Friday, 19 January 2018

Your Dental Hygienist!

Normally we think of a teeth cleaning as just that. Our tongues love the smooth and clean feeling we get after visiting our dental hygienist.

But there's another huge benefit to regular teeth cleaning. Hygienists spend time in your mouth. That give them the opportunity to spot suspicious tissue or other possible signs of oral cancer.

Oral cancer has a fantastically high cure rate - but only if it's detected early.

Another reason to love your dental hygienist!

Hicks Family Dentistry   
Kevin Hicks, DDS  
756 Lititz Pike 
Lititz, PA 17543  
(717) 625-0596  
HicksFamilyDentistry.com

Friday, 12 January 2018

Smile Makeovers

Maybe you remember that TV show, Extreme Makeovers?

They took people who were unhappy with their appearance and let surgeons and dentists perform cosmetic miracles on their bodies and teeth.

Well, a complete smile makeover like that can be done by many dentists, And often it only takes two visits!

Hicks Family Dentistry   
Kevin Hicks, DDS  
756 Lititz Pike 
Lititz, PA 17543  
(717) 625-0596  
HicksFamilyDentistry.com

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Lifestyle and Oral Health

Learn what the American Dental Association has to say about lifestyle and oral health.


The above video is found on the American Dental Association YouTube Channel.

Hicks Family Dentistry   
Kevin Hicks, DDS  
756 Lititz Pike 
Lititz, PA 17543  
(717) 625-0596  
HicksFamilyDentistry.com

Sunday, 7 January 2018

Digital Dental X-rays

75% REDUCTION IN RADIATION

Digital X-rays generate images that are not achievable with ordinary film systems. Individual or panoramic images are obtained using a digital sensor placed inside your mouth. There’s no film to be developed, which means a quicker office visit for you. In addition, this cutting-edge technology reduces your exposure to radiation by 75% as compared to conventional, non-digital X-rays. As an extra benefit, because no developing chemicals are necessary, this type of X-ray produces no environmentally polluting waste.

Hicks Family Dentistry   
Kevin Hicks, DDS 
756 Lititz Pike
Lititz, PA 17543 
(717) 625-0596 
HicksFamilyDentistry.com

Friday, 5 January 2018

Tooth Enamel

Tooth enamel is very hard but...
That doesn't mean you can't break it.

Our office recommends to avoid eating "hard foods" such as popcorn. Don't crack nut shells with your teeth or chew on ice. Opening packages with your teeth can also damage the enamel.

It's not just the sugar - it's also the acid
Sugar and acids are your teeth's worst enemies. What are we talking about? Soft drinks, energy drinks, fruit juices, and candy.

Because of the acid content, Mountain Dew seems to be the worst of the worst. There is even a name for the damage it does and it is called "Dew Mouth."

These erode the tooth enamel, making it highly susceptible to decay. Parents, watch your kid's consumption of these because young children's enamle hasn't developed fully. This makes these drinks even more damaging for kids.

As well as eliminating the above (or at least reducing their consumption), it is recommended to always brush and floss after every meal. If you can't, use a sugar-free xylitol chewing gum after a meal. Also rinse your mouth with a high quality dental mouthwash.

Hicks Family Dentistry   
Kevin Hicks, DDS  
756 Lititz Pike 
Lititz, PA 17543  
(717) 625-0596  
HicksFamilyDentistry.com

Thursday, 4 January 2018

Your Smile is Important

Learn what the American Dental Association has to say about why your smile is important.


The above video is found on the American Dental Association YouTube Channel.

Hicks Family Dentistry   
Kevin Hicks, DDS  
756 Lititz Pike 
Lititz, PA 17543  
(717) 625-0596  
HicksFamilyDentistry.com

Sunday, 31 December 2017

Professional Hygiene Visits

THE IMPORTANCE OF HYGIENE VISITS

A professional hygienist is one of your greatest allies in the fight against gum disease. Plaque hardens into tartar, which is outside the scope of your typical toothbrush and floss to remove. Tartar accumulates below your gum line as well as on the enamel of your teeth, issuing an invite to decay and even gum disease. Only a hygienist can remove all of this! Recent research shows a clear link between untreated gum disease and other life-threatening illnesses such as heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Which means having your teeth cleaned is one of the most essential reasons to visit your dentist!

Hicks Family Dentistry   
Kevin Hicks, DDS  
756 Lititz Pike 
Lititz, PA 17543  
(717) 625-0596  
HicksFamilyDentistry.com