Healthy Halloween treats that will bring smiles

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What your dentist has to say about Healthy Halloween Treats HERE COMES HALLOWEEN! The season of ghosts, ghouls, zombies, and, of course… candy! If you’re smart about it, there is no reason for your Halloween fun to come at the expense of good dental health. Rule 1: A Little Candy All At Once Is Probably Better Than Candy All Day/Night Long When it comes to your oral health, a little “candy-binge” is better than grazing on that Halloween loot all day long (or all month long!). Our mouths are always working to restore the correct pH balance and to utilize … Continue reading

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Are Dental Implants Right For You?

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Dental implants are an extremely effective solution for patients who are missing teeth. The next best thing to natural teeth, implants are surgically placed and capped with a natural-looking dental crown to bring your smile back to life.  Are you missing teeth? Do you need to have broken or damaged teeth replaced? Here are four reasons that we recommend placing dental implants. Implants look just like your natural smile Dental implants are made to mimic your natural teeth, right down to the look, feel, fit and function. When placed, a porcelain crown is used to closely match the teeth surrounding the … Continue reading

Why Vitamin D is Important to Healthy Teeth

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You probably know that vitamin D helps to build strong teeth and bones. But did you know it may also help prevent tooth decay and gum disease? Building Strong Teeth and Bones Vitamin D encourages calcium absorption and helps keep the right levels of calcium and phosphorous in the blood stream to maintain bone and tooth density. For good oral health, you need to consume adequate amounts of both vitamin D and calcium. Preventing Dental Cavities As reported by the Vitamin D Council, several studies have associated higher levels of vitamin D with reductions in dental cavities. Vitamin D helps … Continue reading

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4 Bad Oral Habits You Should Avoid

Keeping our teeth and gums healthy is vital to our overall quality of health. Visiting the dentist for regular check ups, flossing and brushing regularly, and eating a well balanced diet are just a few of the everyday habits to incorporate into your life. However, there are a few bad habits that you may have acquired that are hindering your dental health more than helping. Read on to see if you’re making any of these common bad dental hygiene habits. Not Properly Brushing And Flossing For some, brushing and flossing may be somewhat of an obsession. Then there are others … Continue reading

4 Foods That Can Naturally Brush Your Teeth

What you put into your body has a huge impact on how healthy you look and feel on the outside. Believe it or not some foods not only will give you an internal nutritional boost but can also be used externally for healthy results as well. Below are four foods that give you both nourishment and can help you brush your teeth naturally. Pineapple This juicy fruit contains the enzyme bromelain, which acts as a natural stain remover, and can leave your smile looking whiter. Bromelain can also help to break up any plaque residue that is left behind on … Continue reading

Consider These 3 Factors When Buying Toothpaste

Brushing our teeth is a daily activity, which makes toothpaste a staple household item. There are so many options out there for toothpaste it can be a bit overwhelming. Here are a couple tips from the professionals to help you find the best toothpaste to meet your needs. Pay Attention To The Ingredients Depending on your own needs choosing toothpaste with or without any of these ingredients can be helpful. Fluoride is a common ingredient in most toothpastes with the exceptions of toddler and organic formulas. It is used to dramatically help reduce tooth decay. Another active ingredient in many … Continue reading

When you don’t have your toothbrush try one of these foods

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Have you ever been in a situation  where  you wished we had a toothbrush—but didn’t. Perhaps it was on a recent hiking trip. Perhaps it was right after lunch, on a day when you were headed into an important  meeting. Regardless of when it was, you knew that fresh, sparkling teeth would bring the comfort and confidence you needed. Certain types of foods can help you “brush” your teeth  in a pinch.  Nature’s Tooth Scrubbers Scrubber foods naturally clean your teeth, although not perfectly, but enough to help you smile with confidence. As you chew scrubber foods they remove plaque and leftover … Continue reading

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3 Health Benefits of Flossing Your Teeth

While flossing may seem like just an extra thing to do to keep your teeth and gums clean it is actually a highly essential part of your dental health. Unfortunately many of us neglect doing it and don’t realize the negative impact of letting food and plaque sit between our teeth. While as a child the effects of this bad habit may go unnoticed as we travel through adulthood the negative consequences begin to show more clearly. Below are the top 3 reasons you should floss each and every day. A Bright White Smile A whiter smile is one of … Continue reading

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Are your medications causing dry mouth and tooth decay?

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MEDICATIONS OFTEN HAVE frustrating side effects. In addition to nausea and headaches, did you know that dry mouth is also a common side effect of prescription drugs?  Saliva Keeps Your Mouth Healthy There are over 400 medications that can affect your salivary glands and increase dry mouth.   And this list grows as more drugs are created. These medications typically include those used to treat depression, pain, anxiety, allergies, urinary incontinence, diarrhea, Parkinson’s disease, and many other conditions. Our salivary glands are extremely important because saliva keeps our mouths moist and breaks down the foods we eat. Saliva also helps keep the bacteria in our mouths under … Continue reading

Can breakfast keep your smile healthy?

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IT’S OFTEN SAID, and studies agree, that breakfast may be the most important meal of the day. In addition, breakfast affects our oral health too! Popular Breakfast Options Can Damage Smiles Given our on-the-go lifestyles, breakfast can become an imbalanced, over-sugary meal! We don’t typically eat candy for breakfast—yet, we choose popular cereals and pastries that are full of sugar. These unhealthy breakfast choices can be damaging to our teeth and gums especially  if we’re not brushing and flossing after we eat them. A Healthy, Balanced Breakfast Can Protect Your Smile Your mouth, like your body, needs nutritious food to stay healthy. … Continue reading

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