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
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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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9 Soothing Home Remedies For A Tooth Ache 

Everyone has experienced tooth pain to some degree, but not everyone wants to visit the dentist for every little twinge of pain that flares up. Home remedies are a viable option for alleviating toothaches, but it is important to remember that nothing will be as effective as a trip to the dentist. This is especially true for cases in which the pain is caused by a serious issue that a temporary home remedy will only delay. Home remedies can be used to temporarily reduce pain associated with tooth issues, but they will not provide long-term relief. In fact, many at-home
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How To Prevent Cavities: 8 Simple Ways to keep Your Teeth Healthy

Every day there is an epic battle happening in your mouth — a battle against cavities. In one corner there are bacteria and acids that form from the food we eat and the liquids we drink. In the other corner, there is natural producing saliva and fluoride. Just as the acids start to attack the enamel on your tooth, saliva and fluoride work to repair the enamel. A cavity develops when the bacteria and acidic foods/liquids are exposed to the teeth so quickly and in such large quantities that the saliva and fluoride can’t keep up. Eventually, they lose the
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5 Idaho Foods That Won’t Destroy Your Kids Teeth

Eating locally grown foods is better for the environment, our community and your health. Here in Idaho, you may be wondering: what Idaho foods are great for my kid’s tooth health? Look no further. We’ve compiled a list of Idaho native foods that won’t destroy your teeth. Potato Potatoes have some pros and cons when it comes to tooth health. They’re starchy, which means that they stick to your teeth. But they also contain a large amount of vitamin D, a very important building block of healthy teeth. One regular Idaho potato also gives you 45% of your daily C, a
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Are Your Teeth Making You Sick? Top 3 Ways To Know

Just because you see a dentist for oral health and a physician for physical health does not mean the two systems are not inter-connected. Yet most people do not understand the connection between taking care of their teeth and being healthier overall. Fortunately, these top five indications can help you get a better idea of what is making you sick. 1. You are sick more often than you would like to be. Mouths are teaming with bacteria, most of which is harmless and kept in check by your body’s immune system. However, poor oral care can allow that bacteria to
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