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Bristle Me This: Best Bristle for My Teeth and Gums

For most of us, apart from the colorful bristles and handle designs, all toothbrushes look the same. But what we often don’t realize is the bristle’s value to dental hygiene. The right toothbrush cleans your teeth and gums, while a dentist brightens your smile. Going to the dentist may not be avoidable, but by developing good brushing habits, your teeth and gums will be healthier. Whether you prefer a handheld or an electric toothbrush, the bristle’s structure and pattern makes a difference. The best bristle is a soft nylon with rounded ends to help clean your mouth, teeth and gums.
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5 Biting Reasons Implants are Superior to Bridge Work

If you’re an adult with a tooth that must be extracted, you’ve probably heard about these two tooth replacement solutions: dental implants and bridgework. At Boise’s Lowry Dental, we believe an implant is your better option for many reasons. Here are a few. With proper care, it’s a permanent solution. A dental implant is a root replacement procedure in which the new root is anchored into the gum. Over time, this new root fuses into the bone in a process called osseointegration, which provides strong structural integrity. With a cylinder usually composed of titanium, a dental implant is durable and
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Are You Brushing Your Teeth All Wrong?

Whatever your tooth brushing habits were as a kid you probably just continued on, despite recommendations you may have received from your dentist. But that layer of grit you feel when you run your tongue over your teeth is real, and a good sign that you’re probably not actually brushing correctly. For better dental care, try these simple dos and don’ts. Use a Soft-Bristle Brush For many people, there’s nothing more satisfying than a hard-bristle brush. Those toothbrush fibers feel like they’re really getting in between the crevices and scraping off the plaque. The end result is a clean-feeling mouth that tingles. In contrast,
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The Pros and Cons of Chewing Gum

Millions of people around the world constantly chew gum, consuming about 500,000 tons every year.   Habitual gum chewers rely on gum for aesthetics, stress relief, fresh breath, or all of the above but chewing gum habits can have risks when it comes to your dental health. Here are some of the pros and cons of chewing gum.   Chewing gum can help you lose weight but also cause gassiness. People tend to mindlessly eat when stressed or bored, or when making an effort to quit smoking. Chewing gum takes the place of eating motions which can help satisfy random urges to snack. However, habitually
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The Link Between Oral Health And Stress

Stress commonly plays a role sometime during the day for everyone. But did you know stress can actually affect your oral health? For many people stress is a part of each day. It starts with the morning commute and ends with those late night emails that constantly interrupt family dinners. Many people choose to head to the gym, take a yoga class, practice meditation, or simply disconnect from their smartphones to help de-stress. While these tactics can be very helpful, one place that can truly help during heightened stressful times in life is a trip to the dentist’s office. Dentistry
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How Rich is Your Family’s Tooth Fairy?  

Tips for parents when determining the going rate for teeth from the Tooth Fairy. What’s the value of a lost tooth at your house – and have you ever forked over a quarter only to hear that another kid at school got $5, $10, $20 or more? As far as kids know, the Tooth Fairy decides what to hand over, but it’s a troubling issue for parents. Reward that missed tooth with too paltry a sum and you may not know the next one is missing until you notice the gap. Pay extravagantly and you’ll have to keep handing over
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What You Need to Know About Dental Insurance 

Millions of Americans don’t have access to a dental plan, approximately 36% of the population according to the National Association of Dental Plans (NADP.) Of the 64% that has dental benefits, 7.2% buy dental insurance on the open market while a vast majority (92%) receive dental insurance through an employer or social program. If you’re contemplating becoming part of that 7.2% and looking into dental insurance, here’s what you should know about the types of plans commonly found in the marketplace and if you should purchase one. Types of Dental Plans HMO: HMO (healthcare management organization) plans restrict your coverage to dental practices
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Improved Technology, Better Dentistry 

People are usually not thrilled about going to the dentist. But for those who have been avoiding getting the dental care they urgently need, this advanced technology can make a huge difference in their lives. New dental technology is transforming modern dentistry for the better. Modern Dentists have a wide range of new technologies to not only improve the level of care that they offer patients, but also the ability to avoid many of the common complaints of patients. Here is an overview of just some of the newest dental technology available: Digital X-rays requires up to ninety percent less radiation than traditional X-rays which is
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Dentures and Dementia: Memory Loss & Dental Health

Unfortunately, people who suffer from any of dementia’s cruel disorders struggle with relationships, memory loss, and the execution of many daily tasks. In many cases, the first daily tasks affected relate to oral health. Tasks like brushing, flossing, or rinsing are often forgotten entirely. And for patients with poor dental health already, this neglect can become catastrophic. If you have a family member struggling with dementia, there are things you can do to help monitor and assist in their dental hygiene. As it applies to people suffering with memory loss, here are 4 steps to keep their dental health in
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Being Afraid of the Dentist is a Worry of the Past

From a young age, many people learn about the common fear of dentists, and often develop the fear themselves. But, in reality, there is no longer any reason for patients to be afraid of visiting the dentist, regardless of age. Because of advancements in technology and training, people can view the dentist as a positive experience where oral health is taken care of confidently. Oral Health Professionals are Well Trained Some dental fears are associated with the training of the dentists and the staff. It is important for patients to understand that dentists and oral health professionals have a significant amount of
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