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What Causes Tooth Loss?

There are many causes of tooth loss. Your New Holland PA dentist focuses on the prevention of tooth loss, with the goal of helping you to maintain your teeth for a lifetime. The most common cause of tooth loss is periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is an infection that destroys the bone, ligaments and other structures…

Protect Your Investment with Occlusal Guards

Occlusal guards are also referred to as night guards.  Hence the name, they are primarily worn during the night.  Occlusal guards can help to alleviate jaw soreness due to clenching or grinding of the teeth.  Typically these guards are made of very durable plastic or acrylic.  They can be made for the upper or lower…

Understanding Dry Mouth

Dry mouth is the unfortunate result of a reduction (or the lack of) adequate salivary flow.  In health, saliva plays a major role in caries (cavity) reduction, oral comfort, speaking, and swallowing. Without it, most patients suffer a tremendous blow to their quality of life. There are several causes for dry mouth.  One of the…

Who Should Be Screened for Oral Cancer?

Screening for oral cancer is a procedure conducted that evaluates the tongue, lips, cheeks, and throat for signs of a disease that can be life threatening if not detected soon enough. They should be performed routinely to prevent late detection.  Now, the question is: who should have these oral cancer screenings? Your dentist of New…

Is Teeth Whitening Harmful?

Most people would love to have a brighter smile.  But with so many products out there, how do you know which ones are safe?  Your dentist in New Holland PA can help you decide the safest and most effective way to brighten your smile. Whitening Toothpaste Over the counter whitening toothpastes are used to remove…