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Oral Health Basics: What Is Gum Disease?

Posted on 7/5/16 12:00 PM By John Schmidt

It’s important that you keep your gums healthy because they help support your teeth and act as an important barrier against bacteria.

Your gums are naturally pink and should not bleed after regular brushing, though you may see some temporary irritation after flossing for the first time in a while. Red and bleeding gums could be a sign that you’re beginning to enter the early stages gum disease.

As the early signs of gum disease don’t cause chronic pain, many individuals ignore the symptoms until it is too late. According to CDC data, close to half of adults 30 and over have some form of untreated periodontal disease — a number that only increases with age. Understanding the basics of periodontal disease can help you reverse the effects before the consequences become permanent.

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4 Products You Should Add to Your Oral Health Line-Up

Posted on 6/13/16 12:30 PM By John Schmidt

What hygiene products should you be using to maintain good oral health? Most of us know to use toothpaste and a toothbrush, but what kinds should you use? And are there other products that you should be using daily to prevent tooth decay and gun disease?

Yes, there are guidelines for what you should use. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends you use the following 4 products daily: an ADA-approved fluoride toothpaste, a soft-bristled toothbrush, an antimicrobial mouthwash and dental floss.

Today, let’s discuss the reasons for (and importance of) each.

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How Improving Your Oral Health Can Improve your Overall Health

Posted on 5/31/16 12:30 PM By John Schmidt

Many people are concerned about their health and wellness, but it’s astonishing how many people don’t think about oral health as being a part of overall health.

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 1 in 4 Americans between the ages of 20-44 suffers from untreated dental decay. And nearly 1 in 5 children have untreated cavities. Why so many? We all know that we’re supposed to brush twice a day and floss regularly. We all know that sugary foods and beverages can cause tooth decay. So what’s the issue?

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7 Ways Your Diet Can Make or Break Your Oral Health

Posted on 5/16/16 2:00 PM By John Schmidt

There’s truth to the old adage that “you are what you eat.”

We know that when we eat too many fatty and sugary junk foods, we gain weight and lose vitality. We know that we need to make sure that we get the right vitamins and minerals in our diets, or risk illness. Our choices for nutrition have heavy bearing on our overall wellness. But did you know that “you are what you eat” also applies to your oral health? It’s true.

Poor eating habits, meal timing and/or food choices can make your teeth and gums less healthy and put you at risk of developing tooth decay, gum disease, chronic bad breath and painful, sometimes life-threatening dental infections. Brushing twice a day and after meals, flossing daily, and going for regular dental checkups and cleanings are all important for maintaining good oral health. But so is good nutrition.

Today, let’s take a look at 7 ways that your diet could make or break your smile.

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How to Create a Solid Oral Health Plan in Minutes

Posted on 5/9/16 12:00 PM By John Schmidt

By adulthood, most Americans will have dealt with at least one cavity. For many people, tooth decay can begin in childhood and, if left untreated, steadily worsen until serious dental intervention — like a root canal or extraction — is needed. Although you probably won’t be able to avoid cavities completely, good oral health care practices give you the best chance at avoiding invasive dental procedures.

You can utilize the four following areas to create your own oral healthcare plan in just a few minutes.

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