Why Does My Mouth and Jaw Sit Open Naturally?

Located in the front lower part of the ear, the temporomandibular joint or TMJ allows the lower jaw to move. When you open your mouth wide, a ball known as the condyle makes its way out of the socket, moves forward, and goes back into place when the mouth closes. When the condyle moves too far and gets stuck in... read more »

Why Do My Top Gums Show When I Smile

Patients often come to our office and wonder why the top of their gums show when they smile. These patients have a condition called a gummy smile. A gummy smile can take away their self-confidence and prevent them from enjoying the well proportioned, moviestar smile they deserve. There are a number of different reasons they may have a gummy smile.... read more »

Why Do My Teeth Always Feel Sticky, Even After Brushing My Teeth?

Have you noticed that your teeth always feel sticky, even after you’ve brushed them? If so, know that sticky teeth are the results of plaque. Plaque is comprised of food particles, saliva, detrimental to your teeth, gums, and mouth. Unfortunately, plaque buildup can lead to yellow teeth, bad breath, and bleeding gums. In the most severe cases, it can cause... read more »

Why Do I Wake Up with a Dry or Parched Mouth?

Waking up with a dry or parched mouth is incredibly uncomfortable. If you’ve ever experienced this, you know that it can feel as if you haven’t brushed your teeth in forever. Let’s take a closer look at why dry mouth happens and how you can prevent it in the future. Causes of Dry Mouth When you don’t salivate enough to... read more »

When Will Insurance Cover Invisalign?

Here at Costa Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we are pleased to offer Invisalign to patients who are in search of a comfortable, discreet way to achieve the smiles of their dreams. If you are a busy student, parent, or professional and turned off by the ideal of traditional metal braces, Invisalign may be right for you. Unlike traditional metal braces,... read more »

When Do Invisalign Attachments Come Off?

Most patients that visit our office have heard of Invisalign. They know it involves clear aligner trays that can be removed for eating, drinking, brushing, and flossing. Patients often prefer Invisalign to traditional metal braces so they can straighten their teeth and achieve attractive smiles in a discreet and comfortable manner. Sometimes, we recommend attachments to Invisalign patients. When we... read more »

What to Do When General Anesthesia Wears Off After Tooth Removal

After tooth removal, you should expect to experience some pain. The good news is that the pain can be well managed with pain medication and should slowly improve each day. In the event your pain does not improve, we encourage you to contact our office right way. What Causes Pain? The most obvious and major reason you’ll face pain is... read more »

What is the Teeth Whitening System that Looks Like It Lights Up Your Mouth?

Products for whitening your teeth have been in advertisements all over recently. Influencers on all social media platforms have been seen posing with their glowing mouth guard, raving about how white their teeth are now because of it, and how much they love their new product! But what is this teeth whitening system? And why does it glow? The new... read more »

What Happens if I Burn My Tongue? Should I Go to the Dentist?

Tongue burns are a frequent occurrence. They typically occur after you eat or drink something hot such as coffee or soup. Tongue burns may also be the result of dry mouth, dentures, vitamin deficiencies, allergic reactions, diabetes, hormone imbalance, injury to the mouth, or grinding of the teeth. Fortunately, a mild tongue burn isn’t usually a big deal and will... read more »

What Do People Do When They Travel With Sleep Apnea?

If you are living with sleep apnea, you may wonder how you are supposed to travel with the condition. While many people believe they should just leave their continuous positive airway pressure or CPAP machine at home, this is far from the truth. You should pack your CPAP machine in your carry-on luggage rather than you checked luggage. This way,... read more »