1. Chew on this: Healthy foods for your dental health

    We tend to focus on the negative, but we really should be focusing on the positive! All too often you’re being told what you shouldn’t do but today we’re here to give you some helpful tips about what foods can actually benefit your teeth and overall oral health. At Smiles By Dr. Santos, we’re here for all your dental health needs. Whether that be regularly scheduled teeth cleanings or cosm…Read More

  2. Worst Foods For Your Teeth

    They say you are what you eat. But hopefully that doesn’t fully apply when talking about the worst types of food for your oral health. While many of us are generally aware of foods that are unhealthy for our bodies, we are usually blind to the types of foods that are specifically unhealthy for our oral health. Just because a food may be nutritious, that does not mean it isn’t harmful to your t…Read More

  3. How to Deal with Dental Anxiety

    If you get nervous when thinking about your next visit to the dentist, you’re not alone. About 20% of Americans actually skip out on the dentist because of fear-related anxieties. Many people experience fear when dealing with any type of dental visit, whether it’s just for a routine check up, or for a more serious issue. Your oral health is an extremely important aspect that can get overlooked…Read More

  4. How to Celebrate Oral Health Month

    April is Oral Health Month. This means that people everywhere are considering new ways to ensure they are taking good care of their gums and teeth. In celebration, we would like to give you these goals for this month to ensure the health of your smile. Visit the Dentist First and foremost, the most important thing you can do for your oral health is to visit the dentist twice a year. As important a…Read More

  5. The Lowdown on Dry Mouth

    Dry mouth is an unpleasant and embarrassing condition. Whether your new mouthwash has a high alcohol content that’s drying you out, you just ate dry food, or you are going through cancer treatments, dry mouth is the result and can be quite uncomfortable. Beyond leaving you drinking glass after glass of water to no avail, dry mouth can also have a negative impact on your oral health, and as a res…Read More

  6. How to Cope With Tooth Pain

    If you have ever had a toothache, you know that the unique pain is something that you never forget. Of course, you want to promptly see your dentist in the event of any tooth pain, but if you need to wait for whatever reason, there are ways to cope in the meantime. Here are some tips for coping with tooth pain before you come in to see your Manahawkin dentist. Causes of Tooth Pain Inflammation/Cav…Read More

  7. Best Foods to Fight Gum Disease

    Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is incredibly common: more than half of people in the U.S. have it. Unfortunately, many people who have it aren’t taking the proper steps to reverse its damage and stop its progression. The most important step to fighting gum disease is regular visits to your dentist for a cleaning. When you have gum disease, it’s important that you see your dent…Read More

  8. What You Need to Know About Gum Health

    You may be under the impression that oral health is all about those pearly whites, and it isn’t hard to understand why. While you may only think about your teeth when you schedule your next dental appointment, when you do make it into our dentist’s office on Long Beach Island, you will most certainly be talking about your gums as well. Your teeth are only half the story when it comes to your o…Read More

  9. Benefits of the Anesthesia Wand

    At Smiles by Dr. Santos, we are aware that dental treatments are often a source of stress for our patients. For some, the discomfort associated with dental visits is easily addressed with a simple numbing agent. On the other end of the spectrum, some patients have such severe anxiety around dental work that they need to be put under before procedures. Most of our patients fall somewhere in-between…Read More