Monday, 19 February 2018

Dental Intra-oral Cameras

INTRA-ORAL CAMERA MAKES YOU A PART OF THE TEAM

As you make decisions about your oral health, Dr. Hicks believes you should have the most accurate information available. To make this possible, he utilizes a high-tech tool, known as the intra-oral camera. This innovative video system delivers a detailed look at the interior of your mouth, generating magnified images on a display screen. Now, you can see for yourself what work needs to be accomplished and which teeth are doing fine. You’ll be amazed by what you can see!

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

Sunday, 18 February 2018

Tips for keeping a beautiful smile!

Keeping your teeth clean, smooth and beautiful...
Proper oral hygiene is your key to a healthy, beautiful smile. Here are our and the American Dental Association's recommendations for at home care:

  • Brush 2-3 times every day with a fluoride toothpaste (it doesn't matter which brand)
  • Floss once a day
  • Eat a healthy diet (fruits, vegetables, etc)
  • Limit consumption of sugary foods and beverages. Soda drinks can destroy teeth faster than almost anything else
  • Eliminate or at least limit use of alcohol, chewing tabacco, and cigarettes

We also recommend using an electric high-speed toothbrush in conjunction with a waterpik for your daily at-home oral care.

And don't forget six-month professional cleanings and checkups. The American Dental Association recommends checkups every six months for those ages four and older.

Professional cleanings by qualified hygienists will remove bacteria and plaque, which can cause serious dental problems if not kept in check.

If you have not been seen recently call our office for an appointment!

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

Sunday, 11 February 2018

To Floss or Not to Floss..

Lately, there has been a lot of talk about flossing and if it is good or not! Kind of reminds me of coffee, some studies say is good for you and others say it isn't.

Our dental office believes that flossing is beneficial to a person's general oral health. Our staff is trained to address the issues of proper flossing to our patients on an individual need basis. We promote many different tools used to effectively and safely clean between the teeth.

If you are concerned with the recent news reports, please give our office a call to schedule an appointment. We will be happy to review your concerns and make sure you are properly caring for your teeth.

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

Do White Teeth Mean Healthy Teeth?

Learn what the American Dental Association's answer is to the question: "Do White Teeth Mean Healthy Teeth?".


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

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Custom Dental Mouthguards

PROTECT YOUR TEETH FROM SPORTS TRAUMA!

Sports-associated accidents are responsible for approximately 5 million teeth being “knocked out” every year across the United States, which is why we encourage the use of a custom-sized mouthguard to protect your teeth. The one-size-fits-all mouthguards found in stores don’t generally fit right. An ill-fitting mouthguard restricts your ability to breathe properly while running or performing other strenuous activities. On the other hand, a custom-made mouthguard fits and protects well, may improve your performance, and can be worn for any sport. In fact, the American Dental Association recommends both children and adults wear a custom mouthguard for nearly all their sports activities.

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

Sunday, 4 February 2018

Having a plaque attack?

Plaque is that soft, sticky stuff that builds up on your teeth over time. It contains legions of bacteria. Left untreated it will eventually lead to gum disease, bad breath and tooth loss.

Frequent brushing and flossing are required to keep plaque at bay. But it's virtually impossible to remove all plaque without the skills of your professional dental hygienist. In other words, you're going to need some help.

Call our office today to schedule your next routine teeth cleaning to receive help with your plaque removal!

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

Sensitive Teeth

Learn what the American Dental Association has to say about sensitive teeth.


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

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Implant Retained Dentures

New Breakthrough Provides a Solution For Loose, Slipping Dentures

Denture wearers, mini implants may be the key if you were told inadequate bone density prohibited you from becoming a candidate for implants. These tiny wonders can be placed pain-free, in a single visit, with no further delay needed for healing. They will secure your dentures and alleviate all the problems of slipping, tilting, and trapping of food. That means the same day, you can eat whatever you like. We are committed to helping you smile more!

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

Sunday, 28 January 2018

Why Do Teeth Darken?

Learn what the American Dental Association's answer is to the question: "Why Do Teeth Darken?".


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

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

One-Visit Crowns

A CROWN RESTORES A DAMAGED TOOTH

At Hicks Family Dentistry, we can frequently save a tooth that has been injured or worn to a point where a normal filling won’t bring it back to complete functionality. By placing a crown, we can rescue and even add strength to your compromised tooth. Plus, the advanced composite materials we use to fashion your crown will appear so natural, you’ll have trouble telling it apart from an original tooth. With CEREC™ computer design and creation, you can get your crown all in one visit!

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

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