Why Do I Have a Bitter Taste in My Mouth?

Why Do I Have a Bitter Taste in My Mouth?

When you drink a glass of lemonade, a bitter or sour taste is common, but it normally disappears after a little time or after brushing your teeth. However, if you have a bitter taste in your mouth that lingers or remains for an extended time and doesn’t improve after...
Jaw Pain on One Side: Causes and Treatment

Jaw Pain on One Side: Causes and Treatment

No one wants to experience pain, but sudden pain can be even more challenging when you don’t know what is causing it. Whether you wake up with sudden jaw pain or it slowly builds during the day, you may assume that it is something dental-related. While times,...
What is the Safest Way to Whiten Teeth?

What is the Safest Way to Whiten Teeth?

We all hope for a bright, beautiful, and healthy smile. Unfortunately, that isn’t always the reality and tooth discoloration can often dull a beautiful, bright smile, leaving many to consider tooth whitening options. One trip down your local dental care aisle and you...
Does Smoking Make Tooth Pain Worse?

Does Smoking Make Tooth Pain Worse?

We all know that smoking is bad for our overall health, but it can also be a major contributor to oral health problems. Whether you are smoking traditional cigarettes, cigars, vapes, or hookah water pipes, your risk of dental complications increases. But what about...
What to Do in a Dental Emergency?

What to Do in a Dental Emergency?

Dental emergencies happen all the time but, when it happens to you, it can be a painful and scary situation. But what do you do when a dental emergency occurs and what is a true dental emergency? At New Leaf Rohnert Park, we understand how frightening a dental...
Do Hospitals Have Dentists?

Do Hospitals Have Dentists?

Dental emergencies happen all the time. In fact, dental-related visits to the hospital emergency room for tooth pain or other dental emergencies account for over $2 billion in hospital costs for patients nationally each year. But what can the ER do for tooth pain and...
How to Stop a Gag Reflex?

How to Stop a Gag Reflex?

Everyone has a gag reflex, but if your gag reflex is considered exaggerated, it can make it difficult to undergo any routine dental treatment and put you at risk of dental decay and tooth loss. So, what can you do to reduce your urge to gag? How do you suppress your...
How to Prevent a Root Canal?

How to Prevent a Root Canal?

Despite being a dental procedure that makes most people cringe, many do not even know what a root canal is. This common dental procedure is designed to save a damaged or decayed tooth, allowing you to maintain your smile. Despite its effectiveness and the fact that...
Should I Brush My Teeth Before or After Breakfast?

Should I Brush My Teeth Before or After Breakfast?

We all know the importance of daily brushing and flossing. You have likely heard that you should brush your teeth twice daily with a soft-bristle toothbrush. When should you brush your teeth in the morning? Is it better to brush your teeth before or after breakfast?...
12 Best Treatments for Canker Sores

12 Best Treatments for Canker Sores

If you suffer from canker sores, you are not alone. In fact, canker sores affect about 1 in 10 people regularly. They typically begin appearing in the late teens to early twenties and affect women more than men. While most canker sores heal on their own with time,...
Does Toothpaste Expire?

Does Toothpaste Expire?

When you think about that gallon of milk in the fridge, you keep a close eye on the expiration date. No one wants to take a drink of spoiled milk. But what about your toothpaste? Does your toothpaste expire? Is using expired toothpaste dangerous to your teeth or your...
What Does a Cavity Look Like

What Does a Cavity Look Like

If you have gone in for a dental exam and been told you have a cavity, it may often come as a surprise. You follow a good oral hygiene routine, so how could you have a cavity? What are the signs of cavities, and what are the symptoms? Is there any way you can see the...