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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…

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…

New Year Resolution: Improve Dental Health

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Something interesting happens around this time every year. People start reflecting on the last twelve months and start thinking about some things they can change in order to make the next twelve even better. These changes, or resolutions, are usually quickly lost within the first few weeks of the new year. But this year, Hewlett Family Dental wants to help you make some solid, easy-to-keep resolutions to improve your oral health in 2019.

Brush & Floss
One of the easiest resolutions you can make for better oral health is to brush and floss your teeth regularly. This means brushing twice a day, every day, and flossing once a day. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste to gently (emphasis on gently) scrub away bacteria and plaque buildup. But brushing alone doesn’t reach all surfaces of your teeth. This is where flossing comes into play. Flossing between each and every tooth daily removes the things that brushing alone can miss. Following this at-home oral health rout…

Smoking and Your Oral Health

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By now we all know that smoking is bad for our health. It increases the risk for cancer, heart disease, and numerous other problems throughout the body. Your mouth is no exception. With the New Year right around the corner, what better time is there to quit? Hewlett Family Dental wants to help the cause of moving towards a smoke-free life by providing our community members with some more reasons to quit. How Smoking Affects Your Oral HealthOne of the commonly overlooked dangers of smoking is how it affects oral health. The truth is, several oral health problems are directly related to smoking, and continuing to smoke can put you at increased risk for: Gum diseaseOral cancerDry mouthDiscolored teethBad breath
Tips to QuitSmoking is addictive and therefore not easy to quit. Some people even try quitting multiple times before they succeed at never picking up another cigarette. We understand how difficult quitting can be and are here to provide support for anyone looking to improve their hea…

Holiday Teeth Whitening Tips!

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‘Tis the season for giving and of course, feasting! Indulging in your favorite holiday foods and festive drinks this time of year is inevitable, so it’s important to take special care of your teeth to ensure they stay healthy and white as snow. Follow these teeth whitening tips to keep your teeth merry and bright throughout the holiday season and beyond. Sip Through Straws Seasonal lattes, coffee, tea, hot buttered rum, red wine and other dark beverages should always be sipped through a straw in order to prevent tooth stains and yellowing. Using straws will reduce how much your favorite beverages come in contact with your front teeth. So, the next time you’re offered a drink at a holiday gathering or restaurant, politely ask for a straw, or better yet, stash one in your pocket or purse so you always have one on hand. Give Your Mouth a Good Rinse Rinsing your mouth with water after eating and drinking is essential for keeping your teeth pearly-white during the holidays and throughout th…

Tooth Fairy Traditions

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1. THE UNITED STATES AND BEYOND

In America (and other primarily English-speaking countries), kids are paid off for their teeth—lose a tooth, put it under your pillow, go to sleep, and at some point, a fairy will arrive to exchange the tooth for some cash. In 2017, the going rate was an average of $5.70 a tooth - Losing teeth really isn’t so bad! 2. INDIA, CHINA, JAPAN, KOREA, AND VIETNAM Kids who lose teeth from their lower jaw will throw their teeth onto their roof, while upper jaw teeth go on the floor or even under it (the idea is the new tooth will be pulled towards the old tooth). That’s not all, though, because as the tooth-losing kiddo tosses their teeth, they sometimes yell out a wish that the missing tooth be replaced by the tooth of a mouse. Mice (and other rodents) have teeth that continually grow, which sounds like a wise request when one goes missing. 3. SPAIN

One of Spain’s most beloved myths centers on Ratoncito Perez, a.k.a. Raton Perez, a.k.a. Perez Mouse, a.k.a. El …

Dental Care Concerns For Seniors

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Like every other part of our bodies, our mouths change as we age. As the carefree days of youth fade you may be faced with new challenges when it comes to your oral health, or you may start to pay for bad habits from your younger days. And even if you’ve taken good care of your teeth & treated problems as they arise, some old solutions may age as well and need to be repaired or replaced. Darker or Yellower TeethPerhaps the most notable change as we age is the color of our teeth. Over time, the hard outer layer of your teeth called enamel, gets thinner. Because enamel is semi-transparent, this makes it so the dentin underneath shows through, which makes teeth appear duller and yellow. A lifetime of teeth staining habits, such as smoking tobacco or drinking red wine, coffee or tea can also eventually lead to discolored teeth. A dentist may be able to help whiten your teeth with a professional teeth whitening treatment. Discuss your goals for brightening your teeth with your dentist s…

Diabetes and Oral Health FAQ's

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People with diabetes have special concerns when it comes to dental care. In fact, 1 in every 5 cases of total tooth loss is linked to this widespread health conditions. Let's go over some frequently asked questions about oral health and diabetes.

In addition to gum disease, what other oral health problems can develop for people with diabetes?
While gum disease is the most common problem, having diabetes also makes you prone to other mouth problems such as oral infections, thrush, poor healing and dry mouth. Remember, good dental care can result in a healthy mouth and a smile that will last a lifetime.

Can I get a dental implant to replace a missing tooth even if I have diabetes?
A number of studies have shown that people with diabetes can be good candidates for dental implants, but there are some concerns regarding dental implant treatment, which involves minor surgery. Wounds tend to heal more slowly in people with diabetes, who are also more infection-prone than those without diabet…

Do you know WHY we lose our teeth?

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Why do we lose our teeth?
As we age many factors contribute to our overall health. Taking care of our teeth by brushing, flossing and routine checkups are the easiest ways to maintain a lifetime of healthy smiles!

So, why do we lose teeth during our lifetime? The answer is rather simple.

Losing Baby Teeth
During childhood, we grow our first set of teeth commonly referred to as “baby teeth.” Dentists actually call these our “Deciduous” or “Primary” teeth. Typically, the growth and loss of these teeth follow a specific timeline.

Primary teeth provide the foundation for our adult teeth. By helping to develop the oral cavity and creating the space necessary to guide our permanent teeth into place, baby teeth act as placeholders for the adult teeth to follow.

The root area of a baby tooth allows the permanent tooth a place to grow and easily pass through the gums. As the body grows, the jaw increases in size creating space and causing the primary teeth to loosen and eventually fall out.

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Got Questions? We've got the answers!

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Frequently Asked Questions 
Hewlett Family Dental has the answers to the most commonly asked dental questions. If you have a question that is not addressed here, let us know! FAQsWhat causes bad breath? Bad breath is generally a result of dental decay and periodontitis, a disease affecting the gums and bone. Periodontitis occurs when the gums become inflamed and infected, ultimately spreading pockets of plaque and tartar from the gums to the bone that supports the teeth. The teeth may become loose and eventually fall out if left untreated. Periodontitis is treatable, but good oral hygiene is the best method of avoiding this problem. How do I repair a cracked tooth? Teeth can crack or chip for a variety of reasons. Especially if they are subjected to chewing hard foods or biting on an unexpectedly hard object, or if teeth have been subjected to large restorations. You may also experience painful chewing, unsolicited pain or discomfort due to cold air. Most cracks can be repaired using…

Dental Tips For a Healthy Halloween

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HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!
Halloween is upon us, which for most children means bags of free candy and a chance to build a stockpile of sweets for the winter. No surprise, Halloween can also present parents with a variety of health and safety challenges. It’s OK to eat that candy on Halloween but it’s important to have a plan!

Here's how you can help your family stay "mouth healthy" on Halloween and year-round.
Time It RightEat Halloween candy (and other sugary foods) with meals or shortly after mealtime. Saliva production increases during meals. This helps cancel out acids produced by bacteria in your mouth and rinse away food particles.
Stay Away from Sweet SnacksSnacking can increase your risk of cavities, and it’s double the trouble if you keep grabbing sugary treats from the candy bowl. Snacking on candy throughout the day is not ideal for your dental health or diet.
Choose Candy CarefullyAvoid hard candy and other sweets that stay in your mouth for a long time. Aside from how …

Dental Care During Pregnancy

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When you’re pregnant, you do everything you can to help prepare for a healthy baby. Maintaining good oral hygiene while you’re pregnant is an important part of your overall health. Many expecting women have questions like “Can I go to the dentist when pregnant?” and “Are my teeth affected during pregnancy?” 

Dental Care & Pregnancy
According to the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists, dental health is an important part of overall health during pregnancy and throughout your lifespan. Be assured that the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of oral conditions are safe during pregnancy. Should you have to have a dental procedure completed while you’re pregnant, local anesthesia (lidocaine with and without epinephrine) is also safe while you’re pregnant. 

X-Rays & Pregnancy
According to the American Dental Association (ADA) current guidelines say that it is more risky for a pregnant woman to postpone dental treatment than to have treatment completed, and the best way for …

My Wisdom Teeth Don't Hurt. Do I Still Need Them Out?

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When Wisdom Teeth Don't Hurt Many people often ask if they need to remove wisdom teeth that don't hurt. Keeping your wisdom teeth will require more care when it comes to brushing and flossing those hard to reach areas. So, if your dentist feels they are correctly aligned, there won't be problems biting or chewing, and feels you will be able to clean and floss those teeth, he may tell you to keep them. Your dentist will look at not just your short-term care but your long-term care as well and will talk to you about all options.   Wisdom Teeth Telling You it's Time to Come Out Visible signs that you or your dentist will detect include decay, misalignment, and partial eruption. All of these have grave effects on the teeth. Other signs to look for include: ●    Swollen gum tissue ●    Slight pain in the teeth region ●    Gum disease ●    Tumors ●    Prolonged tooth decay ●    Stiffness in the Jaw ●    Cysts What's the Perfect Time to get your Wisdom Teeth Removed? Most o…