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How to Use Tongue Scrapers

Do you clean your tongue when you brush your teeth? This is an important step in tooth decay prevention that many people overlook. Your tongue … Read more
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How to Care for Oral Crowns

According to the American College of Prosthodontists, dental crowns are the “most common restorative procedure” for significant tooth loss. Many types of oral crowns are … Read more
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When Should I Wean My Baby off the Pacifier?

Have you ever seen someone with a noticeable “hole” between their top and bottom teeth? Even when they close their teeth entirely, the front teeth … Read more
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The Perfect Nighttime Teeth Brushing Routine

Your nighttime teeth brushing routine is arguably the most important oral hygiene step of the day. This is when you prepare your smile for 8+ … Read more
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Adult Braces FAQs: Cost, Experience, and Timeline

Did you know that 25% of braces wearers are adults? There is no age limit for getting braces if your teeth are healthy enough to … Read more
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Why Do Gums Bleed When Flossing?

Do you notice bleeding every time you floss? Are you worried about damaging your gums? Bleeding is a common experience when flossing, and in most … Read more
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Healthy School Snacks for Kid’s Teeth | Pediatric Dentistry Tips

Your child snacked their way through summer, and now they’re back in school. Unfortunately, many traditional school snacks offer little to no nutritional value. Empty … Read more
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How Long Will I Have Invisible Braces Attachments (Buttons)?

Invisalign attachments can speed up the timeline for invisible braces and improve your overall results. These tooth-colored buttons give the braces something to grip onto, … Read more
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Tooth Infection Symptoms, Treatments and FAQs

What are the signs of a tooth infection, and what can you do to treat a tooth infection at home? These are some common tooth … Read more
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Braces before Wedding: How to Plan for a Straight Smile

If you’re worried about what your smile will look like in wedding photos, it may be smart to plan ahead. There are tons of brides … Read more
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How to Tell If Your Child Has a Cavity

Cavities among children are common, so it’s important to monitor your child’s smile. Over half of children ages 6 to 19 have had at least … Read more
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Is Alcohol Bad for Your Teeth?

Your teeth are durable and fragile, all at once. They can bite into crunchy baguettes, and they can rot away with sugary candy. What about … Read more
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Is a Dental Filling Painful?

If you’re worried about getting a dental filling, it may be because you’re unfamiliar with the process. What can you expect along the way? Does … Read more
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What Dental Insurance Does and Does Not Cover

Dental insurance plans are complex, confusing and completely different from policy to policy. If you’re unsure what your coverage options are, your dentist office should … Read more
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Help! My Child Won’t Brush Their Teeth

Oral hygiene is crucial for children of all ages, even before the first tooth erupts. Studies have shown that children with a fear of the … Read more
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What to Do If Your Child Has a Cavity

Worried about your child’s first cavity? Not sure what to do or what to expect along the way? The prevalence of cavities in children is … Read more
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Can You Make a Cavity Go away?

Cavities are incredibly common, but that doesn’t make them anymore desirable. Approximately 92% of adults (20 to 64 years old) have tooth decay or cavities … Read more
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What to Do If Your Dental Crown Falls off

Dental crowns are built to last, but they’re not foolproof. The fact is that sometimes crowns fall out, and that’s something you should be prepared … Read more
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Is Charcoal Toothpaste Bad for Teeth?

Charcoal toothpaste has become a hot trend over the last few years, and people have used activated charcoal to clean their teeth for decades. There … Read more
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How Long Do Porcelain Veneers Last?

Thinking about getting porcelain veneers? Not sure if it’s a wise investment? Porcelain veneers can permanently whiten teeth, and they can transform the shape of … Read more
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How Often Should I Go to the Dentist?

Oral care is nothing to play around with. Nearly half (46%) of U.S. adults over the age of 30 have some form of gum disease, … Read more
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Palate Expanders Explained – How to Shorten the Braces Timeline

Palate expanders are extremely useful tools for preventing overcrowding and correcting bite issues. They’re designed to gently adjust a jawbone while it is still pliable … Read more
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What Is a General Dentist?

Family dentist, general dentist, pediatric dentist – what’s the difference between these professions? Do they all offer the same services, or is there a specific … Read more
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Are Bad Teeth Genetic?

If you’re insecure about your smile, you might be searching for the root cause. Are bad teeth genetic, or am I doing something that hurts … Read more
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Is Invisalign Painful?

Invisalign is a popular alternative to metal braces, but this program doesn’t work for every smile. If you’re weighing your options, you may wonder how … Read more
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What Age Should a Child Start Brushing Their Teeth on Their Own?

Children rely on their parents for all forms of hygiene until they reach a certain age. This is a big milestone for families because it … Read more
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How to Brush Teeth with Invisible Braces

One of the biggest perks to wearing invisible braces is that you can remove them for brushing and flossing. Teeth brushing with metal braces is … Read more
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How to Brush Teeth with Metal Braces

Brushing teeth with braces may seem intimidating at first, but it’s actually not hard at all. Once you learn how to get around the metal … Read more
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How to Care for a Dental Crown

Dental crowns look and feel like real teeth, but are they maintained in the same way? Are there any special maintenance requirements for dental crowns? … Read more
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Can Teeth Stains Be Removed?

If teeth stains are keeping you from showcasing a confident smile, it’s time to do something about them! There are many ways to remove teeth … Read more
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Why Your Child Needs a Back-to-School Dental Checkup

It’s back-to-school season, which means that families are preparing for the upcoming school year. You may have bought some new clothes and school supplies, but … Read more
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Is Invisalign Better Than Braces?

Invisalign and other clear braces products have revolutionized the field of orthodontics. Many teens and adults are drawn to invisible braces because they are less … Read more
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How to Care for Baby Teeth and Gums

Good oral health starts at an early age. You can care for your child’s teeth before they even come in, and you can set the … Read more
When Should a Child Get Braces?

When Should a Child Get Braces?

Most people think of teens with braces, but orthodontic treatment can start long before those teen years hit. In fact, it’s best to start the … Read more
How Often Should I Replace My Toothbrush?

How Often Should I Replace My Toothbrush?

Have you changed your toothbrush in the last six months? Last year? Last decade? If you answered “no” to any of those timeframes, it’s time … Read more
Do You Need to Go to the Dentist If You Have Dentures?

Do You Need to Go to the Dentist If You Have Dentures?

Dentist appointments are meant to clean, examine and protect teeth. Is that the case for false teeth, like dentures? Dentures may have different care requirements … Read more