Baby Pacifiers: Myths vs Reality

Baby pacifiers tend to inspire strong feelings among parents on both sides of the debate. Some claim that any pacifier use at all is dangerous for the developing teeth, while others argue that pacifiers are a harmless and highly useful tool. The reality is that pacifiers are neither all bad nor all good. Here is a look at the reality of baby pacifiers.

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Brushing, Flossing, and Seeing the Dentist

A clean mouth is a healthy mouth. If you keep your mouth meticulously clean, you are significantly less likely to develop tooth decay, tooth loss  or gum disease. There are many systemic illnesses associated with chronic oral issues. Many people are not sure exactly how to plan their oral hygiene schedule. Here is a guide to scheduling your brushing, flossing, and dentist visits.

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Conserving Water When Brushing Your Teeth

The Earth is covered with water, but only around one percent of the Earth’s water is clean enough for humans to consume. Therefore, even a small reduction in home water use can make a real difference in the global effort to conserve water. It can also save significant money on your water bill over time. Here are some easy tips for conserving water when brushing your teeth. (more…)

Why and How to Floss Your Teeth

A stunning 50% of all Americans have some type of gum disease. To combat this issue, in addition to brushing your teeth, the American Dental Association recommends flossing once per day for all children and adults. There is a minimal financial outlay and no risk of harm, so it only makes sense to follow this recommendation. Yet many people do not know much about flossing. Here is why and how to floss your teeth. (more…)

Financing Dental Work: Understanding Your Options

Regular dental work is vital to not only oral health, but overall physical health. Without dental care, you may risk tooth loss, painful abscesses, and even systemic infections. Yet significant dental treatment can be pricey, and dental insurance is not anywhere near as comprehensive as today’s health insurance. Fortunately, you have several options for financing the dental work you need.

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4 Tips for Dealing with Teething Problems

When the baby teeth erupt through the gum tissue, the process is known as teething. Every baby’s experience is different, and the same baby might react very differently depending on which tooth is erupting. Every once in a while, a new tooth might come in without much reaction from your baby at all. In general, though, babies tend to display some common symptoms of teething. Here are 4 tips for dealing with teething problems.

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7 Ways to Protect Your Teeth

Your teeth are protected by their hard outer enamel shell. However, this enamel can become worn down and decayed over time if you do not take proactive steps to keep it strong and healthy. Once the enamel is compromised, bacteria can reach the delicate inner structures of the teeth, causing pain and infection. Here are 7 ways to protect your teeth.

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Taking Care of Your Oral Hygiene with Braces

Having new braces placed can be exciting, but also frustrating. You are probably eager to start the process of improving your smile, but worried about how you will manage day to day life. Taking care of your oral hygiene with braces presents some unique challenges, but with a bit of practice, you will become an expert in no time. Here is what you need to know.

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Preventing Baby Bottle Tooth Decay

Tooth decay in babies and toddlers, also known as baby bottle tooth decay, is the most common disease in children in the United States. An estimated 44 percent of 5-year-old children have experienced some amount of tooth decay, and it is most common in families of lower socioeconomic status. Fortunately, it is fairly easy to prevent baby bottle tooth decay. Here is what you should know.

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Coping with Dental Phobia

Dental phobia, also known as dentophobia, or the fear of dentists, is one of the more common phobias. It can range from mild to severe, but is marked by an intensity that separates it from a simple fear. Untreated dental phobia can lead people to avoid the dentist altogether, with potentially devastating results to both oral and overall health. Because a great smile is so important in the modern world, it can also have far-reaching effects such as isolation, anxiety, and depression. Fortunately, there is hope. (more…)