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    Should you be Tongue Scraping?

    As you walk down the oral hygiene isle at your local drug store and see the limitless brands of toothpastes, mouthwashes, and toothbrushes, you may have noticed an item labeled tongue scraper. You may be wondering, “Is it really necessary to brush my tongue?” According to evidence based research, yes it’s necessary! Bacteria, dead cells, leftover food debris, and toxins can accumulate on your tongue overtime, which can contribute to bad breath, also known as halitosis. By the end of the day you may notice a thick film coating on your tongue that often ranges in color from clear, white, yellow, or green. According to research, around 85% of all…

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    Experiencing Toothaches from Winter Weather?

    As you’re walking outside this winter, do you ever feel a cringing pain in your teeth from the cold air? Not only can the cold cause dry skin, it can also cause some tooth sensitivity, especially if you already struggle with sensitive teeth. According to the Academy of General Dentistry, approximately 40 million Americans have sensitive teeth. This causes many people to avoid foods that are either very cold or very hot, such as ice-cream or soup. So, why does tooth sensitivity occur?

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    New Year, Healthier Teeth!

    Happy New Year’s Eve! As we approach 2019 this is a perfect time to think about what we want for the New Year. Many people wish for improved health without realizing that overall health involves dental health. Resolutions to keep your smile beaming will help your body in the long run! Here’s some resolutions that can make a huge difference in improving your health:

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    Merry and Bright Teeth for the Holidays!

    As the holidays approach, your dentist and teeth may not be high on your list of things to think about. But, it’s important to keep your oral health in mind so that you can enter 2019 with a healthy start! Take a look at these tips so that you can enjoy the holidays while keeping your teeth and gums healthy and bright:

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    Am I Using the Right Toothpaste?

    Do you ever get overwhelmed by the limitless types of toothpaste on the shelves at a store? From natural fluoride-free toothpastes to those that contain fluoride, it can be hard to know which one you should choose. Fluoride is known to play an important a role in preventing cavities and is naturally found within community water sources. So, that leaves the question: Which type of toothpaste should you be using, fluoride-free or fluoride containing toothpaste?

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    Watch out for these fruits that weaken your enamel!

    Did you know that enamel, the hardest substance in your body, can be weakened over time by eating certain fruits? The FDA lists the 13 most acidic fruits and their pH ranges as: Lemon Juice (2.00 – 2.60) Limes (2.00 – 2.80) Cranberry Juice (2.30 – 2.52) Blue Plums (2.80 – 3.40) Grapes (2.90 – 3.82) Pomegranates (2.93 – 3.20) Grapefruits (3.00 – 3.75) Blueberries (3.12 – 3.33) Pineapples (3.20 – 4.00) Apples (3.33 – 4.00) Peaches (3.30 – 4.05) Mangos (3.40 – 4.80) Oranges (3.69 – 4.34) If you are experiencing sensitivity, you may want to cut out acidic fruits listed above from your diet as much as possible.…

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    Do you have dry mouth like a desert? Here’s why

    Dry mouth, also known as xerostomia, happens when salivary glands in your mouth do not produce enough saliva. If you have dry mouth, you may constantly feel the need to drink water- only to find that you still have a ‘dry feeling’ afterwards. Having a dry mouth may result in bad breath, a dry tongue, difficulty swallowing, and a general unpleasant feeling. Causes of dry mouth: Medications Side effects of several medications, including over-the-counter antihistamines and pain relievers, may include dry mouth. Tobacco, caffeine, and alcohol use Reducing tobacco, caffeine, and alcohol use is not only beneficial for your overall health, but also will reduce dry mouth. Certain health conditions…

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    Toothpaste: what type and how much?

    It is easy to be overwhelmed at the convenience store, where the stacks of toothpaste in the aisles leave you wondering if you are really using the right type of toothpaste for your needs. You finally decide on a toothpaste tube, only to go home and question whether you are using the right amount. Follow the tips below to end your worries! Prevent tooth decay: opt for a toothpaste which contains sodium fluoride as an active ingredient. Fluoride aids in the enamel remineralization process caused by tooth decay. By using a toothpaste which contains fluoride, you are preventing tooth decay! Prevent sensitivity: opt for a toothpaste which contains potassium nitrate.…

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    Goodbye 2016, Hello 2017!

    Some common new year’s resolutions are exercising more or trying a new activity, but did you know that improving your oral health should also be one of your priorities for 2017? Healthy teeth is the key to your overall well-being! A few small improvements could lead to great rewards. The first step to a healthier mouth is to have better brushing and flossing habits. If you’ve had your toothbrush for more than three or four months, replace it! Worn bristles don’t clean your teeth as well as a brand new toothbrush! Brush at least two times a day with a fluoride toothpaste for two minutes every day. This is the…

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    Protect Your Smile in the Cold!

    Baby, it’s cold outside! Since having healthy teeth is important for self-confidence and the prevention of diseases or pains (such as canker sores or cold sores), we need to make sure to take care of our teeth as the temperatures drop. This is especially important if your teeth are sensitive. If you have sensitive teeth in cold weather, it may be due to several reasons. For instance, you could have cracked teeth, weakened enamel, gum recession, gingivitis, or an infection. Make sure not to brush too hard or clench or grind your teeth, because these habits could make your teeth even more sensitive. However, teeth sensitivity problems can be easily resolved.…