Patient Education

The best Leawood dentist doesn’t only provide patients with top dental treatment, but also gives them useful information about oral health. At Dental Expressions of Leawood, we do just that and more! We care about our patients and want them to have everything they need to maintain good oral health. We’ve compiled a great amount of educational information on a wide range of topics that span from brushing to gum disease to cavities. Check out some of the resourceful topics below to learn more!

If you have any questions about your oral health and want to set up an appointment with a Leawood dentist, please contact us at 913-851-1018 today.

  • Bad Breath

    The medical term for bad breath is “halitosis”. It is very common and affects all of us at one time or another.  Certainly brushing, flossing, and even mouth wash can help remedy this problem temporarily. There are many things that can cause bad breath .  It can be a result of poor dental hygiene or […]

  • Brushing

    Use a toothbrush with soft bristles and a small strip of fluoride toothpaste. When you brush your teeth, move the brush in small circular motions to reach food particles that may be under your gum line. Hold the toothbrush at an angle and brush slowly and carefully, covering all areas between teeth and the surface […]

  • Canker Sores

    Canker sores (aphthous ulcers) are small sores inside the mouth that often recur. Generally lasting one or two weeks, the duration of canker sores can be reduced by the use of antimicrobial mouthwashes or topical agents. The canker sore has a white or gray base surrounded by a red border.  Simple canker sores may occur […]

  • Cavities

    Cavities, or tooth decay, is a preventable disease.  When your teeth and gums are consistently exposed to large amounts of starches and sugars, acids may form that begin to eat away at your teeth. Carbohydrate-rich foods such as candy, cookies, soft drinks and even fruit juices leave deposits on your teeth. Those deposits bond with […]

  • Dental Health

    Why Good Dental Health is Important Many studies and research have concluded on the importance of starting children early in their lives with good dental hygiene and oral care. According to research, the most common chronic childhood disease in America is tooth decay, affecting 50 percent of first-graders and 80 percent of 17-year-olds. Early treatment […]

  • Gum Disease

    Gum disease is also referred to as periodontal disease, and it is a bacterial infection that destroys the attachment fibers and supporting bones that anchor the teeth in the mouth.  Gum disease if left untreated could lead to tooth loss as well as increased risk of heart attack or stroke.  The leading cause is plaque […]

  • Orthodontic Problems

    A bite that does not meet properly (a malocclusion) can be inherited, or some types may be acquired. Some causes of malocclusion include missing or extra teeth, crowded teeth or misaligned jaws. Accidents or developmental issues, such as finger or thumb sucking over an extended period of time, may cause an improper bite or malocclusion. […]

  • Sealants

    The grooves and depressions that form the chewing surfaces of the back teeth are extremely difficult (if not impossible) to clean of bacteria and food. As the bacteria reacts with the food, acids form and break down the tooth enamel, causing cavities. Recent studies indicate that 88 percent of total cavities in American school children […]

  • Sensitive Teeth

    Your teeth expand and contract in reaction to changes in temperature. Hot and cold food and beverages can cause pain or irritation to people with sensitive teeth. Over time, tooth enamel can be worn down, gums may shrink or teeth may develop tiny cracks, exposing the interior of the tooth and irritating nerve endings. Just […]