Getting The Most Out of Your Dental Benefits

The end of the year is here, and that means you’re making lists and checking them twice. It’s a fun time. Christmas parties, New Year’s traditions, shopping, and spending time with family. It’s hard to focus on anything but enjoying this time of the year as the kids gear up to spend a few weeks at home and your schedule is jam-packed with fun. It’s a great time of year to say, “I’ll worry about it after the start of the New Year,” when it comes to anything other than fun.   However, sometimes you have to focus on things
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Crying Teeth – What to do About Tooth Sensitivity

Tooth sensitivity is very common and develops slowly over time from common issues like enamel wear and receding gums. Most victims are adults between the ages of 20 and 50, although children suffer from this sensitivity as well. Normally, it starts when the soft, inner section of your tooth, which is also known as dentine, is exposed. The dentine is found under the gums and enamel. There are thousands of tiny channels running through the dentine towards the center of your tooth. When the dentine gets exposed, the nerves inside the tooth get stimulated by external triggers, leading to short,
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The 13 Worst Habits That Hurt Your Teeth

Could you be hurting your teeth without realizing it? It’s more likely than you might think. Lots of tooth-damaging habits are very common, and most people have been guilty of at least one or two of them at some time. It might seem as though habits like chewing ice or biting your nails are no big deal, but in reality, these harmful habits can do major damage to your teeth over time. What makes these habits so bad? Well, compared with other parts of your body, your teeth aren’t very resilient. They’re protected by an outer layer of enamel, but
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Evidence-Based Dentistry: The Facts

Evidence Based Dentistry: The Facts The modern practice of clinical dentistry has come an incredibly long way from the days of the village “surgeon-barber.” This was the person typically called upon for tooth-extraction — virtually the only oral health remedy for the vast majority of people in recorded history. In this early part of the 21st century, clinical dentistry and other forms of health care are undergoing a dramatic evolution, some might call it a revolution, which is referred to as evidence based care. Evidence based practices are currently in the process of changing much of how dentistry, as well as other professions, are
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Dry Mouth: Causes and Remedies

Dry mouth, or xerostomia is simply the perception that there’s not enough saliva in a person’s mouth. Nearly everyone has experienced dry mouth, but for some people the condition is chronic. It can even compromise their health or be a symptom of an underlying disease or condition. The feeling of dry mouth is sometimes subjective, and there are some conditions where the patient feels like their mouth is dry even as their salivary glands are working normally. Dry mouth is fairly common among older people. However, medical researchers believe this is not a function of age but of the fact
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May The Best Mouthwash Win

It can be challenging to take care of your family’s oral health. If you are brushing and flossing at least twice a day, congratulations! You are on your way to a clean and healthy mouth that will serve you well as long as you live. But did you know that daily rinses with mouthwash can also boost your dental hygiene routine?   9 REASONS TO USE MOUTHWASH You may want to use mouthwash to: Prevent or control tooth decay Minimize plaque Prevent or treat gingivitis Combat tarter formation Alleviate dry mouth Reduce sensitivity Numb oral ulcer pain Assist post-surgical healing
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In All Seriousness: What Is Laughing Gas?

You’ve probably heard of laughing gas. It shows up regularly on television, usually as a tool for comedic relief. On shows like The Simpsons and Batman, laughing gas always results in uncontrollable laughter. But is it really a laughing matter? At Lowry Dental, we use laughing gas for inhalation conscious sedation. Although it can sometimes make people laugh, the most likely result is just a calming of the nerves. It produces a dreamy state that can help the patient get through a dental procedure. People with anxiety often find it to be particularly helpful. What is laughing gas? It’s the
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Floss Before or After Brushing? Why It Matters 

Flossing is an essential part of an individual’s oral hygiene. It allows you to remove food particles lodged between the teeth, thus removing bacteria and plaque buildup. Plaque produces an acid that causes cavities, tooth decay, gingivitis, and other gum diseases. The tooth has five parts, and lack of routine flossing leaves two of these sections dirty. A majority of people argue about to floss before or after brushing; the next discussion seeks to clarify the issue while highlighting other important facts about flossing. When to Floss The subject has been a matter of much debate with most sources providing
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How to Choose a Dentist

Most of us understand the importance of good dental care, but only a select few know how to choose a quality dentist that can provide excellent services for their family. Failing to properly research a dentist before an appointment may have a damaging effect on your health. For example, if a poorly trained dentist is not skilled in preventing oral infections, you may be at risk for developing life-changing conditions like stoke, diabetes, and heart/lung disease. Avoid jeopardizing your family’s health by choosing an outstanding dentist who exceeds the criteria detailed below. How to Choose a Dentist Dental Philosophy An
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8 Teeth Whitening Mistakes: What Not to Do 

Some people notice a darkening of their teeth as they age. This darkening happens as a result of lifestyle choices and the foods we eat. Cigarette smoking can stain teeth, and so can drinking coffee or tea. Even some medications make teeth darker. Most people want a white smile simply for aesthetic purposes. Thus, whitening teeth is a way to improve your smile. However, there are some tips you should follow before you whiten your teeth, and there are also some teeth whitening mistakes you should avoid.  1. Consult With Your Dentist First Some people whiten with over-the-counter whitening products.
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