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Standard Floss vs. Water Flossers

May 11, 2020.Individuals.#floss

Most people know to practice healthy oral health habits, such as brushing twice a day and flossing daily. However, many people have questions about whether water flossing is a better alternative to traditional flossing. It’s important to understand each technique to help determine which is the better fit for you. Dental floss and floss picks Standard flossing is a simple process that uses a thin, soft piece of string to pass between teeth, gently scraping up and down to remove plaque and food particles from teeth and out from under gums. Another option is a floss pick – a plastic tool with a u-shaped end that holds a small piece of floss. There are several advantages to standard floss and floss picks: Minimal cost Easily accessible from a pharmacy or grocery store Quick and easy to use on the go Despite the pros to flossing, there are a few cons: […]

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COVID-19 Stress and Oral Health

April 15, 2020.Individuals.#de-stress

It is currently a stressful time during the COVID-19 pandemic. Studies show that stress not only harms your overall health, but it can harm your oral health as well. Reducing stress is important to maintaining a healthy smile and good oral health. Stress has been shown to contribute to the following oral health conditions: Bruxism (teeth grinding) Dry mouth Canker sores Tooth decay Gum disease Here are some good ways to help keep your whole mouth healthy, while you work to lower your stress levels. Stay on track with your oral health routine. Always brush two times each day for two minutes, floss once daily and visit your dentist regularly for checkups and exams to lessen your risk for cavities or gum disease. Get plenty of sleep, stay active and try relaxation techniques, like meditation, to help you de-stress. Limit your caffeine and alcohol intake and eat a well-balanced diet […]

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How can gum disease be linked to heart disease?

February 5, 2020.Individuals.#American Heart Month

February is American Heart Month and because heart disease is one of the leading causes of death in the United States, we hear a lot about it. But did you know that evidence shows there is a relationship between gum disease and heart disease? Gum disease, also referred to as periodontal disease, is an infection and inflammation of the gum tissues and bone that hold your teeth in place. In its early stage, it’s called gingivitis and can cause inflamed, red gums that bleed. If not managed with proper daily oral care, gingivitis may worsen and become periodontitis. Periodontitis is a form of gum disease that causes the gum tissue to pull away from the tooth allowing for further tooth decay, loss of bone and eventually tooth loss. Oral bacteria may be the link to heart disease The main cause of gum disease is harmful oral bacteria found in tooth […]

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Keeping your mouth healthy during winter

January 6, 2020.Individuals.#chapped lips

It’s cold outside. Are you someone that enjoys the cold weather and enjoys winter outdoor activities? Or would you rather be inside where it’s warm? Whether you’re going outside for a quick minute or spending an extended period of time, the cold weather during the winter months can have an impact on your oral health. Here are some healthy mouth tips to keep you smiling all winter long. Chapped lips can occur year-long, but exposing your lips to the wind and cold can quickly dry them out. Inside heat can also remove moisture from the air. Wear a moisturizing lip balm (with SPF) daily to protect your lips. Reapply it often. Already have chapped lips? Petroleum jelly locks in moisture and is an inexpensive way to keep your lips hydrated. Dry Mouth can occur in the winter months as a result of the dry air too.  Keep your body well-hydrated […]

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Delicious holiday treats to share and care for oral health

December 4, 2019.Individuals.#dental health

The holidays bring family and friends together and often, gatherings are filled with sweet treats of the season. This holiday, offer healthier options that are tasty as well as healthier for your teeth. Chocolate covered strawberries with pistachios Strawberries are available year-round and are a tooth-friendly treat when you choose dark chocolate. It’s lower in sugar than milk or white chocolate and offsets the sweetness of the strawberry. Pistachios are high in antioxidants and can help improve blood vessel health in the gum tissue. Easy-to-make, these dark chocolate-covered strawberries with pistachios will leave your guests smiling. Cinnamon spiced pumpkin muffins and breads A well-known spice, cinnamon has been shown to be beneficial to your oral health by helping to prevent inflammation and fight bacteria. Pumpkin contains Vitamin A which promotes the production of saliva and improves symptoms of dry mouth. Its magnesium content can help prevent the development of gum […]

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