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Why Does My Dentist Want to Seal My Child's Teeth?

Posted on 8/9/17 11:30 AM By John Schmidt

Taking your child to the dentist seems like it should be a pretty straightforward appointment: get in the dentist’s chair, get teeth counted and have them thoroughly flossed and cleaned. Maybe it will be time for a fluoride treatment or some x-rays to check for decay that isn't immediately visible. Sometimes, though, what you imagine to be a routine visit turns out to include techniques and recommendations that you aren't aware of — like dental sealant. We take the guesswork out of this common dental procedure with our helpful guide below.

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How to Eat for Better Dental Health

Posted on 7/26/17 9:00 AM By John Schmidt

What you eat matters. It's a concept that people are taking much more seriously these days, but what about your teeth and gums? What do they need to stay strong? When you're planning that healthy diet for you and your family, what foods are you including to inspire first-rate oral health? The nutrients that support growing muscles and bones may not be enough to meet that goal. Consider four ways you can eat for better dental health.

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7 Ways to Get Your Kids Interested in Oral Hygiene

Posted on 3/29/17 1:30 PM By John Schmidt

You know how important dental care is for your kids—both for their health now and well into the future. What's not so easy sometimes is convincing your children of this fact. The following strategies are designed to get this message across in a way that's just as fun as it is effective.

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How to Find Dental Care That Won't Disrupt Your Schedule

Posted on 3/22/17 12:00 PM By John Schmidt

It can be difficult to prioritize your dental care when you’re already being pulled in so many different directions, but putting off dental care when you need it can make a small problem much bigger (and more time-consuming). That’s why it is so important to find a dental care provider that won’t disrupt your schedule.

If you want to find a great dentist who will value your time, make sure you ask the following questions.

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These Dental Care Tips Help Minimize Your Routine

Posted on 3/1/17 1:30 PM By John Schmidt

Life can be hectic. When you’re juggling a full-time job, raising children and trying to keep up with all their activities, it can be hard to find the time to be proactive about dental care – for you or your children. And when you’re not proactive, that can lead to serious dental problems down the road that further hijack your schedule.

These time-saving tips can make managing your dental care easier, from the administrative issues of scheduling appointments, to saving time on daily dental care, to little things you can do every day to maintain good dental health.

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Try These Reduced Sugar Recipes and Reap the Dental Health Benefits

Posted on 2/22/17 11:30 AM By John Schmidt

You probably already know that eating less sugar means healthier teeth, but here's why: Plaque is forming on your teeth at all times. This is a natural occurrence that no amount of brushing or saliva can stop. The bacteria in plaque feeds on sugar, forming acids that eat away at your tooth enamel, causing cavities. These acids take only 20 seconds to form and last for half an hour.

Fear not. Eating less sugar as part of a good routine for oral hygiene will keep plaque and acid from giving you bad oral health. Here are a few reduced sugar recipes that you can use in your diet to keep acids low and tastiness high!

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I Have Discoloration Between My Teeth. Is It a Cavity?

Posted on 2/15/17 1:30 PM By John Schmidt

Is every spot on your tooth a sign that you have a cavity? Probably not, but it’s a good idea to keep an eye on those discolored spots. While not all tooth discoloration requires an immediate trip to the dentist, if you’re worried that you might be starting to get a cavity, you should always have your dentist take a look and educate yourself on what can cause staining and when that discoloration is a sign that there’s an underlying problem you need to have address as soon as possible.

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5 Chronic Conditions That Impact Your Oral Health

Posted on 8/1/16 1:30 PM By John Schmidt

Did you know that the health of your mouth is affected not only by what you eat and drink, but also by how well you manage chronic health conditions?

It’s true. Diseases that, at first glance, might seem to have nothing to do with your teeth and gums can, in fact, be key factors influencing your overall oral health. Heart disease. Diabetes. Overactive thyroid. Chronic hypocalcemia. Osteoporosis. Believe it or not, these and other chronic conditions can negatively affect your teeth and gums.

Today, let’s take a look at 5 chronic conditions you need to proactively manage, with the help of your doctors, in order to keep your smile beautiful.

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What to Do if Your Preventative Oral Health Routine Isn't Working

Posted on 7/25/16 12:30 PM By John Schmidt

Sometimes, despite your best efforts, tooth decay and gum disease can crop up. It might not be anything you did wrong. As we age, cavities get more and more difficult for us to avoid, even if we’re consistent in our oral health care routines. Stress, minute changes in diet or nutrition, or even recent illnesses can set decay processes in motion.

So what do you do when your preventative measures — like brushing twice daily, flossing daily, rinsing with mouthwash and chewing sugarless gum after meals — stop working? Let’s talk about that today and hash out a plan.

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3 Habits That Dramatically Improve Your Oral Health

Posted on 7/18/16 3:00 PM By Jeff Erickson

OK, so maybe you haven’t always been so diligent about brushing your teeth, flossing, going to the dentist . . . Maybe you’re just now getting serious about improving your oral health. No worries.

It’s not hard to get back on track. Maintaining the health of your teeth and gums isn’t difficult — it just needs to be part of your routine. Today, let’s take a moment to talk about 3 simple additions to your daily routine that you can make to get you on the road to having a bright, healthy smile.

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