Invisalign 101: What You Need to Know

Since introduced in 2002, Invisalign has changed the face (or teeth) of cosmetic dentistry. For many, traditional braces are unsightly and even more uncomfortable. Having metal discs and wires in your mouth for years doesn’t seem that appealing to many, which is where Invisalign comes into play.

Invisalign is a set of clear, removable retainers that gradually straighten your teeth. They are made of an FDA approved plastic free of BPA, BPS, latex, and Read More

The Truth About Tooth Enamel

How many times have you seen commercials advertising a toothpaste that can restore your enamel? More than likely, it’s been too many times to count. We are going to tell you a secret: Enamel cannot be restored. If any product promises to restore or strengthen your enamel, it’s simply not true (though we wish it was!).

Even though enamel cannot be restored, there are several ways to keep your teeth strong and healthy for the future.

What is tooth enamel?

Tooth enamel is a Read More

Teeth Whitening: Dos and Dont’s

You brush and (hopefully) floss twice a day, every day- that should be enough to keep your teeth sparkling white, right?Unfortunately, no. Every day you expose your teeth to acidic food and beverages that slowly yellow your teeth. Yellow or discolored teeth don’t necessarily mean unhealthy teeth- but Light Touch Dental can make your pearly whites sparkling again!

DIY Teeth Whitening

We are going to cut right to the chase here- do it yourself Read More

Healthy Foods List: Best Foods for Your Teeth

When it comes to the health of your teeth, you really are what you eat. Sugary foods, such as candy and soda, contribute to tooth decay. One of the first areas to decline when your diet is less than ideal is your oral health, according to the American Dental Association. Use this healthy foods list to improve your diet and the health of your mouth.

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If you are one of the many people who profess a love of cheese, you now have another reason to enjoy this tasty food. A 2013 study found that eating cheese raised the pH in the subjects’ mouths and Read More

Brushing Baby’s Teeth

Family dentists say that from the very first tooth, your baby will benefit from proper dental care. Your baby’s primary teeth may be only a temporary tool for chomping, to be replaced during the early school years by his permanent pearls. However, it is no less important to take good care of them now and to establish the habits that will lead them toward a lifetime of dental health. Decayed or lost baby teeth can interfere with good nutrition and speech development, and by not Read More

Baby Teeth May Be Temporary but Can Have a Permanent Effect on Life

When you think of baby teeth you probably picture them as teeth that fall out as a child which you then gift to the tooth fairy. Did you know, however, that those very teeth set the precedent for the rest of your oral life? Below are five reasons why baby teeth have a permanent effect on your life.

  1. They affect the health of your permanent teeth Your permanent teeth grow closely behind the roots of your baby teeth. These teeth are much smaller in size compared to your permanent teeth and have a thinner layer of enamel. This means cavities that develop on your baby teeth spread quickly and, if left untreated, can cause permanent damage to your adult teeth.
  1. They set the precedent for the alignment of your teeth Baby teeth that are lost early cause the surrounding teeth to erupt into the missing space. Your adult teeth that will later grow into that space now have less room, causing bad tooth alignment. It is important to be cautious of how your teeth move prior to the eruption of your adult teeth so you do not run into the problem of crooked teeth or poor tooth alignment.
  1. Speech patterns Your face muscles, tongue, and lips are used in the pronunciation of sound. The sound is only produced correctly when they are able to move properly across your teeth. If the alignment of your baby teeth are not where they should be, it can create a mispronunciation of these sounds. This can then cause problematic speech patterns to develop as you age.
  1. Self-Esteem Childhood is the pinnacle of self-esteem development. Tooth decay, misaligned teeth, and other forms of dental pain that can develop easily during that time play a huge role in self-esteem. Feeling embarrassed, anxious, angry, and sad because of these problems can cause your child to be less social and to engage less with others at a time when it is most crucial.
  1. Healthy Habits As a child, you learn the proper way to chew your food, brush your teeth, and floss. Some habits you develop while you have your baby teeth are carried into adulthood. If you do not take good care of your baby teeth, you will not develop the proper healthy habits you need to take care of your permanent teeth. This can result in countless oral hygiene issues to develop.

The biggest takeaway: baby teeth are just as important as adult teeth.  They strongly affect early Read More

When Should You Worry about Teeth Grinding?

Occasionally parents will reach out to us because they have been alarmed by the sounds their children make while sleeping.  It is not uncommon for children to grind their teeth, especially during sleep.  In fact, some estimates put that number close to 33%.  Tooth grinding, or bruxism, is most common when baby teeth begin to emerge and permanent teeth come in.  In addition, while it generally goes away, you should be aware of a few Read More

The Importance of Regular Cleanings and Exams

Proper oral hygiene not only affects your smile, but also one’s overall body health. Several health conditions that are affected directly by oral hygiene, from diabetes to heart disease, and stroke. Regular dental exams are necessary for maintaining healthy teeth and gums, and much more. Here are a few benefits of regular cleanings and exams:

  • Checking for tooth decay
  • Checking for gum disease
  • Preventing tooth loss
  • Whitening your smile
  • Detecting oral cancers
  • Maintaining your overall health

What Can You Expect at Your Cleaning & Exam at Light Touch Dental Care?

When you schedule regular dental exams with Dr. Nechvatal, she gets the ability to evaluate and diagnose any issues and Read More