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Everyone can benefit from following the standard guidelines for oral health: flossing daily, brushing twice daily, maintaining a healthy diet, avoiding tobacco use, and having regular dental checkups. Staying on top of your oral hygiene will help you avoid gum disease and will keep your teeth healthy and strong for a lifetime. However, particular groups Continue Reading →

Kids should brush teeth for two minutes, twice daily

A new public-service campaign “Kids’ Healthy Mouths” urges kids to brush their teeth for that amount of time, twice a day. Launched on Tuesday, the campaign’s TV spots, print ads, Web site, social media messages and other materials (available in both English and Spanish) point out that kids waste a lot of time every day watching television and videos, playing games on mobile devices and harassing their siblings — and that four minutes of that time could be better spent cleaning their teeth. Continue Reading →

7 Surprising Ways You Coul Be Ruining Your Teeth

You only get one set of choppers, and repair costs more than prevention. So be kind to your teeth. Here are some mistakes you may not know you’re making. If you brush too vigorously, you can wear away at your enamel and cause sensitivity and even gum recession. Buy a brush with soft bristles and move it in small circles, not side to side. They can wear away enamel. That’s a problem because that top protective layer of the teeth can never grow back. Nerves below it lose their protection, and you may start to feel pain from hot or cold. Some acidic, erosion-causing culprits: regular (and diet) soda, orange juice, wine, sports drinks, sour gummy candies, and lemons. Think about your tooth as a seashell. If you put a seashell in Coke, it will disappear. Continue Reading →

What is Good Oral Hygiene?

Maintaining good oral hygiene is one of the most important things you can do for your teeth and gums. Healthy teeth not only enable you to look and feel good, they make it possible to eat and speak properly. Good oral health is important to your overall well-being.

Daily preventive care, including proper brushing and flossing, will help stop problems before they develop and is much less painful, expensive, and worrisome than treating conditions that have been allowed to progress.

In between regular visits to the dentist, there are simple steps that each of us can take to greatly decrease the risk of developing tooth decay, gum disease and other dental problems. Continue Reading →

Your Child’s First Dentist Visit and You

Taking your child to the dentist’s office for a check-up by their first birthday or six months after their first tooth comes in, is an important first step in ensuring healthy teeth and gums. In addition, knowing how to choose the right dentist, what to expect, and how to prepare will ease any anxiety and discomfort you or your child may experience during their first visit. Continue Reading →

Myths and Facts About Cavities

Check the myths and facts below to find out how cavities are caused, prevented, and treated. The truth is, acid produced by bacteria in your mouth is the cause of cavities. However, these bacteria are triggered to make acid when you eat anything with carbohydrates — and sugar is a carb. Rice, potatoes, bread, fruits, and vegetables are also carbs. Once the acid eats into your tooth, the bacteria have a nice little hole to live in where your toothbrush and floss can’t reach. The bacteria continue to metabolize carbs and produce acids — and your cavity just keeps getting bigger.

Here’s an important fact. It’s not the amount of carbs you eat that causes tooth decay, but the length of time your teeth are exposed. If you eat a lot of carbs for lunch, that’s one big exposure. But if you spend the day sipping sugary drinks, that’s continuous exposure — and much more unhealthy for your teeth. Continue Reading →

Maintaining Good Dental Care Habits and Your Oral Health

Taking care of your teeth at home can help you maintain your dental health and prevent periodontal, or gum, disease from developing. Regular home care should include daily brushing and flossing. Brush thoroughly, at least twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening before going to bed. Be sure to floss at least once a day. I do it after every meal when I can. Proper dental care at home, combined with seeing your dentist regularly, is your ticket to good dental health. Use products that have the ADA (American Dental Association) seal. This means that the products — toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, etc. — are safe to use as directed and will keep your mouth healthy — no gum disease, no cavities. Continue Reading →