Don’t Stop Flossing

The FDA is continually changing its recommendations and guidelines, and with good reason most of the time. As new scientific research becomes available the changes drive the content of their guidelines.Recently the FDA has removed the recommendation of flossing daily that has been in place since 1979. The 36 year old recommendation was removed somewhat […]

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The New Scary Trend Happening Worldwide

A new trend is occurring all over the world. People are using emergency rooms for their Oral health care. This could be due to a lack of health insurance and funds. Low income to middle class families are choosing to visit the emergency room for tooth extractions instead of a private dentist. Visits to hospital […]

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Pilgrims, Indians, and the First Teeth to Eat a Thanksgiving Feast

  Pilgrims and Indians — both sat down to an enormous Thanksgiving feast — but who enjoyed it most?  Thanks to their healthy diets and, in turn, healthy teeth, it was the Indians who got to dive in and savor every bite.  Neither the Pilgrims nor the Native Americans had access to the modern day luxury of […]

The Psychological Consequences of Bad Teeth

It’s easy to see the physical benefits of good teeth – proper chewing (which allows for a good diet), sleeping well (without chronic pain from toothaches), and speaking properly (without any mouth deformities that cause speech impediments). But have you ever thought about the social and psychological benefits?  If you have nice, straight teeth, probably […]

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Are Cavities Really Contagious?

Surprisingly, yes.  The #1 chronic childhood disease – dental caries or cavities – is actually an infectious disease. Moreover, since babies spend a whopping majority of their time with their mothers, it’s likely that they “catch” tooth decay from them.   In fact, a study conducted by the University of Queensland’s School of Dentistry in Australia […]

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Dental Care Before, During, and After Your Pregnancy

Congratulations on your pregnancy!  The next few months will be a whirlwind of activity – sharing the exciting news with your friends and family, picking out baby names, setting up the perfect nursery – and we’ve got one more task you should add to your to-do list. Get your teeth cleaned.   Before You Get […]

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The #1 Key to Your Child’s Oral Health

Children today have a much better shot at a lifetime of good oral health than their parents did simply because of the recent improvements in treatments, including fluoride and sealants. ORAL HEALTH STARTS WITH YOU Want your child to have a healthy grin? You can start working on that even before you they crack their […]

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Medical or Cosmetic: Are Braces Really Necessary?

Anywhere between 50% and 80% of kids in the US are flashing metal-filled, rite-of-passage-to-teenagerdom smiles. But how many of those kids absolutely needed braces for medical reasons? It’s hard to say.  A thought-provoking article by Marc Ackerman, the Director of Orthodontics at the Boston Children’s Hospital, explained, “In simple terms, we orthodontists are able to […]

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The Tooth-y Two’s: How to Care for Your Toddler’s Teeth

Ahhh, the terrific two's. (That is the saying, right?) By now your child is sprouting some pearly whites, you've already been in to see the dentist a couple of times, and you're engaged in the full-on battle of brushing each and every day. Keep it up, Mom & Dad!  Sometimes the tears can be a […]

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Everything You Need to Know About Caring for Braces

A smile is priceless. (Remember that, Mom and Dad, when the first orthodontist bill arrives!) And a straight smile is one of the best things any parent can give their child. Now that your child has braces, here are a few tips & tricks for taking care of them and – more importantly – for […]

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