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4 Ways Saliva Protects Your Mouth Against Disease

October 5,2020

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. […]


The Secret to Preventing Gum Disease – Control Bacterial Plaque

September 25,2020

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 […]


3 Ways We Can Improve a Smile Affected by Unformed Teeth

September 15,2020

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 […]


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

September 5,2020

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 […]


Keep a Watchful Eye on Your Child’s Teeth Grinding Habit

August 26,2020

It can be alarming to be awakened in the middle of the night by a screeching, gritting sound coming from your child’s bedroom. No, it’s not a scene from a horror movie: it’s your child grinding their teeth as they sleep — a behavior so prevalent in children under eleven it’s considered normal. That doesn’t […]


Tell Your Dentist if You’re Having a Shingles Outbreak

August 16,2020

Shingles is a painful viral infection that could potentially recur in sufferers for years. It causes painful skin rashes, general nerve pain, fever and fatigue. In extreme cases, it can cause blindness if the eyes become infected. And because it’s highly contagious, it could affect your dental treatment. Formally known as herpes zoster, shingles is a […]


4 Dental Health Areas That Deserve Attention Before Getting Back to School

August 6,2020

The final quarter of the 2019-2020 academic year was like no other in modern history. Because of COVID-19, U.S. schools and colleges lay dormant as millions of students carried on their studies via distance learning. Whether the upcoming school year will be online or in-person, the end of summer is still a great time to […]


Practice Daily Hygiene to Avoid Gum Swelling While Wearing Braces

July 27,2020

Straightening your smile doesn’t happen overnight—it can involve months or even years of orthodontic treatment. And although the end result is well worth it, the long process can make it difficult to keep your gums healthy, especially while wearing braces. Gum swelling in particular is a common problem for braces wearers with two potential sources. […]


With Proper Care, you can Lower Your Risk of Tooth Loss as You Age

July 17,2020

While your chances of losing teeth increase as you age, it’s not a given. With proper hygiene and care your teeth could last a lifetime. But brushing and flossing can become more difficult in later years. Arthritis or strength issues in the fingers and hands make holding a toothbrush an arduous chore and flossing next […]


Floss First or Brush First? You Be the Judge

July 7,2020

Brushing and flossing are two of the best things you can do to fight dental disease and maintain healthy teeth and gums. Or is it flossing and brushing? What we mean is, should you floss first or brush first? There’s virtually no debate among dental professionals about whether or not to perform both hygiene tasks. […]


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