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Side-Effects: Medications And Oral Health

MEDICAL PROBLEMS ARE things none of us ask for but many of us have, and with medical problems come medications. Unfortunately, along with medications come side-effects, and these often have a negative impact on oral health.
 

The Delicate Balance Of Our Mouths

Our oral health does best when our mouths can stay close to a neutral pH — neither acidic nor basic. The food and drink we consume tends to temporarily disrupt this pH balance, and so does medicine. When children eat chewable vitamins or drink syrupy medicine that contains sugar, it feeds their oral bacteria, which excrete acid onto their teeth. This acid wears away at their tooth enamel.

Another common problem with ...

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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

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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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Does "No Sugar Added" Mean No Sugar?

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Today, fitness is a priority for many people. More people than ever are staying active, taking vitamins and supplements, and being vigilant about the food and drink we put in our bodies.

Food manufacturers know this, of course. They want you to buy their packaged products, so they find ways to market them to be a healthy choice when that’s often not the case.

Many Foods are Naturally High in Sugar

Sugar in foods is an excellent example. Today you’ll see many packaged foods with “No Sugar Added” or ...

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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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Why You Should NOT Use Super Glue on Your Teeth

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There are several reasons why attempting to be your own dentist or using chemicals that are not designed for use in the mouth are a bad idea.  Recently we had a patient come into the office who had a crown and post come off of his front tooth 3 weeks earlier. Since the tooth had a root canal the patient had no pain and figured he would save a visit to the dentist by using superglue to put it back in. When he put the crown back in it was slightly out of position and when he closed his teeth together he only contacted on the one tooth he ...

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The Process of Creating Porcelain Veneers: 3 Steps to a Smile You Can't Wait to Show Off

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Even if everything else in your life is sailing along just fine, esthetic dental flaws can make you feel self-conscious. You want to smile confidently around friends and co-workers, but it’s difficult when you’re convinced that all anyone’s noticing about you is a less than perfect smile.

Dental flaws come in all shapes and sizes; you may have a chipped tooth or uneven gaps and spaces between teeth. One thing all these issues have in common, though, is that they can easily be addressed with porcelain veneers.

What Veneers Can Do for Your Smile

A veneer is a tooth-shaped shell of porcelain that is affixed to the front of a tooth to create ...

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