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Flossing Is Important – Here’s How to Make It Easier

If you don’t floss every day or even if you never floss, you’re not alone. According to some recent studies, more than half of U.S. adults don’t floss every day, and as many as 10 percent don’t floss at all. While there may be comfort in knowing you’re not the only one, comfort won’t save…

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Periodontal Disease? Don’t Worry!

If you visit a dental hygienist (like me) and we tell you that you have periodontal disease, don’t be TOO alarmed. Periodontal disease is also known as gum disease, and in most cases it can be as simple as a minor gum inflammation, which is highly treatable. In more serious cases, though, it can cause…

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Best Foods for Oral Health

We don’t tend to give our teeth much thought as we chomp through the day, that is, unless something is wrong. Sugars, acids, extreme temperatures, as well as the daily onslaught of chewing and biting can really do a number on our teeth. For those who have suffered from tooth pain due to damage, you…

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Getting Kids Excited About Brushing and Flossing

There are certainly easier things do to than getting kids excited about brushing and flossing. Quantum physics for example. But its not as impossible as it sounds. The trick is to find the right balance between fun and function. They have to brush and floss, but helping them have a little fun along the way…

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Fluoride Treatment

When you send your child to the dentist, they may receive a fluoride treatment. Or your dentist may recommend a fluoride toothpaste or rinse. But why, when the water we drink also contains fluoride? In fact, fluoride is a mineral that occurs naturally in water and also in many foods. It is also found in…

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Take Care of Your Teeth at Work

We spend on average a third of our lives at work; so needless to say, we eat often while at work. And this means most likely, we eat without brushing our teeth afterwards. But as we all know, food sitting on teeth and in between teeth leads to decay and cavities. So here are a…

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Foods For Sparkling Teeth

We all know certain foods are notorious for staining teeth coffee, tea, red wine, soda, even fruits and vegetables like blueberries, blackberries, and beets. But did you know that certain antibacterial mouthwashes that contain chlorhexidine or cetylpyridinium chloride can also stain teeth? Just when you thought you were helping your teeth… Well the good news…

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Don’t Bite Your Nails!

With all the threats to your oral health out there, it’s enough stress to make you bite your nails. But of the many nervous habits, biting your nails is one of the worst for your oral health! Next time you find yourself tempted to use your teeth as clippers, consider the following: 1. Nail biting…

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When Do I Replace My Toothbrush?

Replace toothbrushes at least every 3-4 months. And if you’ve only had your toothbrush for 1 month, and you have a cold or sinus infection, throw it away. There is no reason to re-infect yourself from using this toothbrush. Throwing your toothbrush out after 3 months seems like a short time, but think of the…

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Use It, Don’t Lose It.

Unlike a dog, dental benefits do not roll over. That’s because most dental insurance plans are on a calendar year. So, at midnight December 31, any benefits left on the table will disappear like Cinderella at the ball. Unless you actually like throwing money away, it’s time to call your dentist (or find one fast),…

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