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Natural DIY Dental Care

Don’t let the headline of this post fool you. I don’t advocate do it yourself dental care at home instead of at your usual Monarch Dental office, only that some dental care is DIY worthy. So before you grab an ice skate and a rock for that abscessed tooth ala Tom Hanks in Castaway, read…

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Signs You Might Have A Cavity

Cavities, like most other health issues, can vary in degree or seriousness. When a cavity first begins to form, it’s pretty easily treatable and we’re able to keep it from spreading. If left untreated, however, it can lead to some pretty serious complications, including tooth loss. Your best chance of minimizing tooth damage from cavities…

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Gum and Fresh Breath

Let’s face, it sometimes your next brushing is long after your last meal. And when this is the case, our breath can be a problem. If you’re like me, you usually reach for a stick of gum to help take the edge off. This is actually a great option if you can’t brush, as gum…

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Showing Kids To Brush Properly

First steps, first words, first day of school; these are all great memories that parents cherish for years. First tooth brushing, on the other hand, is generally not one of the memories we think back on fondly. And unlike other firsts, their first time brushing on their own is really more about all the lessons…

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Retainer Care for your Kids

Last week we talked about the importance of caring for braces, so this week I want to turn our attention to caring for your retainer. If there is one thing having braces shows, it’s that teeth can move a lot. Without proper use of (and care for) your retainer, your teeth will likely shift back…

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Don’t Want To Smile In Photos?

If you’re embarrassed about showing off your smile because of the appearance of your teeth, braces or good old fashioned shyness, pictures can be a difficult and stressful prospect. Whether its for those annual family portraits or vacation pictures, the last thing you want is to have a forced or fake smile. To help put…

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Brushing Can Be Fun

Brushing – kids hate it, parents know it’s important. Or at least, that’s a common conflict in households. The hassle of getting your kids to brush is no fun, but the benefits of establishing good brushing habits are huge. Besides preventing tooth decay and gum disease, which is one of the most common causes of…

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Lip Balm Versus Lip Gloss

With summer comes dealing with dry cracked lips. Fortunately, there are lots of options out there for making lips look smooth, shiny and healthy. Unfortunately, it is sometimes difficult to know which kind of lip product is best. There isn’t a simple answer, but knowing the difference between products and the benefits each has to…

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Tough Tongue Twisters

Remember daring friends to tongue twisters as a kid? Turns there is more to them than getting people to stumble over their words. Tongue Twisters actually act as warm up exercises for the mouth and improve flexibility in the mouth, lips, and jaw. This leads to improved enunciation and greater ability to properly form vowels…

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Camera Ready Smile

Summer is finally here, and with it comes photo ops galore. Are you ready to flash that smile when someone says cheese, or do you duck and cover as soon as you see a camera? If you want to be the master of your summer photos, you first need to be a master at smiling.…

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