Dental Care

Does the Doctor Check for Oral Cancer?

By Eric Jones / August 5, 2019

Yes, we do. Dentists and hygienists are your first line of defense in detecting and treating oral cancer. Each year in the US, approximately 30,000 people are newly diagnosed with oral cancer. Worldwide, the problem is far greater, with new cases annually approaching 300,000. In the US alone, a person dies from oral cancer every…

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Why Is It Important to Have Regular Teeth Cleaning?

By Eric Jones / August 5, 2019

Did you know “teeth cleaning” does more than just clean your teeth? Removing plaque is absolutely essential if you want to preserve your teeth. It builds upon the tooth surfaces and between the teeth. Brushing and flossing are, of course, vital, but everyone needs their teeth professionally cleaned on a regular basis. Remember – only…

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I Think I Grind My Teeth at Night. What Can I Do About This?

By Eric Jones / August 5, 2019

Do you wake up with pain in your jaws or a persistent headache? If so, you may be grinding (called bruxing) while you sleep. Persistent bruxing can damage teeth and cause them to get shorter and shorter. It can also damage your temporomandibular (jaw) joints and even affect your hearing. If you suspect that you…

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My 12-Year-Old Likes to Chew Ice. Is This Harmful?

By Eric Jones / August 5, 2019

Tooth enamel is very hard, but that doesn’t mean you can’t break it. Try to avoid eating “hard foods” such as popcorn. Don’t crack nut shells with your teeth or chew on ice. Opening packages with your teeth can also damage the enamel.

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Why Are Soft Drinks Bad for Your Teeth?

By Eric Jones / August 5, 2019

Sugar and acids are your teeth’s worst enemies. What are we talking about? Soft drinks, energy drinks, fruit juices, and candy. Because of the acid content, Mountain Dew seems to be the worst of the worst. Dentists even have a name for the damage it does – they call it “Dew Mouth.” These soften the…

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Is Fluoride Bad for You?

By Eric Jones / August 5, 2019

Fluoride is fine… in small amounts. Excessive fluoride can cause tooth enamel irregularities. Young children, especially, often swallow too much toothpaste while brushing. So parents, supervise your young kids while they brush. Kids (and even adults) often use way too much toothpaste (a pea-size drop is a plenty). A little goes a long way.

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