Will It Hurt to Go to the Dentist?

Will It Hurt to Go to the Dentist? Most of the time, it doesn’t hurt at all to go to the dentist. Visiting the dentist is not an unpleasant experience for most children. If you keep your teeth healthy by brushing and flossing every day, chances are better that you’ll only need to see the dentist to have them cleaned. …

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What Causes Bad Breath?

What Causes Bad Breath? Bad breath is usually caused by the breakdown of food in your body. The odors from that process are in your mouth and in your bloodstream and pass through your lungs as you breathe out. Brushing, flossing and mouthwash only hide bad breath. The bad breath goes away after you go to the bathroom. People who …

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What Are Cavities?

What Are Cavities? When you eat, food passes through your mouth. Here it meets germs or bacteria that live in your mouth. You may have heard the dentist talk about plaque. Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria. These bacteria love sugars and starches found in many foods, like soda pop, candy, ice cream, milk, and cakes. When you don’t …

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Mouth Guards

Mouth Guards Mouth guards are an important piece of gear for various other kinds of physical activities and sports-from rollerblading to downhill sledding. Hundreds of thousands injuries occur every year involving the face and mouth-injuries that many times could be avoided or minimized if a mouth guard had been worn, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Mouth guards …

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Water Picks

Water Picks There is never a suitable substitute for daily brushing and flossing. While some products, including water irrigation devices (or “water picks”), may be useful for specific applications, they do not accomplish one major task: removing plaque. Water picks use powerful tiny bursts of water to blast away food particles and other debris in hard-to-reach areas of your mouth. …

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Types of Floss

Types of Floss Dental floss comes in a variety of colors, materials and even flavors. Waxed varieties are slipperier, allowing people with extremely tight spaces between their teeth to floss more easily. Popular flavors of floss include wintergreen and cinnamon. Waxed floss does tend to fray more than unwaxed floss. A type of material called wide floss can be effective …

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Oral Health Products

Oral Health Products Visit any pharmacy or the health and beauty section of a supermarket today, and you are faced with a large, and many say confusing, array of over-the-counter remedies and devices designed to help you tend to your hygiene and health-care needs. There are many high-quality products on the market today. There also are many products of dubious …

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Your Rights as a Patient

Your Rights as a Patient You have a right to see the dentist every time you receive dental treatment. You have a right to ask about treatment alternatives and be told, in language you can understand, the advantages and disadvantages of each. You have a right to know the education and training of your dentist and the dental team. You …

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Dental Emergencies

Dental Emergencies A knocked out tooth or bitten tongue can cause panic in any parent, but quick thinking and staying calm are the best ways to approach such common dental emergencies and prevent additional unnecessary damage and costly dental restoration. This includes taking measures such as application of cold compresses to reduce swelling, and of course, contacting our office as …

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Medications

Medications Some dental procedures, such as tooth extractions and oral surgery, may call for our office to prescribe medications before or after a procedure. These medications are used to prevent or fight an infection, or to relieve any post-operative discomfort and pain. For these reasons, it is extremely important that you share your entire medical history – including any medications …

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