The Benefits of a Nightguard

A nightguard, sometimes called a biteguard or splint, is simply a piece of material that fits inside the mouth while you are asleep to prevent contact between your top and bottom teeth. Nightguards can be pre-made, heat-adjustable, or custom-made. The nightguard that will work best for you depends on your specific dental situation and any […]

What is TMJ?

TMJ is an abbreviation commonly used for a collection of conditions that affect the temporomandibular joint, which connects your jaw to your skull. There is one TMJ on each side of your head. The TMJ combines both hinge and sliding motions to allow free movement of your jaw and skull. The areas where the two […]

Fluoride Facts & Myths

When it comes to fluoride, there’s a lot of misinformation out there. We’ve sorted through the rumors to get down to the truth about fluoride and its benefits for your dental health. Myth #1: Fluoride doesn’t really prevent tooth decay. Fact: Evidence of the benefits of fluoride in preventing tooth decay dates back to the […]

The Benefits of Fluoride Treatment for Adults

Many people believe dental fluoride treatments are just for kids, but the truth is that adults can benefit from regular fluoride treatments as well! Piper Family Dentistry in Largo offers fluoride treatments to all patients, regardless of age. Regularly scheduled fluoride treatments, as part of a larger dental care plan, can: Stop Tooth Decay Fluoride […]

The Importance of Flossing: The Why & How

Flossing removes food debris and plaque between the teeth where your toothbrush cannot reach. Brushing alone only cleans about 60% of the tooth surfaces. We see more dental health issues in between the teeth so it is vitally important to thoroughly clean these areas each day. Flossing is the best way to prevent cavities and […]

Gum Health Basics

Did you know that the health of your gums has an intricate connection to your overall health? Inflammation of the gums has been suggested to be a trigger for inflammation in other places in the body. Reducing or eliminating this trigger is essential to achieving your healthiest self. The gum and jaw are your smile’s […]

Denture FAQs

If you are wondering about dentures being the next step in your dental journey you probably have many questions. There are a lot of misconceptions about dentures out there, so only trust verified and reputable information from a licensed dentist when making a decision about dentures. Dr. David W. Piper at Piper Family Dentistry is […]

Bridge vs Implant

Losing teeth at any age can be frustrating and embarrassing. You might constantly try to cover your mouth when around others or even stop smiling to prevent others from seeing your gap. However, your appearance might end up being the least of your concerns if the tooth loss results in a decline of functionality or […]

Best Treatment for Teeth Sensitivity

Teeth Sensitivity

Worn tooth enamel or exposed tooth roots can cause painful tooth sensitivity. If left untreated, tooth sensitivity can cause so much pain that the person may no longer want to eat or drink. They may avoid toothpaste and mouthwash that makes the pain worse or may even change the way they breathe to stop air […]

How Dental Health Affects the Rest of Your Body

Dental Health Affects

Your oral health connects to every other system in your body. Not only do some diseases have symptoms that affect oral health, but poor oral health can also cause disease in other parts of the body. A few conditions are known to be caused by inadequate oral hygiene include: Gingivitis Gingivitis is an infection of […]