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Business woman biting on penHave you ever stopped to think about how your day job might affect your oral health? Delta Dental has. They’ve put together both a list of common risk factors contributing to poor oral health, and what industries are most at risk, as well as a list of the 5 work habits that can wreck your teeth. Is what you do at work putting you at risk of poor dental health?

Schedule your routine dentist visit to make sure you’re keeping your mouth healthy by calling our office at 952-443-3368.

Jaw Dental Xray - OsteoporosisRoutine dentist visits are integral to good oral health, but they also may be your first line of diagnosis and prevention for diseases that affect other areas of your body. That’s because the mouth is the gateway to the body, and various diseases have signs or symptoms that are noticeable to your dentist. Osteoporosis (weakening of the bones) is one of those diseases. read more

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a commonly undiagnosed sleep disorder that affects an estimated 18 million Americans.1 With sleep apnea, your breathing pauses or becomes very shallow, causing you to move out of deep sleep and into light sleep, resulting in poor sleep quality and increased fatigue. Untreated OSA can increase your risk of health problems including high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, heart failure, obesity, and diabetes.2 It may also contribute to morning headaches, irritability, snoring, and dry mouth/sore throat.3 read more

Being a parent can be tough. Somehow, you need to make time for cooking, cleaning, extra-curricular activities, helping with homework, scheduling appointments and still staying sane. Understandably, there are times when certain tasks get put on hold while keeping up with daily life. However, we want to remind you of the importance of making sure your child has his or her routine dentist visit every 6 months.

Oral Health and Performance in School

Not only is your child’s oral health important physically, it’s important mentally—poor oral health can affect their GPA. Studies have shown that children who have poor oral health are almost three times more likely than their peers to miss school due to dental pain. These absences are associated with poorer performance in school.1 read more

There are already many things to keep track of during pregnancy: doctor’s appointments, vitamin intake, eating healthy, etc. But many women do not realize the importance of maintaining good oral hygiene during pregnancy, and the effects it has on the baby. read more

The short answer is, “probably not.” Chances are, even if you are brushing your teeth with less-than-perfect technique, it is still beneficial to your oral health. That being said, there are several things to keep in mind while brushing that will ensure healthy teeth and gums. read more

How to Floss by WikiHow

Photo credit: wikiHow “How to Floss”

You hear it from us again and again: “Do you floss?” We ask because flossing matters—and the correct flossing technique matters, too. Some people believe that using a little bit of floss and wiggling it around between teeth is enough. If your goal is simply to dislodge a bit of food that’s stuck between two teeth, it will do the trick. However, if your goal is to truly clean your teeth, you need to up your game.

Here is a great How-To (with pictures). Take note about flossing in a “C” motion, moving up and down and back and forth, as this is what will help loosen the plaque from your teeth.

Going to the dentist is not often on people’s lists of favorite things to do. However, keeping your mouth health is extremely important. One of the best ways to optimize your oral health and have a pleasant dental experience is by scheduling routine visits with an ADA® dentist.

What’s the ADA?*

ada-logoThe American Dental Association (ADA) is not-for-profit, and is the nation’s largest dental association. As a commitment to its members and the oral health of the public, the ADA works to advance the dental profession, and to provide oral health related information for dentists and patients. You’ve likely seen the “ADA Seal of Acceptance” on certain oral hygiene products, which indicates that it has been recognized by the association as being safe and effective. read more

Have you heard of xerostomia? You probably have. Xerostomia, also known as dry mouth, is a deficiency of saliva, which causes a person’s mouth to become dry and uncomfortable. Although many people can decipher what dry mouth is, fewer people understand the complications that arise from dry mouth, in addition to general discomfort.

What are the Symptoms?

dry-mouth-smDry mouth can cause symptoms ranging from minor discomforts like frequent thirst, bad breath, or a sore throat, to more serious issues such as read more

Halloween is just around the corner, and along with costumes comes candy – and lots of it. Of course, you could tell your child they aren’t allowed to eat it, but be prepared for disappointment. Although it is still highly recommended to limit your child’s consumption of candy, we have some tips for keeping your child’s mouth healthy during the holiday, without taking away all of their hard-earned treats. Thanks to our friends at MouthHealthy.org for putting together the following list:

  • Eat Halloween candy and other sugary foods with meals or shortly after mealtime. Saliva production increases during meals and helps cancel out acids produced by bacteria in your mouth, and rinses away food particles. read more