Family Dentistry Blog

Help Keep your Teens Teeth in Good Oral Condition

A teen’s life is always changing which is why parents should also be just as involved in their teen’s oral care just as they were through their early childhood.  While we want to maintain good oral hygiene practices, sometimes eating right and maintaining brushing and flossing habits, are not on a teen’s list of priorities.

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The Story behind Sealants

Dental sealants are the most under-utilized, cost-effective means of preventing tooth decay. Sealants are the invisible protector of teeth most at risk of tooth decay. Although sealants protect the teeth hit by four out of every five cavities in our children, why do few children get them?

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What Do You Really Know About Your Tongue?

Sometimes a white or gray patch can develop on the tongue, the floor of a mouth, or on the inside of a cheek.  This is called Leukoplakia and is typically the mouth’s reaction to irritation of mucous membranes.  Leukoplakia can surface at any time; however, it is more common in senior citizens.

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Ease Your Dental Fears

Odontophobia or dentophobia is one having a fear of dentistry or the care provided by a dental office.  It is estimated that 75% of all adults experience some degree of fear and anxiety in relation to dental practice.  Only 10% of individuals are truly diagnosed as having odontophobia.

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What Makes Your Teeth Sensitive

Brushing or even eating and drinking can be compromised daily due in part to sensitive teeth.  Sensitive teeth can also be felt and turn any dental visit or procedure into a strenuous ordeal.

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Your Teeth and Cleaning

Part of great oral hygiene is teeth cleaning.  While brushing, flossing, and rinsing properly are essential for everyday oral hygiene, a deeper and thorough cleaning from your dental hygienist is necessary as well.  When teeth cleaning or prophylaxis is administered, the procedure is given to remove tartar that may have developed in difficult to reach…

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The Facts about Oral Cancer

Roughly 42,000 people will be diagnosed with oral cancer in a given year and 8,000 will die from the disease.  While most do not necessarily think about it, it is a preventable disease that mainly affects tobacco and alcohol users.  It can also affect those that have ever been exposed to the human papilloma virus…

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What You Learned as a Child Carries for a Lifetime

During the development years, your childhood is a very important stage in regards to oral hygiene.  As parents, so much devotion is given to offset the habits that children place into their mouths.  From dirty fingers to exceedingly sugary foods, it seems as if staying a step ahead appears to be a losing battle.  What…

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Healthy Oral Hygiene 101: The Early Years

A healthy mouth is just as important as eating right and exercise.  Knowing what to eat and how to exercise is something that is taught or learned by perhaps a teacher, family member, friend, and the internet and so on.  Learning about good oral hygiene is no different and should be explored and understood just…

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Your Developing Mouth

Cavities are an issue that we often associate with a child’s checkup.  Truth is cavities can affect anyone at any time due to sugary snacks, sodas, and even sports drinks.  This can obviously lead to gum disease and tooth decay.  A parent can monitor and keep up with the everyday diet of their small child,…

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