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Oral Health And Good Foods

We don’t tend to give our teeth much thought as we chomp through the day, that is, unless something is wrong. Sugars, acids, extreme temperatures, as well as the daily onslaught of chewing and biting can really do a number on our teeth. For those who have suffered from tooth pain due to damage, you…

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Five Helpful Hints From Your Dentist

Don’t fear the dental hygienist! We might seem intimidating with our shiny silver tools, but we’re really your biggest allies in the battle against the real bad guys plaque, periodontal disease and tooth decay. People are always asking me the shortcuts to dental hygiene. Sorry folks: there’s no substitute for brushing twice daily, flossing regularly,…

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Kid Appropriate Dental Visit Age

If you’re wondering if your child is old enough for the dentist, the answer is probably yes. Many parents are shocked when I tell them how early they should start thinking about their kids oral health. Experts recommend that brushing begin as early as six months, (or as soon as your child’s first tooth appears)…

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Packing a healthy lunch for your kids

There are so many options out there that are quick and easy to throw into our kids’ lunchboxes in the morning, so it’s easy to find ourselves relying on pre-packaged items that are full of preservatives and other additives that are not only unhealthy, but negatively impact kids’ teeth as well. Teaching them to eat…

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Avoid Sugar Overload This Valentine’s Day

When Valentine’s Day rolls around, that usually means candy is everywhere at schools, offices, parties, you name it. And while I love myself a candy heart or a chocolate Kiss as much as the next person, as a dental hygienist I try to limit myself to just a couple bites since, obviously, eating too much…

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Shiny Teeth and Foods For Them

Lots of foods stain your teeth. Some of my favorite foods are, unfortunately, the worst offenders coffee, tea, red wine, soda, even fruits and vegetables like blueberries, blackberries, and beets can dull the white of your teeth. And to make matters worse, just when you thought you were doing the right thing and listening to…

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Manual Versus Electric Toothbrushes

We’ve all seen the commercials for power toothbrushes, usually featuring scenes of seemingly impenetrable plaque being scrubbed away with little effort. But is the electric toothbrush all it’s cracked up to be? Does it really clean your teeth better than manual brushing? The answer is not a simple one. Like anything else, there are pros…

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Your Healthy Back-to-School Checklist

Are your kids ready for their first day of school? While new clothes and school supplies are a likely on your list, don’t forget to cover the kids’ health from head to toe: • Annual physical exam. Try to get the kids to their pediatrician before the first day of school, so you don’t have…

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