A Better Way to Brush

A Better Way to Brush

When you brush your teeth, do you brush up and down or side to side? Which is the best way to brush is a question dental researchers have been grappling with for many years. And now with the rise of electric toothbrushes that features spinning brush heads, the debate is even more complicated. So which is the best way to brush? The answer may surprise you. Why We Brush To get to the bottom of the brushing debate, consider the original purpose of brushing your teeth. Brushing helps r...

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Understanding Your Dental Benefits

Understanding Your Dental Benefits

Many people have dental insurance but don't know what it covers. As a result, a lot of people may be missing out on dental benefits to which they are entitled. At McCosh Family Dentistry, we have a lot of experience dealing with dental benefit providers. So we can explain exactly what your dental insurance covers and how to get everything your insurance provides. Your Coverage Every dental insurance provider is a little bit different. A few will cover just about everything carte b...

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Encourage Your Child to Develop Good Oral Health Habits

Encourage Your Child to Develop Good Oral Health Habits

Taking care of your teeth is a lifelong commitment. And the effort that is put in early in life can pay huge dividends decades later. You only get one set of permanent teeth. So it is incumbent upon each of us to take care of them. If we don't brush, floss, and see the dentist at least twice per year it can easily lead to tooth loss, gum disease, and painful oral health problems. That's why it's so important for parents to get their children into the habit of taking care of their teeth at ...

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Finding a New Dentist Is Easier Than You Think

Finding a New Dentist Is Easier Than You Think

There are lots of reasons to look for a new dentist. Maybe your dentist retired. Or perhaps you moved to a new town and need to start over with a new dentist. Or it could be you are just unsatisfied with our current dentist and want someone who appreciates you as a patient. Whatever your reasons for looking for a new dentist, look no further than McCosh Family Dentistry. We have been providing top-quality, friendly, and caring dental services for patients in South Florida for many years. And ...

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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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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 even...

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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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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 on yo...

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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 most ...

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Tooth Brushing Tips to Improve Your Smile

Tooth Brushing Tips to Improve Your Smile

Brushing your teeth is something you should be doing every day, preferably after every meal. It helps remove food particles from between your teeth and eliminates plaque buildup on the surface of your tooth enamel. But often should you really brush your teeth? And how long should each brushing last? These answers to these and other questions may surprise you. Brushing Length Many dentists will recommend you brush your teeth thoroughly at least twice per day -- once in the morning and once b...

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