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Is mouthwash even good for you?

There are a lot of things we have grown up hearing are good for our teeth and mouth, that we take for granted are actually good for us. One of those things is mouthwash. Commercials and advertisements have long promoted mouthwash as the treatment for bad breath, a way to prevent cavities, prevent gum disease and more. So today let’s tackle the question: Is mouthwash  good for you?   Yes, no, maybe   The answer is yes and no. There are mouthwashes that are good for your oral health and products that can potentially do harm. Before you load up [...]

When should children get braces? How young is too young?

Years ago, we wouldn’t see kids’ with braces until they were teenagers, but now we see them on younger and younger children. So, when should children get braces? And how young is too young? Since February is National Children's Dental Health Month, we thought this would be a good time to tell you what you need to know about if and when your child should get braces. Baby teeth gone, permanent teeth in The general rule of thumb is that children should have lost most of their baby teeth and gotten all their adult teeth before getting braces. We are [...]

What is the treatment for bleeding gums?

Unless you just got punched in the mouth, bleeding gums are usually a sign of gum disease. So, in most cases, the treatment for bleeding gums, means treating what is probably early stage gum disease, or gingivitis.  These few steps will make any mouth healthier, but more importantly, they will vastly improve you bleeding gums within two weeks. If you don’t see improvement in that time, you may have a different health issue and it’s time to see a doctor.  Either way, with these five steps, you will know.   Brush and floss (no shortcuts)   We know you get [...]

2019-01-15T17:21:45+00:00Tags: |

New Year, new habits to power up your smile!

Your smile should light up the room! To make it possible, start the new year saying, “Out with those old, smile dimming habits, and in with some new smile sparkling routines.”  To make it happen, we have put together a list of habits to break and habits to make 2019,  the year of your best smile. Replace your toothbrush! The ADA says you should replace your toothbrush every 3 to 4 months (Do you even remember when you last replaced yours? Time yourself! For the healthiest smile, dentists recommend time brushing your chompers two full minutes. Make it easy, use [...]

2019-01-08T21:34:50+00:00Tags: , , |

5 Health Problems Linked to Poor Oral Health

People often don’t realize just how much their oral health can dictate the health of the rest of their body. Oral health—the health of the gums, teeth, and mouth in general— has been linked to a number of medical conditions. This is because the mouth is the gateway to the rest of the body. If bacteria builds up and forms plaque on and in between the teeth, it can eventually lead to a serious gum infection/disease called periodontitis. This infection could spread to other parts of the body or cause inflammation that could contribute to other medical conditions. In other [...]

2018-11-29T21:11:52+00:00Tags: |

The Lowdown on Cavities and Some Stuff You’ll Just Find Gross

Cavities: What are they Cavities are just like they sound—little caves or holes in the hard surface of your teeth. These are permanently damaged areas of your teeth that won’t get better on their own and if left unrepaired can be extremely painful. Bacteria poop (seriously) The road to cavities begins with plaque. Actually, the road to cavities begins with eating sugary starchy foods. When you eat these types of foods, such as potato chips, soda, or candy and don’t clean your teeth after, a sticky coating is left behind. Bacteria love it when you do this because that sticky [...]

2018-11-29T20:55:11+00:00Tags: |

Small Business Saturday: A Few of Our Favorite Local Spots

While most people are aware of Black Friday and Cyber Monday as the start of the holiday shopping season, not everyone knows about Small Business Saturday. The Saturday after Thanksgiving celebrates and encourages shoppers to support small businesses in their community. As a locally-owned dental practice in the Biltmore area, we want to share some of our favorite local shops and restaurants in our neighborhood: 1. Tarbell’s Wine Store This local gem is located in Camelback East Village and is a go-to for any wine enthusiast. It’s the perfect place to grab a bottle for a special occasion and offers [...]

2019-01-10T19:36:55+00:00Tags: |

Why do I have receding gums?

People don’t always realize that they have a problem with receding gums until they’re being told by their dentist or hygienist during an annual dental checkup. Because they are focused on taking care of what they see while brushing our teeth and flossing most people tend to overlook the areas of the mouth that aren’t as visible, such as the gum line below the teeth. As a result, receding gums is an oral health issue that is often missed or ignored. The fact is, receding gums should be taken just as seriously as other oral health problems, because, if left [...]

2018-11-14T15:53:51+00:00Tags: |

Bad Breath: Why You Have It and How You Can Fix It

Bad breath: It’s everyone’s worst nightmare, but it’s (unfortunately) something we’ve all had to deal with at one time or another. For some it’s only temporary, like the kind you get after eating onions or right after you wake up. For others, though, it can be a serious and persistent problem. Officially known as halitosis, chronic bad breath can last for an extended period of time and can actually be a sign of other serious health problems. Whether you suffer from halitosis or just want to know how to prevent it, here’s everything you need to know: What causes bad [...]

2018-10-17T20:49:15+00:00Tags: |

Sports Mouth Guards and Tips on How to Clean Mouth Guard

How to Clean Mouth Guard and Other Sports Tips You know it is important to have a sports mouth guard, but do you know the best way to care for it? Would you like tips on how to clean mouth guard? Dr. D was recently interviewed on the care and cleaning of sports mouth guards--check out this video for more tips: How to Care for Your Sports Mouth Guard During normal use, mouth guards easily become contaminated with germs, including mold, bacteria, strep, and staph. Here are some simple tips to care for your mouth guard [...]

2018-07-30T18:23:39+00:00Tags: , , , |
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