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The Meaning of Dental Hygiene

It seems easy enough and pretty self explanatory: two simple words that when placed together, describe exactly what they’re supposed to. Dental hygiene is something that is said and practiced frequently, but what does it really mean? When an online community of different dental professionals from around the world explained what dental hygiene means to them, it’s rather interesting: ‘ “23 years of educating patients. I love informing them. I love when they are really moved by what I am thing them. I truly love when they let me know I was right about daily home care, because they took my advice a day their oral hygiene is improved.” — Tracey Mannino “Hygiene is a way to pass on a little piece of myself to every patient I … Continue Reading

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Brushing & Flossing Tips

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When it comes to most things there are usually two different ways to proceed: a complex way with many steps or a simplified method that can usually achieve the same results. Advancements in technology have helped certain processes improve, however it’s always good to have a solid understanding of how things work; if the power ever goes out, can you go back to the basics? Chargeable toothbrushes and water piks for flossing are wonderful, but being able to effectively use a standard brush and floss is important. Here are some tips to help keep your mouth healthy and clean: Top tips for brushing correctly: • “Clean daily between the teeth to below the gum line before brushing your teeth. For small spaces between teeth use dental floss and … Continue Reading

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What Your Tongue Says About Your Health

The tongue is an important part of the mouth (both taste and proper speech are made possible because of it). The way in which the tongue appears can also say a lot about oral and overall health, simply based on things like shade, spots, etc. The following are things to consider about the tongue, so you know when yours is healthy: “If it’s Strawberry Red It could mean: You have a vitamin deficiency. A glossy, bright red tongue may be a sign your body is lacking iron or B12. In severe cases, this “balding” can cause pain when eating hot liquids or spicy food. Vegetarians are especially prone to low levels of B12, which is found in certain meats. If you see Brown/Black Fuzz It could mean: You … Continue Reading

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3 Reasons Why A Professional Dental Cleaning Matters

You know that oral hygiene is important; throughout your lives parents, teachers and dental professionals alike have spent valuable time informing you on the importance of maintaining your dental health at home. They’ve also spent time letting you know how important it is to regularly visit your dentist for cleanings and check ups. If you haven’t made it to your dentist in a while, consider these important reasons as to why going to see your dentist is crucial: ‘Find Problems Under the Surface With X-Rays A crucial part of visiting your dentist every six months is getting your teeth and jaw bone x-rayed. X-ray images allow dental professionals to see what is happening beneath the surfaces of your mouth, and can find and diagnose issues that may be … Continue Reading

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3 Ways To Prevent Gum Disease

A healthy mouth is key to promoting a healthier body (activity surrounding what you eat and the way which you maintain your teeth all occur in the mouth). It’s important however to give your gums the proper cleaning and protecting they deserve as well. Here are some important tips to help prevent the effects of gum disease in your mouth: “Eat more vitamin C rich foods & maintain an overall healthier diet   Gum diseases are caused due to various reasons, among which vitamin C deficiency plays a major role. It is said to have healing properties that can help prevent your gums from bleeding, swelling, receding, etc. Consuming foods that are enriched with Vitamin C also help treat existing gum diseases. A balanced diet that is rich in vitamins … Continue Reading

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How Sugar Can Be Detrimental to Your Teeth

Everything in moderation is the best way to maintain a healthy and balanced lifestyle. However, whenever the holidays come around sometimes people tend to over indulge in items that may not be the best for them. Chocolate bunnies and foil wrapped eggs are quite common around Easter and if enjoyed moderately won’t cause any real harm. When you have a better understanding of how sugar can affect your teeth and overall oral health, it may cause you to make different dietary choices. Here are some of the ways in which sugar can be detrimental to your mouth: “Sugar Attracts Bad Bacteria and Lowers Your Mouth’s PH Sugar is like a magnet for bad bacteria. The two destructive bacteria found in the mouth are Streptococcus mutans and Streptococcus sorbrinus. Both of them … Continue Reading

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Keeping Your Mouth Healthy

April is ‘National Oral Health Month’! Taking proper care of your teeth is something that should be done all year through but sometimes people may lack the guidance and proper technique to ensure that they are on the right oral health path. Here are some tips which will help to keep your mouth looking and feeling healthy: “Floss Flossing fosters healthier teeth and gums. But like brushing, there’s a right and wrong way because flaws in your flossing can cause friction and damage the gum line. Wrap about a foot of floss around your index fingers, keeping about two inches between your fingers to work with. Unroll a fresh section of floss for each tooth, and keep the floss tight against the tooth to break up plaque while … Continue Reading

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How Chewing Can Prevent Infection

The action of chewing with your mouth has never really been seen as more than a necessary function in order to make food small enough to consume safely; it is recommended that food is chewed a certain amount of times before swallowing (actual number correlates to how hard the actual food is), but the purpose of proper and careful chewing goes beyond food consumption. “According to a new study, we would be wise to take that advice. Researchers have found that chewing food prompts the release of an immune cell that can protect against infection. The study, recently published in the journal Immunity, found that chewing food – otherwise known as mastication – can stimulate the release of T helper 17 (Th17) cells in the mouth. Th17 cells … Continue Reading

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Why Women’s Dental Health is Important

Firstly, the health and proper maintenance of one’s teeth and gums is important for everyone, however it can be especially important for women as their bodies undergo so many more complex and beautiful things than anyone else. What time more fitting to examine this than during ‘Women’s History Month’ and right after International Women’s Day! “The disparity between women’s and men’s dental health is nothing new. Increasing studies show that poor oral health puts women at the center of many predisposed health conditions that can be life-altering. There are several reasons that women experience worse dental health than men. One significant factor is hormones, a major cause of periodontal disease which is characterized by chronically irritated and inflamed gums. Women are most susceptible to oral health issues during … Continue Reading

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Evolution of Cosmetic Dentistry

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As time progresses our environments (work spaces, homes, etc.) continue to evolve and improve, which means that we as people must adapt to the new capabilities and functions which these landscapes now represent. Sometimes this means that there is a period of education and growth during the transition which can be challenging, but is a necessary part of moving forward. In the world of esthetics and how they relate to the health and beauty industries, the idea of cosmetic dentistry is something which has become more mainstream as of late which can be attributed to the accessibility of the services (it has become much easier and more affordable for people to get cosmetic dentistry done than ever before). Some of the things improvements which cosmetic dentistry can make … Continue Reading

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