Oral Health


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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Are You Too Young for Gum Disease?

Are You Too Young for Gum Disease

Do you think you are too young for gum disease? Think again. A study back in 2005 kind of rocked the foundation of the dental world. Gum disease, researchers said, can start much earlier than we thought. And that wasn’t all. It can also begin without any obvious symptoms. Up to that point, gum disease […]

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How You May Be At Greater Risk of Developing Periodontal Disease

Risk of Developing Periodontal Disease

A few posts back, we referenced a disturbing statistic: Nearly half of American adults have some form of periodontal disease. In adults 65 and older, it jumps to 70 percent. The more we thought about that, the less we could explain why it was happening. Oral health care has never been more accessible, yet periodontal […]

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Periodontal Disease Affects More Than Your Mouth

Periodontal Disease Affects More Than Your Mouth

Periodontal disease is so easy to prevent: Brush, floss, rinse, repeat a couple times a day, and visit your dentist every few months. Yet half of American adults have it, and 70 percent of adults 65 and older. So, in a modest attempt to put a meaningful dent in this epidemic, we launched a four-part […]

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