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How Does What You Eat Affect Your Oral Health?

Eating & Your Oral Health | Man Biting An Apple

Did you know that you may be able to prevent two of the most common diseases, tooth decay and periodontal disease, by simply improving your diet?  Tooth decay happens when the teeth and other hard tissues of the mouth are compromised by acid products.  There are certain foods and combination of foods that are linked and associated to higher levels of cavity causing bacteria.  This does not mean that poor nutrition directly causes periodontal disease and tooth decay, but researchers believe that the diseases may progress more quickly and is more severe in patients whose diet does not involve healthy nutrients.  Not only does poor nutrition affect your mouth, it ...

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February is Children's Dental Health Month

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National Children's Dental Health Month is celebrated in February, and is meant to raise awareness about the importance of good oral health.  Tooth decay is the most common chronic and transmissible disease, and this is especially expressed in children.  More than 40% of children age 2-11 have had a cavity in their primary (baby) teeth, and more than two thirds of teenagers age 16-19 have had a cavity in their permanent (adult) teeth.  The good news is that there are safe and effective ways to protect our teeth.  Good oral hygiene practices and dental sealants are two strategies to help prevent tooth decay in children and teens.  

Tooth decay is ...

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Baby It's Cold Outside!

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A common complaint during the cold winter season is sensitive teeth.  One out of eight people report tooth sensitivity, and that seems to get worse during the winter.  Sensitivity can be caused by several things… receding gums, clenching or grinding, cracked teeth, cavities, thin or weakened enamel, or bruising from trauma.  

When the tooth’s enamel wears, or the gums recede, tiny tubes in the dentin are exposed. These tubes are filled with something called dentinal fluid.  Sensitivity can be caused by the stimulation of that fluid and the person will normally experience short, sharp pain when those areas are exposed to hot or cold temperatures. 

We all learned in science class that ...

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Merry Christmas!

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It’s Christmas time, and we all know what that means!  Lots of family, food, fun… and a LOT of extra sweets!  We enjoy holiday treats as much as anyone, so we thought we’d give you some tips on keeping you smiling and your teeth healthy this holiday season.

Snacking throughout the day can lead to more tooth problems.  Try to eat the extra treats at meal times, rather than munching throughout the day.   When we eat, the sugars in our foods are broken down by the bacteria and turned into acid.  It is the acid attack that causes the damage (decay) to our teeth.    Grazing means that your teeth and gums ...

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Caring for Your Child's Teeth

Little Boy Smiling With Healthy Teeth

According to the Center for Disease Control, more than 25% of children age 2-5 years old have cavities.  In fact, pediatric dental disease is the primary reason for children's visits to the ER each year.   

So how can you help reduce your child's risk for cavities?  We've got a few tips to help you out!  

Your child should start seeing the dentist early... around the time their first teeth start erupting and definitely before they turn one!  Their first visits will be pretty simple.  We're just checking development, looking for visual signs of decay and educating the parents.   You can also bring your child with you to routine dental ...

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Veteran's Day Contest

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Our office wanted a special way to say thank you to all of our veterans for Veterans Day and you can be a part of it! Do you know a veteran who could use $1,000 worth of dental work? In honor of Veterans Day we will be accepting nominations for this special “thank you”.

Nominations need to be a local veteran. Submit your nomination, complete with the reason you think he or she should be chosen to win, via email to [email protected]. We will select the winner on Veterans Day.

We appreciate those who have served and sacrificed for our country and ...

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Healthy Aging For Your Teeth?

Couple Smiling With Healthy Teeth

While you may be aware of all the physical signs of aging, most people don’t think about the fact that your teeth are affected by aging as well. September is Healthy Aging Month, which was established over 16 years ago to broaden the awareness of the positive side of aging and to motivate improved health, financial and overall wellness. Factors such as taking certain medications, medical treatments, concerns about financial stability, and natural progression of age can create concerns for your oral health.

As we get older, our ...

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