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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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Five Ways to Scare Away Tooth Decay this Halloween

Five Ways to Scare Away Tooth Decay this Halloween

Who doesn’t love indulging in all that Halloween candy after an exciting night of trick-or-treating?

The frightening truth is that too much sugar can come back to haunt you in the form of tooth decay, long after the jack-o-lantern has left the front porch.

Here are five secrets for ghosts and goblins of all ages to enjoy a few spooky treats and keep that smile sparkling.

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Do You Have Sleep Apnea?

Do You Have Sleep Apnea?

Do you have trouble with snoring or staying asleep at night? Do you feel tired during the day even after a full night’s sleep?

If so, you may be one of about 12 million Americans with sleep apnea.

But how do you know if you’re one of them? Here are some of the most commonly reported symptoms of sleep apnea.

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Three Keys to Preventative Dental Care

Three Keys to Preventative Dental Care

Approximately 80% of all Americans have had at least one cavity by age 34. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, dental caries affect all ages. About 20% of children from 5 to 11 have untreated tooth decay, along with 13% of teens and 27% of adults.

What can be done to avoid the pain, discomfort and financial cost associated with tooth decay and gum disease? The American Dental Association says that quality preventative dental care is the key to achieving good oral health for both children and adults.

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