All About Chewing Gum

  Are you aware of the benefits of chewing gum and how they can be used to help keep your smile safe? Chewing gum is extremely beneficial for your oral health care because it can help promote the addition of saliva. Saliva is essential for washing away food debris and harmful acids to ensure your smile can last as long... read more »

Pay Attention to Early Symptoms of TMJ Disorder

The human mouth incorporates a plethora of structures the allow you to perform a wide range of oral functions. This includes two temporomandibular joints that hinge your jaw. If these complex joints are compromised by physical dysfunction, latent inflammation, or muscular distress, it can significantly hamper your overall quality of life. Early symptoms of developing TMJ disorder often includes a... read more »

Think Before You Drink

Many holiday traditions involve consuming alcoholic beverages. Before you drink, be aware of the effects of alcohol on your teeth, gums, and overall health. Alcohol acts as a diuretic. This means that it cues your body to release too much fluid, and you can get dehydrated. Dehydration can lead to headaches, reduced brain function, and irritability. Additionally, alcohol dries out... read more »

Root Canal Therapy Can Restore the Health of Your Smile

If the dental pulp in the root canal of a tooth becomes infected, our dentist may recommend a root canal to restore the health of your smile. Symptoms Sometimes, there will be no noticeable symptoms that a root canal is needed. Often, however, tooth pain will be present. This discomfort can range from mild to severe and may be worse... read more »

When Should You See the Dentist?

When should you go to the dentist? Most people think about heading to the dentist whenever they feel a toothache coming on, a cavity appears, or a tooth is injured or lost. However, emergencies and problems are not the only reasons to make an appointment at DeMercy Dental. In fact, seeing your dentist on a regular basis will give the... read more »

What Is Enamel Erosion Doing to Your Smile?

Many people don’t realize that their tooth enamel is the strongest material in their body. And while this is true, it is still not infallible. Tooth enamel can be weakened through acid in the mouth. Tooth enamel’s job is to protect the bonelike layer beneath it, called dentin. When acid in the mouth lingers on the teeth, it softens the... read more »

Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures We Offer

Cosmetic dentistry is all about getting you the smile you dream of. At DeMercy Dental, we offer many cosmetic dentistry procedures. We’ve put together this short overview of some of them to help you decide if cosmetic dentistry procedures could be right for you: -White dental fillings, sometimes referred to as tooth-colored fillings, are a very aesthetic way to repair... read more »

Information about Pregnancy and Oral Health

Whether you are thinking about pregnancy or already are, there are some critical pieces of information you will want to know about the link between pregnancy and oral health. Here are some questions and answers to illustrate: Q: What oral health problems might pregnancy cause? A: Like gestational diabetes, it somewhat common to contract gingivitis while pregnant. This is because... read more »

Dental Bonding Can Give You a More Pleasing Smile

Dental bonding is a procedure which can help repair minor damage to a tooth. Let's say you have a cracked or chipped tooth, or a tooth which is has increased sensitivity teeth, you may benefit from a dental bonding treatment. This restorative process can even help with an irregularly shaped tooth. Dental bonding can treat tooth decay and close minor gaps between teeth. At... read more »

You Should Beware the Symptoms of a Dental Filling in Distress

Even though dental fillings are not directly vulnerable to bacterial tooth decay the surround tooth enamel that bonds it in place could still be at risk. The passage of time and inconsistencies in your oral hygiene routine can shorten its lifespan. This is even more likely to occur if the dental filling in question is large. Discomfort or distress in... read more »