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Cut Sugar from Your Diet for Better Dental Health

Protect your teeth from cavities by cutting sugar out of your diet.

We have all heard that sugar is bad for our teeth, but it really is true. Sugar that sticks to our teeth after we eat something sweet feeds harmful bacteria. These bacteria can cause dental issues such as cavities or gum disease. Reducing the amount of sugar we consume can reduce the amount of harmful…

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Your Child’s Teeth: Are You Cleaning them Correctly?

Our guide will help you correctly clean your child's teeth and teach them how to clean their own teeth in the future.

Primary teeth, or baby teeth, are one of the major factors in determining your child’s ability to chew their food correctly; the correct development of their facial features; the need for braces; and their ability to communicate effectively. Therefore, it is vital for parents to ensure their child’s dental health. Most of your child’s teeth…

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The Best Way to Clean Your Baby’s Teeth

Your baby's dental health is important from day one. Learn how to take care of your baby's first teeth with our simple guide.

Baby teeth, or primary teeth, usually begin to push through your baby’s gums after 6 months.  When baby teeth start to emerge, your child moves into the stage of development commonly known as teething. During this time your baby will be irritable and restless because their gums are sensitive and occasionally painful. It is advised…

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Is Chewing Gum Good for Your Teeth?

Sugarless chewing gum stimulates saliva flow in the mouth.

Many people may view chewing gum as a type of candy, and therefore, think it can contribute to causing cavities. Although any sugary food, including chewing gum, can result in a cavity or other dental conditions; sugarless chewing gum has scientifically demonstrated that it can protect the teeth. How does Sugarless Chewing Gum Protect Teeth?…

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Why Do Dentists Fix Cavities in Baby Teeth?

A boy shows in his mouth where his baby teeth have made way for his permanent teeth.

Although a child’s first teeth do not stay with them for their whole lives, it is important they survive until their permanent, adult teeth are ready to emerge. Why Treat Cavities in Baby Teeth? Practicing good hygiene from a young age ensures that the baby teeth are healthy for the adult teeth to grow in…

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How to Clean and Preserve Your Dentures

An image of the top rox of teeth of a full denture set.

Whether you have fixed, full or partial dentures, they need to be cleaned every day, just like natural teeth. Bacteria and plaque can still build up on dentures, even though they are artificial, so it is important to continuously maintain your dental health.   How to Clean Removable Full and Partial Dentures Remove your dentures…

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Regular Cleaning vs Periodontal Maintenance

A dentist administers periodontal maintenance on a patient.

It is important for all patients, especially those who have gum disease, to understand the difference between regular teeth cleanings and periodontal maintenance.   Regular Cleanings Regular cleanings are administered to patients who do not have the symptoms of advanced gum disease, such as bone loss, infections around the teeth, bleeding, receded gums, or exposed…

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What is Gum Disease?

Plaque buildup can lead to the early stages of gum disease.

Gum disease, also referred to as Periodontitis, is a bacterial growth in the mouth that, if not properly treated, results in conditions ranging between inflamed and bleeding gums to the loss of teeth and gum tissue. The Stages of Gum Disease The first stage of gum disease is called Gingivitis. During this stage, bacteria in…

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What Dental Filling is the Best for You?

An illustration of decaying teeth and cavities that require dental fillings.

When a section of tooth has been damaged by decay or a cavity, your dentist may recommend a dental filling. During this dental procedure, the decaying tooth material is removed and the area is filled in with material to restore the look and function of the tooth. Dental fillings can also be used to repair…

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The Anatomy of a Tooth

An illustration highlights various layers of a tooth.

The Anatomy of a Tooth An average adult human has a mouth full of 32 pearly whites. Except for wisdom teeth, adults have their full set of permanent teeth by the age of 13. Unlike our milk teeth, these 32 are meant to last a lifetime, and are made of the materials that with a…

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