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How Can Acidic Foods Affect Your Teeth?

How Can Acidic Foods Affect Your Teeth?

When it comes to taking care of your teeth, most people know about the importance of brushing and flossing every day, getting regular dental checkups and avoiding too much sugar.

But did you ever think about how the rest of your diet might affect your teeth? Foods with high acidity can affect your smile but you can learn how to limit the damage.

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How Can You Avoid Common Problems with Dentures?

How Can You Avoid Common Problems with Dentures?

The American Academy of Periodontology reports that almost 25% of people 65 years and older have lost all of their teeth, with an even larger percentage having lost at least one. Although dentures can be very helpful for individuals with tooth loss, there are several common issues that can affect denture wearers.

Whether you are wearing full or partial dentures, it is important to know the most common problems associated with denture wear as well as some helpful habits for addressing them.

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How to Choose the Right Toothbrush

How to Choose the Right Toothbrush

The average American spends nearly 1,000 hours brushing their teeth over the course of a lifetime. With all that time spent brushing, it’s important to choose the right toothbrush!

But how do you decide? Here are four important criteria to consider when purchasing your next toothbrush.

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Help Your Child Avoid Baby Bottle Tooth Decay

Help Your Child Avoid Baby Bottle Tooth Decay

Like any new parent, you will do anything to give your baby a healthy start in life.

A key ingredient in your child’s wellbeing is good oral hygiene. Even at a young age this is very important because tooth decay is the leading chronic childhood disease, far outpacing other conditions like asthma, diabetes and obesity.

While you may be thinking about getting your kids to brush and floss, remember that dental care actually begins at birth, before your child’s first tooth appears and long before he or she can hold a toothbrush.

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Make Brushing and Flossing Fun for Kids in Three Simple Steps!

Make Brushing and Flossing Fun for Kids in Three Simple Steps!

You already know it is important for your child to brush and floss regularly. But did you know that tooth decay is the leading chronic childhood disease?

In fact, early childhood caries – such as decayed teeth, missing or loose teeth from decay or fillings by age six – are four times more common than childhood obesity, five times more common than asthma and 20 times more common than juvenile diabetes.

So how do you motivate your kids to develop good dental hygiene habits and avoid the many health risks that come with tooth decay?

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Need Simple, Affordable Dental Care? Join the Excel Dental Membership Club!

Need Simple, Affordable Dental Care? Join the Excel Dental Membership Club!

Are you looking for an easy way to access the affordable dental care your family needs without dental insurance?

The Excel Dental Membership Club has you covered! You’ll get complete dental care, including regular cleanings, doctor exams, x-rays, and emergency care, plus discounts on other services. Members pay for dental services by signing up for one of three monthly dental care payment plans.

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Get Your Smile Back Faster! The Latest in Dental Implant Technology

Get Your Smile Back Faster! The Latest in Dental Implant Technology

If you have experienced tooth loss or if you are at risk of losing one or more teeth, you are far from alone.

Did you know that only 34% of U.S. adults over the age of 40 have all of their natural permanent teeth? By the age of 65, almost one-fifth of Americans have lost all of their teeth.

For people affected by tooth loss, dental implants have emerged as a more comfortable and natural-looking alternative to traditional dentures, which used to be the most common solution. The American Academy of Implant Dentistry estimates that 3 million Americans have dental implants, with an additional half million people choosing them each year.

More than 10% of U.S. dentists, including Drs. Davis and Matthews of Excel Dental in Ozark, offer implants. Having the latest advances in implant technology means you may be able to get your smile back faster than ever before!

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What Are the Advantages of Oral Appliances for Sleep Apnea?

What Are the Advantages of Oral Appliances for Sleep Apnea?

In a previous blog, we talked about the common sleep disorder called sleep apnea and how oral appliances may be able to help.

If you are affected by this problem, you are far from alone. Did you know that an estimated 70 million U.S. adults are affected by sleep disorders including sleep apnea? About 4 out of every 100 middle-aged men and 2 out of every 100 middle-aged women have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), according to the National Institutes of Health.

Sleep apnea literally means “cessation of breath.” OSA occurs when the muscles of your throat relax and narrow during sleep, blocking your airway as you try to breathe. This blockage leads to snoring sounds and jerking as the patient gasps to reopen his or her airway. OSA prevents a restful night’s sleep, and over time, increases your risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes and stroke.

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Treat Yourself to a White Smile This New Year

Springfield, MO – Are you embarrassed by your less than white smile? Smile bigger than ever before by treating yourself to tooth whitening and enter the new year happy to show off those pearly whites.

Clean Teeth“There is no reason to be dissatisfied with the color of your teeth,” says Dr. Tracy Davis of Excel Dental. “Tooth whitening is an easy way to correct the color of your teeth, making your smile more beautiful than ever before.”

There are several reasons why a patient may choose tooth bleaching. Perhaps the patient has spots on their teeth due to excessive fluoride intake at the time their teeth were developing. Or perhaps the daily cup of coffee a patient enjoys has left her teeth stained. And sometimes the outer layer of enamel on our teeth just begins to show its wear, resulting in a less than white appearance.

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