Holmes Family and Cosmetic Dentistry believes knowledge is power when it comes to your health. In our dental practice and in our blog, we want to share what we know with our patients to help provide them with resources to not only keep them informed about their wellness, but to empower them to continue learning about making optimal choices for their health.
Two times each month, Dr. Holmes posts blog articles about a range of oral health topics, from the oral systemic link to different dental procedures. Sometimes we feature technology or other trends in dentistry. We hope these articles will inspire you to ask questions. Feel free to share, comment, and join the conversation!
Sore jaw? Restless nights? Play sports? If any of these apply to you, you might be surprised to hear that you could use a mouthguard! Functions of Mouthguards Mouthguards are solid pieces of plastic that keep your teeth and jaw in a specific resting position. The basic function of a mouthguard is protection. Mouthguards help… (Read More)Continue Reading »
What is Xylitol? Xylitol is a naturally-occurring substance found in the birch tree and in many fruits and vegetables. Its chemical structure resembles a cross between sugar and alcohol—but it is neither. Xylitol is used as an FDA-approved artificial sweetener that can also assist in the prevention of tooth decay, so Dr. Ryan Holmes would… (Read More)Continue Reading »
The technology of dental medicine is advancing by the minute. There are now sophisticated techniques for diagnosing and tracking oral cancer, correcting crooked teeth in less than a year, treating periodontitis (advanced gum disease) without surgery, and much more. Yet, when it comes down to diagnosing issues and creating an effective treatment plan, nothing beats… (Read More)Continue Reading »
Having a great smile is a privilege that everyone should enjoy. The confidence that comes from having genuine pride in your pearly whites is irreplaceable. However, many of us struggle with imperfections in our teeth. Broken, chipped, cracked, stained, and crooked teeth can really put a damper on your smile. At Holmes Family & Cosmetic… (Read More)Continue Reading »
We’ve all had a toothache at some point or another. While you should always consult your Fort Wayne dentist, it’s not always a serious problem. Often, the issue can be fixed with a filling or a root canal. However, many people have found themselves in a situation where the tooth is not salvageable, and the… (Read More)Continue Reading »
Calcium. We regularly hear how important calcium is for our kids’ diets. It’s vital for healthy growth. Calcium is a building block for strong bones. It helps with hormone balance and keeps the heart pumping and blood circulating normally. But, did you know that calcium is also vital for healthy teeth? Calcium builds strong bones…. (Read More)Continue Reading »
If you’re a new mom or about to be one, you’re likely already used to putting your needs second to the needs of this beautiful new little person in your life – but maintaining good oral hygiene is still important for keeping you and your baby in tiptop shape. If something happens and you need… (Read More)Continue Reading »
If you are looking for a dentist, you may have picked up on the fact that there are two types of dental degrees – DDS and DMD. Perhaps you’ve noticed that there are far more of one than the other, or maybe they are split 50/50. Either way, you’re probably wondering what the difference is,… (Read More)Continue Reading »
The World Health Organization defines health as “A state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” Sadly, in our fast-paced culture, many of us settle for less-than-healthy or even truly sick conditions every day. We allow ourselves to be tired, achy, stressed and in pain more… (Read More)Continue Reading »
How old is too old for braces? It’s an interesting question—and the answer may surprise you! Dr. Ryan Holmes would like to share some information with readers today regarding patient age as it relates to orthodontic treatment. Spoiler Alert! Patient age alone is not a deal-breaker when it comes to successful orthodontic treatment outcomes, so… (Read More)Continue Reading »