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Using a mouthwash can be a smart addition to your daily smile-care routine, yet according to the United Kingdom’s Oral Health Foundation, only 31% of adults use mouthwash. Ideally, you’re already adding it as a part of your routine, which includes brushing and flossing twice daily. If not, we have a few reasons you might want to add that finishing touch. read more

Many people believe that gum disease is simply caused by poor oral hygiene. But did you know that it is actually a communicable infection?

That means that when you come share mouth bacteria with people who have gum disease, or allow your pet to lick your mouth, you’re increasing your risk of developing gum disease. Learn more about that here. read more

Bodily piercings are very common. It’s likely that you or a friend has a body piercing. Although not entirely common, about 5% of young adults have oral piercings. These may be a form of self-expression, but they also pose a threat to health.

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Some people equate a bright, white smile to good oral health. This may or may not be the case. Just because someone’s teeth are white does not mean they are healthy. Let’s take a closer look at why most people don’t have pearly white teeth. read more

That’s a quote from one of our new patients who went to see an “instant smile service” and listened to their pitch. She knew it didn’t make sense and decided to get a second opinion. She also found out that the “new smile” that they promise in one day, is actually temporary, and she would have to come back much later to get her “real” dentures. read more

A beautiful smile never grows old, yet some people wonder whether it’s ‘too late’ for them to straighten their teeth and acquire the beautiful smile they’ve dreamed of. For those asking that very question, the answer is “no.” read more

Do you dread bad breath? Perhaps it is something you’ve struggled with in the past, or something that haunts you still today. Bad breath can be extremely embarrassing when talking face-to-face with others, or when going for a kiss with your partner.

Oral hygiene is a major factor in bad breath, but sometimes people with great oral hygiene (who brush twice daily, floss, and even brush their tongue) are still plagued by halitosis. One possible explanation may be tonsil stones, or tonsilloliths. read more

Cancer can take many forms. Most of us are very aware of lung, prostate, and breast cancer, which are the three most commonly diagnosed cancers in the United States. However, cancers of the head and neck are on the rise. One of the best ways you can prevent oral cancer, or catch it early on, is knowing the signs and symptoms, and being aware of the factors that increase your risk of oral cancer. read more

Exercise does the body good, right? It turns out the answer isn’t the simple “yes.” A new study, published by the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports, found that too much exercising may have a negative impact on oral health. read more

Did you know that you should be changing your toothbrush every three months? This means that you should be switching it at least one extra time between your routine appointments (or more, if you are not seeing the dentist every six months). read more