What is GERD and How Does it Affect Dental Health?

If you experience heartburn (aka acid indigestion) or taste stomach acid in the back of your throat more than twice a week, you may have a condition known as GERD--and it can damage your teeth.   Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) becomes a problem when the closure at the end of... Read more »

The Reasons Why Rinsing With Mouthwash Is Important

Many oral hygiene routines consist of brushing twice a day and flossing once a day. Did you know it’s also important to implement rinsing into your routine at least daily? Well, it’s true. Rinsing with antibacterial or fluoride mouthwash can help you, your teeth, and your gums more than you... Read more »

A Tooth Suffering from a Small Cavity Might Be Repaired by Installing a Dental Filling

Your regularly scheduled dental checkups at Cottage Grove Dental are designed to identify any early signs of gum disease, cavities, and other developing an oral health condition. Treating a problem early on helps minimize the need for more invasive treatments. Yet you should also note that it’s possible for a... Read more »

Improve the Care of Your Smile with Dental Anxiety Treatments

If you are ready to receive an oral health care treatment, it is first essential to make sure you have any dental anxiety concerns that need to be addressed. Because dental anxiety often arises due to the fear of the unknown, it is important always speak with your dentist about... Read more »

It’s a Good Idea to Speak With Your Dentist If You Are Thinking of Having an Oral Piercing

With the growing popularity of oral piercings as fashion statements, many people are getting them. But oral piercings are different than getting your ear's pierced because there are additional health risks involved. Since millions of bacteria live in your mouth, mainly, which is why you brush and floss daily to... Read more »

Simple Tips for Dental Trauma First-Aid

Human teeth are very hard and durable. Yet there are times when an accidental blow to the mouth can impart enough force to fracture tooth enamel, or potentially knock a tooth out of its natural socket in the gums. If you or someone near you has just suffered a significant... Read more »

Diabetes Can Affect Your Oral Health

If you have diabetes, it is all the more important to take good care of your teeth and gums. Many studies have demonstrated that a diabetes diagnosis is linked to mouth infections such as gum disease, dry mouth, and oral thrush. There is a powerful statistical connection between gum disease... Read more »

Chew Gum, Eat Well

There are a couple of things you can do beyond basic dental hygiene to help your teeth. Their simple, easy habits that integrate seamlessly into daily life. Chewing gum and eating well are great ways to help your smile!   Eat Well: Make sure to get a lot of calcium-filled... Read more »

Routine Dental Appointment: What to Expect

It is highly important to your oral health that you brush and floss your teeth every day. However, oral hygiene alone is not enough to achieve and maintain ideal oral health. You must also have a professional dental cleaning and checkup twice a year. This will allow Dr. Brent Bitner... Read more »

A Chip That Only Alters One Surface of a Tooth Might Be Repaired

Dental fractures can sometimes occur from an accidental fall, sports injury, or from grinding your teeth at night. When this happens the damaged tooth enamel could cause increased sensitivity, discomfort, or even come to foster a severe cavity. If a chip is small and only affects a single surface of... Read more »