Don’t Panic At the Words “Root Canal”

After all these years, root canals have gotten a bad reputation as one of the last dental experiences anyone would want to have. But a root canal is definitely preferable to an extraction. In years gone by, if the pulp of your tooth was damaged or infected, the only choice may have been an extraction…. Read more »

A Brief Timeline of Noteworthy Events in Ancient Dentistry

Have you ever thought about how dentistry had its beginning? Its legacy penetrates farther than the roots of your teeth – as far back as 12,000 BC. Here is a brief timeline of noteworthy events in ancient dentistry: 12,000 BC: A prehistoric infected tooth from old-world Italy was cleaned with flint tools. Thousands of years… Read more »

Taking Care of Your Dentures

Dentures are not natural teeth. Because of that, you may be tempted to let your dental care fall by the wayside. However, your dentures can accumulate food particles and bacteria just like natural teeth. Dentures need to be cleaned with dish soap or hand soap or a toothpaste that has been formulated for use on… Read more »

Teeth and Gums 101: Mouthwash

Mouthwash and mouth cleansers are used for a variety of tasks and services, but for the most part, they exist to keep your breath fresh and your mouth clean. At the most rudimentary level, a fresh mouth is usually a good indicator of excellent oral hygiene. Mouthwash can also be used to brighten smiles, strengthen… Read more »

Know the Symptoms of Oral Cancer

Sonrisa Dental conducts an oral cancer screening exam every time you come in for a dental visit. This includes a close examination for any signs of oral cancer in the throat, gums, lips, cheeks, or neck areas. Signs may include lumps of different tissue, unending sores, or strange discoloration. Dr. Jorge Ferreira and his experts… Read more »

Keep Bad Brushing Habits at Bay

Is your child’s oral health in danger of failure? Are your child’s teeth in need of brushing? The answer is that if you do not brush your child’s teeth at least twice a day, their teeth can fail. Keep bad brushing habits at bay by following these helpful tips: – For optimum oral health care… Read more »

Did You Know That Sugarless Gum Can Be Good for Your Smile?

Did you know that chewing sugar-free gum can actually be good for your smile? We already know that brushing and flossing after meals help keep plaque–that sticky bacterial film that tends to coat the teeth and gums unless removed daily and which leads to tooth decay and gum disease–at bay. But studies have shown that… Read more »

Restore Broken Smiles with Dental Bridges

Is your smile broken due to lost or missing teeth? Restore broken smiles with dental bridges. Dental bridges are an excellent tooth replacement service that seeks to improve your oral health by replacing teeth that have gone away. With a full smile, your mouth will be much healthier and look better too. Dental bridges are… Read more »

What Is Fluoride and What Does It Do?

What is fluoride and what does it do? They call fluoride nature’s cavity fighter because it is a naturally occurring mineral that can strengthen and enhance tooth enamel. Tooth enamel is the thin layer on the surface of your teeth the protects your teeth from damage caused by bacteria and harmful acids that result in… Read more »

Temporary Remedies for Oral Emergencies

If you or someone you know has a dental emergency, the first thing to do is stay calm. Then pick up the phone and call Sonrisa Dental in Santa Fe, New Mexico at 505-455-2176 immediately. Here are some things to do at home in the short interim between your call and our prompt professional attention:… Read more »