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Learning is a lifelong passion at our office. Helping our patients stay informed and educated about the latest dental topics is important to us.

So whether it’s an event here in Elizabethtown or a topic that you need more information on or news about the office, we will post it here in our blog. Let us know how we’re doing!

5 Signs That Mean You Need to See Your Dentist

Keeping your routine checkups is a great way to steer clear of surprise dental problems throughout the year. But if you’re not always that great about seeing a dentist, here are five sure signs

5 Ways to Prevent Kids Tooth Decay

February 2017 is National Children’s Dental Health Month (NCDHM) and with it, we thought we would share some tips on how parents can help prevent tooth decay in their children’s teeth. 1) Sharing is

How to Make Your Smile Look Better Online

Do you dread selfies? Is SnapChat your worst enemy? If you’re avoiding posting photos on social media because of the way your teeth look, you owe it to yourself to finally do something about

Zirconia Dental Implants

Since dental implants first started being implemented in the 1980s, they have been primarily made of titanium. Recent advances in implant technology have allowed dental implant manufacturers to shift from all-metal implants, to part-metal

Five Tips for Taking Tots to the Dentist

Toddlers are notoriously balky about strangers. But their first dental visit should not be cause for fear and tears. Nor should you assume that getting your toddler to Knowlton Dental Associates is going to

How many times a day should I floss?

Flossing is one of the most important parts of your oral care routine. Many patients know they need to do it but find it difficult to fit into their busy lives. Well, here’s the

Periodontics and Braces Treatment

Most people think braces are all about their teeth. While it is true orthodontics is meant to move your teeth into proper position, there’s more to it than that. To safely move your teeth

My child has canker sores! How can I help?

According to the American Association of Pediatric Density, roughly one in five children suffers from canker sores. Canker sores are small sores that appear inside the cheeks, on the lips, on the surface of

What are mini implants used for?

The use of mini dental implants (MDIs) is on the rise. MDIs are about the diameter of a toothpick (1.8 to 2.9 millimeters with lengths between ten to 18 millimeters) and are primarily used

Happy Gums, Happy Heart!

Medical doctors and dental health professionals, like Dr. Richard Knowlton, have debated over the connection (or lack thereof) between gum disease and heart disease. While there still is no unanimous consensus on whether there

Dental Fear in Children: Brought on by parents?

Two studies – one conducted in Washington State, and whose findings were published in the Journal of Pediatric Dentistry in 2004, and another conducted in Madrid, Spain, and whose findings were reported in 2012

What to do about Sensitive Teeth

If you suffer from sensitive teeth, you already know the frustration of having a type of pain that is hard to deal with. Because tooth sensitivity is sometimes unpredictable, you can’t necessarily take medication

How do I know when I have a cavity?

Dr. Richard Knowlton and our team at Knowlton Dental Associates frequently field questions about cavities and what causes them. Patients will typically ask, “I brush twice a day and floss regularly, as well as

The Importance of Oral Cancer Screenings

In our continuing efforts to provide the most advanced technology and highest quality care available to our patients at Knowlton Dental Associates, we proudly screen our patients for oral cancer. The fact is, every

What are dental sealants and how do they work?

A dental sealant is a liquid that is applied to the teeth. The sealant hardens and provides a protective coating that is designed to reduce cavities and create a smoother tooth surface. Dental sealants

Three Signs You May Have Gingivitis

Gingivitis, or inflammation of the gums, is an early stage of gum disease. If you have gingivitis, it’s important to visit Dr. Richard Knowlton to get proper treatment, since home care isn’t enough to

September is National Gum Care Month!

Can you believe it’s already September? At Knowlton Dental Associates, we know that gingivitis, the early stage of periodontal disease, can be difficult to recognize. Many people don’t recognize the warning signs, bleeding and

Minimally Invasive Dentistry

As the field of dentistry advances and the use of technology in the field increases, the concept of minimally invasive dentistry has emerged. Preservation of a healthy set of natural teeth for each patient

The Most Common Causes of Gum Disease

Unless you’re aware of the signs and symptoms of gum disease and how it’s caused, it’s possible that you may have unknowingly developed it. Often painless, gum disease — or periodontal disease — becomes

The History of Dental Implants

The earliest endeavors for dental implant tooth substitutes on record dates back to the Mayan civilization, to 600 AD. Archeologists recovered primeval skulls in which the teeth had been replaced with materials the ranged

Mount Joy Downtown Summer Splash Down

We are supporting Main Street Mount Joy with their Downtown Summer Splash Down! Dr. Knowlton is getting in the dunk tank! Come help us break a world record and dunk Dr. K! 4th Fridays

Should I use mouthwash?

Mouthwashes are commonly used as a part of a daily oral care regimen. Not only do they freshen breath, but some are capable of improving dental health too. Using a mouthwash daily can rinse

Best Ways to Prevent Bad Breath

Nobody likes bad breath, and although it can sometimes be difficult to tell if you have it, it is always better to practice good oral health than risk having a smelly mouth. There are