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Family Dentist Explains Benefits of Mouthwash and Which One Is Right For You!

March 18, 2019

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Smiling woman using mouthwashYou head off to the store with what you think is a simple goal: picking up some mouthwash. But with the huge number of choices, this task can quickly become more overwhelming and time-consuming than you expected! However, the right mouthwash can improve your oral health and help you minimize the amount of dental work you need from a family dentist, so it’s well worth it to figure out which product to use. Keep reading to learn more so you won’t waste time in the store making a decision ever again!

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Why Is Flossing Important – and How Can You Make It Easier? Ask a Dentist!

March 5, 2019

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Up-close photo of a woman flossingIf you asked any dentist which habit their patients struggle with the most, nearly all of them would say flossing! There’s a multitude of reasons that people have a hard time with flossing. For starters, some people don’t learn just how important it is until they’re well into adulthood and already “set in their ways.” For others, they’re too tired at the end of the day to do yet another task before bedtime. But, since flossing is crucial for a healthy smile, it’s worth it to learn some tricks for making it easier. Keep reading to learn about the many ways flossing benefits you and get some tips for making it easier. Your smile will thank you!

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Want Better Gum Health? A Dentist Explains Which Foods Can Help

February 23, 2019

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A table filled with healthy foodMany people assume that cavities are the leading cause of tooth loss, but did you know that it’s actually gum disease? In fact, perfectly healthy teeth that have never had a cavity can become loose and fall out if they don’t have adequate gum support to keep them in place. In addition, gum disease has been found to increase the risk of many serious health conditions. Fortunately, along with good oral hygiene habits and regular checkups with a dentist, there are many foods you can add to your diet that will contribute to good gum health. Keep reading to learn more about the importance of your gums and which foods will keep them in good shape!

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Which Electric Toothbrush Should You Choose? A Dentist Weighs In

February 7, 2019

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An electric toothbrushDid you know that the first bristle-type toothbrush was invented in China in 1498 and was made from hog hair? Fortunately for us, toothbrushes have come a long way since then! Today, in addition to what seems like hundreds of options for manual toothbrushes, we also have a wide variety of electric toothbrushes to choose from as well. While having choices is a good thing, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed when you’re in the market for an electric toothbrush. Since using the right hygiene tools is one of the best things you can do for your oral health, it’s well worth it to find out what a dentist recommends. Keep reading below to find out if electric toothbrushes are worth the extra money and whether there’s a difference between them!

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This New Year, Take Advantage of Your Renewed Dental Insurance Benefits

January 11, 2019

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Dental insurance claim formIt’s that time of year again! The New Year is upon us and everyone has the opportunity to make a fresh start in some area of their lives. While many people make a resolution to exercise more or eat a better diet, why not do something different in 2019 and resolve to have a healthier smile? And since most dental insurance benefits renew January 1st, you may as well take advantage of them. After all, it’s a “use-it-or-lose-it” situation, so if you don’t use the money that’s been set aside for your dental care, it will be gone at the end of the year. Keep reading below for tips on how to maximize your benefits and find out what insurance usually covers!

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Dentist Gives Flu Season Tips For Staying Healthy and Protecting Your Teeth

December 17, 2018

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Woman blowing her noseIt’s that time of year again – cold and flu season is upon us! Unfortunately, even when you take steps to prevent it, you can still get sick and wind up spending days in bed recovering. And although you’re probably not thinking about your teeth, all the cough syrup, decongestants and other remedies you’re taking can really put your teeth at risk for cavities. Keep reading below for flu season tips from a dentist to help you feel better and protect your teeth at the same time!

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5 Ways To Avoid a Trip To an Emergency Dentist This Holiday Season

December 5, 2018

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Snowman holding a first-aid kit If you’re like most people, you and your family are on-the-go during the holidays. School and work parties, long-distance trips to see family, and plenty of shopping and baking are enough to fill anyone’s calendar! And there’s no shortage of sweet foods and beverages to indulge in either, which, unfortunately, puts your oral health at risk. In fact, an estimated 27% of American adults have undiagnosed cavities, so it’s well worth it to be proactive about prevention around this time of year. Keep reading below to get 5 tips from an emergency dentist for staying cavity-free this holiday season!

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Why Are Some People More Prone To Getting Cavities Than Others?

November 18, 2018

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Sign that says “Cavity” in red lettersUnfortunately, most people discover at some point or another that life isn’t fair. And if you’re one of the many people that get cavities no matter what you do, you probably found this out early on! It’s an especially hard pill to swallow if you know people who don’t take great care of their teeth but rarely get cavities. So why does this happen – and what can you do about it? In this blog, you’ll learn about the many factors involved in tooth decay and find out how to reduce your risk!

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Why You Should Use Your Dental Insurance Before It’s Too Late

October 7, 2018

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A woman at her dental appointment.If you’ve paid for dental insurance, it’s likely that you haven’t maxed out your annual maximum. You may not even be sure what your maximum is. After all, most people don’t think about when their last dental appointment was. But do you know who does remember? The dental insurance company you bought the plan from.

People are quite surprised when they find out how much of the money they paid into dental insurance goes to waste. With the end of the year coming up, it’s time you took a second look at your benefits before they expire.

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Dentist Offers 4 Questions Worth Asking the Hygienist

September 12, 2018

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A woman at her dental appointment.It doesn’t matter if you’re talking to the dentist or the hygienist, both are experts when it comes to managing your oral health and helping you improve whenever possible. Of course, it’s understandable if you feel shy initially. The fact of the matter is the team members at the practice can’t read your mind, but it also makes sense if you aren’t even sure where to start.

By going over this brief list, striking up a conversation about dental health should be much easier.

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