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An Oral Irrigator Could Make Flossing Easier for You

December 4,2020

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 […]


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

October 25,2020

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. […]


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. […]


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. […]


4 Ways to Avoid Dental Disease While Wearing Braces

May 8,2020

Keeping your teeth and gums healthy isn’t always easy—and it’s even more of a challenge if you’re wearing orthodontic appliances like braces. That’s why a fair percentage of patients wearing braces also contend with tooth decay or periodontal (gum) disease. The reason is simple: The orthodontic hardware makes it difficult to fully reach all parts […]


3 Ways Your Dental Hygienist Improves Your Oral Health

December 30,2019

You may think an office cleaning is mainly cosmetic — giving your teeth that polished look and you that pleasant, “squeaky clean” feeling. But your dental hygienist is doing more than making your teeth look great during your cleaning session — they’re also providing a valuable service keeping your teeth and gums healthy. Here, then, […]


Baby Your Teeth and Gums During Pregnancy

October 21,2019

For a healthy pregnancy, it helps to have healthy teeth and gums. In fact, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) encourages its members to advise expectant moms to see their dentist. But maintaining oral health can be more challenging when you’re expecting. For one thing, hormonal changes make you more susceptible to periodontal […]


Instill Good Dental Habits in Your Child as Early as Possible

October 1,2019

Philosopher Will Durant wrote, “…We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.” While that observation could aptly apply to a great deal of life, it’s certainly true of dental health. Strong, healthy teeth and gums are largely the result of good oral habits started in early childhood. Here […]


3 Ways to Protect Your Teeth in the Great Outdoors

July 3,2019

It’s July—and that means it’s National Park and Recreation Month! If you’re like a lot of families, you might already be planning a trip to one of the nation’s 58 national parks, or one of the thousands of state outdoor recreational areas across the country. Temporarily escaping the stresses of daily life in the great […]


Don’t Forget Your Oral Hygiene While Wearing Braces

December 14,2018

There are a few things you need to do — and not do — while wearing braces: avoid hard or sticky foods, for example, or wear protection during sports to avoid injury. There’s one important thing, though, that should be at the top of your list — extra attention to daily brushing and flossing. The […]


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