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How to Inspire Yourself to Adapt to a New Hygiene Routine

Posted on 5/29/2020 by Karl Olson
Adapting to a new dental hygiene program can make a big difference in your life. After all, a person's smile speaks volumes. That is why you want to make sure you keep your teeth and gums in good shape and schedule regular dental exams and cleanings. The following information can be used to inspire you to practice good oral health habits for the rest of your life. Tips that Work in Maintaining a Brighter Smile If you want to make brushing and good oral hygiene a habit, we suggest that you add a reminder on your phone. That way, you can have an easier time of getting into the habit of good dental care. You might also think of creating a smile journal – one where you can add the things that make you smile and what you would like to do to improve your current smile. It also helps to invest in your smile. For example, maybe you would like to straighten your teeth. If so, find out how you can pay for a service, such as Invisalign, and arrange a time for a consultation. Find Dental Aids that Make Brushing Fun If you want to get involved in better dental hygiene, you also have to consider the dental accessories you are using. The best way to do this is to start with your toothpaste. Find a brand and product that tastes good and makes you look forward to using it. You should also consider buying a water flosser. Using this type of system permits you to rinse off the residue that brushing and traditional flossing leaves behind. Also, think about how money you can save by making it a habit to brush and floss daily. You will experience fewer fillings or restorations and can direct that money to a dream vacation or to a similar fun activity. Just don't forget to take your toothbrush. We want you to feel good about taking care of your gums and teeth. That is why we do everything we can to make our dental customers feel comfortable. In fact, some of our patients brush with their partner, or wife or husband, and never develop an excuse not to brush. When you have a brushing buddy at-home, you can make dental care a routine habit for life. Call us today to schedule a check-up and cleaning....
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Uncommon Causes of Severe Oral Pain

Posted on 5/15/2020 by Karl Olson
While most of us relate oral pain to a toothache, severe oral pain can also have origins that may surprise us. In any event, you still need to contact our office and schedule an assessment. While severe decay or an abscess usually triggers oral pain, any severe oral discomfort can have other origins too. The following information will give you more details on the reasons for dental pain. [[[2:What Causes a Toothache besides a Disease?]]] A toothache or throbbing pain in the jaw may result for another reason besides dental decay. For example, you may experience tooth pain if you bite into something hard or you use the wrong technique when flossing. Something may get stuck between the teeth that irritates the tooth and gum as well. Also, children may experience tooth pain, which is part of developing. Other reasons for severe oral pain are not so clear-cut and must be assessed and diagnosed by us. What Conditions Cause Oral Pain that are not Associated with Decay? You can experience oral pain from a canker sore. This sore appears at the base of the gum and may cause you to feel extreme discomfort. Temporomandibular joint pain (TMJ) may cause severe oral pain too, which results from poor tooth and jaw alignment, dislocation of the jaw, or arthritis. In some cases, the pain may be due to bruxism, which is a severe grinding of the teeth. If you are taking certain medicines, they may cause dry mouth, which can cause mouth soreness and pain. Burning mouth syndrome (BMS) is yet another reason you may experience oral pain. BMS symptoms include a burning sensation in the mouth and changes in taste. Thrush, which is a fungal infection, also causes discomfort, and may result from a bacterial imbalance or dry mouth. You will see whitish spots inside the mouth, including the tongue. Regardless of the reason for oral pain, you always need to contact our office for an examination immediately. Help us help you support better dental health by seeing us regularly. Schedule checkups and exams every six months to make the most of your smile and oral well-being. We can be contacted just about any time. Make it your goal to keep your teeth and gums healthy and free of dental pain....
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Tips for Keeping Your New Veneers Pristine

Posted on 4/25/2020 by Karl Olson
You just received new porcelain veneers. They look great! To keep them looking good, you need to follow an oral health routine and diet that will keep your new teeth intact and beautiful. The following information will give you more details on keeping your new veneers looking their best.What Are Veneers?Before you learn the basics of veneer care, it helps to define veneers. Veneers are customized thin porcelain shells that are applied to the front teeth to enhance a person's smile and appearance. Veneers are used to repair, discolored, misaligned, chipped, and misshapen teeth. Veneers are bonded to teeth after a small amount of the tooth's enamel is shaved off the front teeth. This has to be done to make sure that the veneers fit properly.What Habits Should I Follow to Keep My Veneers Looking Good?To care for your new teeth, you should follow three basic practices – practices that you should follow with your natural teeth. Brush the veneers twice a day, preferably morning and at night, before you go to sleep, floss the teeth at least once daily, preferably after a meal, and rinse with an antiseptic mouthwash to prevent plaque and bacteria build-up. By taking these measures, your veneers will last a long time. Don't be shy about brushing or flossing the new teeth, as they are made to handle the pressure. By taking the above measures, you will experience better dental checkups and maintain your new pearly whites. You also need to visit our office every six months for an exam and cleaning. That way, you can be assured that any issues can be addressed early. We want to support your dental goals and health. Give us a call today or visit our office to learn more about veneers and how they can enhance your smile. Make it your goal to observe better dental health practices and restore a worn or faded smile with veneers or a similar restoration....
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All Posts:
How to Inspire Yourself to Adapt to a New Hygiene Routine
5/29/2020
Uncommon Causes of Severe Oral Pain
5/15/2020
Tips for Keeping Your New Veneers Pristine
4/25/2020
Things to Never Do if You Have Veneers
4/15/2020
Smokeless Tobacco May do More Damage Than You Think
3/25/2020
How Long is the Right Amount of Time to Brush?
3/15/2020
Is Baking Soda a Necessary Ingredient in Toothpaste?
2/29/2020
How to Respond if a Tooth Gets Knocked Out
2/15/2020
How to Keep Teeth Safe When Playing Sports
1/25/2020
What Are the Most Common Reasons People Fear Coming to See Us?
1/15/2020
Which Drinks Can Discolor Your Teeth Most?
12/25/2019
Where Acids Could Be Hiding in Your Daily Diet
12/15/2019
How We Can Help You With Erupting Wisdom Teeth
11/25/2019
Keeping Your Toothbrush Healthy
11/15/2019
The Difference Between Panoramic X-Rays and Digital X-Rays
10/25/2019
Why a Healthy Mouth During Cancer Treatment is So Important?
10/15/2019
Some People Do Not Need to Have Their Wisdom Teeth Extracted
9/25/2019
The Basics of Bruxism - Should You Be Worried?
9/15/2019
How Fillings Can Help Decrease Tooth Sensitivity
8/25/2019
Make Sure Your Teeth Have Help Staying White
8/15/2019
Are Your Gums Trying to Tell You About an Underlying Illness?
7/23/2019
Relieving the Harmful Effects of Chronic Dry Mouth Can Start with Water
7/13/2019
Soothing Burn Pain in Your Mouth
6/25/2019
Signs You Need to Improve Your Brushing Technique
6/15/2019
Which New Patient Questions Should You Always Ask When Going to a New Dental Office?
5/25/2019
What Stress Does to Your Gums
5/15/2019
Ideal Dental Goals for 2019
4/25/2019
How Your Tongue Affects Your Breath
4/15/2019
Ways of Getting Your Smile Ready for Photographs
3/30/2019
There Are Many Myths About Root Canals - Do Not Let Them Stop You From Getting Treatment!
3/20/2019
Dental Reviews Can Help You Find the Right Dentist
2/28/2019
Could Sound Reduction Reduce Your Dental Anxiety?
2/20/2019
Questions to Ask the Hygienist at Your Next Appointment
1/30/2019
Problems You May Face with Overlapping Teeth
1/20/2019
What Dry Mouth Can Do to Your Teeth
12/30/2018
What Does the Most Damage to Your Tooth's Enamel?
12/20/2018
Common Procedures That Fall Under Restorative Dentistry
11/30/2018
Caring for Elderly Teeth is Different than Young Adult Teeth
11/20/2018
Recovering from Receding Gums
10/20/2018
Do Some People Tend to Get More Cavities?
9/30/2018
Can Your Bite Get Adjusted?
9/20/2018
Ways of Explaining Dental Pain When You Come See Us
8/30/2018
Uncommon Things That Erode Your Enamel
8/20/2018
Things to Do to Decrease Tooth Sensitivity Between Visits to Our Office
7/20/2018
How Long Does a Socket Take to Heal?
7/10/2018
Composite Resin Allows You to Get Veneers Without the Trimming!
6/23/2018
Chewing Tobacco Hurts More Than Just Your Teeth
6/13/2018
Do Some Foods Clean Off Common Dental Stains?
5/23/2018
Do Dental Chips Need Repair?
5/13/2018
Should You Make Homemade Mouthwash?
10/30/2010

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