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Bad Oral Health Fads

Fads aren't always about hairstyles and slang; they can also be about the way we take care of our bodies, including our teeth. It’s important to be able to tell the difference between something that is popular and something that has the support of the dental health community. That’s why we’re going to take a critical look at a few of the recent oral health fads.

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Retainers: Everything you need to know

Retainers are essential when it comes to making sure your teeth stay in perfect condition and alignment. Here is everything you need to know for optimal results in use and longevity of your appliance.

Why are Retainers Needed?

Teeth have a tendency to want to shift and move. Even as adults, teeth are inclined to shift forward over time.  Because of such tendencies, wearing a retainer after braces is critical for keeping the teeth in alignment and preventing the teeth from going back to pre-orthodontic treatment.

How long do I wear my retainer?

Since each orthodontic case is unique, the instructions for retainer wear after braces are as well.  A good rule of thumb is ...

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How to Get the Whole Family Excited about Their Smiles

It’s pretty rare to see people of any age get excited about brushing and flossing, but when you see the big picture and put it in perspective in a way that makes sense, taking care of your teeth can become a habit for the whole family.

We focus on family dentistry in our Orlando, FL dental practice to support healthy, lovely smiles at every age. 

Healthy Smiles Look Better

Puffy, bleeding gums can take away from an otherwise beautiful smile as can visible decay and cracks.

Did you know that we offer treatments for healthy gums? We also use tooth-colored fillings and crowns to blend in rather than take away from your smile. In ...

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Benefits of Seeking a Family Dentist

Family dentistry and general dentistry are often used interchangeably, but having a family dentist can mean so much more than just a place to have your teeth cleaned. We take family dentistry to the next level in our Orlando dental office to make everyone feel especially welcome and comfortable.

We Welcome Patients of All Ages

When a dental team treats patients throughout every stage of life, they become well-versed in identifying common oral conditions that tend to develop for children, teens, adults, and seniors. Family dentists also help patients prepare for changes to their oral health that come with age.

For children, that might mean cavity prevention. For teens, it could mean removing ...

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How You Can Floss Like Your Hygienist Does

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Your dentist and hygienist tell you to floss once a day, but do you know why or how to do it correctly?

Proper brushing and flossing work together to keep your teeth as clean as possible. Brushing removes the buildup of plaque from the surfaces of teeth and any loose particles of food. Flossing continues the job by getting in between teeth and cleaning where your brush can’t reach.

Why Floss Only Once a Day?

You brush twice a day, so you may wonder why you only need to floss once. Unlike your tooth surfaces, plaque and bacteria between teeth take about 24 hours to develop. So unless you have food stuck between ...

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The Crisis of Tooth Decay in Kids

Kid's Dentist in Orlando

What would you guess is the most common chronic childhood disease?

The answer is dental caries, better known as tooth decay. It is five times as common as asthma and seven times as common as hay fever.

But the bad news is that, according to statistics provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), dental caries is still the most common chronic disease among children between 6 and 11 and adolescents between 12 and 19. The good news is that dental caries is highly preventable.

Take Control of Your Child’s Oral Health

Stay a step ahead of dental caries by bringing your child for early dental visits when their first baby tooth ...

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Do You Clean Your Tongue? Why You Should and How to Do It

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Nearly everyone knows - even if not everyone does it – that toothbrushing twice a day is necessary to help protect and maintain your oral health. If you are already brushing according to instructions from your hygienist, congratulations. You’re taking a giant step toward a healthier smile.

But you may not know that cleaning your tongue at the same time is a good idea. There are several reasons for this:

Bacteria Causes Odors

Thousands of bacteria reside in your mouth, and while that might sound gross, not all of them are bad for your oral health. Some are present because they can fight off other microorganisms that cause disease.

While they can promote better ...

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