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Oral Health

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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Should I Worry About Recurrent Mouth Ulcers?

Should I Worry About Recurrent Mouth Ulcers?

By | Oral Health

A mouth ulcer is a painful red or yellow sore that appears on the inside of your mouth.  The ulcer is different than cold sores which appear of your lips caused by a virus.  Often a mouth ulcer is the result of biting your tongue or cheek. Sharp teeth, poorly fitted dentures or brushing may also cause damage and lead to what is referred to as a “traumatic” ulcer. The traumatic ulcer will resolve itself on its own once the…

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Avoid Demineralization of Tooth Enamel

Keep Your Teeth Strong and Healthy: How to Avoid Demineralization of Tooth Enamel

By | Dental Visit, Oral Health

Do you have problems with white spots, weakening of teeth or more frequent cavities? The reason for these issues may be the demineralizing of your tooth enamel. Here is a guide to help you understand what demineralization is and what you can do to protect your teeth. What is the process of demineralization? Demineralization happens when the mineral content on your teeth begins to wear away. It is the first sign of tooth decay and may be caused by a…

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DIY Braces Effectiveness and Why You Should Consult Your Dentist First

DIY Braces: Effectiveness and Why You Should Consult Your Dentist First

By | Children's Dentistry, Cosmetic, Oral Health

Sometimes things that sound too good to be true are just that: not true. Products on the internet that claim to straighten your teeth at a fraction of the cost may actually cause damage to your teeth. Here are some factors that you should be aware of when it comes to using common types of DIY braces. How are DIY Braces made? DIY Braces are made out of all kinds of materials that are neither sterile nor of high quality. …

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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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