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Oil Pulling is Not Backed by the ADA

If you've been on social media the past couple of years, particularly, Pinterest, you may have noticed a few articles suggesting the practice of "Oil Pulling."  With the millennial generation having kids and starting their families comes tips and tricks to: 1. Save Money and 2. Be More Natural/Organic.  Just head over to Pinterest and search "Natural Home..." and you'll find plenty of lists for "Natural Home Remedies," "Natural Home Cleansers," "Natural Insect Repellent," and the list can go on and on. And I applaud this effort!  Reducing the amounts of chemicals in the home is probably the best option, especially when it comes to raising your family and doing our part for the environment. However, it's just as important to make informed decisions regarding natural remedies. Which leads us back to our topic:  Oil Pulling.  It's understandable when you want to treat your...
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Overcoming Your Anxiety at the Dentist

Believe us when we say that we understand how nervous you can get when it's time to visit the dentist.  There could be many factors that play a part to your anxiety.  Maybe you had a bad experience at the dentist.  Maybe it's your first time.  Maybe the idea of the instruments and tools we use put you on edge.  Whatever it is, we understand, and we're here to help you get through it.  Because as much as we understand the anxiety you may be feeling, it shouldn't be used as an excuse to skip out on your bi-annual visits with us. Here are a few tips to overcome that dental anxiety and get you through your next visit. woman nervous at the dentist

Go with someone you know

It's okay to bring someone with you.  We might suggest calling ahead to make sure there's...
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The Best Routine for a Healthy Oral Hygiene

Having a good oral hygiene doesn't have to be difficult.  The most difficult thing to do, in fact, is getting started on a routine.  But that goes with anything.  It's hard to get up in the morning, but the more we do it the more it becomes habit.  It's difficult for us to get to the gym or get some sort of daily exercise.  But as we continue to do it everyday, it just becomes routine.  In fact, it almost becomes a necessity to include our daily habits in our routines, otherwise we feel unsteady.  There are certain things we want to include in our daily routine so that it just becomes habit.  An oral hygiene routine needs to become a habit.  Research shows that you have to do something consistently for at least 66 days for something to become natural to you.  Just a little over two months.  And...
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The Best & Worst Foods for Your Teeth

Believe me, I understand!  We are already concerned about food's effects on our bodies as far as calorie intake and saturated fat and sugar content and all sorts of things!  Why am I stressing you out more about food! Well trust me when I say we have the best of intentions, and remember, a healthy mouth is a healthy body!  And fortunately for us, it's not too much to remember.  Certain foods do really terrible things to our teeth, however, there are ways to treat it and prevent it.  And there are also foods that are great for our teeth, which we want you to consider when you're choosing your meals.

The Best Foods

Crunchy Fruits & Vegetables

Raw fruits and vegetables that require a lot of chewing (celery, apples, carrots) and provide a good crunch are great for your teeth because chewing more creates more...
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4 Ways Oral Health Effects Your Overall Health

Having a healthy mouth and a clean smile is clearly important for your oral hygiene, but would it surprise  you to know that your oral health effects other parts of your body?  In fact having a healthy oral hygiene can prevent a few diseases and issues in your body and life Keeping your teeth clean and having your dentist lecture you about brushing and flossing isn't just to keep your pearly whites attractive.  It's to make sure you are, in fact, healthy, and living the best life you possibly can.  Here are a few issues that can be prevented with a good healthy oral hygiene.

Cardiovascular Disease

"Some research suggests that heart disease, clogged arteries and stroke might be linked to the inflammation and infections that oral bacteria can cause" (source).  The issue lies with patients not seeing their dentist, assuming they have...
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4 Reasons You Should be Flossing Everyday

It should come as no surprise to us that many Americans do not include flossing in their daily oral hygiene routine.  To be more specific, 32 percent of Americans say they never floss and 37 percent claim they floss, but not on a daily basis.  And let’s be honest, how many of  us have lied to our dentist and claim, “Yeah, I totally floss everyday” (source). shutterstock_488717200.jpg Despite our dental visits and lectures about the importance of flossing, most patients tend to take it in stride.  Maybe keep up with it a day or two after their visit, but ultimately, the task becomes tedious or they may feel it doesn’t make much of a difference. But I’m here to tell you that flossing may do much more than just lengthen your oral hygiene routine.  In fact, here are four reasons you should be...
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6 Common Causes of Bad Breath

Nothing ruins a date, a doctor's visit, or even a simple conversation like bad breath.  There’s nothing more awkward than to be on either the receiving or giving end of bad breath.  I once had a teacher in college who had awful breath.  I was only a freshmen, so faculty intimidated me like none other, so most of us endured his breath.  Long story short, I taught myself calculus that semester! The scientific term for bad breath is halitosis.  Most everybody will experience bad breath in their life, particularly of the morning variety.  Some bad breath causes are more severe than others, and most causes of bad breath can be treated.  Bad breath happens naturally when an influx of bacteria is not being broken down in our mouths. The cause of bad breath can be a number of things, but here are the six...
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Choosing the Right Toothpaste for Your Teeth

There are two kinds of people:  those who know exactly what kind of toothpaste they use and NEVER change it and those who go down the oral hygiene aisle and become completely overwhelmed with the choices offered. Whichever group you fall into, however, you may want to pay attention, because as we get  older and as our bodies change, our teeth may need something different.  There's a reason why there are so many choices of toothpaste, and no, it's not to just drive us completely insane. Let me ease your stress by giving you this handy guide on choosing the best toothpaste for your teeth.  Before we begin however, it's important to make sure whatever toothpaste you use contains fluoride.  "Fluoride is important as it is effective in preventing tooth decay, strengthening enamel, and lowering the risk of cavities" (source).

If you have...

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5 Oral Hygiene Myths Debunked

With today's easy access to information and all sorts of "alternative facts" floating around out there, it's easy to get confused about what's believable and what should be ignored.  In particular, there are plenty of warped "alternative facts" about keeping a good healthy mouth.  Let us help you by letting you know which myths need to be ignored immediately! shutterstock_560238982

Myth:  White Teeth are Healthy Teeth

A glamorous white smile doesn't necessarily mean you have healthy teeth.  Most people focus on the surface area of the teeth to determine whether they have a healthy smile.  But it's important to know that our teeth is more than just the visible surface area.  Some people with the whitest smile have severe issues past the gums or even behind the teeth.  They may never floss!  It's not to say that white teeth DOESN'T equal a healthy smile, it's just...
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Gum Disease: No Big Deal-Right? Wrong!

While many value the benefits of having healthy teeth and do all the right things to keep their gums in shape, there are those who feel, "Hey, they're only teeth." The latter, while never volunteering to have their teeth removed, do not attribute any major importance to them. For instance, untreated periodontal disease may lower birth weights of newborns. Now studies find that periodontal (gum) infections may contribute to the development of heart disease, which is the nation's number one killer. If that weren't enough, gum infections pose a serious threat to anyone whose health is already compromised due to diabetes or respiratory disease. Let's first talk about how the gums relate to the heart. If you have a healthy heart, this doesn't pertain to you. Getting your teeth cleaned or having a gum abscess does matter if you have a weakened heart valve, as in mitral valve prolapse or aortic...
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