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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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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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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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