How Often Should I Brush My Teeth

January 29, 2021

How Often Should I Brush My Teeth

In an ideal world, we would all have a travel-sized toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss ready for use after every meal, snack, and coffee break. Realistically, however, this level of oral hygiene adherence rarely (if ever) occurs. So, what does that mean for those of us who generally go all day without so much as a swish of mouthwash? Are we really doing more harm than we know? And, what about those people who forget to ...

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5 Tips to Maintain Healthy Teeth During the Holidays

December 30, 2020

5 Tips to Maintain Healthy Teeth During the Holidays

The holidays are here and with them come all the joys of the season – lights and decorations, time with friends and family, and those special treats we only get this time of year. Unfortunately, the special treats we love so much can lead to damaged teeth and an unwanted trip to the dentist, which will definitely not have you feeling holly and jolly.  We don’t want you to miss out on all the fun ...

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Dental Insurance – What You Need to Know

November 30, 2020

Dental Insurance – What You Need to Know

Unlike homeowner’s or automobile insurance, dental insurance is something you definitely WANT to use. Other insurance plans are often designed to cover a loss. For example, your homeowner’s insurance will reimburse you if you lose your home to a fire or natural disaster and if your car is damaged in an accident, your car insurance pays to have it repaired. Of course, specific coverage amounts vary depending on the policy, but the premise ...

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Tongue Brushing, Really?

November 3, 2020

Tongue Brushing, Really?

You know brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing are staples of good oral hygiene, but is brushing your tongue really necessary? In short, yes. Why is my tongue important? Though the tongue often plays second fiddle to your pearly whites, it’s actually a critical body part. Without a tongue we wouldn’t be able to speak, chew, taste, or swallow food. Your tongue is an organ made up of a group of ...

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Dental Plaque: What You Need to Know

September 29, 2020

Dental Plaque: What You Need to Know

Plaque, like many oral health concerns, begins as a silent menace. You may recognize this colorless, sticky film as the fuzzy coating you feel when you first wake up. For many people, a colorless film on the teeth may be the only sign. However, in some cases, more noticeable symptoms, such as receding gums or bad breath, occur. What is plaque and what causes it? Plaque forms in your mouth throughout the day as you ...

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10 Common Dental Emergencies and First Aid

August 23, 2020

10 Common Dental Emergencies and First Aid

There's nothing worse than realizing something is wrong in your mouth. This is partly because it's really difficult to examine it for yourself.  As a layperson, it's often difficult to know whether the problem is a dental emergency or something you can take care of yourself.  Often, you can help alleviate your symptoms with some at-home first aid remedies. Other times, you should call your dentist immediately. To help you determine what ...

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Dental Crowns for Kids: Why and What to Expect

July 23, 2020

Dental Crowns for Kids: Why and What to Expect

Your child's dentist just informed you that your child needs a crown. You are probably wondering if kids even need crowns on their baby teeth? Why not pull the tooth out and wait for the permanent tooth to appear? The answer is simple: it's an investment in your child's future health. As young jaws develop, spaces left by teeth that were pulled prematurely due to decay or even injury can result in ...

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Are You Brushing Your Teeth the Wrong Way?

June 24, 2020

Are You Brushing Your Teeth the Wrong Way?

Did you know there is a right way and a wrong way to brush your teeth? When we ask our patients this question, the typical response is..."No, but is it really that complicated?" Yet, most people are astounded to find that part of the reason for their oral discomfort is often due to incorrectly brushing their teeth. Teeth are one of the most valuable “assets” that you have, and you're only given one ...

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Dental Facts You'll Want to Know

May 19, 2020

Dental Facts You'll Want to Know

Teeth, brushing, and flossing are a lot more fascinating than just being part of your daily routine. Yet, most people don't know much more than that. So, we've compiled a short list of dental facts you'll want to add to your memory bank. Some of these facts will make you laugh, some might gross you out, and others may even cause your jaw to drop. Let's take a look: Brushing Facts ...

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Top 5 Risk Factors for Oral Cancer

April 23, 2020

Top 5 Risk Factors for Oral Cancer

April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month, a time when dental and other medical professionals unite to create a larger awareness of oral cancer. What is Oral Cancer? Oral cancer refers to cancer of the mouth, while oropharyngeal cancer refers to cancer of the pharynx or back of the throat. And guess who is your first line of defense against early detection...your dental provider! How Many People Does It Affect? Here are the American Cancer ...

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