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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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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