The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on Americans’ personal health — and not just due to the virus’ respiratory, gastrointestinal, and neurological symptoms. A large part of the reason why COVID has impacted personal wellness is due to the fact that patients have delayed their visits to medical professionals due to fear of contracting the virus. According to a 2020 report published by the CDC, “an estimated 41% of U.S. adults had delayed or avoided medical care including urgent or emergency care (12%) and routine care (32%).” Such delays have disproportionally affected dentists with the WHO stating that “75 percent of survey respondents reported dental services have been completely or partially disrupted because of the coronavirus.” Continue reading “Oral Care During COVID: What You Can Do From Home”
The time, care, and money you invest in your Invisalign aligners will pay off over a lifetime. For best results, you need to take care of your teeth and your aligners daily. Some patients are careless with their Invisalign trays, resulting in expensive replacements or a less than desired experience. Here are some tips for caring for your Invisalign trays to help you achieve a beautiful smile. Continue reading “Proper Care for Your Invisalign Retainer”
You have probably heard that fluoride is beneficial to building strong teeth and preventing cavities, but you may not understand how it works or when to use it. Within this article, we’ll explore the benefits of fluoride and how to use it to improve your family’s oral health. Continue reading “Should You Opt-In or Out of Fluoride Treatments?”
A good daily mouth care routine is necessary for your dental health. Brushing your teeth at least twice daily, flossing daily, and using mouthwash is a healthy habit for most people. But is mouthwash necessary? The answer is a qualified yes — and no. The American Dental Association states that “use of mouthwash (also called mouthrinse) may be a helpful addition to the daily oral hygiene routine for some people.”
Let’s start by exploring what mouthwash does for you and when you should use it. Continue reading “Is Mouthwash Necessary?”
Is flossing really necessary? So many people skip flossing on occasion or altogether and recent news reports have cast some doubts on the value of flossing. So, we thought it a good time to address this question here. We believe that flossing is a vital step to a healthy mouth and it is often overlooked. Taking a few extra minutes every day to make sure your mouth is completely clean is worth the effort. Continue reading “Flossing Recommendations for a Healthy Mouth”
Oral health is an important component of an overall healthy lifestyle that extends far beyond the mouth. The way that you treat your teeth will affect how your body treats you. People who do not brush, floss, or swish mouthwash frequently can put themselves at risk for serious oral and other health complications later in life. While hotly debated, poor oral health has even been tied to issues that include heart attacks, diabetes and even strokes. Continue reading “The Importance of Oral Health”
Many adults do not like going to the dentist. However, as anxiety-producing as it can be to sit in that chair, the results of regularly visiting your dentist cannot be beat. It should come as no surprise that the same is true for children.
Ensuring that your kids develop good tooth brushing habits is one of the best preventative measures you can take to ensure the longevity of their teeth. Of course, making sure that your child regularly visits the dentist for check-ups is also an important component of instilling oral health habits to last a lifetime. Here are a few tips to prepare your child for their first visit to the dentist’s office and set them up for success. Continue reading “Your Child’s First Trip to the Dentist”
Not only is bad breath embarrassing, but when it’s caused by an underlying dental or oral condition, it can be a difficult problem to fix!
For some, bad breath, also known as halitosis, is a lingering problem that can inhibit a person’s self confidence. Continue reading “Got Bad Breath? Find Out Why & How to Fix It”
Tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the human body, made up of water, organic matter and 96% calcium phosphate crystals. Enamel is also free from nerves and blood vessels. For this reason, regeneration and repair is impossible, so it’s important to care for the enamel you have! Caring for your enamel is also important because it acts as an excellent first line of defense against bacteria, acid and other threats to your teeth.
Establishing good dental hygiene at an early age can set your child up for dental success! Even though baby teeth are bound to fall out, it’s still really important that you take steps to brush your child’s teeth (before they are able) and supervise the brushing habits of toddlers and young children.