We love to talk about the fun and interesting sides of oral health, but today, there is something much more serious on our minds. We care about the health of everyone in San Luis Obispo, and as dental care professionals, we feel it is our duty to educate you on how to be as safe and healthy as you can be. While you have probably heard of the human papillomavirus and oral cancer, most people don’t know that they are linked. Here is some information from Dr. Colleran about the topic. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Michael Colleran, DDS. Read more ›
If you are a parent, you probably know how difficult it is to get San Luis Obispo children to brush and floss regularly. On top of that, young children often lack the necessary motor skills to properly care for their teeth. At Michael Colleran, DDS, we want your whole family to have excellent dental health, so here’s some information on how Dr. Colleran can help protect your kids from tooth decay. If you have any questions or would like to schedule a consultation, please contact us. Read more ›
Imagine this – you have come to see Dr. Colleran for a cleaning and routine check-up. The cleaning goes well, but then Dr. Colleran tells you that you have a cavity. You’ve been dreading the possibility of this news and now you fear that something must be wrong since you have been brushing and flossing regularly.
We at Michael Colleran, DDS see this happen every day and want to put your mind at ease. Cavities are very common and usually a simple fix for Dr. Colleran. Use this guide to learn about what cavities are and how you can prevent them. Read more ›
Have you ever heard someone say, “It was worse than a root canal?” Most of us in San Luis Obispo are used to hearing root canals compared to some genuinely unpleasant circumstances, but Dr. Colleran would like to set the record straight and talk about how root canals can do some serious dental good. Read more ›
Originally created for people unable to consume regular sugars, alternative and artificial sweeteners have become extremely popular in San Luis Obispo in all kinds of different products. From chewing gum to diet soda, Dr. Colleran wants you to know which of these options are best for your dental and general health – so here are the facts about a few of the most common sweeteners.
The Big Five Sugar Substitutes
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What is Gum Disease?
The short answer: Gum disease is a common gum infection that can become very problematic, but you can prevent it!
The long answer: all the tissues in your body have a self-defense mechanism called “inflammation.” When bacteria build up in your mouth, your gum tissue will inflame to try and kill it. Gum inflammation is called gingivitis and looks like red, soft, and sore gum tissue.
Over time, gingivitis can lead to more troublesome gum disease (called periodontitis) that can grow even deeper and start to harm the bones of your teeth and jaw. Severe gum disease can wreak havoc in your mouth. Pregnant women need to be especially careful because gum disease is linked with pre-term births and babies with low birth weight.
Every mom and mom-to-be wants the best start for their baby on their journey into parenthood. Read on from Dr. Colleran at Michael Colleran, DDS to learn more about gum disease and pregnancy. Read more ›
You’ve been hearing it for years – “make sure to visit Dr. Colleran twice a year for your regular cleanings.” Just in case you’ve ever wondered why regular dental cleanings are so important, we at the office of Michael Colleran, DDS would like to take this opportunity to let San Luis Obispo 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.
Why You Should Get Your Teeth Professionally Cleaned
Unfortunately, some folks in San Luis Obispo 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 the office of Michael Colleran, DDS 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 cleanings, you’ll only need more expensive work later in life. Read more ›
Many San Luis Obispo residents will lose a tooth at some point in their lives, but that doesn’t mean your smile needs to suffer. There are numerous ways to fix a lost tooth, but today, Dr. Colleran would like to educate you about the best option for a healthy smile that will last a lifetime: dental implants. If you have any questions or would like to schedule a consultation, don’t hesitate to give us at Michael Colleran, DDS a call. Read more ›
We’ve all had a toothache at some point or another. While you should always consult your San Luis Obispo dentist, it’s not always a serious problem. Often, the issue can be fixed with a filling or a root canal. However, many San Luis Obispo residents have found themselves in a situation where the tooth is not salvageable, and the only solution is for Dr. Colleran to perform an extraction, or remove the tooth. Today, Dr. Colleran at Michael Colleran, DDS would like to talk about what you can expect from an extraction and why it’s not something to fear! Read more ›
For many San Luis Obispo residents, one thing stands in the way of a healthy, beautiful smile – fear of the dentist! Even routine cleanings can be scary for folks with dental phobia. However, at Michael Colleran, DDS we have made it our business to offer you the most comfortable dental experience possible, which is why Dr. Colleran offers sedation dentistry services. There’s a lot of misinformation floating around, so here are the facts about sedation dentistry. Read more ›