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An Oral Irrigator Could Make Flossing Easier for You

If we were playing word association with the term “oral hygiene,” you’d probably answer “brushing.” And you would be right—brushing cleans tooth surfaces of accumulated bacterial plaque, a thin biofilm most responsible for dental disease. But brushing is only half of the oral hygiene equation: You also need to remove dental plaque between teeth where […]

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Oral Care for Older Adults can be Challenging

Caring for an elderly parent or family member requires a lot of focus on their health. That includes the state of their teeth and gums, either of which can impact their overall health and quality of life. As we age, our risk of dental diseases like tooth decay or periodontal (gum) disease rises. Loss of […]

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3 Reasons for Blood Pressure Checks During Dental Visits

You may have been surprised by a new addition to your regular dental appointment routine—we took your blood pressure at the start. While you might expect this at a medical clinic, it seems unusual at the dentist’s office. But not anymore: blood pressure checks at dental offices are quickly becoming routine, including during regular cleanings […]

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Age Doesn’t Have to Stop You From Straightening Your Smile

Cowboys wear Stetsons; ballerinas wear tutus; and teenagers wear…braces. At least that’s the popular conception. In actuality, one in five orthodontic patients is an adult, a number that continues to grow. Even adults over fifty are straightening their teeth and improving their smiles. But it’s still a big step and many adults are wary to […]

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Here’s How to Cut Through All the Choices to Find Your Right Toothbrush

Henry Ford famously said a customer could have any color they wanted on their Model T “as long as it was black.” Those days are over—today’s cars and trucks come with a slew of options, and not just their paint color. There’s something else with a wide array of possible options: your choice of toothbrush. […]

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Address Your Teeth Grinding Habit Early to Avoid Potential Tooth Loss

Teeth grinding and other biting habits are more than a nuisance — they can generate twenty to thirty times the forces of normal biting. Over the long term, this can cause significant damage to teeth and supporting gums and bone. This particular kind of damage is known as occlusal trauma (meaning injury from the bite). […]

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4 Ways Saliva Protects Your Mouth Against Disease

Brushing and flossing daily, and dental visits at least twice a year: These are the essential things you should be doing to protect your teeth and gums against dental disease. But you’re also getting an automatic assist from your body through saliva, that humble fluid swishing around in your mouth, to protect your oral health. […]

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The Secret to Preventing Gum Disease – Control Bacterial Plaque

Here’s a sobering statistic: you have a 50/50 chance over your lifetime for developing periodontal (gum) disease. And it’s much more serious than irritated gums: if not treated aggressively you could experience bone loss, which can not only lead to tooth loss but actually increases your risk of heart attack and stroke. Initially, you may […]

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3 Ways We Can Improve a Smile Affected by Unformed Teeth

On the way to adulthood, permanent teeth steadily erupt until, if all goes normally, you have a full set of teeth. Sometimes, though, one or more teeth may fail to form. This not only can affect your dental health, but it could also diminish your smile. For example, if the lateral incisors on either side […]

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Want to Improve Your Athletic Performance? Try Tuning Up Your Dental Care

After a long hiatus, school athletes are gearing up for another sports year. Given the pandemic, they may be modifying some of their usual habits and practices. But one thing probably won’t change: These young athletes will be looking for every way possible to improve their sports performance. And a new research study offers one […]

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