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  • Homemade Teeth Whitening Remedies

    Everyone wants to feel attractive. Shiny, healthy hair; radiant skin; straight, white teeth…these are often the standards by which we define outward beauty. An incredible amount of money is spent annually by men and women trying to maintain those trademarks of beauty…nearly $1.4 billion is spent on over-the-counter teeth whitening products alone. Here at Montgomery…[Read more]


  • Are Amalgam Fillings Safe?

    Fillings are typically composed of a substance known as dental amalgam.  This substance is a combination of several metals, most commonly silver, tin, mercury, and copper. Dental amalgam has been the most widely used filling substance for the last 150 years, but in the last few decades some serious concerns have been raised over the…[Read more]


  • The Truth About Wisdom Teeth

    There seems to be a lot of mystery concerning wisdom teeth… What are they? Why are they often cut out? Why in the world are they called wisdom teeth?? First of all, the term wisdom teeth is simply due to the timing of their arrival…usually during the mid-teen years.  During the age of gaining wisdom. …[Read more]


  • Looking Back: What We Can Learn From Ancient Teeth

    Just because we live in a time that boasts technology superior to any other time in history does not mean that we trump the ancients in everything. For instance… According to some very interesting finds in the remains of Mt. Vesuvius’s victim’s teeth, residents of Pompeii experienced healthier teeth than we do today – nearly 2,000 years…[Read more]


  • Are You Flossing The Right Way?

    If there is a dental hygiene practice that is commonly overlooked, forgotten, or simply ignored…it is flossing.  It is easy to believe that good brushing covers all of the bases, and that as long as you are brushing at least twice a day your teeth will be in tip top shape. Unfortunately, that is just…[Read more]


  • They’re Just Baby Teeth…Why Fix Them??

    “If a cavity is found in a child’s baby teeth, what is the point of filling it? It’s just going to fall out in a couple of years anyway!” This is a very common misconception that adults have toward their child’s baby teeth. Baby teeth, properly known as primary teeth, are not expendable the way they may…[Read more]


  • DIY Dentistry?? What not to do!

    We live in a DIY-saturated society. Entire TV series are dedicated to the art of the “life hack.”  Social media is ablaze with lists of DIY birthday parties, holiday decorations, home organization – it goes on and on. The world of Do-It-Yourself is, for the most part, a very handy one.  People are able to save…[Read more]


  • Are Dental Check-Ups Really That Important?

    “I’m young and healthy.” “I don’t have any tooth pain or unusual symptoms.” “Going to the dentist twice a year seems a little extreme.” “Do I really need to go to the dentist??” It seems like a very logical train of thought.  Why would someone have their teeth checked twice a year if there seemed…[Read more]


  • Why Are My Gums Receding?

    Have you ever had a sensitive tooth and looked in the mirror, only to discover that the affected tooth appears longer than the other ones?  If you have, then you might be one of millions of Americans suffering from receding gums. Gum recession is the process in which the edge of the gum line that surrounds…[Read more]


  • How Do I Choose A Toothpaste?

    As you walk down the toothpaste aisle at the grocery store, do you become overwhelmed at the amount of options you have?? Extreme whitening, all-natural, tartar control, cavity prevention, enamel protection, and not to mention all of the kids’ varieties…how does one go about knowing what type of toothpaste is actually worth buying? First of all,…[Read more]


  • Pop Quiz: How Much Do You Know About Dentistry??

    Here at Montgomery Dentistry, we love to have fun!  So, we’ve created this fun pop quiz to test your dental knowledge.  Some of the answers might surprise you! And don’t worry, there’s an answer key at the bottom of the quiz.  No cheating, though! 1. Which of the following people was a dentist? a) Christopher Columbus b)…[Read more]


  • Are My Favorite Drinks Staining My Teeth?

    Are you a southerner who enjoys sipping on sweet tea? Or an early-bird who likes to jumpstart their day with a strong cup of coffee? Or a connoisseur of deep red wines? If so, then you are probably well aware of the unfortunate price that comes with enjoying such wonderful beverages…stained teeth. “Every rose has its thorn,” and some…[Read more]


  • The Surprising History Of The Toothbrush

    Dental hygiene is anything but a modern-day concept.  Fresh breath and clean teeth have been coveted by all types of people for thousands of years!  Albeit, practice and technology have certainly changed and progressed. What began as a “chew stick” over 5000 years ago has now become the tool universally known as the “toothbrush.”  The history of this…[Read more]


  • What Are The Causes Of Dry Mouth?

    Xerostomia – more commonly known as “dry mouth” – affects millions of Americans. This condition can range from a mild annoyance all the way to severe complications due to an extreme lack of saliva.  Either way, dry mouth negatively affects a person’s quality of life. Though most cases of dry mouth are found in women,…[Read more]


  • Is A Chipped Tooth A Big Deal?

    A chipped tooth can happen to anyone.  Playing sports, chewing on ice or hard candy, using your teeth to open something…all of these actions can potentially lead to a chipped or damaged tooth. A small, painless chip may seem like a minor issue not worth dealing with, but here at Montgomery Dentistry we want you…[Read more]


  • Oral Health and Diabetes

    Did you know that gum disease and diabetes are related? Your overall oral health is affected by so much more than watching your candy intake or remembering to floss…albeit great habits! Seemingly unrelated issues and symptoms – such as elevated blood sugar levels – actually hold the potential for playing a damaging role in the…[Read more]


  • Recipe For Delicious Veggie Pizza

    Here at Montgomery Dentistry, we are passionate about eating. Why do you think we care so much about healthy teeth?  🙂 Our very own Betty Karle has shared a recipe for a delicious vegetable pizza.  It’s great for parties, tailgates, and cookouts.  It’s a must have at our office luncheons. Enjoy!            …[Read more]


  • Why Your Check-Up Is So Much More Than Cavity Prevention

    If a crowd of adults was asked why it is important to schedule regular dental check-ups, it would be reasonable to assume that almost everyone would mention something about cavities. People typically associate dental check-ups with the infamous cavity, or prevention thereof. And dentists would agree with that crowd of adults…cavity prevention is very important….[Read more]


  • Bottled Water vs. Tap Water

    As concerns have risen over the purity and integrity of our country’s tap water, so has the number of people who have begun purchasing and drinking from bottled and filtered water. It seems like the logical and responsible thing to do, especially when it comes to the health and safety of our children. But did you know that,…[Read more]


  • The Secret To Keeping Your Teeth For Life

    Here’s a fact that’s a little tough to swallow:  According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, one in four Americans over the age of 65 have no teeth.  A person with no teeth experiences a host of health problems, not to mention the feeling of a loss of dignity.  “Oral health and overall…[Read more]


  • Some Surprising Dentists Throughout History

    There is a fascinating list of household celebrity names that deserve recognition beyond what they are ultimately famous for.  Here at Montgomery Dentistry, we would like to offer you a more well-rounded view of some of our most beloved celebrities who also dabbled in dentistry! 1.  Paul Revere A beloved American hero most known for…[Read more]


  • Recipe for Banana Bread!

    We here at Montgomery Dentistry know how drastically the health of your teeth and gums can affect your quality of life.  When your teeth are straight and white, you feel beautiful and confident!  When your gums are healthy, you can brush and floss without any discomfort! And when your teeth are strong and well maintained,…[Read more]


  • 7 Ways To Fight Bad Breath

    Real life is typically nothing like the movies. Who has time to pause right before they jump into a dangerous situation to save someone and say something really cool and intense? And there is no such thing as an “ugly” girl who takes off her glasses and all of a sudden she is thought to…[Read more]


  • Why Does The Dentist Monitor My Blood Pressure?

    A common question that we are asked here at Montgomery Dentistry is why we take a patient’s blood pressure for a procedure as simple as a check-up. Isn’t it a little unnecessary to have your blood pressure monitored, when all we are going to do is clean your teeth? Not at all. High blood pressure…[Read more]


  • A Toothy Craft To Do With Your Child

    Your child’s life is probably filled with things that he or she naturally sees as fun or exciting. For instance, no one has to teach their child to jump into a mud puddle…they instinctively seem to know that getting muddy is awesome. You also don’t have to do much convincing to get them to eat…[Read more]


  • What Every Parent Should Know About Their Thumb Sucker

    Toddlers and young children often display some pretty cute behavior that, unfortunately, isn’t quite as cute once they are older. Smearing dinner all over their face. Wearing any article of clothing backwards. Repeating everything Mommy and Daddy say. Sucking their thumbs. We here at Montgomery Dentistry love a messy-faced, backwards-pants-wearing, thumb-sucking parrot of a preschooler…[Read more]


  • The Health Benefits of Smiling

    “A smile is a curve that sets everything straight.”  – Phyllis Diller Everyone wants to be happy and healthy.  The problem is, to achieve these things often costs so much money! To be healthy seems to require a huge grocery budget that can accommodate everything organic. And to be happy apparently involves purchasing the finest…[Read more]


  • Making the Most of Brushing Your Toddler’s Teeth

    Parents of toddlers know that learning opportunities come in all shapes and sizes! The perfect “teaching time” rarely involves your preschooler sitting quietly at the dinner table; rather, fun little lessons often occur smack in the middle of chaos and mess! – A spilled glass of milk leads to a discussion on gravity. – Picking…[Read more]


  • Adding Smiles to Our Team!

    Please join us in welcoming Joyce Smith and Brittni Chambers to our team. Joyce is a recent graduate from dental assisting school who comes to us from Auburn, AL. Joyce will be a part of our clinical team.  Brittni, a marketing manager from Tallassee, AL, will be joining our front desk team. They are both…[Read more]


  • Congratulations! We wish you the best.

    We want to congratulate Haleigh and Teddy Barrera on the recent birth of their son Tatum Reid, 8 lbs. 4 oz. and 19 in. long. Haleigh has decided to stay home for a time with her son. Her last day was February 14, 2013. Also, we  want to congratulate Syndal and Justin Miller on their…[Read more]


  • Acid Erosion

    Have you ever said, “My teeth are soft, my teeth are translucent, or my teeth are VERY sensitive?”  If yes, then you might be dealing with acid erosion. Acid erosion is when your tooth enamel is being worn away from the acid in our foods like: wine, fruit, sodas, and even vegetables. Here are some…[Read more]


  • Dr. Smith Leaves & Cat Wilson Returns

    Dear Family and Friends, I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and that you are planning a great upcoming holiday season.  There are several things happening at Montgomery Dentistry that I wish to tell you. First, I would like to inform everyone that Dr. Smith, 72, has officially left Montgomery Dentistry.  Wow, the past four years…[Read more]


  • Happy Halloween

    Tis the season for candy, chocolate, costumes, and party’s. BUT… let’s not forget the importance of caring for our teeth. Here is a little dental knowledge: A neutral pH balance for your teeth is 7. Sugar decreases pH levels of your mouth (more acidic) making the teeth more susceptible to decay. So maintaining a neutral…[Read more]


  • What are sealants, and why are they necessary?

    Have you ever wondered…? What are sealants, and why are they necessary? Well, let me share with you what they are and why we at Montgomery Dentistry recommend them. Sealants are a plastic material bonded to the biting surface in the groves of the tooth. It is an easy procedure that your Dentist or Dental…[Read more]


  • Dental Care for Service Members in Montgomery, Alabama

    We love our service members and are proud to announce that we can continue to serve them even with the recent changes with The Tricare Dental Program (TDP). The Tricare Dental Program offered worldwide by the Department of Defense (DOD) is the comprehensive dental plan that is available to family members of active duty service…[Read more]


  • How much radiation is used during dental x-rays?

    Our practice often gets questions about the amount of radiation received during routine x-rays. Many patients also want to understand why it is necessary for them to have them taken. Let’s start off with how much radiation you are getting during routine x-rays. The dose of radiation is measured in millirems or mrem. According to…[Read more]