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New Years Resolutions

Dr. Megan Mazzarella The start of the New Year is an opportunity to make some healthy changes that can not only improve your dental health, but your overall health as well. If you’ve been neglecting your oral health, consider these five dental health resolutions that can reduce your risk for tooth decay, gum disease and oral cancer. Make a commitment…

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Teeth Stains: Top Foods, Drinks to Limit

If you have yellow teeth or stains, one whitening treatment at your dentist’s office may be all it takes to make your smile several shades lighter and brighter. To protect your whitened teeth, you’ll want to avoid certain foods and drinks that stain teeth – or only enjoy them in moderation. Check out these top stain producers. Coffee stains are…

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Oral Hygiene: 5 Holiday Tips

With so much going on during the busy holiday season, it’s more important than ever to practice good oral hygiene. Whether you’re traveling out of town, preparing for visiting relatives or running last minute errands, don’t get overwhelmed by the holiday hustle and forget to take care of your teeth. By planning ahead and sticking to healthy habits, you can…

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Tongue Brushing: Brush Away Bad Breath

After you brush your teeth every morning, don’t put your toothbrush away. Give your tongue a good brushing, too. It may make your breath smell better. Bacteria love to grow on your tongue. It’s easy to forget about tongue brushing – until you realize this is where bacteria that produce foul odors thrive. When you don’t brush your tongue, leftover…

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Avoid Bruxism

Holiday Stress: Avoid Bruxism Despite our best intentions, holiday stress can creep up on us when we’re supposed to be enjoying the festivities with our families. A long holiday to-do list, visiting houseguests and constant shopping often leave many of us feeling uptight and stressed out. Too much stress can ruin the holidays; it can also bring on dental health…

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Protect Baby Teeth: Avoid Juice

Dr. Ashley Sara Most of the parents I meet understand the importance of brushing their children’s baby teeth to prevent cavities. Unfortunately, too many of them are not aware that one of the biggest culprits of tooth decay is sitting right in their fridge: juice. It’s easy to understand why parents make this mistake. Marketing companies misleadingly tout juice as…

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Quit Smoking: Improve Your Oral Health

Taking action to quit smoking is one of the best things you can do to improve your oral health and prevent gum disease. While most people know that smoking puts you at greater risk for cancer and heart disease, fewer are aware of its connection to dental health problems such as periodontitis — gum disease. In fact, smoking is one…

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Diabetes: Prevent Gum Disease

If you have diabetes, keeping your blood sugar levels in check can help prevent gum disease. It’s important advice that health officials repeat every November as part of American Diabetes Month®. Although roughly 1 in 11 people have diabetes in the United States, many struggle to manage this chronic illness and are unaware of the relationship between diabetes and gum…

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Stomach Acid Damages Teeth

Heartburn. Morning sickness. Vomiting. Stomach acid can ruin your teeth if you’re not careful. It’s normal to want to get rid of that awful taste in your mouth. Unfortunately, immediately reaching for your toothbrush is one of the last things you should do. Stomach acid ruins tooth enamel. Stomach acid, which has a PH of 1 or 2, can destroy…

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Dry Mouth: Simple Changes Can Make a Big Difference

Dry mouth is a pretty common experience for people who might be nervous about an upcoming job interview or an important speech they need to give. While it’s normal to occasionally have dry mouth, make sure you talk to your dentist about it if you notice that your mouth often feels like it isn’t wet. Having dry mouth can increase…

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