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Can Tooth Sensitivity Be Avoided?

By Oral Health, Oral Hygiene

Anyone who has experienced tooth sensitivity knows the pain and discomfort it can cause. Furthermore, it can lead to other issues with dental care and overall oral health. The key to resolving this problem is to look at underlying tooth sensitivity causes and to discuss possible solutions with your own dental provider. So, what is tooth sensitivity, and can it be avoided? The short answer is ‘yes,’ you can avoid sensitivity in many cases, but there are factors at play that could…

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Feeling sick? These oral hygiene habits may help

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You can’t be too careful when it comes to contracting an illness during cold flu season. Feeling sick? These oral hygiene habits may help: Be consistent Anyone can adopt impeccable oral hygiene for a day or two- even a week- but the key to dental health is consistency. Brushing and flossing regularly, with routine visits to your dental provider is integral to overall oral health and hygiene. Think of your oral care regimen as getting rid of the cold and sickness…

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Are There Foods/Drinks That Are Good for Dental Health?

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There is a well-known saying: you are what you eat. This adage also applies to your mouth and your teeth. To maintain good oral health and prevent dental cavities, what you eat matters. When you eat certain foods, changes immediately start happening in your mouth. Bacteria become busy converting carbohydrates and sugars into acids. These acids attack the enamel on your teeth, starting the process of decay. The more times in a day you eat, the more frequently you expose…

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My Child Won’t Brush Their Teeth!

By Children's Dentistry, Oral Health

As adults, we brush and floss our teeth regularly because we understand the value of good oral health and the consequences of failing to do this. But what about your kids? Every parent understands that it can be challenging to get your child to brush their teeth as a matter of routine. If this is your current struggle, you’re certainly not alone. Here are six ways that you can encourage your child’s oral health and regular brushing. 1. Start Them…

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5 Common Causes of Sensitive Teeth

5 Common Causes of Sensitive Teeth

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Do hot or cold beverages and foods cause oral pain or discomfort? What about certain toothpastes or acidic foods? If any of this sounds familiar, you might have sensitive teeth. Here are five of the most common causes of sensitive teeth and some of the things you can do to get some relief.  1. Aggressive Brushing We encourage patients to brush regularly, but too much enthusiasm might cause you some issues. If you use a toothbrush with stiff bristles or…

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Why it is Important to Replace Your Missing Tooth Right Away

Why it is Important to Replace Your Missing Tooth Right Away

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There are four important reasons to get your missing tooth replaced, and they range from health to aesthetics. Leaving this issue unresolved may end up costing you more with greater complications down the road for your overall oral health care. One obvious reason to replace a missing tooth is for aesthetic reasons since a missing tooth will leave a gap in your smile and result in misalignment of surrounding teeth.  Missing teeth may alter how you speak or cause difficulties…

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How Fluoride Helps Maintain Healthy Teeth

How Fluoride Helps Maintain Healthy Teeth

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Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral found in most public water supplies to help strengthen teeth against plaque and tooth decay.  Fluoride is also contained in toothpaste which is good for maintaining proper oral hygiene. There is evidence that adding fluoride to the water supply has helped lower tooth decay in places where fluoridation is introduced into the water system. Currently, there are no known adverse effects associated with the level used, but it still important to not go above…

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Why is Saliva So Important to Your Overall Oral Health?

Why is Saliva So Important to Your Overall Oral Health?

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Saliva is not a topic most people think about when it comes to staying healthy.  But saliva is a vital part of a healthy body, mouth, good digestion and more. What exactly is saliva and why is saliva so good for your body? What is Saliva? Saliva is more important than most people realize.  It is made up of 98 percent water but also contains proteins, minerals, electrolytes, antibacterial compounds, and enzymes.  Saliva keeps your mouth moist for comfort, lubricates…

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Take these Simple Measures to Change Your Sugary Eating Habits

Take These Simple Measures to Change Your Sugary Eating Habits

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If you are consuming large amounts of sugar in your daily diet you may be jeopardizing your oral health.  Sugar feeds bacteria which leads to plaque build-up, tooth decay, and gum disease.  Most Americans consume more sugar than is recommended for a balanced and healthy diet. Sugary eating habits include consuming sugary drinks, sweet snacks or desserts, rather than meals, and are the common reasons why Americans consume too much sugar.  In the United States added sugars make up to…

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What is Gingivitis and How do I Treat It?

What is Gingivitis and How do I Treat It?

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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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