Why Tooth Extraction is a Thing

Tooth loss isn’t always expected, although it’s sometimes a necessity when patients neglect necessary dental treatment for long enough. Though tooth extraction is frequently necessary, Dr. Cain doesn’t typically recommend it unless the tooth can no longer serve its function, or poses a threat to your continued good oral health. Depending on the reason for… Read more »

Can Cleaning Teeth Keep You Healthy?

A lot of what goes on in your mouth affects more than the confines of your teeth and gums. A toothache isn’t always confined to the tooth, jaw pain often translates into chronic headaches, and oral bacteria aren’t fond of respecting your mouth’s boundaries. Given the connections between your oral health and your physical wellbeing,… Read more »

What Does Fluoride Prevent?

If your home is connected to a municipal water supply, then you probably have a healthy supply of fluoride flowing from your faucets. Many toothpaste and mouthrinse brands contain the mineral, and your Gary, IN dentist can directly apply fluoride to weakened teeth to improve their protection. As a preventive dentistry measure, fluoride is a… Read more »

Crooked Teeth and Orthodontics

Orthodontic treatment is a form of professional dentistry that focuses on how well your teeth fit together, and improving their balance if they’re crooked. Known as malocclusion, crooked teeth can take many forms affect patients of all ages, and when not treated, the condition can lead to a host of subsequent dental issues resulting from… Read more »

Why Do We Lose Adult Teeth?

Do you remember losing your first tooth as a child? It’s ok if you don’t; some children begin losing their teeth at age four or five, younger than many adults can remember. The good thing about losing baby teeth is that their adult replacements are sturdier, stronger, and supposed to last. Unfortunately, that’s not always… Read more »

How Dental Fillings Work

According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), cavities affect 92% of adults in the United States ages 20-64. If you’re among them, there’s a chance you may have had your cavity treated with a metal (silver) filling. Also known as amalgam, metal fillings are a mixture of liquid mercury and a… Read more »

Teeth Grinding—Stress’ Effect on Your Dental Health

Aside from taxing your body and increasing your risk of certain systemic diseases (i.e., heart disease, stroke, etc.), stress can also take a serious toll on your dental health. Teeth grinding is a common result of stress, and bruxism (the habit of grinding your teeth) can lead to excessive tooth wear or chipped/broken teeth, throwing… Read more »

Miller Dentist Looks at Tooth Decay

Simply having teeth means that your smile is subject to dental diseases, including the most widespread one—tooth decay (the infection that causes cavities). Even if none of your teeth exhibit cavities yet, the disease can be quietly working to undermine your teeth’s defenses and destroy their structures. To help you protect your smile from infectious tooth… Read more »

FAQs About Family Smile Care

A beautiful smile looks great and helps improve overall health. Keeping your teeth and gums healthy requires regular dental care. At Healthy Smiles, we offer the latest in quality dentistry for the entire family. Your Gary, IN dentist, Dr. Nicholas Cain, can help boost the health and appearance of your smile.