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What Happens During a Routine Dental Visit

Unless you are suffering from a dental problem, most of your visits to a dentist will involve a routine cleaning. These are professional cleanings that are far more than what you can accomplish at home. In fact, dental cleanings are so important that the ADA recommends you get two per year, and most dental insurance…

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Understanding Your Mouthwash

What does your daily oral hygiene routine include? While using your toothbrush and floss are non-negotiable for a healthy smile, many dentists leave mouthwash as an optional task in your dental care routine. If you want to go the extra mile with your smile, consider rinsing after you brush and floss. Mouthwash (or mouth rinse)…

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Can Your Dentist Help You Sleep Better?

Most people associate the dentist with their mouth, not their sleep. However, your oral health and your sleeping habits can go hand in hand. Not only do certain sleep habits (like open mouth breathing and teeth grinding) threaten the health and strength of your smile, but there is also a certain sleep condition that can…

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How Well Do You Know Your Teeth?

You show them off to others. You use them to eat and speak. You spend time cleaning them twice a day. But how well do you really know your teeth? Your teeth are more sophisticated than you may think. By understanding the parts of a tooth and how your teeth are designed to function, it…

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Can Children Get Gum Disease?

You may associate periodontal disease with aging adults or those who smoke. However, gum disease is not restricted by age. Gum disease begins with the onset of excessive bacteria and plaque buildup along the teeth and gum line. This is typically found in patients who don’t follow diligent oral hygiene habits – whether they are…

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Why Flossing Shouldn’t be Optional

There are three recommended components to a healthy smile: brushing twice a day, flossing daily and seeing your dentist every six months. Which one are you missing? For nearly half of us, flossing is the habit we slack on. In fact, 49% of Americans say they do not floss on a daily basis, and about…

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