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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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How Mental Health Impacts Oral Health

May 3, 2021.Individuals.#canker sores

The health of your mouth and mind are more connected that you may realize. It’s possible that your mental health has even changed how you take care of your oral health during the COVID-19 pandemic. In fact, 45% of U.S. adults have said COVID-19-related worry and stress is negatively impacting their mental health.1 Practicing good daily oral health habits is always important, but your routine may require some extra attention during the COVID-19 pandemic. Take time during Mental Health Awareness Month to evaluate your current mental and oral health so you can protect your smile and well-being. Stress and Oral Health It’s natural to feel stressed, especially during a global pandemic. However, when it begins to disrupt your normal routines, pay attention. When an excess amount of the stress hormone cortisol is found in the mouth, you’re more susceptible to chronic diseases, including gum disease.2 It’s also been proven to […]

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Alcohol and Oral Health

April 5, 2021.Individuals.#alcohol awareness

When we think of the effects of alcohol on our body, we generally think of our liver. But what most don’t realize is that drinking too much alcohol can directly affect our oral health, as well. Take time during Alcohol Awareness Month in April to learn how alcohol interacts with your mouth so you can make healthy, educated choices when drinking. It could save your smile! Here are some things to keep in mind before your next happy hour: Sugar and acid content: Much like drinking soda or juice, alcohol contains sugar, which is a major risk factor in tooth decay. Alcohol is also acidic, and so are many of the fruit garnishes on cocktails. While this might seem minor, even small amounts of sugar and acid can erode tooth enamel, which makes you more susceptible to cavities and other health conditions, such as gum disease. Dehydration. Dry mouth is […]

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