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7 Ways to Prevent Bad Breath

7 Ways to Prevent Bad Breath

In my last blog article I discussed some of the causes of bad breath. Here are a few bad breath prevention methods recommended by the American Dental Association that you can follow to avoid these annoying breath problems! Brush and Floss Meticulous home care is essential to controlling the bacteria often associated with bad breath.…

7 Habits That Are Harmful to Your Teeth (and What to Do About Them)!

7 Habits That Are Harmful to Your Teeth (and What to Do About Them)!

Nail Biting Nail biting may be less common today but I still see it quite often. It can cause teeth and fillings to chip and wear. Solution:Be mindful. Paint your nails with a bitter tasting clear polish available at your local pharmacy. Brushing Too Hard Toothbrush abrasion is one of the leading causes of “notching”…

Ten Tips To Treat Dry Mouth

Ten Tips To Treat Dry Mouth

Dry mouth (Xerostomia) is a problem faced by many folks which can be difficult to diagnose and treat. The most common cause among adults is various prescription medications. Sometimes our well meaning physicians prescribe medications independently of each other, the result being a multitude of dry mouth causing medications that potentiate each other, making the…

Do "Bad Teeth" Run in the Family?

Do "Bad Teeth" Run in the Family?

Now that’s a great question! Patients often tell me that their siblings or parents had bad teeth or lost their teeth and they often feel that they’re doomed to a similar fate. Nothing could be further from the truth! Take me for example.My father lost all of his teeth and his father before him (my…

6 Tips to Help With Tooth Sensitivity

6 Tips to Help With Tooth Sensitivity

Tooth sensitivity is one of the most common complaints I encounter in the office, especially at this time of year when the weather gets frigid outdoors. Sensitivity results from exposure of the nerve endings that connect to the pulp tissue inside the tooth, commonly referred to as “the nerve”. This typically occurs when the protective…

7 Good Tooth Brushing Techniques for a Healthy 2017

7 Good Tooth Brushing Techniques for a Healthy 2017

Start the new year off right with these tips from the American Dental Association. Change your brush as soon as the bristles start fraying, about every 3 months, or sooner if needed. Also change your brush after recovering from an illness. Brush for 2 minutes at least twice a day. Most people only brush for…

How to avoid dentai issues due to holiday stress

How to avoid dentai issues due to holiday stress

The holiday season can be stressful and even difficult for some, me included. I also see a lot of folks at this time of year with dental manifestations of stress. So, here are some suggestions on how to hopefully stay on an even keel and perhaps enjoy this time of year a little more and…

6 Ways to Keep Your Smile Bright for the Holidays

6 Ways to Keep Your Smile Bright for the Holidays

It’s that time of year again! Hermey, Santa’s Elf, who aspires to become a dentist, has offered a few suggestions along with the ADA for keeping that smile bright for the holidays: For those of us with unused dental benefits for the year, it’s still not too late to take advantage. If  you need treatment,…

Procrastination and Fear! What running and dentistry have in common.

Procrastination and Fear! What running and dentistry have in common.

I just read a very enjoyable article by Mark Remy in the August issue of Runner’s World (“Drill, Baby, Drill,” pp.26-28). In the article Mark likens “speed training” to a dental visit. Not exactly flattering, but both can be equally anxiety producing and both necessary for improvement, whether it be for your performance as a…