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Tips for Fresher Breath

Did you know, that bacteria grows in your mouth?  Yuk!  But it’s true.  Bacteria is a main cause for bad breath.  Fluoride kills some bacteria, so be sure you’re using a toothpaste or mouth wash that contains fluoride.  A toothpaste that boasts it contains mouthwash isn’t going to give you cleaner teeth, but it will […]


Watch Your Tongue

An article in Shape Magazine noted that tongue cancer has risen 111% in Caucasian women younger than 44.  The cause for the increase in cases is a mystery.  During your dental checkup, we conduct a visual examination for oral cancer on the tongue and soft tissues of the mouth.  Between your dental visits, be on […]


Tips on Reading Lips

Allure magazine says that while the old adage notes the eyes are the window of the soul, you can tell far more from a smile.  Marianne LaFrance, professor at Yale and author of Lip Services: Smiles in Life, Death, Trust, Lies, Work, Memory, Sex and Politics gives tips on how to read lips.  Want to know […]


Smile Whitening

Common foods and drinks, such as coffee, red wine, berries, and tomato sauce, will stain your teeth.  Over time, your teeth loose their brightness and you see a yellowish tinge to your smile.  As you age, daily wear and tear creates etchings on the tooth surface which make teeth more susceptible to stains than you […]


Teeth Retirement?!

It is difficult to turn on the TV or open a magazine these days without seeing some reference or advertisement to financial planning for retirement. That’s because of the vast number of people nearing retirement. In fact, Pew Research estimates that 6,200 baby boomers will retire each day for the next nineteen years! Wow! Those […]


Abscessed Tooth

What is an abscessed tooth?  An abscess is a pus-filled sac caused by an infection when the decay in a tooth has done substantial damage and the cavity has gone very deep into the tooth.  A fractured tooth or root can also let bacteria in and cause infection that leads to an abscess.  An abscess […]


Which Toothbrush Should I Buy?

What is the difference between medium and soft toothbrushes for plaque removal and soft-tissue abrasion? A study at Franciscan University in Santa Maria, Brazil was conducted to study just this.  Students were randomly assigned to brush two contra-lateral quadrants with the medium toothbrush and the other two quadrants with the soft toothbrush, so that both […]


Dealing with Cold Sores

An article in Allure magazine discusses “8 Beauty Emergencies (and How to Respond).”  Tip #2 deals with a Cold Sore. How to fix it: dab the spot with Abreva, an over-the-counter ointment that helps healing somewhat.  Once the area has scabbed, keep it moist with Aquaphor lotion to prevent cracking.  Camouflage the area with a […]


Mouthwash Wonders

Did you know that mouthwashes can do more than just give you good breath?! Some contain antiseptic agents that reduce plaque and prevent gingivits, both of which can cause bad breath, as stated by the American Dental Association. It is best to use mouthwash in the evening after you have flossed and brushed your teeth and […]


Bleeding Gums

Do you have bleeding gums? Bad breath and gum recession are not the only things you need to be worried about if your gums bleed when you brush your teeth. As stated by Dr. Donal Clem, president of the American Academy of Periodontology, “The inflammatory response from gum disease my increase harmful chemicals circulation in […]


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