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5 Healthy Halloween Tips

October 8, 2021.Individuals.#candy

Boo! Don’t be spooked by the thought of sugar harming your child’s teeth this Halloween. While the holiday is known for indulging in sweet treats, there’s ways to enjoy candy without risking your smile. Here are our top five tips for tooth-friendly trick or treating: 1. Be selective with your sweets Not all sweet treats are the same. In fact, chewy, hard or sour candies are worse for teeth than other types of candy. Hard candies can be particularly tough on teeth, so remind your child to avoid biting if they indulge in this type of treat. Chewy candies are also more problematic because they are typically kept in the mouth longer, extending the time teeth are exposed to sugar. Sour candies are usually very acidic, which can damage tooth enamel, increasing the risk of cavities. 2. Opt for tooth-friendly alternatives Letting kids enjoy themselves while finding a compromise can […]

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Dental X-Rays 101

September 9, 2021.Individuals.#dental x ray
full mouth x ray image

Want to get a clear picture of your oral health? Dental X-rays are a valuable option! They’re a common diagnostic tool used by dentists to capture an accurate image of the mouth – including teeth and gums. Dental X-rays, also referred to as radiographs, use low doses of radiation to help your dentist identify oral health issues early on, which can help avoid more complex health issues and costly treatments in the future. Types of X-rays There are two main types of dental X-rays: Intraoral X-rays place X-ray film inside the mouth and are the most common type of X-ray. That’s because they allow dentists to find cavities, check the health of teeth roots, bone surrounding teeth and the status of developing teeth. Extraoral X-rays are taken with the X-ray film outside of the mouth. This type focuses on the larger view of your jaw and skull. Common dental X-rays: […]

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Back-to-School Oral Health Checklist

August 4, 2021.Individuals.#children's oral health

It’s almost the start of a new school year and while new clothes and school supplies are top of mind, don’t forget about your kids’ oral health! Add these dental tips to your back-to-school checklist and start the school year off with a healthy smile. 1. Schedule a Dental Visit Preventive appointments that check for oral health risk factors should be a part of every child’s back-to-school routine. Having a healthy smile can help improve kids’ concentration and performance in the classroom and may help reduce school absences. In some states, dental exams are required before the start of the school year. 2. Make Brushing and Flossing Fun Just like eating breakfast, brushing and flossing are an essential part of your child’s morning routine. Help them understand its importance by making the experience enjoyable with these simple tips: Turn on their favorite music to keep them engaged. Keep a daily […]

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Dental Fillings: What to Expect

July 5, 2021.Individuals.#cavity

If you’re experiencing tooth decay, also known as a cavity, you’re not alone. The CDC estimates that over 90% of American adults experience tooth decay with 80% of people having a cavity by time they’re 34 years old.1 To prevent further damage to your teeth, your dentist may recommend a filling to restore the function and appearance of the tooth, which may cause some anxiety. Fortunately, fillings are nothing to be afraid of. Help ease your mind by knowing the different types of fillings and what’s going to happen before and after you go in for the procedure. Types of Fillings Dental fillings are a bit like they sound. Dentists use a drill to remove decay from the teeth and “fill” the cavity with a durable material. A filling is a material used to fill a cavity after tooth decay is removed. However, not all fillings are the same. They […]

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8 Ways to Celebrate National Smile Month

June 4, 2021.Individuals.#dental visit

Smiling is a natural pick-me-up. Really! When you smile, endorphins are released that boost your mood and reduce your stress. Here’s a list of tips to keep your oral health on track during National Smile Month this June. Brush up on the facts. Brushing your teeth twice a day may seem like a no-brainer, but do you know why it’s so important? Plaque can build up on your teeth throughout the day and during the night, causing damage and decay if not properly removed. Counteract this buildup with a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste as you brush in the morning and before bed. Find your favorite way to floss. Food particles can get caught between teeth and cause gum inflammation and tooth decay. Do your part to maintain a healthy smile and use dental floss or a water flosser to help keep your mouth free of plaque. Send bad breath […]

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