Advanced Equipment and Safe Practices Ensure X-Ray Safety for Children

When it comes to our children’s safety, there isn’t much nowadays that isn’t under scrutiny. Whether food, clothing, toys and more, we ask the same question: can it be harmful to children? That also includes tried and true healthcare practices. One in particular, the routine x-ray, has been an integral part of dental care for […]

Orthodontists Anticipate Future Facial Growth When Treating Poor Bites

Moving teeth to better positions through orthodontics not only improves dental function and health, it can vastly improve your appearance. But to achieve a result that continues to be attractive as you age requires thorough planning and forethought. That’s because your body continues to change all during life. While the most accelerated growth happens in […]

Bitewing X-Rays Safely ‘Reveal all’ About Back Teeth to Prevent Tooth Decay

Modern dental care wouldn’t be the same without x-rays. Since dentists began capturing x-ray images a century ago to detect beginning tooth decay, billions of teeth have been preserved. “Catching it early” is the key to staying ahead of this aggressive bacterial infection. Once it breaks through the protective defenses of tooth enamel, it can […]

Vivica’s Veneers: the Making of a Hollywood Smile

What’s an actor’s most important feature? According to Vivica A. Fox, whose most recent big-screen role was in Independence Day: Resurgence, it’s what you see right up front. “On screen, your smile and your eyes are the most inviting things that bring the audience in” she said. “Especially if you play the hot chick.” But like […]

Crown Lengthening Might be Necessary for Seniors with Tooth Decay

While tooth decay is a potential problem at any age, the risk increases as you grow older. Not only are senior adults more susceptible, decay is often more difficult to treat. That’s because cavities can occur at or below the gum line, often due to gum recession. If that’s the case, we won’t be able […]

Topical Fluoride is a Safe Way to Protect Your Child’s Teeth from Decay

We’ve known for decades that fluoride strengthens tooth enamel and lowers the risk for decay. And while adding it to toothpaste and drinking water are the more common ways for getting it into the body, an increasingly popular way—especially for children—is to apply fluoride directly to the teeth. But is topical fluoride really worth the […]

Want to Keep Enjoying Winter Sports? Wear a Mouthguard!

What’s your favorite winter sport? For some, it’s all about swooshing down a snowy trail on skis, a board, or a sled. For others, the main attraction is skating at an ice rink or a frozen pond. If you’re more of an indoors athlete, you may enjoy a fast-moving game of basketball or a round of […]

A Bonded Retainer Might be a Better Choice After Braces

The braces are finally off! But to keep your new, straighter smile you’ll need to wear a retainer for some time. That’s because the same structural mechanism used to move your teeth could undo what we’ve just accomplished. That mechanism resides in an elastic tissue called the periodontal ligament that lies between the teeth and the bone […]

Clean Teeth & Healthy Smiles with Preventive Dentistry

A lifetime of strong, healthy teeth and gums begins with good oral hygiene, including brushing, flossing and routine dental checkups. These habits are examples of preventive dental care. At Dr. Dave’s Healthy Smiles, Dr. Dave Hippensteel and our staff of friendly dental professionals offer a full range of preventive dentistry services to help preserve the […]