Author: James Ku

Many medications have undesirable side effects which can manifest in the mouth. Some blood pressure medications can reduce saliva flow and dry the mouth, which can contribute to decay. Some anti-depressants can cause clenching and dry mouth, which can cause teeth to crack. Other medications...

Welcome to what I call "candy season" nonstop from now, until Easter is over. We made it through Halloween, now onto Thanksgiving. So many choices and temptations for sweets out there.  When you choose to eat those treats, ideally consume them with a meal or in...

Early childhood caries (ECC) is one of the most common childhood diseases. Likely, it is the most easily prevented. Children should begin seeing the dentist within six months of the eruption of their first tooth. At these first visits, parents are instructed on how to properly...

One of the most common mouth sores is a canker sore. They are small, shallow ulcers that can develop at the base of the gums or on the cheeks, and occasionally at the back of the throat. Also called "aphthous ulcers", they are not to...

Some people seem to think that if a tooth needs a crown, that it also has to have root canal therapy. These procedures are entirely separate from each other and most certainly; one can be performed without the need for the other. If your dentist...

Cavities form as the result of the bacteria in your mouth digesting carbohydrates (sugars) you eat. Bacteria produce acid (like we produce uric acid) and the acid dissolves the tooth structure; forming microscopic holes.  With repeated exposure to acid, the holes grow larger and larger....

There are many electric toothbrushes from which to choose. You can spend as little as $10 for a spin brush and as much as $300 for the high end Sonicare brush with extra features like a pressure indicator. You may try a spin brush at...

A filling is a way to restore tooth structure damaged by decay or cavity. Fillings restore the tooth to its normal shape and function. Typically, we use composite or tooth colored materials for front teeth and most back teeth "fillings". Silver fillings are still used...

 Have you seen how many toothpaste choices at in the aisle at the grocery store? There are too many. When choosing a paste, keep it simple. "Cavity Protection" or "Sensitivity" paste is really all you need. More additives in toothpaste advertise whitening, tartar control or...