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Category Archives: Dental Hygiene

How to talk to your dentist

Most of us have been trained to show up at the dentist office, sit through the teeth cleaning and checkup, and wait to be told what’s wrong. We are used to being educated and told what to do. Maybe you’ve never had a real conversation with your dentist about what you want. You may even […]


Sweet Tooth

You can’t have your sweet tooth pulled!  But you can follow some easy steps to soothe it. Tame your sugary cravings with a healthful, satisfying strategy.  Rely on nature’s candy – fresh, ripe, sweet fruit.  And whatever you reach for to quell that craving, limit your portion sizes so you’re not getting too much of […]


Referrals

Do you know someone you’d like to refer?  This month, a NEW PATIENT EXPERIENCE is just $250 and includes digital dental x-rays, a comprehensive exam, your basic dental hygiene cleaning and a one-hour massage.  Call now if you’re interested in this special package, or pass along this offer to a friend.


Healthy Eating for Healthy Smiles

So you’ve brushed and flossed today, but have you eaten your salmon? Researchers at Harvard & Boston Universities followed nearly 9,200 adults for 5 years and learned that those who consumed two weekly servings of fish were nearly 30% less likely to have periodontitis than those who ate less omega-3 fatty acids.  You might want […]


Strengthen your smile

The May 2011 issue of Martha Stewart lists “10 Feel-Good Things to do This May” and item #8 is to Strengthen Your Smile.  “Keep your teeth in top shape: Limit your intake of acidic drinks, such as orange juice, soda, and bottled iced tea, which can ‘attack enamel, softening it and making it more open […]


Chewing gum for energy

The next time your energy wains, probably at about 3:00 in the afternoon while at work, skip the caffeine and instead pop a piece of gum instead.  People are more alert, focused, and even cheerful after chewing gum, according to a study by Cardiff University in Wales.  “Chewing stimulates your sensory nerves, increases muscle tension, […]


Alcohol in Mouthwash

Alcohol is an ingredient in some commercial mouth rinses.  It is included as a solvent for inactive ingredients.  Typically only 10% to 30% are used in mouth rinses and this amount does not provide the antibacterial benefits that full-strength alcohol can provide.  Studies have shown that use of alcohol-containing mouthwash may cause color and hardness […]


Gingivitis and Periodontitis

Gingivitis is the presence of gingival inflammation without the loss of connective tissue attachment.  If you experience redness, swelling and bleeding gums, these are signs of gingivitis.  If dental plaque is left undisturbed on teeth, meaning, a professional dental hygienist does not clean your teeth regularly, it causes a response by the body’s immune system.  The […]


Plaque, Cavities and Strep Bacteria

Saliva leaves deposits on your teeth, called a pellicle layer.  Certain bacteria in the mouth will stick to the pellicle and form colonies.  This is how dental plaque forms, and plaque is the most widely recognized precursor to oral disease. 80% of bacteria that colonize dental plaque are cocci, such as Streptococcus sanguinis and Streptococcus […]


Dental Insurance

Did you know?  Most dental insurances run on a calendar year.  That means, whatever benefits you have not used by December 31st, you will lose.  So, if you have dental insurance, and you haven’t yet used all of your allocated funds for 2010, consider having your checkup now, or if you have a cavity or […]


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