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Why Do You Need Dental X-Rays?

You may be surprised that you get X-rays done at the beginning of your dental appointment. You may be asking yourself, “Isn’t the dentist going to take a look at my teeth anyway?” While that is of course true, X-rays offer a closer, more accurate look at your teeth and jaws so that your dentist can identify any underlying issues that aren't visible to the naked eye. Here’s why dental X-rays are so important: Issues that Dental X-Rays Can Reveal Dental X-rays are ... Read more

Halloween Candy FAQs

On October 31st, goblins, ghosts and ghouls of all ages will indulge in the seemingly endless supply of candy that Halloween brings. While we’re all for enjoying a few candy corn or chocolates, moderation is important! To help you and your family make informed decisions about your candy consumption during Halloween, we’ve put together a list of frequent questions that Dr. Yoon and the rest of our team receive from patients. Q: If I want healthy teeth, do I need to ... Read more

Most Common Reasons for Root Canals (and How to Avoid Them)

At Highland Oaks Family Dentistry, we strongly believe in practicing preventive care and teaching our patients good oral hygiene habits. Today, we want to talk about a few common reasons our patients need root canals – and how you and your family can avoid them! Root canals are necessary when the pulp (soft tissue inside the root canal) becomes inflamed or infected. Root canals can help preserve the function of a dead tooth so that you don’t need an extraction, ... Read more

Evolution of the Toothbrush

The toothbrush is a mainstay in our bathroom and travel bags, but not many of us stop to think about the history of this helpful tool. The modern toothbrush we're all familiar with today is the result of many centuries of development. Let's take a trip back in time to see how its use and design has evolved over the years! Chewing Sticks Early civilizations like the Egyptians and the Babylonians would chew on sticks as a way to clean their teeth. Biting ... Read more

Tooth Sensitivity to Cold — Bad Sign?

Do you ever feel a sharp or uncomfortable sensation in your teeth when eating ice cream or drinking ice cold water? Or do you get the feeling simply when you're outside in the winter, breathing in that freezing air? We wouldn't be surprised if you did since tooth sensitivity to cold is quite common. The real question is whether or not you should be worried if you have the feeling. Tooth sensitivity to cold is mainly a concern if it's a ... Read more
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