Is Chewing Gum Bad for Your Teeth?

Is Chewing Gum Bad for Your Teeth?

One question dentists often get from their patients is whether or not chewing gum is bad for their teeth. The answer depends on a number of different factors including the type of gum and how often and how long it is chewed. People have been chewing gum or things like gum for thousands of years because it offers a number of unique benefits. First, chewing gum actually can help remove plaque, food particles, and other unwanted substances from both the surfaces and between your teeth. Second, m...

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Benefits of a Bright Smile

Benefits of a Bright Smile

When you have perfect teeth, life can be a lot easier. Bright straight teeth can open doors in business, improve your social life, and give you the personal self-confidence that paves the way to success. Up until recently, much of this depended on genetics, environment, and luck. If you had the misfortune to be born with bad teeth or were raised in a household in which good oral health habits weren't valued, you probably have been embarrassed about your teeth throughout your entire life. T...

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Strategies for Defeating Bad Breath

Strategies for Defeating Bad Breath

Many people with bad breath have no idea other people can notice it. Yet bad breath can affect your popularity, your career, and even your family life. Avoiding bad breath should be a priority for anybody who interacts regularly with other people. It's especially important for people whose livelihoods depend on face to face contact with others, including people working in retail, students, and even homemakers. Causes of Bad Breath There are many things that can cause bad breath. It can ...

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This 1 Weird Trick Can Boost Productivity All Day

This 1 Weird Trick Can Boost Productivity All Day

Only 4 out of 10 people in the US floss daily. And 2 out of 10 never floss at all, according to a recent survey conducted by Delta Dental. That's bad news because flossing not only improves the long-term health of your teeth and protects against the development of cavities and gum disease, it's also one of the best ways to keep you from having bad breath. Time Challenges One of the biggest reasons people don't floss is because they think it's going to take too much time. And when they a...

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The Truth about Tooth Whitening

The Truth about Tooth Whitening

If you want whiter, more brilliant teeth for a brighter smile, there is always the option of tooth whitening. Today, people seeking teeth whitening have two basic options: At-home tooth-bleaching kits or professional teeth whitening performed by qualified dentists. There are benefits to both. At-home teeth-bleaching tends to be less expensive and definitely requires fewer trips to your dentists' office. But even if you choose to try teeth-whitening yourself at home it's always a good idea ...

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Fascinating Facts about Your Teeth

Fascinating Facts about Your Teeth

Did you know ... -- That the average person spends approximately 38.5 days of their life brushing their teeth? -- That if you drink three or more glasses of soda pop per day on average, you are 62% more likely to suffer from tooth decay, tooth loss, or have to have dental fillings in your lifetime? -- That 78% of people in the US have at least one cavity by the time they reach the age of 17? -- That flossing daily allows you to reach 40% more of the tooth surfaces in your mouth compa...

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Even the Youngest Children Require Dental Care

Even the Youngest Children Require Dental Care

Waiting until all of a child's grownup teeth have come in before taking them to see a dentist is a recipe for disaster. A child's first dental appointment should be made as soon as all of their primary teeth begin to erupt. It can take until the age of 21 for a human to develop a complete set of permanent teeth. Without regular dental care, a lot can go wrong during that time. Primary Teeth Our teeth are important to our health. The different sizes, shapes, and locations of teeth inside...

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What Foods Are Bad for Your Teeth?

What Foods Are Bad for Your Teeth?

There are certain foods that can have a negative effect on your smile. But if you eat them in moderation and are consistently following good oral health habits, there aren't any foods you can't enjoy once in a while. So why are some foods bad for your teeth? It all depends on what they contain and the effects they have on your teeth. Tooth Decay Certain foods that are high in sugar -- such as candy, bakery items, and other sucrose-rich foods -- can wear down the protective coating o...

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Schedule College Students’ Appointments during Breaks

Schedule College Students’ Appointments during Breaks

If you have young people going off to college for the first time this fall, one thing you may not have thought about is their dental care. While many colleges and universities offer campus medical services, fewer provide dental services. That means your college student will need either find a new dentist in the city where their school is located or schedule their dental appointments during their breaks. Upcoming Breaks It's usually up to the parents to find out about their student's bre...

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Back to School Appointments Now Being Accepted

Back to School Appointments Now Being Accepted

Summer is winding down and fall is right around the corner. So in just a few weeks, kids will be going back to school. Many schools require students entering first grade, freshman year of high school, and first year of college to have comprehensive dental checkups prior to the start of the school year. If your child hasn't yet had their pre-admission dental appointment, now is the time to make it. Filling Up Fast Late summer and early autumn is one of the busiest times of the year for m...

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