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How To Get A Flawless Floss

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Mar 2017

How To Get A Flawless Floss

We have all been told that we should floss our teeth at least once each day, but not everyone knows the right way to floss. Done incorrectly, flossing can be uncomfortable and damage your gums, but done properly, flossing is a valuable tool for keeping your teeth and gums healthy. So, here are some simple instructions: – Break off about 18 inches of floss and...

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Tips For Caring For Your Braces

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Feb 2017

Tips For Caring For Your Braces

• Swish with water before brushing. This will loosen food that may be caught in braces. Then brush thoroughly and rinse again. • After brushing, look closely at the braces. If you spot any food or plaque that you missed, brush those areas again. • Floss once a day. Flossing helps loosen food particles and plaque at the gum line that can harden into tartar....

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Treatment Options For Adults

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Jan 2017

Treatment Options For Adults

Are you an adult that has never been happy with your smile? Or maybe you had orthodontic treatment in the past, but did not keep up with your retainers and your teeth have shifted? In the past, adults usually did not have their teeth straightened. It was often assumed that braces worked best for children whose mouths were still growing. But now, we know otherwise....

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Can Chewing Sugar-Free Gum Help Your Teeth?

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Dec 2016

Can Chewing Sugar-Free Gum Help Your Teeth?

Clinical studies have shown that chewing sugarless gum for 20 minutes following meals can help prevent tooth decay. Chewing sugarless gum has been shown to increase the flow of saliva, thereby reducing plaque acid, strengthening the teeth and reducing tooth decay. The increased saliva flow can also help wash away food particles and plaque. Of course, chewing sugar-containing gum will also increase saliva flow, but...

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When Should Those Baby Teeth Erupt?

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Nov 2016

When Should Those Baby Teeth Erupt?

Here is a basic primer on your teeth: how many teeth people have and when they usually erupt. Even though there is lots of individual variation, this is a good guideline on what to expect for parents keeping an eye on their children’s teeth and dental health. Children generally have 20 teeth. They are called baby teeth, primary teeth, or deciduous teeth. The following chart...

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Flossing with Braces

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Oct 2016

Flossing with Braces

  Encouraging kids to floss is a challenge for most parents, but it becomes more challenging when children have braces. Even adults have to be reminded to floss because nobody really seems to like doing it! The wires in your braces can prevent you from flossing the usual way. Here are three ways to make flossing easier with braces. 1) Using the right tool: An...

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03

Oct 2016

Mouthguards and Braces

Everyone with braces knows that there are several care and cleaning requirements. If you are involved in sports during your treatment, wearing a mouthguard, while playing or practicing, is a very important requirement. The potential for injury to your mouth always exists when involved in sports, and I always recommend a mouthguard, with or without braces. However, with braces, getting hit in the mouth carries...

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Aug 2016

Are You Afraid Of Getting Braces?

Just mentioning the word braces can be enough to make some people fearful. There are many concerns when it comes to orthodontic treatment. By working with your orthodontist you can ease your fears of braces and look forward to a straight and beautiful smile. The most common worry when starting orthodontic treatment is that it will be painful. Orthodontic treatment uses gentle and consistent pressure...

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Mission of Mercy – A Great Event

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Aug 2016

Mission of Mercy – A Great Event

A great event took place at the Gateway Center in Collinsville, Illinois recently. On July 14 through 17, the Illinois State Dental Society held its annual Mission of Mercy. The first and last days were for the set-up and breakdown of an approximately 50,000 square foot dental clinic and dental lab. On Friday and Saturday, the 15th and 16th, free dental services were given to...

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Wisdom Teeth

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Jul 2016

Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom Teeth Your wisdom teeth, also called third molars, frequently try to erupt between the ages of 17 and 21, sometimes even earlier. Because they are the last of the teeth to develop and erupt, wisdom teeth are the most common ones to be impacted. Impacted really just means stuck and unable to erupt into the mouth. This can happen because a wisdom tooth is...

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