Category: Preventive Dentistry

Two Times It Doesn’t Pay to Be Stubborn

There are many times when being stubborn really pays off. Maybe it’s refusing to budge when a co-worker asks you repeatedly to cover for you, or one of those days when you don’t allow a total stranger to take advantage of you by cutting in line. Other times, being hard-headed only gets you into deeper… Read more »

TMJ Disorder: Why Jaws Shouldn’t Pop

Do you notice that your jaws pop when you open and close your mouth, or that your jaws sometimes lock in an open or closed position, unable to move for a moment or two? For some people, a popping/clicking jaw is little more than an annoyance, while for others, it can be painful enough to… Read more »

Why is Snoring an Oral Health Issue?

Sleep apnea (more accurately, obstructive sleep apnea) is a condition that causes patients to stop breathing periodically in their sleep. Given that it’s marked by excessively loud snoring, you might be surprised that your best chance at finding a diagnosis, and treatment, is at your dentist’s office. However, snoring and sleep apnea are typically oral… Read more »

Quiz: What Causes Toothaches?

At some point in your life, you’ve probably experienced a toothache. The discomfort can range from mild to unbearable, depending the cause of your tooth pain. Understanding the factors behind a toothache can help you prevent future occurrences and protect your smile.

Are You Losing Sleep to Sleep Apnea?

In a world where nearly everything new is designed to stimulate and entertain, losing sleep is easier than ever before. Instead of resting, you might want to catch up on new episodes of your favorite program, play around with your new phone or tablet, or get ahead on the next day’s workload. Sometimes, however, you… Read more »

Are Sports Drinks and Energy Drinks Better Than Soda? Don’t Bet on It

It’s no secret that Red Bull, Monster, and other energy drinks contain tons of sugar, but our patients often ask whether these drinks are a better alternative than soda. Unlike colas, many energy drinks claim to provide at least some nutritional value, usually B vitamins or mysterious herbal blends.  Not to be outdone, sports drinks… Read more »

Are Dental X-rays Safe? Lafayette Dentist Answers

During one of your bi-annual dental appointments, a dental assistant will capture dental x-rays. Should you be worried about radiation exposure? While the amount of radiation required for a traditional dental x-ray is miniscule, now it’s even less. At Dr. Young’s Lafayette dental office, you’ll be exposed to 80% less radiation that that miniscule amount… Read more »

Lafayette, LA Dentist Reports: Gum Disease Fighting Foods

Your diet reveals many things about your overall and oral health. For example, patients with diets heavy in sweets have a greater likelihood of developing diabetes and even gum disease, if their teeth cleaning regimen is sub-par. On the other hand, eating plenty of fruits and fresh veggies helps fortify your teeth and body, which… Read more »

Dental Cleaning Mistakes Presented by Your Lafayette, LA Dentist

Is your dental cleaningtechnique correct? Surprisingly, this question is oftentimes answered incorrectly by many patients. While most people believe their teeth brushing skills have been perfected after years of practice, their dental exams sometimes prove otherwise. In fact, a lot of patients make common, yet easy-to-correct mistakes that attribute to less-than-perfect brushing habits. To teach… Read more »

Lafayette Dentist Quizzes Your Knowledge of Fluoride & Cavities

Although tooth decay and cavities affect over 90% of adults in the United States, the truth is that there are numerous tools and methods for effectively fighting the disease’s development. Brushing and flossing your teeth is the first and foremost defense against cavities; however, sometimes, good dental hygiene requires a bit of professional help and… Read more »