Painless Oral Health Issues That Can Be Problematic

Tooth pain is not easily ignored. This is not necessarily a bad thing, because it means you’re much more likely to get the help you need when you’re experiencing oral health issues. However, some oral health issues are totally painless, which means they can go far too long without being treated.  To help you get […]

New Year’s Resolutions: Tips for a Healthier Smile

Now that 2021 is over, it’s time to start looking forward to the year to come. The new year means a fresh start and another chance to exchange some bad old habits for better ones.  If your New Year’s resolution is to improve your oral health to get the bright and beautiful smile you’ve always […]

6 Teeth Whitening Facts

Professional teeth whitening services are a standard dental procedure to improve your smile. If you’re thinking about teeth whitening, here are a few key facts to know before your visit: 1. Lighter Teeth Are More Attractive Teeth Scientific evidence shows that having lighter teeth makes you more attractive to others. A simple trip to the […]

Are X-Rays Safe?

Some patients are afraid to get an  X-ray at the dentist’s office because they’ve heard the radiation from these tests is unsafe. But, the truth is, dental X-rays are very safe and should be no cause for concern. How Safe Are X-Rays? The American Dental Association considers the risk of X-rays to be “very small”, […]

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 […]