Different Types of Gum Disease

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Gingivitis (or gum disease) that remains untreated can progress into periodontitis and will eventually cause tooth loss and additional health problems which is why prevention is crucial. Gingivitis is the most tempered kind of periodontal disease. It leads to the gums becoming swollen, red and bleeding easily. There’s typically little or no feelings of discomfort at this degree. Gingivitis is … Read More

Are You Grinding Your Teeth?

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So, you’re under a lot of stress lately. You notice your teeth are gradually wearing down. It is likely that you are grinding your teeth at night – or inadvertently during the day. Most people will wake up with jaw pain due to constant movement from bruxism. Bruxism, or tooth grinding, shows apparent damage to teeth. Most likely the rounded … Read More

Are Electric Toothbrushes Really More Efficient?

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Numerous studies have reported that electric toothbrushes help provide better dental health. Some studies looked at the rotating and oscillating effect of electric toothbrushes, and others looked at powered brush heads that just move side to side and don’t rotate. While researchers haven’t found an electric toothbrush that works better than the other, electric toothbrushes do have an edge over … Read More

Don’t Become a Jack-o’-lantern! Stay Away from These Halloween Candies!

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Trick-or-Treat is lots of fun for little ghosts and goblins, and we certainly don’t want to spoil that. But we also don’t want patients to need dental care appointments to address cavities. As such, Dr. G and the staff at Cottonwood Dental recommend avoiding sour candies o Halloween. These contain both sugar and acidic citrus, both of which can damage … Read More

Vaping & Dental Health

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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

How Often Should You Visit the Dentist?

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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

Does Botox for TMJ Work?

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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?

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Most of us have 20 teeth as children and by the time we reach adulthood we have 32. However, some people have extra teeth or supernumerary teeth. This is called Hyperdontia and it affects between 1% and 4% of the population. So why do some people have these extra teeth? It’s not entirely clear why hyperdontia affects some, but it … Read More

More Low-Sugar Dessert Recipes

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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