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Does Charcoal Toothpaste Actually Whiten Teeth?

Does Charcoal Toothpaste Actually Whiten Teeth?

By | Oral Hygiene

Everyone seems to want whiter teeth.  Does charcoal toothpaste really work? When it comes to whitening teeth, there are many different methods being promoted online and in magazines. When the Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry asked people what was their number one goal to improving their smile, the answer among the majority of respondents was to have whiter teeth.  There are a number of methods being touted including swishing oils in your mouth, using turmeric in your daily routine, to scrubbing…

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Tips to Quit Smoking in the New Year

The Great American Smoke Out: Tips to Quit Smoking in the New Year

By | Uncategorized

Cigarette smoking leads to about 30 percent of all cancer deaths in the United States. This is an important reason to consider quitting smoking, and the sooner the better.  If you quit smoking you will experience some important health benefits that can be felt almost immediately.  Former smokers have fewer illnesses, such as colds, flu, bronchitis and pneumonia, and have lower blood pressure, improved circulation, and lung capacity.  Here are a few tips to help you on your journey to…

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Ask Santa: Dentist-Approved Stocking Stuffers from St. Nick

Ask Santa: Dentist-Approved Stocking Stuffers from St. Nick

By | Oral Health

This Christmas when you are buying your loved ones gifts to fill their stockings, in addition to the usual stocking stuffers, consider gifts that will improve their dental health. What could be better than giving the gift of a clean and bright smile!  Here are some suggestions of gifts to give that will have lasting effects throughout the year. Travel Kits Holidays are a prime time to travel to visit loved ones, whether for a weekend or a longer vacation. …

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What Causes Bad Breath?

What Causes Bad Breath?

By | Oral Health

There are many causes for chronic bad breath, called Halitosis, that mouthwash, tooth brushing or a breath mint cannot fix. The American Dental Association (ADA) reports that chronic bad breath is a sign that there may be something else happening in your body, including: Cavities or gum disease. These two dental issues may lead to halitosis. The deep pockets from gum disease can hide bacteria in your mouth that make it difficult to get rid of when brushing teeth and…

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Fluoride is Critical in Fighting the World’s Most Common Disease

Fluoride is Critical in Fighting the World’s Most Common Disease

By | Children's Dentistry, Oral Health

Why is fluoride so important to help prevent cavities for both adults and children? Fluoride is one of the best and safest ways to help you maintain good oral hygiene and prevent the development of cavities, the most common disease in adults and children. Fortunately in the United States many individuals have been spared due to fluoride in the tap water, combined with daily tooth brushing and regular checkups with the dentist.   Here are some common questions often asked…

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Frequently Used Dental Implant Terms

Guide to Dental Implant Terms Frequently Used by Your Dentist

By | Dental Technology, Dental Visit

To help you better understand what to expect when you need a dental implant procedure, here is a guide to help you decode the language your dentist uses to describe your upcoming procedure: Abutment: The abutment is a connector the dentist will attach to the top of your dental implant to serve as a replacement tooth, crown or bridge, and keep the implant firmly in place. Abutment Teeth: These are the teeth that support the bridge or partial denture. Ceramic:…

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Mouthguards Protect Athletes From Serious Dental Injury

Mouthguards Protect Athletes From Serious Dental Injury

By | Oral Health

Of the 50 million children who participate in sports in the United states, almost 1 in 10 will suffer an orofacial injury. Fortunately most sports teams recommend or require that their athletes use a mouthguard, especially in high impact sports. Mouthguards have been shown to prevent 200,000 serious injuries among those children who are active in sports.   What is a sports mouthguard? Mouthguards are plastic protective devices that are shaped like a dental impression tray, and are designed to…

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Why Do Dentists Fix Cavities for Children?

Why Do Dentists Fix Cavities for Children?

By | Children's Dentistry, Dental Visit, Oral Health

Children lose their baby teeth so why do dentists need to fill cavities? To maintain good oral healthcare, and to ensure that adult teeth come in properly and with enough room, dentists do their best to preserve a child’s tooth until it is time for them to come out. Teaching and maintaining good oral hygiene to children is important when new baby teeth come in.  Despite our best efforts, sometimes children develop cavities which need to be taken care of…

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What is Laser Dentistry?

What is Laser Dentistry?

By | Dental Technology, Dental Visit

Most people do not realize that lasers are used by dentists to treat gum disease, cavity treatment and other oral health care issues. Lasers are an innovative type of dental care and are extremely focused light beams used to alter or remove tissue in small increments. Dentists use lasers for a variety of procedures including removal of overgrown tissue, to reshape the gums, or whiten teeth. Most dentists use lasers to successfully treat: canker sores or cold sores root canal…

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Regular Dentist Appointments are Good for Your Overall Health

Regular Dentist Appointments are Good for Your Overall Health

By | Dental Visit, Oral Health

Going to the dentist regularly is not only good for the overall health of your teeth and gums, it may actually be critical to help identify other underlying medical issues that may not have been detected yet by a physician.  A dentist can spot warning signs when examining your mouth for health issues such as diabetes, oral cancer, HIV, and osteoporosis. Diabetes Early warning signs for diabetes include loose teeth, dry mouth, receding, dry and bleeding gums and inability to…

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