Diet Impacts Tooth Health

Diet Impacts Tooth Health Your mouth is essential for chewing and swallowing your food. The mouth is the first point...
Diet Impacts Tooth Health Your mouth is essential for chewing and swallowing your food. The mouth is the first point of contact with all the nutrients your body needs. What you put in your mouth impacts both your oral and general health. What is a cavity? Cavities form when the bacteria in the mouth eat the available sugars and produce acid, which breaks down the outer layer, the enamel, of the tooth. Cavities often develop between the teeth and in...
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Tips for caring for your braces

Tips for caring for your braces Develop routines, as schedules continually change during each season. Use fluoride toothpaste to make...
Tips for caring for your braces Develop routines, as schedules continually change during each season. Use fluoride toothpaste to make your teeth stronger. Use a mouthwash with fluoride, if possible after a snack or lunch, to help strengthen the teeth. When first getting the orthodontic appliance, serve soft food. Prepare a travel case with an extra set of oral hygiene products to bring to school or work. Stock up with orthodontic wax to prevent mouth irritations from sharp edges. If...
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Tips for good oral health when going back to school!

As we go back to school, we need to be mindful of our daily routines. Having routines will help establish...
As we go back to school, we need to be mindful of our daily routines. Having routines will help establish healthy habits, including good oral health. Did you know that cavities are one of the most common chronic diseases of childhood in the United States, possibly leading to problems with eating, speaking, playing, and learning? Children who have poor oral health often miss more school and receive lower grades than children who don’t (CDC, 2019). The good news is that...
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Healthy Snacks for a Healthy Mouth

Healthy Snacks for a Healthy Mouth Sometimes eating between meals must happen. It is recommended to limit eating and drinking...
Healthy Snacks for a Healthy Mouth Sometimes eating between meals must happen. It is recommended to limit eating and drinking sugary drinks between meals. Most people choose foods like sweets and chips for snacks. These choices can weaken the teeth and cause cavities. Also, nutritious, acidic foods like tomatoes and citrus fruits can have acidic effects on tooth enamel. Try to eat them as part of a meal, and not as a stand-alone snack. Here are some nutritious snack choices:...
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Foods & Drinks to Avoid for a Healthy Mouth

Foods & Drinks to Avoid for a Healthy Mouth While some food may seem harmless, if you eat too many...
Foods & Drinks to Avoid for a Healthy Mouth While some food may seem harmless, if you eat too many and the constant exposure to sugar can be harmful to your teeth. Here are 6 different foods and drinks that should be cautiously consumed. Hard Candies: Constant exposure to sugar and the hardness of the candy could cause a dental emergency such as a broken or chipped tooth. Alternative is sugarless gum Ice: Chewing on ice can also leave you...
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Helping Children Achieve Healthy Mouths

Establishing good oral habits at a young age is the first step to healthy teeth, the whole life through. Here...
Establishing good oral habits at a young age is the first step to healthy teeth, the whole life through. Here are some suggestions to incorporate into your daily routines with your children.  Tips for parents when brushing children’s teeth Create a positive atmosphere around brushing. Play a song or story during this time. An adult should assist the child with oral hygiene. Most children need help brushing until the age of 10. Both the child and their caregiver should brush...
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Healthy Drinks

Energy drinks, shakes, smoothies, and fruit juices – sounds healthy, right? Such beverages are often considered part of a healthy...
Energy drinks, shakes, smoothies, and fruit juices – sounds healthy, right? Such beverages are often considered part of a healthy lifestyle, and some of them do contain a lot of nutritious ingredients. But they also tend to have a low pH, meaning that they are acidic, and may cause erosion of the teeth – simply put, it wears them down.    Since these beverages often come in big containers, consuming these types of drinks may include a longer period of...
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Children’s Dental Health

February is Children’s Dental Health Month. This month-long national health observance was initiated by the American Dental Association (ADA). It...
February is Children’s Dental Health Month. This month-long national health observance was initiated by the American Dental Association (ADA). It is intended to bring together dedicated professionals, healthcare providers, and educators to promote the benefits of good oral health to children, their caregivers, teachers, and many others. Establishing good oral habits at a young age is the first step to healthy teeth, the whole life through.   The Importance of Baby Teeth Baby teeth, also known as primary teeth, allow...
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Brushing Your Teeth

A good toothbrush is important to your daily oral health care routine. Dental plaque finds areas to hide in your...
A good toothbrush is important to your daily oral health care routine. Dental plaque finds areas to hide in your mouth, for example, around crowded teeth or along the gumline. Dental plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that constantly forms on your teeth. It must be removed regularly, or it can cause gum inflammation, cavities, and bad breath. This month we are celebrating Dental Hygiene Month, as well as offering some tips and tricks for better brushing.   Every...
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Orthodontic Care

Orthodontic Care Orthodontic treatment involves different appliances and devices to correct the bite and straighten your teeth. When teeth are...
Orthodontic Care Orthodontic treatment involves different appliances and devices to correct the bite and straighten your teeth. When teeth are aligned, they are also easier to clean. After your teeth have been moved into the proper position, a retainer will be used to prevent any future shifting. People may need orthodontic treatment for different reasons. To correct crooked, crowded, or misaligned teeth Correcting malocclusion, or a bad bite, to address jaw pain or discomfort when chewing by properly distributing biting...
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Cleaning Between Your Teeth

Did you know that brushing alone only removes about 60% of the plaque on your teeth? The rest of the...
Did you know that brushing alone only removes about 60% of the plaque on your teeth? The rest of the plaque is found BETWEEN your teeth. Dental plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that constantly forms on your teeth. It must be removed regularly, or it can cause gum inflammation, cavities, and bad breath. Your toothbrush only cleans 3 of the 5 surfaces on your teeth, leaving 2 surfaces between the teeth ignored. Cleaning between the teeth, also known...
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Cavities Beware!

At the end of October many people celebrate Halloween by dressing up in costumes and going candy-hunting. Although this is...
At the end of October many people celebrate Halloween by dressing up in costumes and going candy-hunting. Although this is fun for the entire family, it is also important to understand the damage sweets can cause to teeth over time. Here are some holiday tips on how to enjoy that Halloween candy while still keeping your teeth healthy.   What causes a cavity? Cavities are a leading chronic condition affecting children in the United States (CDC, 2019). Cavities form when...
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