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Spring Into a Fresh Smile: Tips for Giving Your Teeth a Spring Cleaning

March 15, 2024

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Patient enjoying the air with a fresh smile

Breathe deep, and release. Ahh! Spring is here, and with it, the need for a fresh start after the colder months have passed. As tradition dictates, now is the time to sweep, mop, and dust your house in a frenzy. But something seems to be missing. What about caring for your teeth for a fresh smile as well?

If you want a glamorous grin and sweet-smelling breath to get in the spirit of the season, continue reading. You’ll find several tips for toothy spring cleaning.


The Relationship Between Oral and Heart Health

February 12, 2024

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person holding paper heart

February is commonly associated with love and romance. Each year, countless couples exchange flowers, chocolates, and other gifts to express their affection on the 14th day of the month. However, beyond Valentine’s Day, February also marks American Heart Health Month, an occasion dedicated to raising awareness about cardiovascular health. While it may seem unexpected, maintaining good oral health can actually contribute to a healthier heart. Keep reading to discover more about the connection between oral health and heart health.


Enjoy a Healthier Smile This Year with These 3 Resolutions

January 18, 2024

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The words “Happy New Year 2024” in gold

If you feel like you could be doing a better job of protecting your smile, the new year is a perfect chance to start making a few changes. Picking up better habits now could go a long way toward helping you keep your teeth and gums in excellent shape in the long run. Below are 3 examples of New Year’s resolutions that dentists might suggest to patients who want to improve their oral health.


Stocking Stuffers That Can Help Keep Smiles Pretty

December 13, 2023

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Gingerbread man

The holiday season is known for involving a lot of gift-giving. While big-ticket items like bicycles, video game consoles, and sportscars seem to get all of the attention, the smaller gifts known as stocking stuffers mean a lot too. While stockings are traditionally filled with candy and small toys, it’s not a bad idea for Santa to leave a few items in there that can help a child maintain their oral health. Here are some smile-friendly stocking stuffer ideas from your dentist to help keep smiles shiny and bright during the holidays.


3 Easy Tips for a Tooth-Friendly Thanksgiving

November 14, 2023

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A table set with Thanksgiving dinner with people blurry in the background

Thanksgiving is around the corner which for many people means planning to host family and friends or cooking for the big day. You likely are busy with all the prep work of cleaning and crossing off each item from your grocery shopping list. It’s easy to get caught up in the festive spirit, but your dentist wants to remind you that it’s important to remember your teeth even during special occasions. After all, it’s important to express gratitude for the role they play in helping you eat and speak every day. Keep reading to learn 3 tips that can keep your teeth healthy this holiday.


5 Tips for Ensuring the Survival of Your Teeth This Halloween

October 31, 2023

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A family enjoying Halloween with good oral health

Halloween is a fun and festive time of year, filled with costumes, decorations, and more sweet treats than you can shake a broom at. While indulging in candy is a beloved tradition, it’s important to remember that you need to prioritize your oral health, even during this sugary season. Continue reading to find seven tips to ensure a mouth-healthy Halloween.


Knowing the Enemy: Interesting Facts About Gum Disease

September 13, 2023

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Woman shows her gums

Since more than 80% of adults deal with some form of gum disease, it is one of the most common ailments in America. Unfortunately, many people have it because they don’t understand how it works or what causes it, leaving them stuck with irritating and slowly worsening infections. In honor of Gum Care Month this September, here are some interesting facts from your dentist about gum disease to help you better understand how to avoid it.


Back-to-School Tips for Acing Your Next Dental Exam

August 10, 2023

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Schoolboy smiles

The beginning of fall is a busy time of year. With kids getting ready to return to school, parents are in a rush to stock up on school supplies while making sure that physicals and immunizations are in order. Before you get caught up in the back-to-school stampede yourself, take care to see that everyone’s dental health is off to a good start for the new year. In addition to keeping on top of dental checkups, here’s what you need to know about practicing good oral hygiene for this academic season.


4 Subtle Signs You Need More Water

July 10, 2023

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woman drinking water from a clear glass

Water—you need it to survive. It facilitates many functions, and it makes up roughly 60 percent of your body. Unfortunately, according to the National Institute of Health, about 75 percent of Americans are chronically dehydrated. During the hot summer months, more than any other time of year, staying hydrated is especially important.

Some signs of dehydration are pretty clear, while others are more subtle. So how can you tell if you need more water? Look out for these indications!


3 Ways to Protect Your Teeth on Summer Vacation

June 9, 2023

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family playing on the beach

Summer is finally here, and now that kids are out of school families are all going on vacation. It can almost feel like summertime is an escape from the rest of your life, but the truth is that you’re as susceptible as ever to all kinds of oral health issues.

That means that you need to do a couple of things to maintain your oral health during this summer vacation. Here are a few things you’ll probably need to keep in mind.

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