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When To Start Brushing Babies Teeth

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Early dental care for children is very important. Although most babies do not have visible teeth for the first six months to one year of their lives, good dental care starts from the very beginning. Baby teeth will eventually be replaced by permanent adult teeth, but neglect of your child’s first teeth may lead to serious health issues.

In making sure your child has proper dental care, you will help to safeguard their smile, and also assist them in building a lifetime of good oral care habits.
Before Tooth Eruption The first baby teeth start to show up at around six months old and will likely appear in the front of the mouth. But even before they arrive, you need to keep your baby’s mouth clean. Using a clean, warm, moistened cloth or a piece of sterile gauze, gently wipe your baby’s gums with your index finger. Be thorough, but use light pressure. The goal is to remove any food particles or milk film from their gums.
Teething Teething can be frustrating for a baby and their parents. It b…

Dental Care Tips For College

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College is an exciting time for young adults. It’s the start of independence, finding themselves, adulthood, and developing a real routine, but one thing that many seem to forget is their oral hygiene. Dental health is important and can affect you for the rest of your life. Here are several ways to ace your next dental exam.  Habits to Develop Replace your toothbrush regularly- Your toothbrush should be replaced every three to four months or at the start of each semester. If your toothbrush is worn out with frayed bristles, it won’t clean your teeth as well. The ADA recommends using a toothbrush that fits your mouth with soft bristles.
Brush your teeth twice a day- Brushing your teeth twice a day should be a top priority if you want to remove any plaque and prevent cavities. An easy schedule for on-the-go college students to follow is to brush after breakfast and before bed.
Floss at least once a day- This should go hand in hand with brushing twice a day since flossing is also an essentia…

3 Signs of Impacted Wisdom Teeth

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Tooth Tip Tuesday 3 Signs of Impacted Wisdom Teeth! Wisdom teeth can drive patients to the brink of desperate pain relief. One sign of pain in the back of the jaw usually means impacted wisdom teeth. There are an array of symptoms and signs that will alert you something is not right. Once you have an assumption something is wrong, it’s time to take action! Three primary signs of impacted wisdom teeth: 1. Toothache, sharp pains coming from the back of the mouth.
2. Swelling around the jaw.
3. Tender, swollen, bleeding red gums. Other common signs would be: 1. Bad Breathe
2. Headache, pain between jaw & skull. Known as TMJ
3. Unpleasant taste in your mouth.
4. Swollen glands.
5. Difficult opening mouth.
6. Even ear aches. Call to Action: If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, please call out office at (502) 633-2229

Other Things (besides flossing) That You Can Do With Dental Floss!

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What You Eat Affects Your Teeth...How?

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When most of us think of the affect of food on our teeth, we probably think of the age-old wisdom that sugar causes tooth decay. And while sugar is a notorious culprit, there are many other ways that the foods you eat affect your teeth, & not all of it is bad news.

First of all, it’s good to review how sugar actually causes cavities. It’s not the sugar itself that’s responsible for decay. Sugar acts as a food source for bacteria on your teeth & gums, which digest it & turn it into an acidic byproduct you’ve probably already heard of, called plaque. Plaque is sticky & adheres to your teeth, where its acids start to dissolve the hard outer layer of your teeth called enamel. Bacteria can then get into this hole in the enamel & start to destroy the inside of the tooth, causing toothaches & abscesses that require treatment from your dentist (root canals, tooth extractions, etc).

Clearly, it’s a good idea to avoid sugar as much as possible & to brush & floss…

Chewing Sugar-Free Gum Boosts Your Oral Health

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GUM ISN’T ALL ABOUT freshening your breath. While it definitely helps after that garlic pasta you had for lunch, did you know chewing sugarless gum can also prevent cavities and improve your oral health?

Chewing Gum Increases Saliva Flow and Prevents Cavities
According to the American Dental Association, studies show that chewing sugar-free gum for 20 minutes after a meal can prevent tooth decay. The act of chewing increases saliva flow in your mouth. The saliva then washes away food and neutralizes acids, cleaning and protecting your teeth from cavity-causing bacteria.

You’ll want to make sure your gum is sugar-free 
While gum that contains sugar also increases saliva flow, the sugar actually feeds the bacteria in your mouth, putting you at greater risk of decay. We definitely don’t want that!

Quick tip: Sugarless gum sweetened with xylitol even reduces the amount of bacteria that stick to your teeth!

Chewing Gum Helps Strengthen Tooth Enamel
Saliva contains necessary calcium a…

HAPPY NATIONAL DENTIST'S DAY!!

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HAPPY NATIONAL DENTIST'S DAY!!

March 6th is National Dentist’s Day. This unusual holiday was established to demonstrate our gratitude and say thank you to dentists everywhere.  While the majority of adults would rather do just about anything else other than going to the dentist, without those appointments, we would all have terrible oral hygiene!  That’s why we’ve created a handy list of the best ways to show you care about your dentist on National Dentist’s Day.
Impress your dentist on your next visit, and show them that you’ve improved your dental care regimen by brushing and flossing twice a day, every day.  Make sure you’ve got the correct toothbrush and brush your teeth for a full two minutes each and every time. Smile more.  Show off those pearly whites and great dental work.  And hey, it’s even good for your health!  Did you know that smiling helps to strengthen your immune system? That’s because smiling helps your body produce white blood cells that fight illn…

Spring Cleaning Should Include Preventative Dental Care

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As the official start of Spring is right around the corner, many of us begin to feel the pull to clean. Most of us think about Spring cleaning in relation to our house, but Spring cleaning shouldn’t just pertain to your house or job, it should also be a part of your oral health care routine.

A regular preventive dental care visit typically includes a check-up that consists of x-rays and a cleaning, however, a third of Americans don’t carve out time to see the dentist annually!

It’s hard to know why so many people don’t schedule their regular dentist visits, but there are lots of reasons they should. We’ve put together a list of seven reasons, some more obvious than others, for why preventive dental care matters:

Reduce Plaque
Dental cleanings and education about good oral care are provided to help support you in your dental health journey. Regular dentist visits, including cleanings, remove stubborn plaque from your teeth. Plaque, if allowed to build up, can lead to cavities, gum dise…

Did George Washington Really Have Wooden Teeth?

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Did you know President’s Day was originally established in 1885 in recognition of our first President, George Washington? Still officially called “Washington’s Birthday” by the federal government, President’s Day was traditionally celebrated on February 22, Washington’s actual day of birth.

Today we celebrate President’s Day on the third Monday of February. While several states still have individual holidays honoring the birthdays of Washington, Abraham Lincoln and other important historical figures, Presidents’ Day is now popularly viewed as a day to celebrate all U.S. presidents past and present.

George Washington’s Wooden Teeth
– The story about George Washington’s infamous wooden dentures arguably remains the most widespread and enduring myth about Washington’s personal life. While Washington certainly suffered from dental problems and wore multiple sets of dentures composed of a variety of materials—including ivory, gold, and lead—wood was never used in Washington’s dentures nor wa…

Chewing Gum: Fact & Fiction

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Remember all the things your parents would tell you when you were growing up to scare you away from doing something? Like how lying might make your nose grow, misbehaving meant you wouldn’t get money from the tooth fairy, and swallowed chewing gum would build up in your stomach and stay there for years?

Maybe that last one stayed with you well beyond your teens, and occurred to you every time you accidentally (or purposely) swallowed a piece of gum. We don’t blame you. It’s a scary thought.

But is it true?

We hate to take the fun out of parental discipline, but swallowing a piece of chewing gum is pretty much like swallowing any other piece of food. It will move right through your digestive system with no danger of getting stuck for months, let alone seven years.

This doesn’t mean you should start swallowing all your gum from now on, but if it happens accidentally now and then, there’s no need to panic.

Another common gum myth is that sugar-free gum can help you lose weight. Although…