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The Truth About Flossing: Why It Absolutely Still Matters

For years, you have heard your dentist tell you “you need to floss and brush twice a day.” Last summer, you may have found out that a study questions whether flossing (which includes water flossers) actually achieves anything. Studies show that there was no statistically significant improvement between flossing and brushing or brushing alone. Stop Flossing? Absolutely Not! So, should you stop flossing? Absolutely not – because here’s the issue: The benefit of flossing is extremely hard to measure. We actually don’t have good quality evidence as to whether flossing works or not. The study which claims that flossing “does
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Teeth Whitening Methods for Cosmetic Dentistry

People with stained teeth can relate to the pain of feeling like the person in front of them is staring at their teeth the entire time. Some people are born with genetics that predispose their teeth to stains while other people have stained their teeth with years of tea, coffee, or soda. Whatever the reason, many people wish that they could whiten their teeth in order to improve their confidence and self-esteem. Furthermore, having pearly white teeth is great for milestone photos such as graduation pictures or wedding photos. Fortunately, there are a variety of options for people who would
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Why a Dental Implant?

When people think about treatment options for various dental conditions, the dental implant often gets overlooked. Some patients might fear the idea of having a false tooth permanently placed. Other patients may assume that the treatment is too expensive or somehow represents a failure of their oral hygiene. This couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, there are many reasons that people could have a dental implant placed. Understanding these reasons is the first step toward reaching a successful treatment outcome. Some People are Missing a Tooth Congenitally  Many patients don’t realize that some people are born missing one
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How to Encourage Children to Floss

Anyone who has spent any time as a parent or a babysitter understands that getting kids to brush their teeth is hard. They won’t sit still, make a mess of the toothpaste, and never seem to brush long enough; however, this challenge doesn’t match the difficulty that caregivers have convincing children to floss. Many parents try to floss their children’s teeth but have trouble reaching the back from their position. Kids will squirm constantly and don’t like it when their gums bleed. If only there was a better way to encourage children to floss. Let the Kids Select the Flossers
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Are your gums trying to tell you something?

Plaque on the teeth is unsightly as well as dangerous to your oral health and can wreak havoc in other areas of your body’s system. A dentist might be the first to encounter the symptoms leading to conditions you are not aware of, just by examining the status of your gums. There are different degrees of periodontal or gum disease. Gingivitis – This is the early stage, at this point, the gums show signs of redness and inflammation. It is the result of sticky particles of food with bacteria forming a film on your teeth and around the base of the
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Teaching Children to Brush and Floss Independently

From the moment your child gets that first tooth, brushing should become a daily routine. It’s recommended that you use a child’s brush and a small grain of fluoride paste twice daily. When they have multiple teeth, flossing becomes part of the practice. Moving from you managing these tasks to them achieving dental hygiene independence varies in difficulty from child to child. But it’s important that you motivate them early and often to be self-reliant and always keep their teeth clean. Motivational Speaking Children want to be like grownups and make parents proud. That’s a message that you can reinforce
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Dental Problems Can Affect a Person’s Overall Health

Medical science now recognizes a link between good oral health and the overall health of the body. The health of the body is threatened when bad bacteria grow to the extent that they outnumber the good bacteria in the mouth. Healthy gums and strong bones will serve as a barrier to the travel of bacteria into the body. Bad Oral Bacteria However, bad oral bacteria can travel directly from the mouth to the lungs; there is not any barrier to prevent this from happening. Bacteria that enters the lungs can cause increased symptoms of respiratory problems and even pneumonia. Emphysema
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Three Types of Restorative Dentistry You May Need

Restorative dentistry is a field of dentistry that’s focused on restoring your smile to its optimal state. There are multiple procedures that fall under the umbrella of restorative dentistry. Each of these procedures treats teeth in different ways and carries with it its own benefits and drawbacks. Today, we’d like to highlight three common types of restorative dentistry that you may need. We’ll discuss tooth fillings, dental crowns and dental implants. Each of these types of restorative dentistry can restore your shine to its previous glory, or take it to new levels. Tooth Fillings A tooth filling is when the
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Keep your teeth clean in between brushing

When you pay close attention to your oral health, you can do more than simply brush your teeth after meals and floss twice a day. Your mouth and teeth need the right nutrients in order to stay healthy, and the proper hydration throughout the day. If you have healthy eating habits, you can keep your teeth clean between brushings. While you should stay away from sugary, sticky foods and drinks, you should also add in foods like crunchy raw vegetables to maintain your oral health. What you put in to your body has a big impact on how you feel,
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How Gum Disease Can Impact More than Your Mouth

It is a common misconception that gum disease can only impact the health of your gums and mouth. However, it can impact your overall health, making it even more important to maintain proper dental hygiene and ensure you visit your dentist regularly. When left untreated, gum disease can cause you to lose your teeth but it can also impact is much more. Your Lung and Respiratory System Health In 2011, there was a study done that linked periodontal disease (gum disease) and respiratory illness. Some of the illnesses it was linked to included pneumonia, acute bronchitis, and even COPD or
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