What Causes a Cavity?

CWD EditorCommon Dental Issues & Procedures, Oral Health

Although cavities are relatively common, a lot needs to happen before they can begin forming on once healthy teeth. The minerals surrounding our teeth must first start to dissolve in a process known as demineralization. This process must continue all the way to the tooth itself before cavities can start to form. There are several different habits that can cause … Read More

When Do You Need A Root Canal?

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An intense toothache could be the sign of poor dental health. However, it could also be the sign of an emergency. Tooth pain always has the potential to be related to nerve pain. If you believe that you are either experiencing nerve pain or tooth pain, a root canal may be needed. A root canal is needed when nerves connecting … Read More

Thumb sucking & Pacifiers: Self Soothing vs. Damaging

CWD EditorCommon Dental Issues & Procedures, Pediatric Dentistry & Children, Uncategorized

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

Dealing with Sensitive Teeth

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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

Acid Reflux and Tooth Decay

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Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), or more commonly known as acid reflux disease, is a very common problem, affecting millions of Americans. Its symptoms include heartburn, nausea, vomiting, and a bitter taste in one’s mouth. As if these symptoms weren’t bad enough, acid reflux disease has also been linked to tooth decay. Here’s a look at the connection, and how Cottonwood … Read More

Pregnancy’s Effect on Gums

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Pregnancy brings with it a number of symptoms, from cravings and nausea to fatigue and mood swings. While it varies from person to person, swollen, sensitive and bleeding gums are commonly reported by pregnant women. Why does this happen? What can you do about it? The experts at Cottonwood Dental are here to explain! Sensitive, bleeding gums are typically associated … Read More

Cracked Tooth Syndrome

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Sometimes, no matter how well you take care of your teeth, you may experience pain or sensitivity from time to time. Perhaps a tooth will hurt when you bit or chew, maybe only when you bite a certain way or eat certain foods. If it’s not a constant ache like with a cavity or abscess, there’s a good chance this … Read More

Sedation Dentistry

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Most people know that they should visit their dentist at least twice a year for routine cleanings and inspections of their teeth and gums to make sure that they are healthy. However, some patients are so nervous about sitting in the dentist’s chair that they avoid making these crucial appointments. They might even avoid the dentist when they have an … Read More

Toothache Pain You Shouldn’t Ignore

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While brushing, flossing and visiting your dentist regularly provide a solid foundation for good oral health, they don’t make you immune to an occasional toothache. If you already take good care of your teeth and mouth, you might have a tendency to ignore any tooth pain you experience. Cottonwood Dental wants you to know that there are several instances when you shouldn’t … Read More

When Should Your Child First See a Dentist?

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Just like your child’s first day of kindergarten, your child’s first visit to the dentist is a rite of passage. If you’re like most parents though, you may not be sure when to schedule that first appointment for your child at Cottonwood Dental. How soon is too soon? It might surprise you to learn that you should make an appointment … Read More