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Tips for Building a Healthy Easter Basket

Easter is around the corner and you might be thinking about what you should put in your child’s Easter basket. This year, challenge yourself to put together a personalized and unique, no-candy basket full of items your child will love. Check out this list for some suggestions to get you started: Healthy snacks – Just because a snack is healthy doesn’t mean it can’t be delicious! We recommend fruit, hard-boiled colored eggs and trail mix as nutritious options for your child’s Easter basket. Gift cards – Depending on your child’s age and interests, pack a gift card or two [...]

Know the Risks: Oral Cancer Awareness Month

Approximately 47,750 people will be diagnosed with oral cancer this year in the U.S. An estimated 7,500 people will die of these cancers. Fortunately, the death rate has decreased in the last 30 years. However, the scope of the problem is increasing, with new cases exceeding 450,000 worldwide annually. As April is oral cancer awareness month we would like to highlight the importance of getting screened. Also, we would like to examine the risk factors associated with this type of cancer. Some people have fewer risks than others, but may still develop oral cancer, therefore it is important to schedule [...]

What to Know About Wisdom Teeth Extraction

Most people expect they will need to have their wisdom teeth removed but don’t know why they will need wisdom teeth extraction. First, it is helpful to know that wisdom teeth are the third molars in the very back of your mouth. They come in sometime between the ages of 17 and 25. And no, they don’t actually bring wisdom with them. Some people will never develop them, but most will. To understand more on the what and the why, here is some general wisdom you need about wisdom teeth. Why do I have them? Anthropologists believe that wisdom teeth were once [...]

National Women’s History Month: The first woman dentist!

March is National Women’s History Month and while we are honoring females making “herstory,” we thought this would be the perfect time to tell you about our country’s first woman dentist—Lucy Hobbs Taylor.  She became a dentist despite the establishment’s determination to keep her out of the profession.   Want to work? Try teaching   Born in 1833, Constable, New York, Lucy was the seventh of ten children to come along in her family. From a young age, Lucy always had strong interest in medicine and read everything she could on medical science.  However, at the time, most educated women [...]

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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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