Dental Sealants Help Protect the Biting Surface of Your Child’s Back Teeth

By early to mid-adolescence most child have had their 20 primary teeth completely replaced by the 32 permanent teeth that will have to serve them for the rest of their lives. When this happens it’s not uncommon for the biting surfaces of the back teeth to have deep pits and fissures in the tooth enamel…. Read more »

What Can Contouring and Shaping do for Your Teeth?

Did you know that Americans spend more than a million dollars every year on improving the appearance of their smile? Naturally, one reason Americans spend so much on having a perfect smile is that having imperfections in your smile can be embarrassing. To avoid this embarrassment, individuals tend to have crowns or implants placed, have… Read more »

Taking Care of Your Fixed Dental Bridge

At Hawkins Family Dentistry in Salem, Oregon, dental bridges are an option which our experienced dentist, Dr. Lori Hawkins, may recommend for missing teeth. You will want to take good care of your bridge, just as you keep your natural teeth and gums healthy by brushing at least twice each day and flossing at least once every… Read more »

Oral Health for Kids

How much attention do you pay to the oral health of your children? Is it something you take an active role in, or do you just hope that they get their brushing done on a semi-regular basis? The reality of it is, if you want to prevent costly, painful dental problems for your children in… Read more »

We Can Help With Teething Babies

When your baby is in pain, do you wish there was anything you could do to help them? Sadly, as you know, many things can cause pain and discomfort—including teething. If you’ve raised a child, you understand that teething can be a miserable experience–but how do you know if the pain and discomfort they are… Read more »

How to Know if You Need a Dental Veneer

Do you hesitate to smile? Are embarrassed by a chipped or discolored tooth? Do you ever wonder what can you do to improve your smile’s aesthetic appeal? If so, dental veneers may be the solution you need. As you may know, dental veneers are thin shells that can be fused to your smile. Fortunately, dental… Read more »

Smile-Care Tips When You Suffer From an Eating Disorder

Did you know that your smile greatly suffers if you have an eating disorder? Well, it’s true, which is why our dentist, Dr. , and team strongly recommend that you seek help as soon as possible. The sooner you quit this disorder, the sooner your body and smile will be healthy once again. Until you… Read more »

Is Your Smile Feeling the Effects of Dental Anxiety?

Do you put off getting the dental work you need because you are too anxious to come in for treatment? Rest assured, you are in good company, as many people experience some level of dental anxiety. But it can become problematic because avoiding professional dental treatment affects your healthy smile. You need the preventative measures… Read more »

Healthy Dental Habits for Children

Are you worried about your little one’s oral health? If you are, good for you. As you can probably guess, if you child has clean, healthy teeth while they’re young, they’ll probably develop healthy habits that can last for years to come. But, what can you do to help your little one develop these healthy… Read more »

The Five Harmful Habits

If you want to avoid annoying or disappointing your dentist when you come into for your next appointment, there are some things you can do! Smile care is extremely important and it’s best to keep up on oral hygiene and attend your six month checkups. No matter what you do to care for your teeth… Read more »