A Tooth With a Damaged Biting Surface Needs to Be Treated

The biting surface on each of your teeth has a specific shape that is intended to maximize contact with its partner in your bite pattern. The occlusal textures tend to change from the sharp lines of your front teeth to the pits and fissures on the molars and premolars that reside in the back of… Read more »

Tartar Removal Requires Scraping and Scaling

Dental calculus is the medical term for what is also called tartar. This yellow buildup is a crusty residue made of a mixture of plaque and saliva that has been left too long on the teeth. Instead of brushing it off in a timely manner with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste, it has remained… Read more »

Healthy Teeth on the Go

Traveling is a ton of fun. But it’s also exhausting, and when you fall into your hotel bed or tent at night, it’s easy to put off important things – like brushing your teeth. No matter how much you’re on the go, you don’t have a good excuse for not cleaning your teeth regularly. The… Read more »

Floss Tips for a Smile Free of Gum Disease

We are committed to helping you and your family reduce your risk of gum disease through daily oral hygiene habits to improve your dental hygiene. Taking time to floss removes bacteria that could result in gum disease. Today we offer professional tips on how to floss for an effective technique and prevent gum disease. It’s… Read more »

How to Address and Repair a Cracked Tooth

Our dental team at Milla Openko, DMD is committed to providing restorative dental care for patients who are experiencing tooth problems. While your tooth enamel is extremely tough and is even stronger than your bones, it is still susceptible to oral damage such as tooth fracture. We can help you recognize and treat a cracked… Read more »

Fluoride Supplements Can Help with Cavity Prevention

Tooth decay is often the result of inconsistent oral hygiene practices. When you fail to effectively brush your teeth twice each day or you sometimes forget to thoroughly floss once per day the presence of bacteria, plaque and food particles can cause problems for your oral health, including cavities. Many municipalities add fluoride to their… Read more »

Are Your Bleeding Gums a Warning Sign for Oral Troubles?

Unfortunately, bleeding from the gums is largely considered a harmless condition and doesn’t often receive treatment. However, if you often have bleeding gums, you may be experiencing a warning sign that your smile has developed a more significant oral health problem. Below are three oral conditions that cause bleeding gums and may be present in… Read more »

How To Take Care of Teeth When You Are Not Feeling Well

Winter is in full swing! Unfortunately, this means cold and flu season is coming. Here, we’ve provided some mouth care tips for when you’re feeling sick. Make sure that you are brushing twice a day for two minutes each session. Never share your toothbrush, particularly if you are sick. Be sure to continue to floss… Read more »

A Saltwater Rinse Can Help with Oral First-Aid

An athletic injury or household accident can sometimes impact the mouth with significant force. In some of these scenarios, you could suffer trauma to the gums, soft oral tissues, or teeth that requires professional treatment from a dentist like Dr. Milla Openko. While you make your way to Milla Openko, DMD for an emergency appointment,… Read more »

You Might Be Able to Ease the Effects of a Fractured Tooth with Dental Wax

As hard as your teeth are, there are still times when sufficient force can cause a significant fracture. This could be the result of an accidental blow to the mouth from a sports injury, or something as seemingly mundane as chewing ice. If the fractured tooth causes immediate pain or severe sensitivity, you should have… Read more »