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Long-Term Effects of Thumb-Sucking and How to Help Your Child Stop

Long-Term Effects of Thumb-Sucking and How to Help Your Child Stop

By | Children's Oral Health

Did you know that around 30% of pre-school aged children continue to suck their thumbs? Thumb-sucking is an inherent urge to suck on something, stemming from curious babies putting everything in their mouth. This predilection wanes after six-months, but may continue at bedtime or when self-soothing. Most children wean themselves from thumb-sucking by the time they are a toddler, though some older children may continue the habit during times of stress or anxiety which can have oral repercussions. Talk to your child’s doctor if they persist in thumb-sucking after age…

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What are Wisdom Teeth, and Should They be Removed?

What are Wisdom Teeth, and Should They be Removed?

By | Dental Health

If you have regular dental exams, your provider likely has x-rayed your teeth; this can help pinpoint a number of dental issues and concerns, but also is how your dentist evaluates your wisdom teeth. Not sure if you have wisdom teeth? Most adults do, though some may never even realize it. The real issue comes when there is a reason to remove the wisdom teeth, which may sound dreadful and daunting. Don’t worry; your dentist can explain the benefits of removing your wisdom teeth as well as the precise procedure…

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Some Causes of Bad Breath Might Surprise You

Some Causes of Bad Breath Might Surprise You

By | Oral Health

Everyone has woken up with a case of less-than-pleasant morning breath, but sometimes halitosis can become more than a morning occurrence – and something of a problem.   Bad breath can be caused by a wide range of factors, including what we eat and when we eat it. While a diet of pure garlic and coffee is a shoo-in for the “Bad Breath of the Year Awards”, there are other factors that can contribute to chronic halitosis. Poor oral hygiene can leave your mouth open to a wide range of…

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5 Oral Health Tips to Manage Halloween Treats

5 Oral Health Tips to Manage Halloween Treats

By | Dental Health, Oral Health

The holiday brings Halloween treats, snacks, and candy into your home, generally via your kids’ spoils from trick-or-treating. Foster good oral care and healthy habits this year by helping curb your kids’ indulgence on sugary, sweet snacks. Work to keep a balance between prudent oral hygiene and seasonal splurges, like Halloween goodies. Five oral health tips to help your kids manage their Halloween treat haul are: Set some limits. Don’t deprive your kids of their Halloween treats, but set some limits. Always encourage them to stop snacking after their nighttime…

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Use Caution When Using Do-It-Yourself Dental Products

Use Caution When Using Do-It-Yourself Dental Products

By | Uncategorized

Do-it-yourself dentistry has been rising in popularity. From charcoal whitening pastes to mail-order teeth straightening, the internet is full of miracle claims for dental corrections that can cause serious damage to your teeth and dental problems down the road. While it may seem quicker or less expensive to try and repair dental problems on your own, the end result can end up causing irreparable damage to your teeth and may even result in gum disease or enamel damage. While whitening your teeth with charcoal or lemon juice and baking soda…

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What are the Different Types of Dental Appliances Used by a Dentist?

What are the Different Types of Dental Appliances Used by a Dentist?

By | Dental Health, Dental Visit

Dental appliances are devices used by your dentist to help treat your dental problems. Ranging from braces and retainers to dental crowns and fillings, a dental appliance is any device that helps maintain your dental health, either long-term or short-term. Dental appliances can range from permanent fixtures to prosthetic or removable fixtures meant to help support, move, or even replace your teeth. These allow your teeth to work at full capacity while still remaining healthy, no matter the situation. Permanent Dental Appliances Permanent dental appliances include things like braces and…

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Sleep Apnea and Your Dentist's Role in Easing Symptoms

Understanding Sleep Apnea and Your Dentist’s Role in Easing Symptoms

By | Dental Visit

Sleep apnea can oftentimes be difficult to diagnose without a sleep test. Common symptoms of sleep apnea include loud snoring, awakening suddenly, gasping for breath in your sleep, difficulty staying asleep, and excessive drowsiness or fatigue. For many of these symptoms, it is very hard for an individual patient to notice that they are suffering from sleep apnea. If you suspect you are suffering from sleep apnea, contact your dentist. They can have a large role in helping treat your sleep apnea. What is sleep apnea, and how can your…

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How to Maintain Good Oral Health Care with Your Busy Lifestyle

How to Maintain Good Oral Health Care with Your Busy Lifestyle

By | Oral Health

Everyone wants to have perfect, healthy teeth, but sometimes your life gets in the way. Running to work, sitting in traffic, or even going on family outings are all parts of life. But at the end of the day, sometimes your oral health falls by the wayside in your busy life. So how can you practice good oral health habits for your busy lifestyle?   Drink Your Water The first thing you can do for your oral health is to drink water. You have heard this advice millions of times…

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You May Be Surprised by New Options in Dental Fillings

You May Be Surprised by New Options in Dental Fillings

By | Dental Visit

The idea of dental fillings calls to mind the image of a black or metal spot on the side or top of a tooth. However, with modern advances in dental fillings, this isn’t always the case anymore. With advances in the technology and materials used for dental fillings, in many cases, a filling is nearly indistinguishable from your natural dental surface and can last for years without needing replacement or repairs. But what are dental fillings, and when are they necessary? Dentists use dental fillings in cases where the enamel…

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Top 10 Warning Signs of Sleep Apnea

Top 10 Warning Signs of Sleep Apnea

By | Oral Health

Sleep apnea is the name of a condition where a person experiences irregular breathing while they are asleep. This can be caused by a wide range of factors, including nasal passage size and other oxygen-intake related issues. However, since the condition itself happens while they are asleep, most sleep apnea sufferers aren’t aware of their own symptoms. That is why it is important to pay attention to the warning signs of sleep apnea that you or a loved one can see. 1. Snoring While snoring isn’t a surefire sign of…

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