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!
Welcome to your mouth! A healthy mouth is necessary for a healthy life. You might be surprised how many different parts work together to make your mouth function. Read more below from Dr. Holmes in Fort Wayne to get an in-depth look at the human mouth and how it works.Continue Reading »
One of the most common and destructive myths about oral hygiene is that it’s normal for gums to bleed. Dr. Holmes would like everyone in Fort Wayne to know that this is not the case! Imagine if we weren’t talking about gums-should any part of your body start to bleed whenever you touch it? The… (Read More)Continue Reading »
Most Fort Wayne folks have had some exposure to the concept of wisdom teeth. Perhaps you have had yours removed, are considering a removal, or Dr. Holmes has just shown you an X-ray with the dreaded third molars creeping into view. It’s common to hear patients ask how they are removed, but we rarely hear… (Read More)Continue Reading »
Good News for Grown-Ups “Adulting” can be hard. Between rent, bills, kids, a career, and other responsibilities, it can be tough to make time for yourself. But independence, parenting, fulfilling work, and the wisdom that comes with age can be pretty fantastic, too. So how does your oral healthcare fit into a grown-up lifestyle? Holmes… (Read More)Continue Reading »
Did you know that certain times of day might be better for brushing than others? While it’s always recommended to brush your teeth twice per day, and floss once per day, your timing is also important. If you love your pearly whites and want to keep them around as long as possible (because face it,… (Read More)Continue Reading »
You did it! You got the consultation, booked the appointment, and you actually showed up on the big day. You saw the dentist and now all that has left you hungry! The question is: what can you eat after having dental work done? You need some soft food recipes! For some of us, it’s nostalgic… (Read More)Continue Reading »
It’s easy to think that baby teeth aren’t that important. They make their grand entrance (however painfully) and leave your baby’s mouth soon thereafter. But your baby’s oral health is very important, both in the present and to set the stage for a lifetime of health. Today Holmes Family & Cosmetic Dentistry would like to… (Read More)Continue Reading »
Gingivitis, very simply, is an inflammation of your gums. (Any time a medical term ends with “itis” it means inflammation.) Gingivitis varies in severity and can look a few different ways. Very bad gingivitis leads to periodontal (gum) disease. Gingivitis is common and affects many, rather, most adults. But with good oral hygiene and the… (Read More)Continue Reading »
Kids are constantly growing and changing, and their mouths are no exception! Throughout childhood, kids lose their baby teeth, gain adult teeth, and they begin to take ownership of their own oral health. From brushing to braces to practicing their smile, oral health is important for every kid at every stage. Read on for tips… (Read More)Continue Reading »
Xerostomia is the technical term for dry mouth, the condition that results from absent or reduced saliva flow. It is not a disease on its own, but it may be a side effect of medication or radiation treatments. Xerostomia affects about 20% of the elderly population—not because of their age, but due to the increased… (Read More)Continue Reading »