimes when you floss. But deep down they are strong. Their job, after all, is to be the bodyguard for the roots of your teeth. But prevention is key with your gums. […]


Filling the Need

Caries. Who knows what that is? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? It’s the most common form of oral disease known to man, dental caries. The process of getting caries is called tooth decay. OK, you know them as cavities. But that’s really a misnomer. That term probably came from the fact that once the dentist cleans out […]


Filling the Gap. Missing Teeth and Dentures.

Although it’s easy to think of people with missing teeth as some showing of Deliverance on TV, reality is that over 35 million Americans do not have any teeth, and 178 million are missing at least a single tooth. People mainly lose their teeth due poor dental hygiene at home, poor nutrition, a lack of […]


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