Drug Side Effects Worse Than The Problem Itself

Posted on Fri Sep 13th, 2013 at 3:34 pmEver see television ads for brand-name medications? They're hard to miss. Turn on the TV, and chances are you'll see one.

Xerostomia Can Create Short & Long-term Health Threats

Posted on Mon Jul 29th, 2013 at 12:11 pmXerostomia Can Create Short & Long-term Health Threats
We take saliva for granted. Can you imagine living without it continual basis?

Feel Like You Have "Cracker Mouth"?

Posted on Mon May 13th, 2013 at 12:13 pmWhat does Xerostomia & Crackers Have in Common?

Just Tongue-tied -- really...

Posted on Fri Mar 1st, 2013 at 3:49 pmEver seen someone who is anxious, or overexcited, suddenly not be able to speak? They try. They know what they want to say. The words just don’t come out. The person is often called “tongue-tied.”

What?!? No Ice Cream??

Posted on Tue Feb 12th, 2013 at 7:22 pmWhat?!? No Ice Cream??

Imagine not being able to lick a wonderfully cold ice cream cone on a blistering hot day.

Ankyloglossia -- What?

Posted on Thu Jan 3rd, 2013 at 6:02 pmNow say “ankyloglossia” three times fast. Feeling a bit, shall we say, “tongue-tied?”

Getting to the Point of Cracked Tooth Pain

Posted on Thu Oct 4th, 2012 at 11:57 amIf you have a cracked tooth, chances are you know it. The pain is usually sharp, sudden & unexpected. At this point, it’s time to call Dr. H.

Tooth Pain Is Hard to Not Notice

Posted on Wed Oct 2nd, 2013 at 4:18 pmIf you have sensitive teeth, chances are you know it. Pain is hard to miss. You might already be shying away from certain foods or liquids that aggravate the sensitivity.

Eating & Drinking Should Not Be a PAIN!

Posted on Tue Feb 19th, 2013 at 4:15 pmEating shouldn’t be painful. Nor should drinking or, for that matter, breathing! Yet for people with sensitive teeth, even these normal, everyday activities can cause pain.

Be an Informed Consumer of What Goes In Your Mouth

Posted on Fri Feb 8th, 2013 at 4:12 pmBeing an informed consumer is challenging. As our previous posts on mouth rinses discussed, it’s easy to get lost in the bombardment of messages, advertising and, once getting ready to purchase, the sheer volume of different products.

Read the Label Before You Swish

Posted on Tue Feb 5th, 2013 at 4:09 pmPeople are reading food labels to be sure they don’t have too much sugar, too little fiber, or an overdose of salt.

Oral Care Rainbow

Posted on Fri Feb 1st, 2013 at 4:06 pmIn recent months, we’ve addressed in depth the “hows” and “whys” of brushing and flossing, the building blocks of good oral hygiene.

Staying in the Pink

Posted on Tue Jan 29th, 2013 at 4:04 pmWhen one considers “oral hygiene,” they probably don’t think “string.”

Good habits can be hard to develop….

Posted on Fri Jan 25th, 2013 at 3:59 pmProper oral hygiene definitely falls into the “good” category. Knowing its benefits – a bright smile, and potential tremendous savings in pain and expense – brushing and flossing hopefully isn’t too difficult of a habit to learn.

We Aren’t Born with Brushing Skills

Posted on Tue Jan 22nd, 2013 at 3:56 pmAnyone familiar with oral health has heard the old maxim “Brush and floss daily.” It’s easy to say, and is almost a cliché.

Good Brushing Habit Start at a Young Age

Posted on Tue Jan 15th, 2013 at 3:52 pmIf good habits indeed start at a young age, a child’s primary (or “baby”) teeth offer a fertile training ground.

If a Baby Doesn’t Have Any Teeth, There’s No Reason to Worry, Right?

Posted on Fri Jan 11th, 2013 at 3:50 pmIf a Baby Doesn’t Have Any Teeth, There’s No Reason to Worry, Right?

Keeping the Tooth Fairy Busy

Posted on Tue Jan 8th, 2013 at 3:46 pmIntroduced to children when they start losing their primary or “baby” teeth, usually around age 6, the Fairy’s balloon of belief is usually popped well before the last tooth falls out.

Click…Pop…A Pain in the Jaw

Posted on Fri Jan 4th, 2013 at 3:43 pmSpeaking and eating are part of our everyday lives. We use our jaws more than we think. Given this reality, complications from the condition called “TMJ” can be a literal pain.

Is That Clicking Sound Your Phone or Your Jaw?

Posted on Wed Jan 2nd, 2013 at 3:37 pmWe all know the old joke about someone’s jaw being sore from talking too much. Perhaps we know someone for whom this could actually be possible, as well …

Whiten Your Teeth with Dr. Edward Hoffmann, DDS

Posted on Fri Dec 28th, 2012 at 3:33 pmAfter careful consideration, you’ve made the decision: You’re going to whiten your teeth.

Lights, Camera – Smile!

Posted on Tue Dec 25th, 2012 at 3:30 pmIf you’ve ever watched celebrities walk the “Red Carpet” at the Academy Awards or elsewhere, you might notice one commonality: Almost all have bright, white smiles that nearly blind the camera.

Show Off Your Smile!

Posted on Fri Dec 21st, 2012 at 3:26 pmA bright smile brightens the world – isn’t there an old saying to that effect? It must be true, or teeth whitening treatments wouldn’t be as popular as they are.

Is Your Bad Breath From What You Ate..or Worse?

Posted on Tue Dec 18th, 2012 at 3:19 pmHalitosis is hard to miss. If someone has chronic bad breath, chances are you’ve noticed it. No one wants to have the condition, nor be on its receiving end.

Just Bad Breath or Something More Serious

Posted on Fri Dec 14th, 2012 at 2:59 pmMany people who suffer from halitosis – or chronic bad breath – probably don’t know it.

You Might Need More Than a Tic-Tac

Posted on Fri Dec 7th, 2012 at 2:41 pmNot all dental topics are purely medical in nature. Some have social implications

Age Doesn’t Eliminate Tooth Decay

Posted on Tue Dec 4th, 2012 at 2:28 pmIt’s possible to believe that, once we get older, there’s no worry about getting cavities anymore. After all, that’s an affliction of kids who eat too much candy and drink sugared soda, right?
In a word: No.

Cavities Are Far From Uncommon

Posted on Fri Nov 30th, 2012 at 2:25 pmIf you have a cavity or two, don’t beat yourself up. Ninety percent of adults worldwide have experienced cavities. It’s far from an uncommon condition.

What Causes a Cavity?

Posted on Tue Nov 27th, 2012 at 2:18 pmCavities in teeth might seem pretty basic – a tooth starts hurting, the dentist diagnoses a cavity, and he or she fills it. The pain is gone and life goes on.

Are Cavities a Fact of Life?

Posted on Fri Nov 23rd, 2012 at 1:47 pm42% of children ages 2 to 11 already have at least one cavity, according to the NHNE data. The number rises to 59 % by age 19.

Causes of Periodontal Disease: Smoking, Stress…

Posted on Tue Nov 20th, 2012 at 1:42 pmBy now, you might think that we’ve covered everything there is to discuss about periodontal disease. Almost, but not quite …

Does Periodontal Disease Just Affect Gums & Teeth?

Posted on Fri Nov 16th, 2012 at 1:39 pmSo, you thought that periodontal disease only affected gums and teeth? Maybe, and maybe not. Research is showing a possible connection between periodontal disease and systemic conditions elsewhere in the body.

Long-term Effects of Periodontal Disease – Tooth Loss

Posted on Tue Nov 13th, 2012 at 1:29 pmNo one who knows the potential long-term effect of periodontal disease – i.e., tooth loss – will take it lightly. As we’re reiterated before, practicing good oral health and getting regular dental checkups can prevent periodontal disease and many other dismaying conditions.

Periodontal Disease – Uncomfortable and Unsightly

Posted on Fri Nov 9th, 2012 at 1:24 pmWhen people develop open wounds on their bodies, it’s often evidence of a chronic condition. Diabetics can sustain open wounds on their feet. People confined to a bed or wheelchair might have bedsores.

Periodontal disease is the dental equivalent.

Swollen & Discolored Gums — Could be Gingivitis…

Posted on Tue Nov 6th, 2012 at 1:11 pmOur bodies have ways of talking to us. Pain, for example, is an obvious indicator that something is wrong.

Brushing and Flossing Are Still In Style

Posted on Fri Nov 2nd, 2012 at 1:06 pmWhen it comes to dental health – and visits to the dentist – a few things commonly come to mind.

Take a Break from the Sticky-Gooie Stuff

Posted on Tue Oct 30th, 2012 at 1:02 pmYou understand why they are being put on. Dr. Hoffmann clearly explains why and when braces are used to correct specific dental conditions. It’s not a decision made lightly.

Patients Must Have Patience with Braces

Posted on Fri Oct 26th, 2012 at 12:59 pmWe’ve said it before, but it deserves reiterating: Correcting a dental condition with braces is a gradual process. It takes patience. It takes discipline. It involves some minor lifestyle changes. And, in the vast majority of cases, the correction is permanent and welcomed.

Teeth Aren’t Corrected Overnight

Posted on Tue Oct 23rd, 2012 at 12:50 pmDental conditions that require treatment with braces aren’t corrected overnight. Treatment lasts at least several months and sometimes years. Patients understandably have many questions, not the least of which are “What will be put in my mouth?” and “What will it look like?”

The Earlier the Better with Teeth & Braces

Posted on Fri Oct 19th, 2012 at 12:39 pmThere’s an educational axiom that “children learn in different ways.” Yet, most children follow the same prescribed educational path, progressing from grade to grade each year of their lives.

Braces Teach Crooked Teeth to “Straighten Up!”

Posted on Tue Oct 16th, 2012 at 12:34 pmSchool is back in full swing, evidenced by the rumbling of buses in the morning and the excited voices on playgrounds during the day.

Not Your Parent’s Braces…

Posted on Fri Oct 12th, 2012 at 12:28 pmFor many families, though, the biggest adjustment is children returning to school. Routines change, schedules fill and priorities shift from play to study.

At Brookfield Smiles, we’re glad to go along with the “back to school” theme. After all, early education can lead to a lifetime of good oral health.

Are Dental Implants Right For You? Part 2

Posted on Tue Oct 9th, 2012 at 12:24 pmLosing a tooth (or teeth) can be traumatic. Thankfully, it doesn’t have to be forever.

Are Dental Implants Right For You? Part 1

Posted on Fri Oct 5th, 2012 at 12:20 pmDental implants are a modern, common-sense treatment for people who are missing teeth. They can literally return a smile to someone’s face.

Dental Implants Can Improve Your Smile

Posted on Tue Oct 2nd, 2012 at 12:17 pmWe call our practice Brookfield Smiles for a reason. We want all our patients to have a bright, lively smile.

Kids' Dental Health

Posted on Fri Sep 28th, 2012 at 12:14 pmKids' Dental Health

Zoom! Tooth Whitening

Posted on Tue Sep 25th, 2012 at 12:10 pmPatients can have their teeth painlessly whitened by up to six to 10 shades.

Tooth Pain Is Hard to Not Notice

Posted on Fri Sep 21st, 2012 at 11:53 amIf you have sensitive teeth, chances are you know it. Pain is hard to miss. You might already be shying away from certain foods or liquids that aggravate the sensitivity.

“You’re a Pain in my Tooth”…

Posted on Mon Sep 17th, 2012 at 11:46 amSensitive teeth are no fun. In fact, they can seriously detract from a person’s quality of life. Being paranoid about everything that goes in one’s mouth quickly gets old.

It doesn’t have to be like this. Treatments for tooth sensitivity are many and usually quite effective. The only question might be: What are you waiting for?

Not All It’s Cracked Up to Be

Posted on Fri Sep 14th, 2012 at 11:02 amSharp pain is the body's warning signal that something is seriously wrong. It goes beyond "ignore at your own peril." The pain is so severe it can't be dismissed. A sharp pain when biting down shouldn't be ignored, either. Unlike the discomfort of sensitive teeth, which we've explored in recent posts, this sharp pain comes and goes. Yet it's impossible to miss.