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Oral Health

Do I Really Need a Crown?

By | Dental Visit, Oral Health

There are some situations and tooth traumas that merit a dental crown.  A dental crown is a cover, of sorts, that slides down over the tooth- or what remains of a tooth. This covering provides support and structure- as well as creates a more aesthetically pleasing smile. If your dentist recommends a crown for your tooth or teeth, there are a few things that you should know. Do you really need a crown? Know the Process It can help quell anxiety…

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Signs That You Need a Root Canal

By | Dental Emergency, Oral Health

Is it possible that you need a root canal? Don’t worry; root canals are common and are comparable to a simple filling. It is estimated that around 41,000 root canals are done each day, equating to over 15- million root canals each year in the US. The process of a root canal procedure involves removing the bacteria and decay from inside the tooth, disinfection of the afflicted area, and refilling the empty roots with a dental material. The site is then…

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Maintaining a Dental Routine at Home

By | Oral Health, Oral Hygiene

The best way to prevent issues and maintain good oral health is with a dental routine; the key is to be consistent, whether at home or away. While most know that brushing and flossing are related to dental wellness, there are specific recommendations and suggestions that can make this more effective at avoiding issues like periodontal disease and cavities. Maintain a dental routine at home that includes the following components: Brushing The American Dental Association, or ADA, recommend that patients of…

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Dry Mouth Could Be a Sign of What?

By | Oral Health, Oral Hygiene

Do you experience a dry mouth often? While temporary dry mouth may be resolved with fluids and hydration, dry mouth syndrome is an actual medical condition that returns frequently – even shortly after drinking fluids.   Dry mouth syndrome, or xerostomia, is a condition where your salivary glands are not producing enough saliva to properly lubricate your mouth- this condition impacts around 10% of the population. Older individuals are more at-risk for dry mouth syndrome, though there are many reasons why you…

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Tips for Teaching Children About the Dentist

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

Familiarize your child at a very early age with taking care of their teeth and going to the dentist, and the reward will be improved oral health as they grow older. Use these tips from professionals to foster confidence about visiting the dentist and pride in maintaining good oral hygiene. Some tips to teach children about the dentist include these: Encourage Good Habits and Hygiene Make sure that you foster good habits and oral health every day, from the moment your child…

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What Can I Eat for Strong Teeth?

By | Oral Health, Oral Hygiene

Strong teeth play an important role in how well your food is digested. To ensure that you have healthy teeth, it’s essential to pay attention to what you eat. So, let’s discuss the top six nutritional foods that will give you a lifetime of healthy smiles.  1. Foods Rich in Protein Protein is essential for the body to build healthy tissues and revitalize tissues that are wearing out. High levels of phosphorous are found in protein. Phosphorous is vital for both…

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HELP! I Think I Have Receding Gums

By | Dental Visit, Oral Health, Oral Hygiene

Have you run your tongue around the tops of your teeth and felt that you have receding gums? And then, a glance in the mirror has confirmed it! Your gum tissue surrounding your teeth is pulling back and exposing more of your teeth and even their roots. This condition is not only bad for your smile; it is also a health hazard. Bacteria can get into the pockets that have formed between your teeth and the gum line. If you…

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How Much Calcium Does My Child Need?

By | Oral Health, Oral Hygiene

Calcium is an important mineral that not only supports the growth of your child’s bones, but it is also essential for the healthy development of your child’s teeth. Your child needs calcium to strengthen their teeth and protect them from developing cavities by neutralizing acids that cause tooth decay.  Why Is Phosphorus Needed? Calcium is necessary for jawbones to be healthy and strong enough to hold teeth in place. However, phosphorus is also required to maximize the bone-strengthening benefits of calcium. Children’s teeth need adequate amounts…

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6 Tips to Keep Teeth Healthy While on Vacation

By | Oral Health, Oral Hygiene

Summer is almost here, and it’s time to look forward to that family vacation. You might be planning a road trip to visit a bunch of national parks or heading toward your delightfully rustic lakeside cabin. Whatever kind of vacation you are looking forward to, it’s important not to forget about your family’s oral health while you are no longer in your familiar home. Here are some ways to keep teeth healthy while on vacation: 1. Have a Checkup Before…

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Hygiene for Teens: Why Good Habits Are Important

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

Good health habits and personal hygiene are essential life skills. When your child reaches those teen years, you might think they should have learned how to care for their body (after all, you’ve been teaching them about this for years!). However, most adolescents still need some guidance about health and hygiene for teens. Teens need to learn the life skills that are going to be necessary in order to become healthy, responsible adults. Why Is Hygiene for Teens Important? Many teens tend…

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