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Flossing Fun Facts

Posted by on Jan 4, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

One of the best New Year’s Resolutions you can make is to floss daily. But dental floss can be used for more that just your teeth! 1. Use in place of thread to sew a button. (Especially good for coat buttons) 2. Slice through soft foods like cake, cookie dough, or soft cheese. Makes a neat slice. 3. Remove photos stuck in a glass frame or old album. Just saw a long length of floss between the photo and frame. 4. Feed the birds. String unflavored waxed floss with popcorn, cereal, or dried fruit and hang from a tree. 5. Hang light picture frames. It won’t scratch walls like wire. Use a double or triple strand for strength. Did you know? The first...

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Toothpaste

Posted by on Nov 17, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

The question I get from patients most often is- What toothpaste should I use? A trip to the oral care aisle in any store is truly mind-boggling. There are toothpastes to whiten, protect, some contain baking soda and peroxide. Others are for sensitivity. For the kids, you can choose fruit or bubblegum flavor all packaged in a kid themed tube. So what should you use? Most importantly, make sure it has fluoride. Children over the age of three can safely use a small amount of fluoride toothpaste. After that, it is a matter of preference. The sensitive teeth brands do help if you are prone to some hot or cold sensitivity that is not caused by decay. If you like the...

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Mouthguards

Posted by on Oct 4, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

School is back in session and that means sporting events are in full swing. Please protect your teeth ( or your child’s) with a mouth guard. A mouth guard is a flexible appliance worn during athletics to protect teeth from trauma. Your dentist can make a custom mouth guard that fits your mouth specifically. Models of the teeth are taken and then the custom appliance is made. A mouth guard can prevent broken teeth, fractured jaws, and neck injury. See your dentist to have one made if you or your child plays sports.

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Tips to keep your Oral Appliance Clean

Posted by on Aug 25, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Many people wear some type of oral appliance. Follow the tips below to keep dentures, mouthguards, nightguards, retainers, and orthodontic aligners clean and bacteria- free. DON’T use toothpaste on the appliance. Toothpaste is abrasive and is good to clean enamel, a hard structure that makes up your tooth. Appliances are too soft and toothpaste will scratch the surface. Bacteria will collect in these tiny surface scratches. DO use liquid dish or hand soap to clean your appliance. These are very gentle and can be applied with a soft brush. DO Use a separate brush than the one used for your mouth. Your mom may have washed your mouth with soap for saying bad...

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Dentures

Posted by on Jul 9, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Missing teeth can affect your eating, speech, and appearance. A denture is a custom made removable appliance that can replace missing teeth. There are two main types of dentures- complete and partial. Complete dentures replace all teeth in your arch and can be fitted for the top, bottom, or both. The complete denture rests on your tissue. Complete dentures can also be fitted over implants. This gives the denture something to anchor onto. A partial denture is made when some of your natural teeth remain. The partial fills in where the teeth are missing and stays in by hooking around existing natural teeth. Making a denture requires several visits and takes about 3-6...

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TMD

Posted by on May 28, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Temporomandibular disorder (TMD) is a condition that describes a variety of of disorders affecting the joints, muscles, and nerves of the jaw. Located on each side of your face, the temporomandibular joint connects your lower jaw to your skull. The joints and muscles around them help you open and close your mouth. TMD occurs when the joint is damaged or the muscles around the joint malfunction. It can be quite painful. It can be caused by trauma or injury, an improper bite due to the teeth being misaligned, arthritis in the joint or stress which can lead to clenching or grinding of the jaw. Some TMD symptoms: Jaw pain that is most noticeable in the morning. Jaw pain with...

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