Pick the Perfect Toothbrush

As you prepare to shop for your new toothbrush, it’s important to know what to look for. With so many options on the market, how do you know which toothbrush to purchase? Toothbrushes come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors. Some are electric, some are made of plastic, and others feature built-in toothpaste in. There are even toothbrushes with vibrating heads! With so many options on the market, how do you know which toothbrush to purchase?

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Happy National Tooth Fairy Day (August 22nd)

The Tooth Fairy has long been a part of American culture. She represents a way for parents to talk to their kids about losing baby teeth and growing up. August 22 is National Tooth Fairy Day. And while you may not be granted time off to celebrate, don’t forget to mark the occasion if you’ve got children in the home. After all, the Tooth Fairy is a great way to introduce kids to the idea that teeth hold value. And anyone who has paid to have a dental implant or root canal knows this all too well. If you want to keep your teeth, you need to take care of them!  

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Medicare & Dental Health

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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Pericoronitis: Problem Wisdom Teeth

Previously, we’ve written blog posts about wisdom teeth. In this post, we drill down on a specific condition which often necessitates the removal of wisdom teeth, pericoronitis. It is a common problem which occurs around a partially impacted lower wisdom tooth. 

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What is a Frenectomy?

The word “Frenectomy,” also known as a frenulectomy, is an oral surgery procedure designed to treat a condition known as lip-tie or tongue-tie. During the procedure, an oral surgeon cuts or modifies the frenum (aka frenulum), which is a band of connective tissue that joins two areas of the mouth. In the mouth, frena (the plural of frenum) joins the lips to the gums or the tongue to the floor of the mouth. People have multiple frena in their mouths. Most of the time, these do not lead to serious issues. However, if a frenum is too short or tight, it can lead to oral health problems. What’s more, it may even negatively impact on speech. Babies may struggle to breastfeed and swallow if the condition is left untreated.

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The Best Way to Whiten Teeth

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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Fluoride: Myths & Facts

You see it everywhere: fluoride added to everything from toothpaste and mouthwash to municipal drinking water. What’s the big deal? Fluoride prevents, and, in some cases, reverses tooth decay and harden tooth enamel. Despite that, several myths about fluoride exist today. Let’s bust some of them to reveal the truth about fluoride.

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April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month

Did you know that oral cancer kills nearly one person every hour and that, if you are diagnosed with oral cancer, you stand a 40% chance of dying from the disease within five years? April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month, and if you have not made oral cancer screening part of your routine dental exam, it is time to start. A big problem with oral cancer is that is often detected late, which makes it that much harder to recover from. The mortality rate for oral cancers is higher than many other cancers, which is even more reason to be routinely screened.

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World Health Day is April 7

World Health Day is 7 April 2021. On the heels of a global pandemic, it’s increasingly important we focus on solutions for a polluted planet, increasing diseases like cancer, asthma, and heart disease. In observance of World Health Day, the World Health Organization (WHO) will focus global attention on urgent actions needed to keep humans and the planet healthy and foster a movement to create societies focused on well-being.   

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Missing Teeth: Dental Bridges

Part 2 of a 3-Part series

The American College of Prosthodontists, reports that nearly 180 million Americans are missing at least one tooth. What’s more, about 40 million Americans are missing even more than one of their pearly whites. Furthermore, as we age, the problem worsens. In fact, 30 percent of adults between 65-74 years old have no natural teeth. The good news? In 2022, options abound. Last week, we started a three-week series which examines three solutions to missing teeth. Last week, we covered dentures. Click here to read that post. This week, we’ll focus on bridges. Then, next week, we will tackle the final solution to missing teeth – implants.

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