A popular snack since the 1800’s, popcorn is not among the top snacks recommended by most dentists. In fact, some of us go out of our way to avoid consuming the treat, in large part, because we see so many patients who identify popcorn as the cause of their dental pain.
In addition to excess salt, butter, and sugar that can coat it, popcorn can lead to dental damage. You may suspect that the worst thing about eating popcorn is when you unwittingly bite down un-popped kernel. However, the damage caused by the hull (which is the thin shell wrapped around the kernel) wedging between gums and teeth may be worse.
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Do wake up with dry mouth? Aside from being uncomfortable, this could also negatively affect your dental health. Common symptoms include a dry, sticky feeling in the mouth, difficulty speaking or swallowing, bad breath, or dry and sore mouth.
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Although most people bristle when their “Welcome Packet” arrives from the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), the organization offers several benefits for senior citizens. The only problem is that most seniors these days rebuff the idea that they have entered their Golden Years. Nevertheless, AARP provides tips and tricks that people in a particular age group may benefit by employing. For example, the AARP website lists hints for leveraging Medicare coverage for dental benefits.
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These days, there appears to be celebrations and commemorations for just about everything under the sun, and you wouldn’t be wrong. Humans love to fill up the calendar with unique days of remembrance, but the month of May is a special one for those of us in the dental business. May is National Dental Health Care Month.
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Teeth whitening is all the rage. On social media, billboards, in magazine ads on television shows and movies, people sport teeth that are so white, they glow. But, in truth, teeth are not naturally white. They are closer to a yellow tone. Even so, that does not stop people from wanting the perfect pair of pearly whites. So, if you want to join the white teeth revolution, which of the many methods should you try?
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Scaling & Root Planing
Almost 50% of Americans who are 30 years old or older have periodontitis, and of those who are afflicted, nearly 9% face a severe case of the disease. The good news? There is an effective, non-surgical treatment: scaling and root planning.
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The thought of having a dentist use a large set of what look like pliers to pry a tooth from your jaw probably doesn’t thrill you. Unfortunately, however, this procedure is sometimes necessary for good oral health. The good news is that if you need to have a tooth pulled, we can make sure the process is as pain-free and effective as possible. Read on to discover the reasons you might find yourself in need of a dental extraction.
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Part 3 of a 3-Part Series
Nearly 180 million Americans are missing at least one tooth. Furthermore, 40 million Americans are missing even more than one. As we age, the problem worsens. In fact, 30 percent of adults between the ages of 65-74 years have no natural teeth. Thankfully, in 2022, options abound. Two weeks ago, we began a three-week series examining three solutions to missing teeth. On week one, we covered dentures. The second blog focused on dental bridges. This week, we tackle the final solution to missing teeth – implants.
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Dental decay is a common condition all over the world. One way to help prevent cavities from occurring is by using fluoride. Fluoride helps harden tooth enamel, so it resists tooth decay. To stop a small cavity or even reverse it, fluoride re-mineralizes teeth. Fluoride can be delivered to the teeth in two ways: topically (direct contact on the teeth) and systemically (enters the blood stream).
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With the holidays upon us, are you on a tireless search for the perfect gift or stocking stuffer? If so, take heart. We’ve got some great ideas for dental care-related gifts at several different price points, all of which are fun as well as functional!
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