Healthy Dental Tips Blog

Dry Mouth? Learn more...

Posted by Svetlana Li on Aug 19, 2013 10:56:00 AM

If you’re like most people, you wake up each morning and smack your mouth - it feels dry. That’s no surprise, however, as you most likely had little to no water during the night. But when you have a dry mouth during the day, frequently, then you may end up having dental issues to address.

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Topics: Dental Care Basics, Dental Tips

Save Your Smile, Stop Teeth Grinding!

Posted by Svetlana Li on Aug 2, 2013 4:40:00 PM

Has it ever happened to you? You discover that your jaw hurts, or aches, and you’re not sure why. With or without knowing it, most people clench their teeth every so often, and it usually isn’t an issue. But when it gets to the point where your jaw hurts, you may be clenching even more than you realize; and that can spell trouble for your mouth.  

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Topics: Safe Dentistry, Dental Hygiene, Pediatric Dentistry, Dental Care Basics, Dental Tips

How to Prevent Teeth and Mouth Injuries

Posted by Svetlana Li on Jul 26, 2013 10:39:00 AM

A genuine, heartfelt smile can be one of the nicest gestures you can give to another person. Unfortunately, some people don’t like to smile, and that can be due to the state of their teeth. With regular brushing, flossing, and dental work, many people can have a great smile. But sometimes the best oral hygiene can be compromised due to tooth and mouth injuries.  

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Topics: Safe Dentistry, Dental Care Basics, Dental Tips

How to Prevent Gum Disease

Posted by Svetlana Li on Jul 10, 2013 3:30:00 PM

You don't like what you see lately: after brushing your teeth, you notice that your gums are sore, swollen, or possibly even bleeding! You figure you have been brushing too hard, or maybe it was something you ate. But it could be something else - like gum disease. 

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Topics: Dental Hygiene, Gingivitis, Dental Care Basics, Dental Tips

You May Save Your Teeth from Cavities with Dairy Products and Cheese.

Posted by Svetlana Li on Jul 3, 2013 3:30:00 PM

Eat your fruits, your veggies, drink water, and get lots of sleep; these are some of the pearls of wisdom we are often told to maintain an overall healthy lifestyle. And they are great pieces of advice too. However, there’s also advice related directly to maintaining healthy teeth; in addition to brushing, flossing, and avoiding sugary treats, you may also benefit from consuming dairy products.

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Topics: Foods for Healthy Teeth, Dental Tips

Billions Worldwide Suffer from Untreated Cavities.

Posted by Svetlana Li on Jun 14, 2013 4:30:00 PM

You are always afraid that when you visit your dentist, you’ll find out that you have a cavity. But due to your diligence in your oral hygiene, you haven’t yet heard that unpleasant announcement. You may think that with all of the dental products – such as floss, manual and automatic toothbrushes, mouth rinses – that the existence of the tooth cavity is becoming a memory, yet that isn’t true. In fact, worldwide, billions - 3.9 billion; that’s about half of the world’s population – have untreated cavities. That’s a lot of tooth decay!

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Topics: Safe Dentistry, Dentistry, Dental Tips

What Can Stain Your Teeth?

Posted by Svetlana Li on May 31, 2013 5:18:00 PM

It’s a typical reaction when you greet someone: you flash your pearly whites in a wonderful smile. But what happens when your pearly whites aren’t so white? It can happen to anyone, but maybe it has happened to you due to stains.

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Topics: Dental Hygiene, Brushing Teeth, Foods for Healthy Teeth, Dental Care Basics, Dental Tips

How Does Smoking Lead to Dental Problems?

Posted by Svetlana Li on Apr 15, 2013 12:26:00 PM

Smoking is one of the most hazardous things you can do to your smile. When you smoke cigarettes or tobacco from a pipe, you are not only causing your teeth to discolor, you are creating a variety of other risks, as well. The yellowing of the teeth is often the first sign of damage for smokers. This yellow color is embedded into the actual enamel of the teeth, so it's not something that can be removed with brushing. It can take several whitening treatments to get your teeth back to the normal shade, and many times the natural shade is unreachable, depending on the length of time you've been smoking.

Smoking can also lead to gum disease in the mouth. Gum disease is very serious because it may not even cause pain, however, it can cause you to lose your teeth due to an infection of the gums. When someone smokes they produce a plaque that contains high levels of bacteria, which is the leading cause of gum disease. Even people who do not smoke get gum disease; smoking puts you at an even higher risk for developing the disease. 

Many are aware that they are putting themselves at risk for lung and throat cancer when they smoke. What many do not know is that smoking is the leading cause of mouth cancer. Thousands of people die every year from mouth cancer that is caused from tobacco. Since tobacco also weakens the immune system, it can allow the cancer to flourish in the body.

If you are looking to prevent the bad effects of smoking, stopping is the first key to success. However, while you are in the process, see if your dentist recommends a special toothpaste for your teeth. There are toothpastes available that are more abrasive than normal toothpaste. Your dentist may also recommend a medicated mouth wash to help fight bacteria. 

If you continue to smoke, you are going to need to see the dentist more often than the average patient. This is so the dentist can regularly inspect the inside of your mouth to ensure there are not any smoking-related problems. It is important that you take the steps to keep your oral hygiene up to par if you are going to use tobacco. Letting it go without the proper care can be life threatening.

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Topics: Dental Hygiene, Oral Cancer, Dental Care Basics, Dental Tips

Donate to Kids’ Healthy Smiles

Posted by Svetlana Li on Mar 6, 2013 5:04:00 PM

As everyone knows, the cost of healthcare can be quite hefty, and in many cases, practically prohibitive. In these situations, parents may not be able to take their children to get dental checkups, and that is unfortunate. Learning proper dental habits and procedures early in life bodes well for great oral care – and the state of a person’s teeth and gums is a major indicator of a person’s overall health.

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Topics: Foods for Healthy Teeth, Kids, Dental Care Basics, Dentistry, Dental Tips