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5 Tips for a Happy and Healthy Holiday Smile

December 21, 2019

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Healthy tooth in Santa hatWith the temperatures dropping and the smell of cookies in the air, it’s time to start enjoying the holidays! Between all the family gatherings and searching for the perfect gift, are you forgetting to take care of your teeth? Unfortunately, all the sugary snacks and travel plans can make this a tough time of year for your dental health. But if you don’t take care of your teeth, you may find yourself spending some quality time with your emergency dentist this holiday season! Whether you’re traveling or staying local, here are the 5 best tips for keeping a happy and healthy holiday smile.


What Makes Flossing Such a Big Deal?

December 7, 2019

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Smiling man flossing his teethHave you ever had a piece of food stuck in your teeth? Whether it’s a popcorn kernel shell or a tiny bit of steak, most of us are familiar with this annoying sensation. Sometimes you’ll need a little extra help to finally remove that stubborn bit of food and find some relief. Floss can be a great tool in these situations, but is it part of your daily dental routine? Not only can flossing on a regular basis clean out food particles hiding between your teeth, but it can also prevent cavities and treat gum disease where your toothbrush can’t. Let’s break down how flossing cleans your teeth and why it’s so important.


Can Cold and Flu Remedies Harm Your Oral Health?

November 20, 2019

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woman restingAs we head into the last few weeks of the year, cold and flu season is in full swing. As you battle bothersome coughs and the snuffles, you likely turn to home remedies to get you through the day or to catch up on rest. While they may keep your symptoms at bay, your dentist warns they can cause complications with your dental health. You can get the relief you need without harming your smile using a few simple tips.

How You Might be Hurting Your Teeth on a Daily Basis Without Knowing It

November 19, 2019

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Concerned woman biting her nailsDid you know that the modern toothbrush was invented in an English jail cell by William Addis back in 1780? However, tooth brushing didn’t become a widespread habit in the United States until soldiers were required to during World War 2. Today it’s estimated that 70% of Americans brush their teeth twice a day, and 52% visit their dentist at least twice a year. But it takes more than just regular brushing and seeing your dentist to protect your teeth these days. There’s a variety of ways you could be damaging your teeth every day without even realizing it! Let’s look at these everyday acts that hurt your teeth and what to do about them.


6 Reasons Your Gums Might Be Receding

October 14, 2019

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elderly couple smiling

Have you ever heard someone say that someone else looks “a little long in the tooth?” It’s an expression that means that someone looks old. This is because we consider gums pulling back and exposing more of the teeth as a normal part of the aging process, when, according to your dentist, it’s actually not. Here are six reasons why your gums might be receding, and what you and your dentist can do to put a stop to it.


Halloween Sweets and Dental Decay: How To Keep Your Household Cavity-Free

October 7, 2019

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child trick-or-treatingIt’s estimated that a pillowcase packed to the brim with candy can hold over 1,600 pieces. All of those fun-sized sweets contain enough sugar to create a delicious buffet for harmful bacteria in your little one’s mouth, and that’s what you’re worried about. Cavities are the most common oral health problem among children, and the last thing you want is to have to schedule an unexpected emergency visit with your family dentist. To ward off lingering cavities over the holidays, learn how they form and the best Halloween candy tips to combat them. (more…)

4 Ways Routine Visits With Your Dentist Can Save You Money

September 15, 2019

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teeth with a stack of money People often put visiting the dentist on the backburner because they’re diligent about keeping up with their oral hygiene routine. After all, why would they spend their time and money on preventive care when it’s something they can do at home? Visiting your dentist every six months for a checkup and cleaning is much more important than you may have thought. Although you may view it as a way to save yourself from dental bills, the truth is, skipping these appointments will cost you more in the long run. Read on to learn four ways semi-annual checkups and cleanings can bulk up your savings. (more…)

4 Ways to Keep Hot Drinks From Hurting Your Teeth This Pumpkin Spice Season

September 10, 2019

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person snuggled up with their cat and a cup of coffeeFall is here! Which means that tasty holiday-flavored drinks are going to become a regular part of your diet. Not only do they keep you toasty despite the bone-chilling breeze, but hot drinks also get you in the mood for the holidays. Whether you’re gulping down a mug of pumpkin spice deliciousness or a heavenly glass of gingerbread coffee, the last thing you’re thinking about is how it’s affecting your teeth. Read on for some tips and tricks to keep tasty fall beverages from damaging your pearly whites.   (more…)

A Children’s Dentist Explains Which Foods to Pack and Avoid for Lunch

August 9, 2019

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a line of brown paper sack lunches and two applesIf you’ve decided taking your child to the grocery store with you isn’t the best option, it’s probably because they’re wanting you to buy some of the unhealthier food items. From gummy fruit packs to “healthy” juices, you are aware of their antics, so instead of bringing them along, you schedule a time when you can go alone. But once you get there, how do you know what’s really healthy and what’s not? Labels can say a lot but so can calories, sodium, fats, and carbohydrates. A children’s dentist weighs in on the topic to explain which foods you should avoid and which ones you should pack for your child’s next lunch.


Want Better Oral Health? 6 Reasons to Schedule a Regular Visit to See a Dentist

August 4, 2019

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a male patient having his teeth checkedIf going to the dentist doesn’t sound like the time of your life, it’s okay. Whether it is anxiety or just lack of interest, steps are being taken in the field of dentistry to change the way people think about going to the dentist. From advancements in technology to offering more comfortable amenities, the dentist doesn’t have to be a scary place or one you should avoid at all costs, especially if you want to maintain good oral health. If you’re asking, “Why do I need to visit the dentist,” here are 6 reasons you should schedule an appointment as soon as possible.


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