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Cavity Prevention: 4 Things You Should Know About Candy

For many people, October marks the beginning of a candy parade that begins with Halloween and ends months later with Valentine’s Day. Let’s face it, it’s hard to always say no when everywhere you turn, someone is offering you a piece of candy. If you have trick-or-treaters in your home, the temptation may be even harder to resist. Not only…

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Oral Health: Four Things Your Hygienist Wants You to Know

Your oral health has a direct connection to your overall health. Taking care of your teeth and your gums helps prevent oral infections, which can spread to other parts of your body. As part of National Dental Hygiene Month, dental hygienists nationwide are reminding their patients of four basic things they can do to improve their oral health. Follow these…

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Jaw Pain: 6 Reasons to See a Dentist

Millions of Americans wake up every morning with jaw pain. If you notice tenderness in your jaw, pain when you bite or endure frequent headaches, make sure to schedule an appointment with your dentist. Although some causes of jaw pain are temporary and go away on their own, you may be experiencing the first symptoms of a serious dental problem.…

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Custom-made Mouth Guards Prevent Fall Sports Injuries

Custom-made mouth guards play an important role in preventing sports injuries. If your child is playing sports this fall, chances are they need a custom-made mouth guard. More than 5 million teeth are knocked out or injured every year, costing the American public $500 million, according to a study in the journal Sports Health. Dentists and dental organizations agree that…

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Invisalign Health Benefits

Dr. Joshua O. Miranda A wonderful surprise to straightening your teeth with Invisalign clear aligners is discovering the health benefits that come with a confident smile. Having your teeth in proper alignment not only fixes gaps and crooked teeth, it also promotes good dental health. Invisalign can give you the smile you’ve always wanted. Unlike traditional wire braces and brackets,…

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What causes bad breath?

If you have bad breath and you haven’t been eating onions or garlic, it may be a sign that you have gum disease, tooth decay or an underlying medical issue. Bad breath – halitosis — can be embarrassing, but it’s important not to ignore it. Poor oral hygiene is one of the most common reasons people have bad breath. If…

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Gingivitis: Mild Gum Disease

Gingivitis, a mild form of gum disease, can lead to periodontitis if it’s not treated. If your dentist or hygienist tells you that you have gingivitis, make sure you treat it. At this stage, gingivitis usually can be reversed. Gingivitis symptoms may not be obvious. Unlike advanced gum disease, gingivitis symptoms are not as noticeable to most people. As the…

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Receding Gums: More than a cosmetic problem

Dr. Krystie Niver Receding gums can make your teeth appear longer and set the stage for many oral health problems. If you’ve noticed that you have receding gums, it’s time to head to your dentist. Although receding gums won’t go back on their own, your dentist can pinpoint the cause to help you stop your gums from further recession. Improve…

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Power Vs. Manual Toothbrush

When it comes to choosing between a manual and a power toothbrush, it’s easy to get a little overwhelmed with the number of choices available today. Do you need one that focuses on gum health and gingivitis? Perhaps your biggest concern is removing plaque. Or, maybe you’re looking for a toothbrush that could make your teeth whiter. Ask a pro…

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Getting Your Kids to Brush

Creating a good oral care habit for your child is not only crucial to their bright smile, but also to their health. At Konikoff Dentistry, we understand kids can be resistant to brushing. We’ve found these five techniques have helped countless kids get into lifelong brushing habits. Positive Reinforcement When your child brushes their teeth, let them know how proud you…

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