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22Jun, 2015

Toothbrush Tips to Keep Your Teeth in Shape

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Your toothbrush is the most valuable tool you own to keep your smile healthy and your mouth happy.  As with any tool, proper use and maintenance are essential for the best results.    There are many types of toothbrushes available to fit your budget and your lifestyle.  With a few exceptions, these tips apply to all toothbrushes. Brushing removes food particles and plaque, stimulates blood flow to keep gums healthy or reduce existing inflammation, and helps remove unsightly stains and harmful substances such as acid from citrus juice or sugar from […]
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8Jun, 2015

Tobacco Use and Your Oral Health

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You probably already know about the detrimental effects of smoking on your body.  You may even be familiar with the effects of second- and third-hand smoke on non-smokers.  A lot of attention has been given to the consequences of smoking.  Lung cancer, heart disease, and low birth-weight babies are the most well-known and troublesome.  Many smokers switch to smokeless tobacco in order to avoid exposing themselves and others to the dangers of tobacco smoke. What has not been highly publicized is the risk that tobacco-both smoked and smokeless- brings to […]
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3Jun, 2015

Oral Hygiene and Your Overall Health

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Everyone knows that brushing, flossing and regular trips to the hygienist are good for your smile.  Did you know that they are also good for your health?  Studies should that good oral hygiene promotes good health, and poor oral hygiene contributes to poor health. We brush, floss and rinse to remove tiny leftover food particles.  If leftover food particles are not removed, the bacteria in our mouths begin to feed on them.  When the bacteria consume the food particles, a sticky white film known as plaque is produced.  Plaque irritates […]
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3Jun, 2015

Maintaining Good Dental Care Habits

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Good dental care habits, also known as dental hygiene, effectively prevent tooth decay and gum disease.  Developing and maintaining good dental care habits are vitally important in maintaining good health.  The ADA  (American Dental Association) lists specific guidelines to follow in order to achieve the best results: Brushing Brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste.  Use an ADA-approved toothbrush with rounded bristles, hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to your teeth, and brush using a circular motion.  Do not brush hard or vigorously, as powerful brushing can damage […]
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