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Are You Damaging Your Teeth with These 5 Habits?

We all care about our teeth and gums, but we could be damaging them with bad habits. All the brushing, flossing and rinsing in the world might not be able to reverse the impact—so be sure to avoid these five bad habits. Aggressive Toothpicks A classic staple of after-meal dental care, the toothpick is a great tool to clean out…

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Prevent Diabetes

Diabetes not only puts you at greater risk for eye, kidney and nerve complications, but also for gum disease and dental problems. If you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes, you already know that controlling your blood sugar is critical for your health. If you suspect you may have diabetes, make sure to talk to your health provider. One out of four…

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Emergency Dental Appointments: When to Seek Care

Dr. Michele Mattioli Dental emergencies happen – often at the worst time. You might be on a cruise when your temporary crown comes loose. Or, you could be visiting relatives out of state when your child knocks out one of their teeth. Sometimes, it’s OK to wait overnight to get to the dentist. In other situations, you should head to…

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Periodontal Disease: Prevention, Warning Signs

Nearly half of all adults over 30 in the United States have some form of periodontal disease – most commonly called gum disease. For people who are 65 and older, it’s much more common. Seven out of ten have periodontal disease, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Bacteria in the mouth cause periodontal disease. The bacteria…

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Summer Dental Health

Whether you’re staying home or traveling this break, make sure your family’s summer dental health care doesn’t take a holiday, too. Longer days, later bedtimes and the excitement and commotion of visiting relatives can throw off many parents and kids from their brushing and flossing routines. Make sure you stick to flossing and brushing your teeth twice a day no…

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Tooth Decay: Avoid Hidden Sugars in Your Drink

Most people avoid sugary drinks for the calories they contain, but here’s an equally important reason: they promote tooth decay. With every sweet sip you take, you’re creating an environment that makes it easy for cavities to develop. If you want to protect your teeth, the safest beverage choice you can make is to drink plain water. Unfortunately, many of…

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Flossing: Make it a daily habit

It doesn’t matter what kind of toothpaste or toothbrush you use, if flossing isn’t part of your daily routine, you’re not getting your teeth as clean as you could. Flossing benefits. Flossing cleans your teeth and gums where a toothbrush can’t reach. It gets rid of food and debris stuck between your teeth and beneath the gums. Flossing can help…

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Scaling and Root Planing

Wendy Steward, Registered Dental Hygienist At Konikoff Dentistry, we offer scaling and root planing – a non-surgical treatment for people who have an early stage of periodontitis, also known as gum disease. Nearly half of Americans over the age of 30 have periodontitis, according to federal health statistics. Gums that bleed, a bad taste in your mouth or gaps between…

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Dental Health During Pregnancy

Dr. Roberta L. Dobson Taking care of your dental health during pregnancy can help protect your baby’s health and your own. Ideally, you should have any dental concerns addressed before you get pregnant. That way, you don’t have to worry about whether you can take certain pain medications or antibiotics, if necessary. If you’re thinking about getting pregnant or know…

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First Dental Visit for Kids

Dr. Amy Namsupak As a new parent, you celebrate many firsts in your baby’s life: The first smile. The first giggle. The first tooth. These are just a few of the exciting milestones you’ll capture in baby books and pictures. When your baby’s first tooth erupts, which can happen as early as 6 months, it’s also time for another milestone:…

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