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A Guide to Cavity Prevention

February 13th, 2019

Imagine this – you have come to Northern Trails Dental Care for a cleaning and routine checkup. The cleaning goes well, but then Dr. Gwendolyn Buck 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 […]

Can Poor Oral Health Cause Diabetes?

January 27th, 2019

Diabetes is a chronic and complicated disease that affects how your body processes sugar—its main source of energy. Diabetes symptoms mostly affect your heart, eyes, nerves, and kidneys, but it can affect your whole body, including your mouth. According to the American Dental Association (ADA), more than 29 million Americans have diabetes, and almost 2 […]

Crack Down on Cracked Tooth Syndrome

January 13th, 2019

Cracked tooth syndrome (CTS), also known as cracked cusp syndrome or split tooth syndrome, is a painful condition that results from a crack in one of your teeth. CTS can mean anything from a tiny hairline split in the crown to a fracture that goes all the way to the root. If you have a […]

The Benefits of Composite Fillings

December 27th, 2018

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. Buck can offer Gwinn patients a much better option for filling holes caused by tooth decay: composite fillings. At Northern Trails Dental Care, we would like to educate you […]

TMJ: The Root of Your Pain

December 13th, 2018

Temporomandibular joint dysfunction is a really long name… so let’s call it TMJ.  That sounds more familiar—you’ve probably heard it before. Maybe some lingering pain in your chewing muscles and bones even have you wondering if you have it. TMJ dysfunction is sometimes called TMD, TMJD, or TMJ Syndrome, especially if there seem to be […]

Dental Inlays & Onlays

November 27th, 2018

Bite. Crack. Ouch! A cracked or broken tooth is a real problem. Unlike other bones in your body, a broken tooth will not heal itself and needs to be cared for immediately. Depending on the extent and location of the damage, your dentist will likely recommend an inlay, onlay, or crown.  All versions of the […]

Senior Dentistry: Embrace Healthy Aging

November 13th, 2018

Someone once said, “Do not regret growing older. It is a privilege denied to many.” How true!  While it can be frustrating to watch your health change as you age, you don’t have to accept poor oral health and tooth loss as just an inevitable part of the aging process. Your oral health is just […]

Sugar: Teeth’s Worst Nightmare

October 27th, 2018

People in the United States eat more sugar than any other country in the world. (Fortunately, we also have some of the best dentists in the world.) You hear it all the time: “sugar rots your teeth.” But is it true? What exactly does sugar do to your teeth and why is it so bad? […]

Dental Crowns 101

October 13th, 2018

Sometimes in life, you just need a do-over. That’s precisely what crowns are—a new start for your tooth. Teeth are important players in your life! They’re not only the first responders for your digestive tract, but they can make a great first impression – so you deserve a beautiful, fully-functioning set. If your teeth need […]

Don’t Get Kicked in the Teeth! The Importance of Mouthguards in Sports Safety

September 27th, 2018

It’s no secret that residents of Gwinn love sports! The folks around here work hard and play just as hard, whether it’s football, baseball, basketball, or numerous other high-impact sports that can cause harm to your family’s mouths—at least 13% of all oral injuries happen during sports activities. Dr. Buck wants you to know how […]


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