An Orthodontics Overview

The root word “ortho” means “straight or upright.” Orthodontics— you guessed it – help make your teeth straight. But oh, how it can do so much more!

A lovely smile with straight teeth and an even bite is equal parts functional and beautiful – and thanks to scientific progress, all that can be yours. Orthodontics is an area of dentistry that focuses on how the bones and teeth of your mouth are placed and fit together. Read more ›

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I’d Rather Have a Root Canal

Have you ever heard someone say, “It was worse than a root canal?” Most of us in Rochester are used to hearing root canals compared to some genuinely unpleasant circumstances, but Dr. Nozik and Dr. Tumminelli would like to set the record straight and talk about how root canals can do some serious dental good. Read more ›

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Are You Singing the Toothache Blues?

Are you or a loved one suffering from the toothache blues? Don’t wait around in pain for the problem to resolve itself. Although we do enjoy spending quality time with our patients at White Spruce Dental, we don’t want any Rochester residents to have to undergo dental procedures that could have been avoided. A toothache can be a sign of a much more serious problem that should be addressed immediately, but there are a few things you can do at home, in the meantime, to get temporary relief from toothache pain. Read more ›

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When a Toothache is Not a Toothache

Most of us in Rochester have experienced a toothache. At their mildest, toothaches may cause just enough discomfort to get on your nerves and disrupt your concentration, but at their worst, they can be debilitating. Because the pain feels like it’s coming from your tooth, it’s natural to assume that all toothaches are caused by cavities, gum disease, or some other tooth-related problem. However, Dr. Nozik and Dr. Tumminelli would like you to know that not all toothaches are related to your teeth.

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Need a Tooth Extraction? Don’t Be Afraid!

We’ve all had a toothache at some point or another. While you should always consult your Rochester dentist, it’s not always a serious problem. Often, the issue can be fixed with a filling or a root canal. However, many Rochester residents have found themselves in a situation where the tooth is not salvageable, and the only solution is for Dr. Nozik and Dr. Tumminelli to perform an extraction, or remove the tooth. Today, Dr. Nozik and Dr. Tumminelli at White Spruce Dental would like to talk about what you can expect from an extraction and why it’s not something to fear! Read more ›

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Ice Cravings – A Sign of Something Worse?

We all know someone who asks for extra ice just so they can chew on it. And we’ve probably all heard that chewing ice is not healthy for your teeth. So what’s the truth? Is it best to put a stop to ice chewing? Absolutely, and for more reasons than most people are aware of. Dr. Nozik & Dr. Tumminelli want all Rochester residents to know why chewing ice is a bad habit, so please read on for the facts!  Read more ›

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Professional Dental Cleanings Make a Big Difference

You’ve been hearing it for years – “make sure to visit Dr. Nozik or Dr. Tumminelli twice a year for your regular cleanings.” Just in case you’ve ever wondered why regular professional dental cleanings are so important, we at White Spruce Dental would like to take this opportunity to let Rochester residents in on some information you don’t often hear. Let this article serve as your personal guide to the benefits of getting your teeth cleaned. If you have any questions or find that you are suddenly inspired to visit us for a cleaning, feel free to give us a call!

Why You Should Get Your Teeth Professionally Cleaned

Unfortunately, some folks in Rochester believe that visiting the dentist is unnecessary as long as you brush and floss regularly. That just isn’t the case. In addition to keeping your teeth clean and healthy, regular visits to our expert hygienists at White Spruce Dental ensure that we can have a good look at your pearly whites and make sure nothing is wrong. If you don’t come in for professional dental cleanings, you’ll only need more expensive work later in life.

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The Benefits of Composite Fillings

Traditionally, dentists have used what’s known as amalgam, or special metal alloys, to fill cavities. However, modern dental medicine has advanced to the point that Dr. Nozik & Dr. Tumminelli can offer Rochester patients a much better option for filling holes caused by tooth decay: composite fillings. At White Spruce Dental, we would like to educate you on the benefits of tooth-colored, composite fillings, so please let this article serve as your personal fillings fact sheet. Read more ›

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Oxygen Therapy – A Breath of Fresh Air

Your Rochester dentists, Drs. Nozik & Tumminelli at White Spruce Dental know that no two patients are alike. Everyone deserves a personalized approach to oral health – but what is something no patient (or even human) can live without? Air—or more specifically, oxygen.

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Lemon Juice – The Good, the Bad, & the Sour

In a great tale of opposites, lemon juice can be both acidic and basic, or alkaline. Read on to find out why people are talking about this, and what it means for your oral and overall health.

What is pH and why does it matter?

Drinking lemon juice (usually diluted in a glass of water or added to a cup of tea) is a beloved health tonic among fans of natural medicine. Potential benefits include lower cholesterol, lower inflammation in the body, and increased metabolism and energy. Lemon also contains high levels of antioxidants and vitamin C that boost your immune system.

On a scale from 0-14, a pH of 7 is neutral (pure water) while numbers below 7 are acidic (unhealthy), and above 7 are basic or alkaline (healthy). Believers in holistic health blame many ailments on the body’s pH being too low or too acidic. Increasing your body’s pH is called “alkalizing.” Read more ›

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