Nail Biting: The Damage it Does to Your Teeth

You may think biting your nails only affects your nails, but did you know that chewing your nails can actually damage your teeth? Fortunately, your nails can grow back, but the damage to your teeth may need professional help before it can be reversed. Your nails are the dirtiest part of your hands and are… Read more »

You Can Strengthen Tooth Enamel with Prescription Fluoride Supplements

If you looked at your tooth enamel under a powerful microscope, you would find tightly packed mineral crystals. Each day, the acidic foods and drinks you consume, as well as the natural bacteria in your mouth, can actually erode the density of these mineral crystals. If this is not counteracted by some means, it will… Read more »

Bleeding Gums: A Few Facts

Many people think that bleeding gums aren’t a big deal. Similarly, several people seem to ignore them entirely. Unfortunately, bleeding gums aren’t normal and could actually be a sign of significant problems. However, please don’t misunderstand—bleeding gums might not always be a sign of trouble. For instance, would you be surprised to learn that if… Read more »

Hardened Tartar Near the Gum Line Promotes Gum Disease

The natural bacteria in your mouth feed off of residual food particles and sugars in your mouth. If they are not cleaned away during the course of your daily oral hygiene routine it can form into plaque, which can quickly harden into tartar. Hardened tartar at the gum line is considered to be the leading… Read more »

Gum Disease Can Be Prevented by an Effective Flossing Technique

Periodontal disease, often referred to as gum disease, is an infection and inflammation of your gum tissues. It is primarily caused by the bacterial presence of hardened tartar at the gum line. Gingivitis is the earliest form of gum disease. Common symptoms include red or otherwise inflamed gums that often bleed easily when brushing and… Read more »

You Child’s Teething Timeline

If you’ve raised a child, you know that teething can be uncomfortable for all involved. Fortunately, with the right information, you can make the experience more tolerable. For instance, do you know when your child’s first tooth should come in? Or when their second should? Do you know the next place you should look for… Read more »

Brighten Your Pearly Whites with Teeth Whitening

Welcome to the dental practice of C.R. (Chip) Edwards, Jr., D.D.S where we offer dental services to patients in the Sanford, Florida, and surrounding areas. Are your pearly whites lacking the whiteness they used to have? If your teeth have lost their brightness, or are sporting discoloration, there is no need to be embarrassed. Tooth discoloration is… Read more »

How to Have the Best Whitening Experience Possible

As you probably know, a smile is an essential part of making a good first impression. Similarly, you know that having a whiter smile can have a huge impact on a person’s confidence and quality of life. Tooth discoloration is caused by several issues, such as aging, certain medications, fluorosis, and even cavities. Fortunately, there… Read more »

The Benefits of Flossing cannot be Replaced by Antiseptic Mouthwash

Many popular brands of antiseptic agents can kill bacteria and wash away some residual food particles. Many manufacturers also include fluoride which strengthens tooth enamel to helps resist decay. This makes them beneficial to your oral hygiene routine. However, in recent years there have been several marketing messages claiming that antiseptic mouthwash is so good… Read more »

Benefits of Wearing a Custom Mouth Guard

Contact sports and other athletic activities increase the risk of cracked, fractured or knocked out teeth. Blows to the face and mouth can be especially harmful to people wearing braces. The American Dental Association estimates that nearly $500 million is spent each year dealing with these kinds of injuries. In most cases these injuries could… Read more »