The Story of Caries Prevention

If we told you that your mouth is the site of a constant battle between teeth and bacteria, would you believe us? Alright, maybe it’s not that dramatic, but the fact that Shelby teeth are always at risk of developing dental caries is no exaggeration. In case you’ve never heard about caries, Dr. Marissa Miller is going to take this opportunity to shed some light on what it is, how to stop it, and what Discovery Dental can do to help. Dental Caries, Tooth Decay, and Cavities What do dental caries and tooth decay have in common? A lot! Actually, they are [...]

What Are Essential Oils?

Essential oils are time-tested treasures gaining new popularity among fans everywhere. These potent liquids are fun and fresh ingredients that you can customize for almost any oral hygiene need. As with any DIY dental treatment, do your research and be cautious. Not all oils are safe to ingest and some may hurt you if applied directly onto your skin. Essential oils are distilled from plants and usually sold singularly—one ingredient per bottle although you can also find oil blend products. Like other supplements, the Food and Drug Administration does not regulate their safety or efficacy. Using Essential Oils for Oral [...]

If You’re Avoiding the Dentist

We’ve all got our reasons. Money. Time. The fear of pain. Juggling insurance. Facing one more reminder that we really should be flossing more. Any of these might cause us to avoid and put off regular visits to the dentist. Has it been so long since your last dental appointment that you’re not even sure how to find a dentist you can trust? Or perhaps you know and love your dentist but you dread the idea of trying to catch up on life with the hygienist while your mouth is being propped open by a tiny plastic jack. (Yes, we [...]

Chocolate is Good for Oral Health – True or False?

Most of us were taught when we were kids that sweets like chocolate will rot your teeth. While this may remain true for some types of our favorite sweet snack, that doesn’t mean we have to take it off the menu all together. In fact, recent studies have found that dark chocolate, containing high percentages of cocoa, may actually be beneficial to your dental health. Dr. Marissa Miller at Discovery Dental wants Shelby residents to know the facts so they can satisfy their sweet-tooth safely. How does it work? […]

DDS vs. DMD: A Dental Degree Breakdown

If you are looking for a dentist in Shelby, you may have picked up on the fact that there are two types of dental degrees – DDS and DMD. Perhaps you’ve noticed that there are far more of one than the other, or maybe they are split 50/50. Either way, you’re probably wondering what the difference is, and how this will affect your dental care. At Discovery Dental, we love to spread the word about all things dental, so here are the facts, straight from Dr. Miller. The Difference Between DDS and DMD […]

2017-04-26T04:06:34+00:00Dental News|

HPV and Oral Cancer: What you need to know

We love to talk about the fun and interesting sides of oral health, but today, there is something much more serious on our minds. We care about the health of everyone in Shelby, and as dental care professionals, we feel it is our duty to educate you on how to be as safe and healthy as you can be. While you have probably heard of the human papilloma virus and oral cancer, most people don’t know that they are linked. Here is some information from Dr. Miller about the topic. If you have any questions, please feel free to give [...]

2016-07-27T09:30:15+00:00Dental News|

Updating Your Health History May Help Save Your Teeth

Although you might think of your general health and your dental health as two separate categories, they are much more connected than the average Shelby resident would suspect. Just like the information you provide to your doctor helps him/her keep your health in good shape, Dr. Marissa Miller depends on your input for optimum dental health. We at Discovery Dental like to go above and beyond for our Shelby patients, but we need your help to make sure you get the quality dental care you deserve. Here are a few reasons why: […]

2017-05-03T00:10:28+00:00Dental News|

How Dental Sealants Keep Cavities at Bay!

If you are a parent, you probably know how difficult it is to get Shelby children to brush and floss regularly. On top of that, young children often lack the necessary motor skills to properly care for their teeth. At Discovery Dental, we want your whole family to have excellent dental health, so here’s some information on how Dr. Miller can help protect your kids from tooth decay. If you have any questions or would like schedule a consultation, please give us a call. Kids and Cavities In the back teeth, there are numerous nooks and crannies that toothbrushes can’t [...]

2016-06-13T13:40:34+00:00Dental News|

The Importance of Dental X-Rays

The technology of dental medicine is advancing by the minute. There are now sophisticated techniques for diagnosing and tracking oral cancer, correcting crooked teeth in less than a year, treating periodontitis (advanced gum disease) without surgery, and many more. Yet, when it comes down to diagnosing issues and creating an effective treatment plan, nothing beats a fresh set of X-rays. Dr. Miller uses dental X-rays to see the whole picture, in order to keep your teeth healthy, bright, and beautiful. If you are a Shelby resident with questions about how X-rays work, read on, and don’t hesitate to call Discovery [...]

2017-05-03T00:10:28+00:00Dental News|

Relief from Dry, Chapped, & Cracked Lips

We’re no strangers to extreme temperatures and dry weather in Shelby, and our lips are proof. Most of us experience chapped lips at some point during the year and it’s not uncommon to see lips that suffer from annoying, painful cracks. Here at Discovery Dental we are very much attuned the oral health needs of Shelby, so here are a few tips from Dr. Miller about how to keep your lips healthy, kissable, and free to eat and drink whatever you crave! Do You Have Chapped or Cracked Lips? […]

2016-05-13T09:30:25+00:00Dental News|