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Oral Hygiene

Should I Whiten My Teeth?

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

Teeth may become stained for a variety of reasons. The outside surfaces of your teeth may become discolored by smoking, red wine, coffee, tea, or dyes in food. Intrinsic discoloration emanates from inside the tooth and may be caused by childhood illness, aging, medications, infection, or tooth trauma. However, you don’t have to put up with a dingy smile. You can safely make your teeth whiter and brighter by using at-home whitening products or visiting your dentist for whitening treatments. Teeth with…

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You CAN Improve Gum Disease

By | Oral Health, Oral Hygiene, Uncategorized

The best way of treating any disease is to catch it as early as possible, and periodontal (gum) disease is no exception. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) informs us that nearly half of all US adults over the age of thirty have some form of gum disease. Conditions vary in acuteness from a mild inflammatory issue (gingivitis) to a much more serious chronic gum disease called periodontitis, which can lead to the loss of teeth. However, there is much reason for optimism…

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9 Ways to Save Your Enamel

By | Oral Hygiene

Enamel is the name given to the shiny outer surface of a tooth. The purpose of enamel is to help protect the tooth from decay. Over time, some natural wearing away of this coating will occur, but there’s much you can do to help keep your tooth enamel strong. Here are nine simple steps to take to keep your enamel strong.  1. Beware of Sugar Bacteria in your mouth love sugar. They feed on it and make acids that soften…

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Holiday Eating and Healthy Teeth

Holiday Eating and Healthy Teeth

By | Oral Hygiene

One of the most exciting things about the holiday season is the delicious food. Not only will you have joyous mealtimes with family or friends, but you also get to indulge in a ton of treats that you may not see the rest of the year. But, not so fast. Some of those treats could cause you trouble if you aren’t careful. Here are a few tips for holiday oral health so that you don’t start the new year with…

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What is Gingivitis and How do I Treat It?

What is Gingivitis and How do I Treat It?

By | Oral Health, Oral Hygiene

Gingivitis is a common dental term used by dentists. You may have a general understanding that having this condition is not good for your overall oral health. But what exactly is gingivitis and what do you need to know to understand how it develops and how it is treated? Here is an outline of what you should know about gingivitis including how to deal with it. Gingivitis Defined Gingivitis is defined as inflammation of the gums caused by plaque build-up and the…

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Avoid These 3 Common Dental Problems Facing Children

Avoid These 3 Common Dental Problems Facing Children

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

As soon as a child’s first tooth erupts, it is time to start instilling good oral hygiene habits to avoid developing serious dental problems when they are older. Follow your dentist’s advice to keep up with regular check-ups to improve your child’s chances of preventing dental problems and avoid developing the three common dental problems children face. Tooth Decay Tooth decay leading to cavities is the most common problem among children and youth in the United States. According to the…

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Take These Steps to Maintain Healthy Teeth as You Get Older

Take These Steps to Maintain Healthy Teeth as You Get Older

By | Oral Health, Oral Hygiene

The good news is that American adults are living longer. The average age in the United States is increasing, so it is important to maintain good oral health habits for teeth to continue to function properly. Older Americans need to maintain a healthy diet and have regular check-ups with their dentist. The elderly often take a variety of medications (on average 9 to 13 prescriptions per month) which may have side effects that can impact your oral health. Chronic health…

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How Safe is it to Brush Your Teeth with Baking Soda?

How Safe is it to Brush Your Teeth with Baking Soda?

By | Cosmetic, Oral Health, Oral Hygiene

Baking soda has been used for a variety of purposes throughout the centuries for health and household uses.  It has been used as an alternative for traditional over the counter toothpaste to brush teeth, to help freshen, clean and brighten laundry, as a cleaning tool to unclog a drain when mixed with vinegar, and in many food recipes since it is safe to digest. Many people think of baking soda as a “do-all” product since it can be used in…

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Is It Time for a Deep Cleaning to Help Prevent Gum Disease?

Is It Time for a Deep Cleaning to Help Prevent Gum Disease?

By | Oral Health, Oral Hygiene

How your smile looks is very important, but did you know that a portion of your smile is below the gum line?  That’s why taking good care of your gums is essential to your overall oral health, and a deep cleaning is sometimes necessary.  A deep cleaning is known as scaling and root planing, and involves the removing of plaque and tartar that have built up below the gum line.  Build up below the gum line is an invitation for…

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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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