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Oral Health

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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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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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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Tips for Easing Sensitive Teeth

Tips for Easing Sensitive Teeth

By | Oral Health

Summer time means warm sunny days and eating delicious ice cream and drinking frozen drinks. Except when it makes you want to scream in pain! Here are some tips for dealing with sensitive teeth to help you reduce sensitivity and get some relief. What causes sensitive teeth? The inside of your tooth has dentin, which has microscopic tubules containing tiny nerve endings similar to a sea sponge.  The tooth is covered by a hard layer of enamel and cementum.  If…

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How Does a Dentist Ensure a Safe and Healthy Dental Office?

How Does a Dentist Ensure a Safe and Healthy Dental Office?

By | Dental Visit, Oral Health

When you go to the dentist for your appointment, you may be curious to know what the dentist does to maintain a safe and healthy environment for his or her patients. Here is a list of some common practices used by dentists to ensure you maintain good oral health care and stay safe and healthy at the same time. What practices are used to keep a dental office clean and healthy? Employees at a dental office are very clear about…

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Why Are Dental X-rays Important to my Oral Health Care?

Why is a Dental X-ray Important to my Oral Health Care?

By | Dental Visit, Oral Health

If you regularly visit your dentist, you will notice that you will get a dental x-ray every few visits. These x-rays are very important to helping your dentist find problems in the mouth such as tooth decay, and to see if there is any damage to your bones below the surface of your gums. You may have been wondering why x-rays are so important and useful to helping treat your oral health issues, and why you are exposed to them…

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5 Ways to Maintain Healthy Gums

5 Ways to Maintain Healthy Gums

By | Oral Health

When it comes to maintaining good oral health care, it is not all about just keeping a bright and healthy smile.  You should not forget about healthy gums! An underlying health condition can lead to serious consequences, including loss of teeth and receding gums.  The early stage of gum disease causes inflammation, swelling and bleeding. You can also get periodontitis, an advanced form of gum disease which can damage your bones and teeth. If caught early enough, gum disease can be…

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