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How to Avoid Dental Erosion Caused by Acid Attacks!

How to Avoid Dental Erosion Caused by Acid Attacks!

By | Oral Health

It is important to protect your tooth enamel from its natural enemy, acid.  An acid attack will erode enamel, which is the hard, protective coating surrounding your teeth. The enamel helps to protect the sensitive dentin beneath the surface, which will cause you pain and sensitivity if it becomes exposed.   How do I know if my teeth have dental erosion? Your teeth will probably be more sensitive to hot and cold food if you have dental erosion, which will…

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Dental Visits to Keep You and Baby Healthy during Pregnancy

Dental Visits Keep Mom and Baby Healthy During Pregnancy

By | Dental Visit, Oral Health

Keeping yourself healthy during pregnancy is important for both you and your baby. Make sure to maintain a good oral hygiene routine to keep your teeth and gums healthy and to help your baby stay healthy.   Should I have regular visits to the dentist while pregnant? Regular visits to the dentist will help you keep up a good oral hygiene routine and help your dentist deal with any issues before they become serious concerns.  You will experience hormonal changes…

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How Your Eating Habits Affect Your Oral Health

How Your Eating Habits Affect Your Oral Health

By | Oral Health

What you eat has a big impact on the health of your mouth, teeth and gums.  Chewing and swallowing are the first part of the long journey through your digestive system.  The nutrients you consume make their first point of contact in your mouth, which has a big impact on your oral health. Here are a few recommendations to help you eat foods that are nutritious and keep you healthy.   According to the USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and…

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How to Effectively Treat Dry Mouth

How to Effectively Treat Dry Mouth

By | Oral Health

Many people suffer with dry mouth, a condition which is difficult to diagnose and treat.  Patients who take multiple prescriptions are more likely to have dry mouth since it is a common side effect of drugs used to treat depression, anxiety, pain, allergies (antihistamines and decongestants), diarrhea, urinary incontinence, Sjogren’s Syndrome and Parkinson’s disease. Medical treatments such as radiation or chemotherapy may also lead to dry mouth if the salivary glands are damaged.  It is important to work with your…

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Effective Ways to Teach Children about Good Oral Habits

Effective Ways to Teach Children about Good Oral Habits

By | Children's Dentistry, Oral Health, Oral Hygiene

Making sure your children understand the importance of good oral habits will go a long way to maintaining healthy teeth and gums into adulthood. Here are a few tips to help educate your child about good oral care that will benefit them for the rest of their lives.   Set a Good Example. Children learn by example and enjoy copying their parents. Brush your teeth with them so they are able to learn proper care of their teeth.  Brush and…

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How to Prepare for a Dental Emergency While Traveling

How to Prepare for a Dental Emergency While Traveling

By | Dental Emergency

When you are planning your vacation, there are some practical steps you should take before you embark on your trip to help alleviate any dental emergencies that may arise. Nothing ruins a fun vacation more than a painful toothache when you are far away from home.  These tips will help you prepare for any dental emergency while traveling.   Schedule a Check Up If you have the ability to schedule your next regular check up with your dentist before you travel,…

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Are You at Risk for Oral Cancer?

Are You at Risk for Oral Cancer?

By | Oral Health

When you go to your dentist for a regular check-up, he or she will not only be examining your teeth for cavities but will look for cancer at the same time. The American Dental Association (ADA) reports it is estimated that around 52,000 people will be diagnosed with oral cancer or cancer of the throat, tonsils or back of the tongue in 2018. These statistics make it all the more important to see your dentist regularly, so cancer may be…

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Is Dental Insurance Really Worth It?

Is Dental Insurance Really Worth It?

By | Dental Visit, Oral Health

You need to have insurance for protection in the case of a car accident or if you have expensive medical costs due to an illness, which could wipe out your bank account.  But is it really necessary to have dental insurance? Making sure you have good oral hygiene habits will help reduce your dental bill.  But there are some teeth that are prone to more complicated medical issues which will lead to higher costs quickly. How much does dental insurance…

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Common Habits That Are Terrible For Your Teeth

7 Common Habits That Are Terrible For Your Teeth

By | Oral Health

You may not realize that some common habits may actually be damaging to your teeth.  When we plan meals, grab drinks or other activities we do not give a second thought to how they may harm the health of our teeth. Twenty five percent of adults over age 65 have lost all their teeth.  Consider these tips to help protect your own teeth. 1. Use a soft bristled toothbrush. Use a soft bristled toothbrush to avoid brushing your teeth too…

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Sensitive Teeth? These Tips Will Help!

Sensitive Teeth? These Tips Will Help!

By | Oral Health

If you find yourself passing on hot or cold drinks because it causes your teeth to hurt, it may be time to consider the following tips to help with sensitive teeth. Teeth have a hard, protective layer that help protect them, but when this protection is gone, the nerve endings become exposed and cause tooth pain.   Don’t brush too hard. It is best not to use a heavy hand to clean your teeth. You will be better off using…

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