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Fresh Breath, How to get it and How to keep it!

Bacteria is the culprit Bad breath is offensive Regular cleanings can help Don't ignore bad breath There are many possible causes for bad breath; among them are tooth decay, periodontal (gum) disease, a condition called dry mouth ...

Toothbrush Abrasion

Toothbrush abrasion is caused by improper brushing. As strange as it may seem, teeth and gums are fragile tissues. Improper brushing can cause destructive problems like: * Receding gums * Wearing away of tooth structure at the gum line ...

Grinding Your Teeth (Bruxism)

What is bruxism? Bruxism is the clenching or grinding of your teeth while you are asleep. It is not just an annoyance; it exerts thousands of pounds of pressure on the biting surfaces of the teeth, which can lead to jaw pain and damage to your ...

Gum Disease and Heart Attacks: Is There a Connection?

There is growing evidence that the presence of periodontal (gum) disease can be linked to the incidence of coronary heart disease. Gums infected with periodontal disease are toxic reservoirs of disease-causing bacteria. Researchers at the ...

Think smokeless tobacco is safer than cigarettes? Think again

Smokeless tobacco has been linked to oral cancer, tooth decay, gum disease, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, and nicotine addiction. It causes bad breath and stained teeth..

Sleep Apnea—It's More Than Just Snoring

As many as ten percent of working-age men suffer from obstructive sleep apnea, a condition that causes them to repeatedly stop breathing for as long as ten seconds at a time, night after night...

Tongue Piercing Causes Serious Health Problems

Body piercing is possibly the fastest growing form of self-expression today, and tongue and lip piercing seem to be among the most popular. But even though it's an invasive surgical process, many piercings are done at the spur of the moment, ...

Dying from Toothpaste Ingestion

Each year thousands of people have contacted the Poison Control Center in the United States and reported that they have accidentally ingest fluoride toothpaste and other fluoride-containing products.

Dental Preventive Information

Brushing Your Teeth

Proper tooth brushing involves four things: a toothbrush with soft bristles, toothpaste with fluoride, the correct angle of brushing, and brushing in a pattern. Here are some tips that will help you get the most out of your brushing sessions...

The Proper Flossing Technique

Brushing is a good way to prevent cavities, but it s only half the battle; flossing is just as important! Most cavities start between your teeth, where the bristles of your toothbrush simply can t reach. To keep your gums and teeth healthy, you ...

Importance of Regular Exams

Because we're committed to preventive dentistry, we recommend that all of our patients see us at least every six months for a routine cleaning and examination. Dental problems start out small but can quickly worsen to become much more serious ...

Plaque Disclosing Tablets

Disclosing tablets contain harmless red vegetable dye that reveals plaque left on your teeth by turning it red temporarily. By using these special chewable tablets after you brush and floss, you can see the areas that you're missing. Plaque, the ...


The widespread use of fluoride to fight cavities has been the greatest breakthrough in the past fifty years of preventive dentistry. Fluoride can help prevent cavities by actually hardening the outer enamel layer of teeth, and it can even stop ...

Homecare for periodontal disease

How to care for your teeth when you have periodontal disease You probably learned to keep your teeth plaque-free when you were a child. The techniques and tools that were effective then are not sufficient to maintain your teeth and gums now that ...

Dental superfloss

Superfloss is a special kind of dental floss that comes in pre-cut segments. Each end of the segment is thin and stiff, which allows you to thread it through tight areas. The mid-section of the segment is fuzzy, so it removes plaque very well. ...

Preventive dental sealants

Sealants are a clear or white plastic that is placed in the grooves of the biting surfaces of back teeth. The deep grooves and pits of back teeth are very difficult to keep clean. Plaque, a nearly invisible film of bacteria and food, collects in ...

What is a dental hygienist?

A dental hygienist is a highly trained and licensed oral health professional who provides you with educational, clinical, and therapeutic services to enhance your oral and overall health. A dental hygienist uses her skills and knowledge to prevent, ...

Nutrition and Your Health

Keeping your teeth and gums beautiful, healthy, and strong is about more than just brushing, flossing, and avoiding sweets. Good nutrition also plays a large role in your dental health. A balanced diet, characterized by moderation and variety, will ...

Dental Ultrasonic Scaling

Periodontal disease, an infection of the teeth, gums, and bone that surrounds the teeth, is the number-one cause of adult tooth loss. It begins when plaque, a sticky film of food and bacteria, builds up on your teeth. If plaque isn't removed, it ...

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