Category Archives: Oral Health Facts

National Dental Hygienists Week…

Happy National Dental Hygienists Week (April 8-14)…Put Your Purple On..! What is National Dental Hygienists Week™? The month of April is Oral Health Month and an important part of this celebration is National Dental Hygienists Week™, celebrated annually in the … Continue reading

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Thanks to Lindsey for her attention to detail!

I was very thankful for the thorough cleaning and observations made by Lindsey.  Thanks to Lindsey and her attention to detail she was able to inform me of a medical issue with my thyroid that required immediate attention.  Thank you … Continue reading

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April is National Dental Health Month

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4 Reasons to Chew Your Food More

Chew Your Food, Change Your Life When it comes to increased health, it’s not just what we eat but how we eat. Digestion actually begins in the mouth, where contact with our teeth and digestive enzymes in our saliva break … Continue reading

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5 Ways Xylitol Improves Your Dental Health

1. Xylitol reduces the risk of cavities Cavities are typically formed when there is a highly acidic environment in the mouth. This can occur through many different means, including eating and/or drinking acidic beverages and foods (mostly sweets) and fermentable … Continue reading

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The Sweet truth about Xylitol

Dental decay (cavities) remains a significant childhood disease affecting nearly 20 percent of children between the ages of two to four. By age 17, nearly 80 percent of young adults have had a cavity and over two-thirds of adults age … Continue reading

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Cancer threat for men?

Cancer threat for men? Research published recently in The Lancet Oncology, a leading general medical journal, found that men with a history of gum disease are 14 percent more likely to develop cancer than men with healthy gums. In fact, … Continue reading

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Did you know… “The health of your teeth and gums can help predict dementia”

Gary Small M.D Director of  the UCLA Center on Aging says, “The health of your teeth and gums can help predict dementia”. University of Southern California research found that having periodontal disease before age 35 quadrupled the odds of dementia … Continue reading

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Free Dental Awareness Day

As part of dental health month we will be providing a free Dental Awareness Day. This is part of our mission to promote good oral health as well as encouraging good oral hygiene habits every day. We would like to … Continue reading

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April is Dental Health Month

Oral Health Matters from Head to Toe We once believed that tooth loss was the worst outcome of gum disease but now we know that oral health matters from head to toe. Gum disease has been linked to heart disease, … Continue reading

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The Benefits of Quitting Smoking

A Healthier Non-Smoking You!! Quitting smoking is the single best thing you can do to improve your health and quality of life. Non-smokers have a much lower risk of getting dozens of smoking-related diseases like lung cancer, heart disease, and … Continue reading

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I would like to whiten my teeth. What is the procedure and is it safe?

I would like to whiten my teeth. Whitening is a harmless, quick, simple and cost effective way to brighten your smile. A brighter smile can emanate a feeling of confidence, improved self-esteem and make your oral health a higher priority. … Continue reading

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What is the impact of smoking on my oral health?

What is the impact of smoking on my oral health? Tobacco use, either from smoking or spit tobacco, is the leading cause of gum disease. It also contributes to the following oral conditions among others: Oral Cancer, Leukoplakia, Smoker’s Palate, … Continue reading

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Does tooth loss affect dietary intake?

As your teeth are used primarily for chewing, fewer teeth can make chewing difficult. In a large study done on adults it was found that “intake of vegetables, dietary fibre, crude fibre and carotene was significantly lower, while intake of … Continue reading

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When should my child have their first dental hygiene visit?

When should my child have their first dental hygiene visit? It is recommended that your child has their first visit to the dental clinic around his or her first birthday, but it could be sooner if you notice anything that … Continue reading

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Are all snacks bad for my childs’ teeth?

Are all snacks bad for my childs’ teeth?… No.  Not all snacks are bad for your child’s teeth. In fact, snacks are an important part of a child’s daily food intake not just a “treat” between meals. Here are some suggestions … Continue reading

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What causes tooth decay in children?

What causes tooth decay in children? Tooth decay may happen if your child’s teeth are frequently exposed, for long periods of time to ‘sticky’ foods or liquids that contain sugars. Sugar exposure is detrimental to teeth. It provides food for … Continue reading

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Can tooth decay bacteria be passed onto my baby from other family members?

Can tooth decay bacteria be passed onto my baby from other family members? Teeth are at risk for tooth decay from the first day they appear in the mouth. The bacteria found in your baby’s mouth play a role in … Continue reading

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Why should I floss?

I don’t have any cavities, and I don’t get food caught between my teeth. Why should I floss? New generations have not experienced the same dental problems as their parents and think that brushing is all that is needed to … Continue reading

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Why do my teeth hurt when I eat or drink cold or sweet things?

I don’t have any cavities, why do my teeth hurt when I eat or drink cold or sweet things? You may be suffering from dentin hypersensitivity which is pain transmitted to the nerve of the tooth due to exposed dentin … Continue reading

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Do I need to have my teeth scaled regularly?

What is scaling and why do I need to have my teeth scaled regularly? Scaling is the removal of bacterial plaque, stain, and calculus (tartar) from the tooth surface. Plaque accumulates on your teeth daily and contains bacteria that can … Continue reading

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Pregnancy and Dental Hygiene

I just found out I am pregnant and wonder if I should continue with my regular dental hygiene appointments or wait until after the baby is born? During pregnancy certain hormones increase. This can cause an exaggerated response of the … Continue reading

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Which is the best way to remove plaque?

I’m confused about all the options for cleaning my teeth. Which is the best way to remove plaque? We generally recommend oral hygiene routines on an individual basis, though most times it is mechanical removal of plaque (brushing and flossing) … Continue reading

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Concussions can be prevented with mouthguards!

Did you know…… • More than 5 million teeth will be knocked out each year in sports-related trauma?  • Over 30% of all high school athletes report a dental injury at least once?  • Over 40% of all injuries that … Continue reading

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Mouthguard Tips

A sports mouthguard should be considered an important part of the protective gear used for sports. They protect not only the teeth, but the lips, cheeks, and tongue and also help protect a person from concussions and jaw fractures. The … Continue reading

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First Impressions

  First impressions are lasting impressions! They tell people something about you. Good first impressions are the beginning of both long term business and personal relationships. They are usually made in the first 30 seconds. Fifty-five percent of first impressions … Continue reading

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Did you know some estimates state that 75% of the adult population over the age of 30 have some degree of gum disease?

Did you know some estimates state that 75% of the adult population over the age of 30 have some degree of gum disease? It can be localized to one area of the mouth or it can be generalized to the … Continue reading

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Did you know that gingivitis is nearly a universal finding in children?

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Periodontal disease (gum disease) may be a risk factor for a number of serious health conditions?

  Did you know that along with smoking, elevated cholesterol or obesity, periodontal disease (gum disease) may be a risk factor for a number of serious health conditions? While we once believed the worst outcome of gum disease was tooth … Continue reading

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How Can I Best Protect my Children’s Teeth from Sugars?

             Teeth are at risk for tooth decay from the first day they appear in the mouth. The bacteria found in your child’s mouth play a role in tooth decay. Did you know that tooth decay bacteria can be passed … Continue reading

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