Oral Health


How to Prepare Children with Autism for Their First Visit to a Dentist or Specialist

How to Prepare Children with Autism for Their First Visit to a Dentist

Let’s look at how to prepare children with autism for their first visit. As we grow as a society and become more inclusive, more compassionate, health care providers like me are also recognizing the shortcomings of our training. A 2013 study indicated that around 60% of dentists don’t feel prepared to treat patients with additional […]

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A Handy Guide to What Dental Specialists Do

What Dental Specialists Do

How much do you know about the various types dental specialists? You see the dentist twice a year for a cleaning, a standard exam, and the occasional filling. That much we know. (Or should know.) It starts to get a little confusing when dental specialists enter the frame. For one, how many are there? And, […]

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Are You Better Off With an Electric Toothbrush?

Are You Better Off With an Electric Toothbrush?

Evidence of toothbrushing dates back as far as 3500 BC. And toothpaste goes back even further, to 5000 BC. Sure, there were marked improvements in both along the way, but the act of applying paste to a brush and scrubbing your teeth was pretty straightforward for the last 5,500 years or so. But with the […]

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Brushing and Flossing: It Hurts So Good—But Should It?

Brushing and Flossing Hurts

When brushing and flossing hurts it may be something else. Know that slightly-sore-but-oh-so-satisfying feeling that can follow a good, thorough cleaning at the dentist? Too many of us look to replicate it at home on a daily basis. It’s a practice called over-brushing, and it could lead to some serious problems. About seven out of […]

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Why You Should Avoid Home Whitening Kits

Avoid Home Whitening Kits

Let’s look at home whitening kits and why you should avoid them. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that we, as a society, value a good-looking smile. In a recent survey by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, 99.7 percent agreed that a smile is an important social asset. The flipside of that is that […]

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How an Eating Disorder Can Impact Your Oral Health

an Eating Disorder Can Impact Your Oral Health

More than 10 million Americans are living with an eating disorder, yet less than half will ever seek treatment for it, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. If you think that could never be you or someone close to you, consider this: A 2007 study surveyed 9,282 Americans about an array of mental […]

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Why It’s So Important to Prevent Plaque Build-up

Prevent Plaque Build-up

More than 80 percent of American adults suffer from periodontal disease caused by plaque build-up, according to one count. Are you one of them? Plaque hardens within just a few hours of forming on your teeth, and turns into tartar in less than a couple of weeks. That build-up can lead to periodontal disease and […]

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What Can I Do About My Gummy Smile?

What Can I Do About My Gummy Smile?

Ever wondered what you can do about your gummy smile? How many photos of you are there out there with your lips pursed together in something that’s supposed to resemble a smile? So many you probably lost count because you’ve been doing it for years. Your friends and family have stopped pleading with you to […]

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10 Unexpected Ways You’re Ruining Your Teeth

Ways You’re Ruining Your Teeth

Let’s look at some unexpected ways your’re ruining your teeth. You have been told to steer clear of sugar. Brush and floss regularly. And see your dentist every six months. That much, at least, we all know about preventing tooth decay. It was hammered into our heads from the time we could start holding a […]

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Losing a Tooth as an Adult: What Happens?

Loosing a Tooth as an Adult:

Losing a tooth as an adult is one of those scenarios that’ll probably never cross your mind until it happens to you. That realization, whether it occurs abruptly—you unknowingly bite down on a nutshell and crack a molar—or gradually—your periodontal disease progresses to the point that a tooth or two loosens—will come as a rude […]

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