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Is Bottled Water Harming Your Teeth?

Is Bottled Water Harming Your Teeth?

Bottled water is incredibly convenient and keeps you hydrated while on-the-go, but is it good for your teeth? When it comes to drinking bottled water, you may be doing more harm than good on your enamel.

Learn how the pH of your bottled water might be working to damage your teeth.

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Mouthwash and pH: Is Mouthwash Good for Your Teeth?

Mouthwash and pH: Is Mouthwash Good for Your Teeth?

Who doesn’t love that clean, refreshing feeling that mouthwash gives you?

Choosing a healthy mouthwash or mouth rinse can be a good addition to your oral care plan. It can help to loosen debris or plaque from around your teeth and gums.

However, so can swishing with plain water. Also keep in mind that mouthwash is not a substitute for your regular routine of brushing twice a day, flossing once a day and visiting your dentist twice a year.

It’s also important to make sure you’re choosing a product that doesn’t do more harm than good.

Watch out for mouthwash with alcohol, which can dry out your mouth and may increase risk of tooth decay. In addition, an alcohol free mouthwash may be less likely to increase the acidity in your mouth.

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What’s the Relationship Between Periodontal Disease and Systemic Disease?

What’s the Relationship Between Periodontal Disease and Systemic Disease?

What’s the Relationship Between Periodontal Disease and Systemic Disease?

You may already know that periodontal disease — also called gum disease — can be a serious problem for your oral health.

Gum disease begins when hard plaque builds up on the gum line. If this plaque isn’t removed, it will lead to gingivitis, which is an early form of gum disease. Over time, untreated gum disease can increase your risk of tooth loss.

But how does gum disease affect your overall health? Are people with some medical conditions at special risk?

Let’s take a look at the relationship between periodontal disease and your systemic health. It’s just another reason why it’s so important to maintain healthy gums.

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How Do I Clean My Retainer?

How Do I Clean My Retainer?

If you’ve recently had your braces removed, your dentist may have prescribed a retainer.

A retainer simply helps your teeth stay in the correct position after treatment with braces. Your dentist will determine exactly how long you’ll need a retainer — you should expect to wear them for a year or longer.

Unfortunately, bacteria can grow on your retainer, which may lead to things like tooth decay or gum disease.

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What Are All-on-4 Dental Implants?

What Are All-on-4 Dental Implants?

Have you lost all of your teeth? If so, you’re far from alone.

According to the American College of Prosthodontists, about 40 million Americans have lost all of their natural teeth, including 30% of adults between the ages of 65 and 74.

Replacing your missing teeth is very important for a number of reasons. Not only can tooth loss affect your confidence, appearance and quality of life, but it may also affect your overall health. The American College of Prosthodontists reports that “the consequences of missing teeth include significant nutritional changes” which may increase your risk of obesity and other health conditions

In considering your tooth replacement options, have you asked your dentist about All-on-4 implants? Let’s take a look at this increasingly popular alternative to dentures.

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3 Tips for Choosing the Best Toothpaste

3 Tips for Choosing the Best Toothpaste

So, what is the best toothpaste? How do you decide which one to buy?

  • Are you still using the same brand you used as a child?
  • Do you just go with whatever your spouse or kids are using?
  • Or do you pick a different brand every time for the sake of variety?

With annual sales of about $1.5 billion, toothpaste is big business. And with so many toothpaste brands vying for your attention and your wallet, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. In fact, a survey by the American Dental Association (ADA) found that 56% of consumers admit to being confused about which dental products to buy.

To help you break through the clutter, we’ve put together a list of just 3 easy tips for deciding what toothpaste is best for your oral care needs.

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What Are the Benefits of Dental Implants?

What Are the Benefits of Dental Implants?

Top 5 Benefits of Dental Implants

If you’ve lost any teeth, or have one or more teeth in need of replacement, you may think that dentures are your only option.

But more and more people are discovering the advantages of dental implants for maintaining a healthy smile.

Let’s look at some of the benefits that have made dental implants one of the most preferred tooth replacement options today.

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