Online Dental Education Library

Dr. Hart and his staff strive to improve the overall health of our patients by focusing on preventing, diagnosing and treating conditions associated with your teeth and gums. Please use our dental library to learn more about dental problems and treatments available.

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Root Planing Removes Dangerous Plaque and Tartar Your Tooth Brush Can't
...Renewed oral hygiene is not enough — removing plaque and tartar from the root surfaces requires a treatment known as root planing...

Know the Causes and Treatments for Chronic Dry Mouth
... It's also important that you maintain a good oral hygiene regimen and regular dental checkups and cleanings...

Tooth Staining and Discoloration 101 - Options for Brightening Your Smile
... Improve your daily oral hygiene...

Actress Florence Henderson Shares Her Secrets for Keeping Your Natural Teeth as You Age
...” Similar to the great advice “Carol Brady” shared on television, Henderson's advice on oral hygiene is spot-on...

Overcoming Dental Care Obstacles in Children With Chronic Diseases
...In addition, many chronic conditions involving behavior, such as autism, attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or intellectual disabilities, may inhibit the child’s ability to cooperate with or even perform daily oral hygiene...

Technique Just as Important With Powered Toothbrushes as With Manual
... In all actuality, the most important aspect about toothbrushes in effective oral hygiene isn’t the brush, but how it’s used — or as we might say, “it’s not the brush so much as the hand that holds it...

Actress Jennie Garth Shares Tips for Making Oral Health Fun!
...Teaching children to develop good oral hygiene habits as early as possible helps set them up for a lifetime of superior dental health...

Iron Chef Cat Cora: Protecting Your Children's Teeth Starts Early
...This includes monitoring the food they eat and their oral hygiene habits...

Straightening Teeth can Lead to a Better Smile and Better Oral Health
...After that, we can discuss your orthodontic options for not only correcting your smile, but improving your oral hygiene which can have a pronounced improvement in your oral health as well...

Introducing the Royal Baby...and His New Teeth!
... And don’t forget the first visit to the dentist, which should take place by age one! Even at that early age, we’ll make sure your child (and you) feel comfortable in the dental office, and help you get started with the best oral hygiene practices...

Are Cavities Contagious?
...Cavities are actually caused by certain types of bacteria that cling to the teeth in the absence of proper oral hygiene...

Be Extra Vigilant for Signs of Gum Disease During Pregnancy
...The infection typically arises from plaque, a thin film of bacteria and food particles that build up on tooth surfaces every 8-12 hours and not removed due to poor oral hygiene...

Other Factors Besides Hygiene Could Contribute to Gum Disease
... Aside from lifestyle issues like stress or oral hygiene, we can at least test and verify any susceptibility you may have due to uncontrollable factors like genetics or the particular bacterial makeup within your plaque...

Dental Implants
...Although implant teeth will never decay, the gum tissues around them can become inflamed or infected in the absence of good oral hygiene...

4 Reasons why Quitting Chewing Tobacco is Good for Your Oral Health
...Tooth decay and gum disease both originate primarily from bacterial plaque that builds up on tooth surfaces (the result of poor oral hygiene)...

Treating Gum Disease with Lasers
...Controlling periodontal disease requires effective at-home oral hygiene combined with regular professional care...

Tooth-Colored Fillings Are the Restoration of Choice for Ballroom Dance Star Cheryl Burke
...In the Dear Doctor interview, Cheryl revealed that her teeth suffered from ineffective oral hygiene when she was younger...

Teens May Need a Temporary Replacement for Missing Teeth
...Regardless of the type of solution chosen, it’s important to maintain good oral hygiene, especially around a bridge...

TV Anchor Nancy O'Dell Discusses Pregnancy and Oral Health
... It's especially important to maintain good oral hygiene during pregnancy with routine brushing and flossing, and regular professional cleanings...

Limit Sugar in Your Diet for Better Oral and General Health
Even after decades emphasizing oral hygiene and supplemental fluoride to fight dental disease, we’re now seeing an increase in tooth decay, especially among children...

Beyond Their Marketing Claims, Most Toothpastes are Surprisingly Similar
... If you would like more information on toothpaste and other oral hygiene products, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation...

Teeth Whitening: Know Your Options
There are many reasons why teeth may need a whitening treatment to achieve an appealing brightness: what we eat and drink, natural aging, genetics, and the lack of dedication to oral hygiene can all play a role in how we look...

Sofia Vergara: 'Obsessed' With Oral Hygiene
... Even if you are meticulous about your daily oral hygiene routine at home, there are plenty of reasons for regular checkups...

Effective Oral Hygiene is Key to Disease Prevention While Wearing Braces
... Difficult as it may be for those wearing braces, the best way to avoid gingivitis is through more thorough oral hygiene practices...

Orthodontics and Your Teen
... Keeping It Clean No matter which type of appliance is used, oral hygiene becomes even more important during orthodontic treatment...

Gingivitis Could Become a More Serious Form of Gum Disease
...To prevent reoccurrence, it’s important for you to consistently practice effective oral hygiene to remove plaque — brushing twice and flossing once each day, and visiting us at least twice a year for cleanings and checkups...

Consider Saving a Tooth Before you Decide to Replace it
... Scaling may require multiple sessions and will require a greater effort from the patient in performing daily oral hygiene and visiting the dentist regularly to closely monitor gum health...

Brushing and Flossing Hard to Do? Consider Your 'Power' Options
... If you would like more information on oral hygiene options, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation...

You May Need Surgery to Repair the Damage of Gum Recession
... The most prominent cause, though, is periodontal (gum) disease, a bacterial infection triggered by plaque buildup on tooth surfaces due to poor oral hygiene...

Treating Gum Abscesses and the Underlying Gum Disease
... An abscess is a pus-filled sac that develops as a result of chronic (long-standing) gum disease, an infection caused by bacterial plaque that’s built up on tooth surfaces from inadequate oral hygiene or from a foreign body (food debris) getting stuck below the gums...

Even Celebrities Like Jennifer Lawrence Aren't Immune From Bad Breath!
... Finally, maintaining excellent oral hygiene is a great way to avoid bad breath...

Nancy O'Dell on Making Oral Hygiene Fun for Kids
...” Seems like this savvy mom is on to something! Just because good oral hygiene is a must for your child’s health and dental development, that doesn’t mean it has to feel like a chore...

Determining the Right Whitening Approach is Key to Brightening a Dull Smile
...Besides limiting consumption of stain-causing foods and maintaining daily oral hygiene, you can also diminish extrinsic staining with a bleaching application...

White Spots on Your Teeth After Braces May Be An Early Sign of Enamel Loss
...The underlying cause is built-up bacterial plaque due to inadequate oral hygiene, and as such WSLs are the beginning stages of tooth decay...

Your Other Teeth May Need Straightening Before Replacing a Missing Tooth
...Choosing clear aligners over traditional braces to move the teeth could also help — unlike fixed braces that often make oral hygiene difficult, clear aligners can be removed to allow easier cleaning of teeth and gums...

Cosmetic Gum Surgery Can Help Restore Lost Tissues Around Teeth
...This aggressive infection arises from bacteria in dental plaque, a thin film that builds up on tooth surfaces due to inadequate oral hygiene...

That Small Mouth Sore is Likely Nothing - but Still Have it Checked
...Just keep up with the basics — good oral hygiene and regular checkups — to ensure you have the most optimum oral health possible...

How to Keep Tooth Wearing to a Minimum as you Age
... Finally, it's important that you take care of your teeth through daily oral hygiene, regular office cleanings and checkups, and a nutritious diet for maintaining strong bones and teeth...

Beyonce Makes Flossing a Family Affair
...taken-by=beyonce We’re happy that this clip highlights the importance of helping kids get an early start on good oral hygiene...

Tom Hanks' Abscessed Tooth Gets Cast Away
...But if you do have a tooth that can’t be saved, we promise we won’t remove it with an ice skate! The best way to prevent an abscess from forming in the first place is to practice conscientious oral hygiene...

Expert Advice: Vivica A. Fox on Kissing and Oral health
Is having good oral hygiene important to kissing...

Be Alert to the Unintended Consequences of Cancer Treatment to Oral Health
...And be sure to keep up daily oral hygiene and regular dental visits...

In Today's NFL, Oral Hygiene Takes Center Stage
...That's why we're so pleased to see some NFL QB's setting great examples of… wait for it… excellent oral hygiene...

Gum Disease Could Affect More than Your Teeth and Gums
...Minimizing gum disease occurrence with good oral hygiene could positively impact your risk of CVD...

How to Maintain Good Oral Hygiene
... When we talk about good oral hygiene, our Bartlett general dentist is talking about clean teeth, pink healthy gums and fresh breath...

Teens with Missing Teeth may need a Temporary Fix Until They're Older
... The patient also needs the maturity to responsibly perform diligent oral hygiene: this type of bridge has a tendency to build up disease-causing plaque, so brushing twice and flossing once every day is critical...

3 Steps to a Better Bite and a More Attractive Smile
...They're easier for oral hygiene and are hardly noticeable to others, but may not work in every bite situation...

Any Time, Any Place: Cam Newton's Guide to Flossing
...It doesn't matter if you do it in your own home, or on the sidelines of an NFL game… as long as you do it! If you would like more information about flossing and oral hygiene, contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation...

Risk Factors for Gum Disease
...Here are some common risk factors: Poor oral hygiene...

Implants
...In all cases, dental implants require strict oral hygiene...

Tackling Dental Plaque
...But even though you can remove much of the plaque in your mouth with a toothbrush and dental floss, there are nooks and crannies that are hard to access with these basic oral hygiene tools...

Dwight Howard: A Bright NBA Star With a Smile to Match
... Effective Oral Hygiene: Keeping your teeth clean is more important than ever, but also more challenging than ever...

Support Your Child's Dental Development with Preventive Care
... That starts first and foremost with early oral hygiene practices...

How to Help Your Child Develop Good Oral Hygiene Habits
...It’s important for children to form daily oral hygiene habits early, but how do you get little ones to take care of their teeth...

Take Steps to Treat Chronic Mouth Breathing as Early as Possible
Many things can affect your child’s future dental health: oral hygiene, diet, or habits like thumb sucking or teeth grinding...

3 Common Causes for Chronic Dry Mouth and What You can do About It
...And be sure you stay diligent with your oral hygiene habits and regular dental visits to further reduce your risks of dental disease...

3 Areas to Watch to Avoid Excessive Tooth Wear
...But the good news is they’re largely preventable through proper oral hygiene practices to remove bacterial plaque, the main trigger for these diseases...

What You Can Do to Support Your Child's Dental Development
...For instance, begin oral hygiene practices before their first teeth come in...

We'll Help You Maintain Your Oral Health After Gum Disease
...But now you must face a hard reality: because you’ve had gum disease you’ll need to be extra vigilant with your oral hygiene to avoid another round with this destructive disease...

5 Causes of Bad Breath and What You Can Do About It!
...Poor oral hygiene...

Lasers Poised to Transform Current Treatment for Gum Disease
... Gum disease is a bacterial infection triggered by plaque, a thin film of bacteria and food particles caused by inadequate oral hygiene...

Good Oral Hygiene Isn't Just for Teeth
In October, the American Dental Hygienists’ Association sponsors National Dental Hygiene Month to remind everyone that having good oral health is directly related to practicing good oral hygiene at home...

Bad Breath (halitosis)
...If your bad breath persists even after good oral hygiene, there are special products your dentist may prescribe, including Zytex, which is a combination of zinc chloride, thymol and eucalyptus oil that neutralizes the sulfur compounds and kills the bacteria that causes them...

Canker/Cold Sores
...A healthy diet and good oral hygiene are usually the best remedy, but some special rinses and anesthetics can help...

Cavities and Tooth Decay
... Preventing Cavities The best defense against cavities is good oral hygiene, including brushing with a fluoride toothpaste, flossing and rinsing...

Diabetes
... As with any condition, good oral hygiene, including regular brushing, flossing and rinsing, as well as the proper diabetic diet, will go a long way in preventing needless problems...

Dry Mouth
...Of course, there is no substitute for regular checkups and good oral hygiene...

Oral Cancer
...Maintaining good oral hygiene, and regular dental checkups, are highly recommended...

What is Tooth Decay?
... Simple Preventative Measures The two best defenses against tooth decay and gum disease are a healthy, well-balanced diet and good oral hygiene, including daily brushing with fluoride toothpaste, flossing and rinsing...

Seniors and Oral Health
... In fact, there's usually no reason for you NOT to keep your teeth your entire life, providing you maintain a healthy balanced diet and practice good oral hygiene...

Braces (Orthodontia)
... Daily oral hygiene such as brushing, flossing and rinsing are a necessity...

Flap Surgery
... A pocket reduction procedure is recommended if daily at-home oral hygiene and a professional care routine cannot effectively reach these deep pockets...

Implants
...In all cases, dental implants require strict oral hygiene...

The Preventive Program
...At the initial visit oral hygiene instructions are reviewed and are reinforced at subsequent recall visits...

Medication and Heart Disease
...That’s why it’s critical to practice good oral hygiene to keep infections at bay—this includes a daily regimen of brushing, flossing and rinsing...