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Smiling Bright? These Foods Could Stain Your Teeth.

Smiling Bright? These Foods Could Stain Your Teeth.

By | Cosmetic, Dental Visit, Oral Health, Oral Hygiene

The yellowing or staining of teeth is not just a problem for the older generation but for younger patients as well. There are many foods that will lead to the staining of your teeth – which is causing us to see stained teeth more and more among adolescents and children. There are three primary culprits that cause tooth staining. Chromogens – Chromogens are compounds in your food and drink that cause deep pigmentation and easily stick to your tooth enamel. Tannins…

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What You Need to Know to Maintain Healthy Teeth with Braces

What You Need to Know to Maintain Healthy Teeth with Braces

By | Cosmetic, Oral Hygiene

It can be frustrating when trying to brush those areas of your teeth that are difficult to clean or hard to reach when you wear traditional braces. Your dentist will always encourage you to brush your braced teeth after every meal and right before you go to sleep each night. Here are some recommendations that may help keep your braced teeth clean while making sure you do not harm or damage the dental appliances.  Be particularly careful with the type…

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Do Your Teeth Ache When You Fly?

Do Your Teeth Ache When You Fly?

By | Oral Health

Yes, you are not imagining that your teeth may ache when you fly.  Teeth may become more sensitive and develop a growing pain as the plane leaves the airport and ascends into the skies.  Not only will current dental issues become evident as you begin to climb into the air, but your oral issues may feel worse than when you are on solid ground. You may even notice new tooth pain for the first time.  What is happening, and why…

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The Importance of Oral Cancer Screening

The Importance of Oral Cancer Screening

By | Oral Health

Oral cancer screening by your dentist or doctor will help detect any signs of cancer or precancerous conditions in your mouth in order to give you a better chance for a cure. Most dentists will perform an examination of your mouth during a routine dental visit to screen for oral cancer.  The dentist will look inside your mouth to check for red or white patches or mouth sores, and will check for any lumps or other abnormalities in the tissue. …

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Healthy Oral Care is the Best Christmas Gift

Healthy Oral Care is the Best Christmas Gift

By | Oral Health, Oral Hygiene

The holiday season is upon us and with it comes many delicacies to delight your taste buds.  Meanwhile, your teeth and gums may end up being compromised if you do not take care in how you partake at holiday parties.  On holidays and Christmas, it is important to maintain healthy dental care habits.  Here are some useful dental tips for the holiday season to help maintain a healthy and bright smile. Eat Food that Keeps Your Teeth Healthy. You may…

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4 Effective Ways to Prevent Crooked Teeth in Children

4 Effective Ways to Prevent Crooked Teeth in Children

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

Crooked teeth impact more than just your child’s appearance.  They can also affect your child’s speech, and impact your child’s overall oral health by making it harder to brush and floss. Your family health history plays a role in how teeth develop.  It is important to look for signs early to help improve your child’s chances of having a straighter smile.  Here are four effective habits that help prevent crooked teeth. Prevent thumb sucking. Many toddlers naturally suck on their thumbs…

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Common Myths about Dentistry that Impact Oral Health Care

Common Myths about Dentistry that Impact Oral Health Care

By | Dental Visit, Oral Health, Oral Hygiene

There are so many myths and so much misinformation about how best to take care of our teeth and gums, that it’s sometimes hard to know what is true about oral health care. Misconceptions persist about dentistry which may affect your overall oral health. See how well you answer the following questions and identify some common myths. How often should I brush my teeth? People often think they should brush their teeth after every main meal.  Dentists recommend that you…

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What are the Real Costs of Vaping on Oral Health?

What are the Real Costs of Vaping on Oral Health?

By | Oral Health

Inhaling vapors produced by e-cigarettes, known as vaping, has been touted as a healthy alternative to traditional cigarette smoking.  It’s easy to see why e-cigarettes seem like a great alternative to smoking regular cigarettes.  E-cigarettes do not contain tobacco but do contain nicotine which is derived from the tobacco plant.  E-cigarettes do not produce smoke but instead produce an aerosol called “vape” through a battery-operated e-cigarette. Since there is no cigarette smoke there are no restrictions on where you can…

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5 Tips and Tricks to Stay Healthy this Halloween

5 Tips and Tricks to Stay Healthy this Halloween

By | Oral Health

Halloween is a fun day that children look forward to, but may be one which presents parents with a variety of health and safety issues. Here are 5 tips to help your family stay healthy and safe this year. Be selective in the candy you choose to eat. Avoid hard candy or other sweets such as caramels that stay in your mouth a long time. Choose sweets like chocolate which melt in your mouth quickly and do not stick to…

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What Should I Do After My Tooth Extraction?

What Should I Do After My Tooth Extraction?

By | Dental Visit, Oral Health

The most important first step once you have a tooth extraction is to take it easy for the rest of the day. Avoid eating hot food or drinks until the anesthetic wears off so that you do not burn or scald your mouth since you will not have the ability to feel pain until then.  Do not consume alcohol for at least 24 hours, since it may cause additional bleeding or delay the healing process. Should I rinse my mouth…

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