What Are the Benefits of a Saltwater Mouthwash?


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A tickly or sore throat is no fun, but it also likely indicates that you have an infection. Flu and strep are notorious for producing these symptoms. Most people immediately think of over-the-counter or prescribed medications. However, there is another route that will save you money and is proven to provide relief.

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5 Reasons to Use Power Tools for Oral Care


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Using the power of electricity for oral hygiene is a relatively new concept, though it has been available for decades. Modern advancements have made it particularly advantageous. Your teeth get cleaner, and gums can stay healthier with the correct use of electric toothbrushes and water flossing. Here are five reasons to use power tools for oral care.

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How To Properly Pull Your Child’s Teeth


One fond memory that all children cherish from their childhood is that of their baby teeth and placing them under their pillow at night – so that the tooth fairy could exchange them for coins and other goodies! What a way to turn pain into joy and leave the children smiling at the end of the ordeal! However, not all children have it easy, and there may be a need for a parent to pull a child’s tooth.

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Living With Diabetes? How to Protect Your Healthy Smile


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November is American Diabetes Awareness Month. If you have diabetes, you know that high levels of blood sugar can stress your entire body. Your teeth and gums are no exceptions – gum disease is the most common dental problem affecting people who live with diabetes. 

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How to Avoid the “Sugar Wars” of Halloween


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Halloween is all about costumes and treats, and fun. But when those trick-or-treat bags come home, often the “sugar wars” begin. All that candy to be eaten! How do parents set limits? Is it OK to let the kids splurge on their collected loot? Children’s dental care is on the minds of us all at this time of year.

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Is There a “Right” Toothbrush for Me?


Did you know that you should brush your teeth for at least two minutes? That’s right-120 seconds or 30 seconds for each quadrant of your mouth. Many of my patients want to maintain a healthy smile through good oral hygiene – brushing.  So, I get lots of questions about how to pick the right toothbrush.  

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What Can I Do to Prevent Dental Plaque on My Teeth?


Did you know that dental plaque – a sticky substance made of bacteria, mucus, and food – is continually forming on our teeth? It’s that slimy coating that you can feel by running your tongue over the front of your teeth. If you don’t remove it with thorough daily brushing and cleaning between teeth, it can damage your teeth and gums.

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How Braces Have Changed To Be Better Over Time


A perfect smile is accentuated by a perfect set of teeth – pearly white, well-shaped, and properly spaced. It’s what we all want. But we’re not always fortunate enough to be gifted by such perfection. The answer to help one achieve that perfection is often braces. Though common, braces need to be thoroughly understood in order to best utilize and benefit from them. 

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How to Switch From Sugar to Healthy Snacks


When parents teach their children to brush and floss on a regular basis, those kids are on their way to healthy teeth. Summer is the perfect time to teach them another habit – healthy snacking. With all the fresh fruit and vegetables available, children learn to substitute healthy snacks for candy and other sugary options.  

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How Dental Sealants Prevent Cavities in Children


In my family practice, the end of the summer is a busy time for back-to-school dental exams. I see parents who are more well informed about their children’s dental care than ever before. They help their children develop healthy daily routines of brushing and flossing and provide a healthy diet. But many are looking for additional ways to prevent cavities. One tool available is the dental sealant.

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