5 Foods That Promote a Healthier Smile

Does an apple a day keep the dentist away? There is plenty of common knowledge to fall back on when it comes to promoting your beautiful smile. Apples, celery, carrots and cucumbers are good for your gut, in return making it good for your teeth.  But there are many foods that do even more than help scour your teeth and keep them clean.  Some foods can promote good oral health chemically and from within through proper nutrition. These same foods are good for our health in general. Here are five foods that can help promote and maintain a healthier smile: Garlic Garlic isn’t a food often thought of when it comes to a healthier
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5 Celebrities Who Wore Adult Braces

Have you ever considered adult braces? Getting braces as an adult isn’t as uncommon as you might think. And while the smile-enhancing technique is common amongst teenagers, you’d be surprised at the number of adults turning to the method to improve their smiles. This could be for a multitude of reasons … Maybe you didn’t have the opportunity for braces as a kid or didn’t follow your orthodontist’s advice and wear your retainer the way you were supposed to. Regardless of the reaon for a less-than-perfect smile, many adults when faced with the possibility of wearing braces are understandably hesitant.
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5 Habits Sabotaging your White Smile

Wanting some simple ways to get a whiter smile? Of course! Your smile is one of the first things people notice when they meet you. We all know the importance of first impressions and the impact they can have on you. Luckily there are common habits that can be changed to easily improve the whiteness of your teeth:   Brushing Too Hard Many of us are guilty of this. We think the harder we brush the more grime and bacteria we will remove. This actually could be removing the enamel on teeth. Even though tooth enamel is strong, brushing too hard creates weak spots that can dull your smile. These
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Are Electric Tooth Brushes Better than Regular?

Are electric toothbrushes better than regular toothbrushes? Like many other things in life, the tools we use can be less important than how we use them.  The American Dental Association gets this question often. They have released several studies on the efficiency of electric toothbrushes.  And while a regular toothbrush will work about as well as an electric toothbrush most of the time, there are some benefits to using electric.  So which is better for you? Grip Keeping a good hold on a brush allowing it to reach the crevices within a mouth is important. This pertains to those with grip problems, such
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February is National Children’s Dental Health Month

February is National Children’s Dental Health month and we want to celebrate healthy mouths by educating and informing. Parents play a huge role in maintaining a child’s oral health. They are like captains of a ship, steering their children down the narrow path to great oral health. Like any ship, there will be obstacles and treacherous waters to push through. When it comes to oral health, sugar is one of those obstacles. Sugars lead to tooth decay, one of the worst conditions for children within the United States. Tooth decay in children can lead to painful toothaches and infections. Although
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Smiling vs. Frowning

When you were a kid you may have been told that it takes fewer muscles to smile than it does to frown. Though it’s a nice sentiment, this isn’t strictly true. The mechanics behind smiling and frowning muscles are a little more complicated than that. The Reality of Smiling vs. Frowning The interconnectedness of human facial muscles really makes it difficult (if not outright impossible) to determine exactly how many muscles are used when smiling or frowning. It is known that smiling generally exercises the upper cheek and eye area more, while frowning is usually situated more around the lower
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Tooth Sensitivity: What causes it and what you can do

What is tooth sensitivity? Tooth sensitivity can affect one or more teeth in the mouth. Typically, it is triggered by eating or drinking something hot, cold, sweet or sour. It can also be triggered by eating something cold immediately after eating something hot, or vice versa. People with tooth sensitivity will also feel a sharp pain that can extend all the way through the roots of the affected teeth. Tooth sensitivity has many causes. What causes tooth sensitivity? Tooth sensitivity is often caused by exposed dentin. Dentin is a soft layer that makes up the inner part of the root and leads directly
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Five Dental Myths Debunked

Sometimes it is difficult to discern fact from fiction, this remains true for dental issues as well. Here are five dental myths, debunked.   Myth # 1 – Decaying Baby Teeth Are No Big Deal Fact: Decaying baby teeth can affect permanent crowns. One common myth is that losing a baby tooth because of decay is inconsequential because we lose our baby teeth anyway. However, decaying baby teeth can cause damage to the permanent crowns that are still developing and have yet to erupt. The premature loss of baby teeth can cause the permanent teeth to erupt in the wrong place,
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Preparing your child for a dental visit

Taking your child to the dentist for the first time can be scary. Maybe you’re going to see a new dentist, your child is young enough that they don’t remember their previous visit or it’s your kid’s first dental visit altogether. As a parent, you obviously want to do anything you can to ensure that it’s a positive experience, but how? Get prepared! With a little preparation, your child will ace their first visit to the dentist. Know what to expect One of the biggest measures you can take in preparing your child for the dentist is to get educated.
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“Do I really need to floss?”

Dental hygiene is an immensely important part of life, and while it is easy to do, it is not always easy to do daily. Sometimes life gets in the way, and a one night postponement can lead to a week of bad habits. However, keeping your teeth healthy impacts many areas of your life in tremendous ways. You probably are or know someone who frantically flosses right before a dental checkup, hoping that it will make up for the fact that they don’t do every day. But regular flossing is one of the most important parts of a good dental
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