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4 Simple New Year’s Resolutions for Optimal Oral Health

4 New Years Resolutions to Make You Smile More

As we put a bow on last year, the dawn of a new year brings us a time for change, a chance to take stock of the past 365 days and an opportunity to better ourselves by improving our quality of life.

But how many of these New Year’s resolutions actually manage to see the first breath of Spring?

Being that this isn’t a motivational blog post, let’s sink our teeth into some more manageable universally simple New Year’s resolutions to improve our oral health and maybe save some dough while we’re at it.

4 Simple New Year’s Resolutions to Shape Up Our Smiles

Here are four simple dental health resolutions that will help us achieve optimal oral health every year! Read More

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How Safe Is Your Toothpaste & What’s The Alternative

How Safe Is Your Toothpaste?

How Safe Is Your Toothpaste?

Would you think it odd to consider using something other than toothpaste to clean your teeth with?

Do you think that toothpaste is non-negotiable for maintaining optimum oral hygiene?

When you take a closer look at some the chemical ingredients used in commercial formulations, you may have second thoughts.

Regular toothpastes come with a laundry list of ingredients that most of us wouldn’t recognize from Adam.

We’re no experts, which is why we put our trust into commercial laboratories to come up with formulations that are effective, and manufacturers’ marketing messages to convince us that they are safe to use.

But are they really? Read More

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5 Delightful Dental Goodies to Enhance Your Holiday Gifts

5 Dental-Themed Holiday Gifts

The following is a guest post from our friends at Woodall & McNeill in Raleigh, NC. Check out some smile-friendly stocking stuffers…and more.

The holidays are here! (Although for some, they’ve been here since July.)

This magical season is a time for celebration among loved ones, where we give thanks for our fortunes and exchange gifts to express love and appreciation.

But each year can pose a new challenge to give something truly special. And we admit it: there’s nothing special about dental hygiene products.

But stuffed into a stocking or tacked onto a more distinctive gift, they can provide an extra dose of thoughtfulness and utility that your friend or family member—adults and children alike—will appreciate.

Here are a few of our easy favorites. Read More

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Root Canal Treatment for Kids

Root Canals Children & Kids

Do Kids Get Root Canals?

Sometimes, if they haven’t done such a great job of maintaining a diligent daily dental hygiene regimen.

Or they eat too many sweets, or some other reason why their baby teeth have developed tooth decay that has progressed to the level of becoming infected.

Root canal canal treatment for children – and adults – helps save the tooth (or teeth) from bacterial infection or additional inflammation, pain, & decay.

Although kids have primary teeth which will eventually give way to their permanent teeth, a root canal still may be the most effective form of treatment to save the primary tooth – or teeth. Read More

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Eat This, Not That: The Worst Halloween Candy for Your Teeth

The Worst Halloween Candy for Your Teeth

The Worst Halloween Candy for Your Teeth

You know who loves Halloween more than the trick-or-treating tykes tromping around your neighborhood?

The cavity creeps!

When our kids eat sticky, chewy, sugar-laden candies – and don’t take a break to rinse with some water – it serves up a feast for the cavity creeps.

Don’t just take our word for it, according to the ADA, when the bacteria eat the sugar and leftover food in your mouth, a weak acid is produced. That acid is what can contribute to cavities.

But don’t hang up your costume just yet. “Halloween is about candy, dressing up and having fun,” says ADA dentist Dr. Ana Paula Ferraz-Dougherty.

It’s OK to eat that candy on Halloween as a splurge as long as you’re brushing twice a day and flossing once a day all year long.

So which candy is the worst… Read More

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Get a Great Smile: 3 Discreet Orthodontic Treatments for Adults

3 discreet orthodontic treatments for adults

Are you confident about your smile?

Perhaps you’re shy about flashing a broad grin or embarrassed about showing your less than straight teeth in public? If you’re an adult who missed out on orthodontic treatment as a teenager, it’s not too late.

Straightening teeth is about much more than mere aesthetics.

Poorly aligned teeth can affect their longevity as well as your overall oral health, being harder to keep clean and more likely to develop cavities, fractures and uneven wear.

Luckily, orthodontic technology and dental treatment options have come on in leaps and bounds over the last 15 years or so.

It is now possible to correct misaligned teeth, close gaps and much more in a way that doesn’t involve unattractive looking and uncomfortable ‘train track’ type traditional braces. Read More

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