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Dental Hygiene Products

Last week our focus was on toothbrushes, and this week we wanted to expand things a little bit wider. There are many different products on the market to help keep the mouth clean, and cavity free; from toothpaste, to mouthwash and floss, knowing which ones to get and how to use them can be confusing. The following are some considerations to make when choosing specific dental hygiene products: Toothpaste Always look for toothpastes with fluoride as an ingredient, since fluoride helps to strengthen the outer tooth enamel of teeth (unless you are allergic, or your dentist recommends otherwise). If you are allergic to fluoride, or have another medical reason not to use fluoride, then you should choose toothpaste without fluoride. Make sure to speak with your dentist before … Continue Reading

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Benefits of Dental X-Rays

Maintaining your teeth, gums and overall oral health requires consistency; regular brushing, flossing and rinsing at home is important and visiting your dental professional for regular check ups and cleanings is also important..but, when was the last time your mouth got x-rayed? Here are some of the benefits of getting your mouth x-rayed while at the dentist: • show different areas of decay that may not be easily visible in an oral exam • reveal bone loss that usually comes along with gum diseases • identify decay that may be occurring below an existing filling • assist in the preparation of braces, tooth implants, dentures and other dental procedures • reveal an infection at the root of a tooth or between gums • reveal developmental abnormalities, such as … Continue Reading

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Back to School Dental Checklist

Hard to believe, but it’s almost that time of year again already. It seems like the summer just flew by, and soon school will be back in session! However, before that occurs, it’s important that certain things are done first..purchase school supplies, get new weather approproate clothing and ensure your dental health is where it should be. Here are some important tips from a dental pro to keep in mind: ‘Oral hygiene Don’t forget to include toothbrushes and toothpaste to your “back-to-school” supply list. I always recommend a soft bristle brush, and these should be replaced every 3-4 months. Brush at least twice a day for a minimum of two minutes each time and floss daily. Doc’s tip: After brushing, spit but do not rinse. This allows the … Continue Reading

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Potential Effects of Mouth Inflammation

Maintaining the best health is something that everyone should do; whether that means eating a more balanced diet, exercising and being mindful of things you do (and don’t do) or all of the above, this is how one will be able to live a better life. When it comes to dental health in particular, be mindful of your teeth and gums, and anything that may seem out of the ordinary. If inflammation is every noticed, make sure to visit your dental professional as soon as possible. “Women with gum disease are 14% more likely to develop cancer than those with healthy teeth and gums, according to a study published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention. The link appears to be strongest for esophageal cancer, but associations were also … Continue Reading

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Oral Hygiene

If it seems like every blog post is about oral hygiene and it’s importance, you are right! Staying on top of your dental health is key; not only can it have an affect on your overall health, but it can also affect confidence levels and how you interact with others. Not to mention, one of the perils of ignoring dental health for too long is costly repair work, and putting your mouth in harm’s way. “Jay, a 21-year-old man from the U.K was a guest in a recent episode of Embarrassing Bodies for his killing not-so-white smile. He has abstained from brushing his teeth for the majority of his life. He ate everything wrong, from fizzy drinks to chocolates. And the daring fellow didn’t bother to floss or … Continue Reading

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The Link Between Halitosis & Heart Disease

Halitosis, or ‘bad breath’ as it is more commonly referred, is something that affects everyone from time to time. Whether it’s from eating a certain item of food (ex: onions, etc.), lack of dental hygiene/maintenance or the result of an underlying health issue, getting to the bottom of it’s cause is important in order to remedy it. The idea of halitosis being connected to a more serious issue is a scary thought, but a reality that everyone should be aware of. “Bleeding gums and bad breath could be early indicators (of heart and circulatory disease). The link between oral health and overall body health is well documented and backed by robust scientific evidence. Despite this, only one in six people realizes that people with gum disease may have an … Continue Reading

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Brushing & Flossing Tips

Oral Health

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 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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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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