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Healthy Tips

Having some tips are tricks for a child’s first dentist appointment could make the experience less scary and more enjoyable for the both of you.

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Most of us have heard the dreaded words, “you have a cavity”. But the real question is, how do you get them in the first place and can I get rid of them before the dentist has to?

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Is all toothpaste created equal? We will give you some tips on choosing which is best for you and your family.

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We have all heard it. “Brush twice a day for sure, maybe even three times if you can, and also after every meal if you have time”.

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We can’t cure canker sores, but we can help.

What are canker sores, how do I avoid them, and how can my dentist help?

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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

  • Can pets licking your mouth contribute to gum disease?

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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  • Tonsillolith

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

  • Stop Oral Cancer

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