Thumb sucking & Pacifiers: Self Soothing vs. Damaging

CWD EditorPediatric Dentistry & Children

Why do children suck their thumbs? Unfortunately, there is no definitive answer because thumb sucking isn’t an issue for all children. At best, health experts can only speculate that the practice provides children with a sense of comfort because “babies have natural rooting and sucking reflexes, which can cause them to put their thumbs or fingers into their mouths — … Read More

Vaping & Dental Health

CWD EditorOral Health

You may think that vaping is a better choice for your teeth and gums because of the lack of tobacco, but you would be surprised how much of an effect vaping has on your dental health. Cottonwood Dental is here to help! Electronic cigarettes also referred to as “vaping” became a hot commodity in 2011-2012 in the United States. This … Read More

Different Whitening Techniques

CWD EditorCosmetic Dentistry & Teeth Whitening

If you are a smoker or you drink a lot of coffee, tea, wine or soda, the thought of whitening your teeth has probably crossed your mind more than once.  Cottonwood Dental offers many options for whitening your teeth. Bleaching procedures can make your natural teeth five to seven times brighter and remove deep surface stains. But, first, determine if … Read More

How Often Should You Visit the Dentist?

CWD EditorOral Health

We all know it’s important to see the dentist in order to maintain good oral health, but how often should we schedule our cleanings? Although it may seem like there’s one answer that applies to everyone, there is not. There are many factors that come in to play when evaluating how often you should visit the dentist. Cottonwood Dental recommends … Read More

Types of Fillings

CWD EditorImplant Dentistry

When you’re suffering from a cavity, it’s important to get it checked! Fillings prevent pain and sensitivity and keep the cavity from expanding. If you have a cavity, Cottonwood Dental would be happy to help you! There are several options available for fillings, and each option has its own benefits and drawbacks. Here’s a quick overview of the types of … Read More

Does Botox for TMJ Work?

CWD EditorOral Health

TMJ, or temporomandibular joint and muscle disorder affects an estimated 10 million Americans! For those who suffer from pain or discomfort associated with this condition, any hope for relief is met with excitement. The jaw tension and headaches that result from TMJ can be unbearable for some. Cottonwood Dental is happy to provide a possible solution. We offer Botox treatment, … Read More

Hyperdontia: Why Do Some People Have Extra Teeth?

CWD EditorOral Health

Most of us have 20 primary teeth as children and, by the time we reach adulthood, we have 32 permanent teeth. But it’s possible to have more—in a condition called hyperdontia.   What is Hyperdontia? Hyperdontia simply means that a person has extra teeth, or supernumerary teeth, in their mouth. Most commonly, we see extra permanent teeth in teens and adults, … Read More

Ways to Whiten Your Teeth Naturally

CWD EditorCosmetic Dentistry & Teeth Whitening

At Cottonwood Dental, we get a lot of patients who want to whiten their smile. No matter how well they brush and floss, some people can’t seem to achieve whiter teeth. Luckily, there are some easy ways to achieve whiter teeth naturally. Sometimes, yellow, beige or brown teeth are a result of habits. If you want whiter teeth but are … Read More

More Low-Sugar Dessert Recipes

CWD EditorOral Health

Low Sugar

Everyone knows that for healthier teeth they need to brush and floss regularly and avoid excess sugar. But even if you have a good dental care routine, it can be a challenge to control your sweet tooth! At Cottonwood Dental, we know that healthy teeth are important, but it’s important to be happy too! You can satisfy your sugar cravings … Read More

Dealing with Sensitive Teeth

CWD EditorCommon Dental Issues & Procedures

sensitivity

Ever bite into a popsicle or take a sip of hot coffee, only to be met with excruciating tooth pain? Tooth sensitivity is a common problem, at least as many as 40 million adults in the United States suffer from it. While sensitive teeth never completely disappear, symptoms can be treated. Cottonwood Dental has put together this list of simple … Read More