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How Root Canals Save Teeth Oct 1st, 2022

Do you cringe at the thought of getting a root canal? You shouldn’t. There’s nothing scary about this procedure. A root canal removes the infection and saves your tooth. Many people shudder at the thought of getting a root canal because they’re misinformed or they just don’t know what’s involved....

Tips for Choosing a Pediatric Dentist Sep 1st, 2022

Dental health plays a vital role in the development of children. Unfortunately, over 13% of children and adolescents ages 5-19 have untreated cavities. Kids need to learn the importance of taking care of their teeth at an early age. It can affect their health in the long term. Getting the right pediatric dentist can...

How to Manage Tooth Sensitivity After Teeth Whitening Aug 1st, 2022

Professional “chairside” teeth whitening treatments and clinical-grade take-home whitening kits are two of the safest, most effective ways to get a bright, luminous smile you can’t wait to share.  It’s not uncommon for people to experience mild to moderate tooth sensitivity issues after a whitening treatment. Luckily, these effects are usually temporary,...

When to See Your Dentist About Bleeding Gums Jul 1st, 2022

Maybe you’ve noticed a little blood when you brush or floss. It may seem harmless, but you should see it as a bright red flag — literally. The fact is, the primary cause of bleeding gums is plaque buildup, and ignoring it only leads to more problems. In the early stages, plaque...

Can Straighter Teeth Prevent Cavities? Jun 1st, 2022

Having crooked teeth is generally regarded as a cosmetic issue, but here at Cherry Family Dental, our team knows that straightening out crooked teeth with Invisalign ® clear aligners can provide a host of benefits, including improved digestion, clear speech, increased self-confidence, and reduced jaw pain.  Straighter teeth can even help prevent cavities. Here’s how: Crooked...

5 Popular Treatments for Bolstering Your Smile Confidence May 1st, 2022

Smiling isn’t just for photographs. Smiling can have many positive effects on your health, but if you don’t love your smile, you’re less inclined to share it with the world. Imperfections like stained or missing teeth, chips, and cracks can take a toll on your confidence.  Whether you were born with...

Is It My Fault That I Have Crooked Teeth? Apr 1st, 2022

Estimates suggest that nine in 10 Americans have at least a minor dental misalignment. But what could be the cause of the crooked smiles epidemic, and most importantly, could you have done something to prevent your situation? If you already have crooked teeth, the only way to fix them is by wearing...

Why You Shouldn’t Ignore a Cracked Tooth Mar 1st, 2022

Teeth are strong, and tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the body. But many things can happen to cause a crack in your tooth. Trauma, biting down on hard items or foods, bruxism (teeth grinding), sports injuries, and more can cause a cracked tooth.  A cracked tooth merits emergency...

How to Extend the Results of Teeth Whitening Feb 1st, 2022

Yellowing teeth are a natural part of the aging process, but you don’t have to resign yourself to having stained, dull teeth as you grow older. Today’s professional teeth-whitening products are effective, safe, and long-lasting. And once you achieve your desired “shade of brighter,” there are steps you can take...

4 Signs of a Dental Abscess Jan 1st, 2022

You may be familiar with abscesses, but you may not realize that a dental abscess is a common occurrence. In fact, they are frequently the reason patients seek emergency dental care. A dental abscess causes intense pain, a buildup of pus, and other oral complications that can even impact your...

Holiday Photos and Parties: Just Two of the Many Reasons to Have Your Teeth Professionally Whitened Dec 1st, 2021

Don’t dread the holiday family photo because your pearly whites aren’t sparkling like they used to. The color and health of our teeth can depend on a lot of things, like genetics, nutrition, and environmental factors. The initial color of our teeth is based on our genetic code, but it...

Why Invisalign Remains the Most Popular Way to Improve Your Smile Nov 1st, 2021

Whether you’ve always had crooked teeth or they became misaligned over time, having an imperfect smile can make you feel self-conscious and unattractive. But if you’re like many people, you don’t want the embarrassment of wearing traditional braces. Invisalign® allows you to have the best of both worlds by providing...

What Happens if You Delay a Root Canal? Oct 1st, 2021

If you’re experiencing tooth pain, sensitivity, or swelling, you may be suffering from damage that requires dental treatment, such as a deep cavity or a tooth abscess. Yet many people delay their visit to the dentist. As many as 36% of Americans report having dental anxiety or fear of receiving...

5 Cosmetic Dentistry Treatments for a More Vibrant Smile Sep 7th, 2021

It’s no secret that a perfect set of white teeth is a confidence booster, but few of us have it. According to estimates, nine in 10 Americans suffer from some type of misalignment. In addition, many people end up with dental stains from drinking coffee, tea, and juice.  Fortunately, with...

Love Coffee But Not How It Stains Your Teeth? We Can Help Aug 11th, 2021

If you’re one of the millions of Americans who finds great joy in a cup of morning coffee and can’t imagine giving it up, even for a whiter smile, there’s good news for you: Certain habits and dental treatments can mitigate the effects of coffee on your teeth. We asked...

How to Help Your Child Get Through Their First Dental Exam Jul 1st, 2021

You may be surprised to learn that experts recommend “first visit by first birthday” when it comes to your child seeing a dentist for the first time. There are lots of reasons for this recommendation, including the importance of preventive care, making sure there are no emerging issues, and helping...

What Should I Do To Safeguard My Dental Health? Jun 9th, 2021

You want your teeth to last a lifetime, and to do that, you need to protect your dental health. In today’s world of processed foods and sugary treats, tooth decay can derail even those with the best intentions.   At Cherry Family Dental in San Jose, California, our experienced dentists are...

Steps to Take When a Tooth Is Knocked Out May 3rd, 2021

Children participate in a variety of activities, and sometimes accidents can happen. Occasionally, injuries, trauma, and accidents during active play or athletics can cause your child’s tooth to get knocked out. If your child loses a baby tooth earlier than expected or has a permanent tooth knocked out, it’s important...

Foods That Discolor Your Teeth Apr 11th, 2021

Do you frown when you smile in the mirror? Many people do because of the stains on their teeth. The good news is there are ways to prevent getting stains, and there are ways to remove them, too.  In this blog, our providers at Cherry Family Dental explain how teeth...

How to Instill Good Oral Hygiene Habits in Your Kids Mar 1st, 2021

Childhood cavities may not be as common today as they were when you or your parents were kids, but they still occur all too often. In fact, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry says almost one out of every five preschoolers and about half of kids ages six to 11...

Tips for Taking Care of Your Invisalign Trays Feb 1st, 2021

Invisalign® is an innovative treatment option prescribed to perfect your smile. Instead of braces, which can be painful and unsightly, Invisalign uses clear trays to slowly correct your teeth. The trays are molded to promote subtle changes in your teeth and jaw over time.  Consistency is key -- you’ll typically...

Why You Should Always Replace a Missing Tooth Jan 1st, 2021

If you’re missing one or more teeth, you’re not alone. Millions of Americans have experienced tooth loss. Common causes of lost teeth include injuries, trauma, gum disease, and cavities. Although you might be tempted not to replace missing teeth, there are a number of important reasons to do so. Leaving...

What Problems Do Veneers Resolve? Dec 6th, 2020

Your smile is one of the first things someone sees about you. That first impression can be wrecked if your teeth are yellow, stained, cracked, or crooked. Dental veneers can cover a host of imperfections to give you a smile makeover.  Drs. Misty Henne and Chloe Chu at Cherry Family...

What To Expect at Your Child's First Dental Appointment Nov 10th, 2020

As soon as a tooth breaks through your child’s gums, it’s time to start paying mind to dental care. Most kids should see a dentist within six months of that first tooth’s appearance, according to the American Dental Association, or no later than their first birthday.  Getting your child on...

Help! My Teeth are Yellow! Oct 11th, 2020

Your smile is the first thing many people notice about you. If yellow teeth keep you from feeling comfortable sporting a grin, there are solutions. Whiter, brighter teeth also give you a more youthful, vibrant appearance and may inspire you to take better care of your oral hygiene as you...

Straight Teeth Are Healthy Teeth: Why Alignment Matters Aug 31st, 2020

Straight teeth don't just give you the benefits of a camera-ready smile, although the self-esteem boost doesn't hurt. Correct dental alignment plays an important role in your overall oral health. Straight teeth stay stronger, longer. At Cherry Family Dental, our team is ready to guide you through the process of...

When Is It a True Dental Emergency? Aug 10th, 2020

It’s easy to take our teeth and gums for granted. Sure, we brush them twice each day and floss regularly, but most of us put little thought into them. At least, we don’t until something goes wrong. But how do we know when these problems are a dental emergency? Sometimes,...

5 Benefits of Straighter Teeth Jul 19th, 2020

 If you’ve been dreaming of a picture-perfect smile, you aren’t alone. Gapped teeth or crooked teeth are two of the most common cosmetic complaints when it comes to teeth, but you don’t have to settle with a crooked smile. Over 8 million adults and teens have achieved their goal of...

How to Prepare Your Child for Their First Dentist Visit Jun 16th, 2020

Over 60% of people have dental anxiety or fear, and it even prevents one-third of Americans from going to the dentist. Unfortunately, this common problem can significantly impact your dental health. That’s why it’s important to set your child on the right path when it comes to their first trip...

Do I Really Need a Root Canal? May 13th, 2020

You know what tooth pain feels like. That sharp, piercing pain that radiates throughout your whole mouth. Is it just a bit of sensitivity, or do you have a serious problem? Our dentists at Cherry Family Dental are here to clear up the confusion.  We specialize in treating your most...

What Causes Discolored Teeth? Apr 30th, 2020

The saying goes, “you’re never fully dressed without a smile.” We believe you’re never fully dressed without a bright white smile. Unfortunately, keeping your smile white can be difficult especially when you don’t know what’s causing the discoloration.  At Cherry Family Dental, dental experts Misty Henne, DMD, and Chole Chu, DDS are...

Your Guide to Handling Common Dental Emergencies Feb 1st, 2020

From a dislodged adult tooth to a broken crown, dental emergencies are common occurrences. Knowing the first steps to take while on your way to see the dentist can mean the difference between saving your tooth or a long haul of dental work. While we enjoy spending time with our...

Veneers Can Help You Smile With Confidence Jan 1st, 2020

It’s been said a smile is worth a thousand words, but your smile is worth so much more than that. By flashing your pearly whites, you have the ability to change someone’s day. In just one-tenth of a second, your smile can make or break a first impression. Shouldn’t you...

3 Facts You May Not Know About Invisalign Dec 10th, 2019

Everyone wants a picture-perfect smile. Unfortunately, not everyone has perfect teeth. Some of us need help to achieve the smiles of our dreams.   Fortunately, dental technology has provided a few options for those of us who need a little help. Everyone knows about braces. This traditional option has been around...

The Most Common Dental Issues Among Seniors and How to Prevent Them Nov 14th, 2019

Developing issues with your teeth as you age isn’t because you’re suddenly slacking in your dental hygiene. It’s simply part of the aging process, and unfortunately, a reality that we all experience when we reach our golden years. At Cherry Family Dental, Drs. Misty Henne and Chloe Chu and their expert team...