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8 Bad Brushing Habits to Break in 2021

February 12, 2021 | Author:

Written by: Not Replacing Your Toothbrush Often Enough The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends changing your toothbrush every 3-4 months, so resolve to change your toothbrush every season this year. If you see frayed and broken bristles, these are signs it’s time to let go of the old toothbrush. When you’re shopping, look for […]

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The key to greater oral health is already in your mouth!

January 29, 2021 | Author:

Letʼs cover the statistics according to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research.  92% of adults have tooth decay 42% of children have tooth decay greater than 90% of adults have gum disease 65% of 15-year-olds have active gum disease (YIKES!) Given these numbers, what can we do to support our children in […]

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Why do Men avoid the dentist?

December 30, 2020 | Author:

According to a recent study by the Cleveland Clinic, men aren’t going to the doctor for regular checkups as they should. 72% of survey respondents said they’d rather do household chores like clean the bathroom or mow the lawn than go to the doctor. Similarly, three-quarters of men who are married or in a domestic […]

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Are Spicy Foods Good for You?

December 4, 2020 | Author:

In the desert southwest, the tiny chili pepper is mighty in flavor and cultural significance. From packing heat into salsa and sauces to hanging decoratively on the walls of homes and restaurants, these bright, shiny-skinned peppers are the spice of life in Arizona. Part of the plant genus Capsicum, the chili pepper is a flowering […]

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Will cleaning your tongue help reduce the risk of heart disease, arthritis, and other inflammatory diseases?

November 18, 2020 | Author:

Scientific literature continues to highlight the connection between the health of our mouths and the health of our bodies. For example, there has been extensive research on the profound impact that oral health can have on health risks such as heart disease. It’s all about balance Your mouth and the rest of your body are […]

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What You Need to Know About Fluorosis

November 4, 2020 | Author:

Our mouths contain bacteria that use sugars in the foods we eat and the beverages we drink, to produce an acid that harms our teeth.  Fluoride protects our teeth and is an important mineral, especially for children. However, too much fluoride can cause something called dental fluorosis which can harm our teeth.    Dental fluorosis […]

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Thumbsucking and using a Pacifier

October 15, 2020 | Author:

Thumbsucking is a natural reflex for children. Babies feel secure and happy while sucking on thumbs, fingers, pacifiers, or other objects as this may help them to learn and explore about the world around them. Young children may also suck their thumb to soothe themselves and help them fall asleep. How can My Child’s Teeth […]

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What Causes Sensitive Teeth?

September 30, 2020 | Author:

You may have sensitive teeth, if the taste of ice cream or a sip of hot coffee is sometimes a painful experience. Possible causes include: Tooth decay (cavities) Fractured teeth Worn fillings Gum disease Worn tooth enamel Exposed tooth root In healthy teeth, a layer of enamel protects the crowns of your teeth—the part above […]

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Food and drinks that spell trouble for oral health

August 31, 2020 | Author:

Acids play an important role in oral health, however when hearing the word ‘acid’ we might be likely to recall the various chemicals we saw in glass bottles in science class at school. We may also think of it as the thing that can cause heartburn and indigestion.  There are several foods and drinks that […]

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Osteoporosis and Oral Health

August 4, 2020 | Author:

Certain medications can influence dental treatment decisions and it’s important to let your dentist know about all the medications that you take.  In the case of antiresorptive agents—medicines that help strengthen bones—these medications have been associated with a rare but serious condition called osteonecrosis (OSS-tee-oh-ne-KRO-sis) of the jaw (ONJ) that can cause severe damage to […]

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