Dental Anatomy 101


teeth anatomy

Even though they are the hardest substance in the human body, your teeth need proper care if they are to stay strong. The tooth’s hard exterior protects a sensitive nerve-filled center that can be extremely painful if exposed. Before you visit us at Cottonwood Dental for a routine cleaning or procedure, you will get more out of your time in … Read More

Different Types of Gum Disease


types of gum disease

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. Types of gum disease There are three different types of periodontal disease. Gingivitis, an infection of the gums, is the most common. It leads to the gums becoming swollen, red, and bleeding easily. There’s … Read More

Botox Treatment for TMJ Disorder


TMJ treatment botox

An estimated 10 million Americans are affected by a temporomandibular joint and muscle disorder, a group of conditions commonly referred to as TMJ disorder. These conditions can cause myofascial pain or discomfort, dislocated jaw, or even more serious injuries in some cases. At Cottonwood Dental, we know that the jaw tension and headache pain often associated with TMJ disorder can … Read More

Keeping Your Teeth Straight After Braces


teeth after braces

After investing time and money into straightening your teeth—and achieving the smile of your dreams—the last thing you want is to undo all that hard work. So how can you keep your smile in tip-top shape? Here are three ways to protect straight teeth after braces or Invisalign:  Wear Your Retainer The most important thing you can do to stop … Read More

Dentures vs Implants: Pros and Cons


alternatives to dental implants

Many people experience tooth loss as they age, whether due to an accident, tooth decay, gum disease, or dental fractures. In fact, according to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, nearly 70% of adults ages 35-44 in the United States are missing at least one tooth. But there’s no need to go through life with missing teeth. These … Read More

Preventing and Treating Dry Mouth


how to treat dry mouth

Ever wake up with a really dry mouth? Or notice your throat is parched and scratchy throughout the day?  Dry mouth (or xerostomia) happens when the salivary glands in your mouth don’t produce enough saliva. This not only causes an uncomfortably dry mouth, but can also increase your risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Why? Dry mouth causes cavities … Read More

What are Receding Gums? How to Treat & Prevent Gum Recession


how to fix receding gums

Gum recession happens when the gum tissue surrounding your teeth wears away or pulls back, exposing more of the tooth, or the tooth’s root. This allows gaps, or “pockets,” to form between your teeth and your gum line, where plaque and bacteria can collect. Left untreated, gum recession can cause cause bone and tooth loss.  Symptoms of Receding Gums Gum … Read More

Wisdom Tooth Removal: What to Expect & Aftercare


wisdom teeth removal

Getting your wisdom teeth removed may not be at the top of your list if they’re not bothering you, but depending on how they’re positioned, they can cause problems for you and your mouth down the road. Wisdom Teeth Problems Sometimes wisdom teeth—the third molars in the very back of your mouth—grow in healthy, fully emerged, and positioned correctly. But … Read More

What Kind of Toothbrush Should I Choose?


There’s no shortage of options when it comes to toothbrushes. We all want clean healthy teeth, but with so many different kinds of toothbrushes, how do you know which one to choose? Cottonwood Dental is here to help you determine the right toothbrush for your teeth. Bristles: Dr Giaquinto recommends a soft-bristled brush for removing plaque. Soft bristled brushes are gentler, … Read More

5 Things That Cause Bad Breath


Bad Breath

Bad breath can affect even the best of us at one time or another. But bad breath affects more than just your confidence, it can be an indicator of overall dental health. Here at Cottonwood Dental, we’ve compiled a list of 5 things that can cause bad breath, and what you can do about it. Strong foods and beverages. Foods … Read More