Everything You Need to Know About Gum Disease

Although gum disease is the leading cause of adult tooth loss and affects one in every two Americans, many patients are clueless when it comes to noticing the warning signs. Many times gum disease is referred to as the silent disease because patients overlook the symptoms. Bleeding gums and bad breath are two common signs … Continued

CariVu: Find Cavities Early, Save Time and Money

A recent study found that 91 percent of American adults have dental caries. Now, you might be wondering what dental caries is. Simply put, it is the scientific name for cavities or tooth decay. Bacteria and acid erosion cause cavities to form. Most dentists use x-rays and dental tools, such as an explorer, to identify … Continued

5 Things You Didn’t Know Your Dentist Was Doing at Your Checkup

When you schedule your biannual dental checkup, you expect that your teeth will be fully examined. But, what all does that entail? During your checkup, Knoxville, TN general dentist Dr. Ruth Bailey will look at how each part of your mouth works together. This includes occlusion (bite), teeth alignment, periodontal (gum) health, and overall oral … Continued

Dental Sealants and Cavity Prevention

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) children without dental sealants have approximately three times more cavities than those who invest in sealants. This preventative procedure protects molars (back teeth) from the harmful bacteria that cause cavities. Knoxville general dentist Dr. Ruth Bailey recommends dental sealants for adolescent and adult patients. This … Continued

What Really Happens at Dental Checkups?

Dentists recommended that you schedule a dental checkup every six months, but have you ever wondered why? If you brush your teeth twice a day, floss regularly, and don’t experience any tooth pain—a regular checkup may seem unnecessary. The truth is that a dental checkup can help prevent problems and detect possible tooth decay and … Continued

Tooth Decay – The Not So Subtle Truth About It

It has as many aliases as a con-artist. Whatever name you give it, tooth decay is serious. You might refer to it as cavities or the more technical term, dental caries. Either way it’s vital that you get ahead of tooth decay before it worsens…and for good reason. Call it what it is Bottom line: … Continued

What Fluoride Does to Protect and Strengthen Your Teeth

Fluoride is misunderstood. Yes, there’s an amount of it in the water you drink but is this enough? Good question. The answer has more to do with how vigilant you are to protect your tooth enamel and prevent tooth decay. In that case, wouldn’t you agree that more is better? Meet the resistance Your teeth … Continued

Dental Anxiety is Real But There are Some Effective Remedies

Anxiety can affect you at any time. Seasonal events, holidays, life transitions, and more are common stressors. Dental anxiety is also significant for some. Perhaps you have experienced it on occasion. If so, you’re among the 15% of Americans that face it. It can be as simple as anticipating a dental appointment or as substantial … Continued