Blog Archive

Kicking the Tobacco Habit is Good for your Mouth Oct 30th, 2017

While the current percentage of Americans who smoke cigarettes is the lowest it’s been indecades, those who continue the habit remain at risk for heart and lung disease. Additionally,while we know smoking is also bad for our oral health, most don’t understand just how bad it is…More Than Just Stained...

Understanding the Five Stages of Tooth Decay Oct 21st, 2017

Did you know there are five distinct stages of tooth decay? And, that in the first stage of decay, youcan actually take steps to reverse the progression of the disease? Indeed, it’s true. In the first stageof decay, whether you’re a child or an adult, the application of fluoride via...

Best and Worst Halloween Candy for Your Teeth Oct 1st, 2017

With Halloween right around the corner, it’s best to be mindful of the candies that we choose to eat because some of the ingredients can cause some teeth problems. The bacteria in your mouth actually eats the sugar and leftover food in your mouth. This causes a weak acid to...

September is National Gum Care Month Sep 1st, 2017

At Lighthouse Family Dentistry in Monterey, we are aware that the early stage of periodontal disease, also called gingivitis, can be hard to recognize. Early signs of gum disease include swollen gums and bleeding. During the month of September, there is a national campaign taking place to spread awareness around...

The Easy Way to Get Rid of Cold Sores: Laser Treatment Aug 1st, 2017

Laser treatment for cold sores can significantly ease the pain and embarrassment of this outbreak. Cold sores treated with technology generally heal faster than other treatments and if they reappear the severity is much less.Also called fever blister, cold sores are a viral infection that results with small blisters forming...

Are Veneers the Right Option for You? Jul 1st, 2017

Being confident about showcasing a winning smile is so so important. Unfortunately, people with a “less than perfect teeth” often avoid smiling because they’re self-conscious about the appearance of their mouth. Their anxiety can even lead to physical and emotional pain. Luckily, the world of cosmetic dentistry is always advancing...

The Connection Between Energy Drinks and Your Oral Health Jun 1st, 2017

According to researchers, drinking sports and energy drinks can cause damage to teeth that could be irreversible. Tooth enamel ends up eroding because of the high acidity level of the beverages. Enamel is crucial to keep teeth protected to decay and cavities.Teenagers seem to be the age group most at...

5 Snacks that You May Not Realize are Harming Your Teeth May 1st, 2017

Most people are aware of the obvious foods that could be harmful to teeth. However, there are some surprising things that we put into our mouths that we might not be aware are causing damage to our pearly whites. Lighthouse Family Dentistry recommends that you be conscious of the snacks...

Is There Such a Thing as Over Brushing? The Answer may Surprise You. Apr 1st, 2017

Most of us have been taught to brush our teeth regularly and to ensure the overall health of teeth and gums. There’s even the old quote, “You don’t have to brush all your teeth. Just the ones you want to keep.” Like most things in life, “overdoing it” generally does...

You Can’t Stop Grinding Your Teeth. How Can We Help? Mar 1st, 2017

Have you been under stress and waking up in the mornings with a headache or a tightness in your jaw? Perhaps the headache and jaw stiffness subside during the day but then seem to return in the mornings. If these symptoms persist, there’s a possibility that you might be grinding your...

How Should I Clean My Baby’s Teeth? Feb 1st, 2017

To ensure proper dental care for your baby in the future, establishing a regular oral hygiene routine for your baby early on is strongly recommend. Neglecting your baby’s teeth could lead to tooth decay, cavities, and cause permanent teeth to grow in crooked. As soon as the first tooth begins...

What's New in Dental Technology Jan 2nd, 2017

The field of dental technology is always changing. There is always some new discovery destined to change the way we treat your teeth. The new year is here, so that means new tools and technology. What can we expect to see in 2017, regarding dental technology?The answer, first begins, with...

What Makes Lighthouse Family Dentistry Special and Unique? Dec 1st, 2016

What makes Lighthouse Family Dentistry special and unique among other Monterey dentists? A lot of our patients say they love our garden, and it helps add to the relaxing atmosphere of our dental practice.But here are three additional ways Dr. Patricia Van Kooten and her team stand out in the...

Cashing In On Your Dental Insurance Benefits Before Year End Nov 1st, 2016

It’s that time of year again. If you have dental insurance benefits, a Flexible Spending Account (FSA), or a Health Savings Account (HSA) plan, it’s time to book your appointment before 2016 is over. After all, you are probably paying into it, so make sure you use it before the end...