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What Does Each Tooth Do? A Guide to Understanding the Role Each Plays

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Your teeth are designed to function together, enabling you to eat comfortably and speak clearly. If one of your teeth is missing or damaged, you will find yourself shifting foods around in your mouth to find a comfortable way to eat. When you do this, you are essentially asking other teeth to perform jobs that they aren't meant to do.

Four Different Types of Teeth

When you understand the role each tooth plays, you can easily see how the loss of function can impact your day-to-day life. 

  • Incisors are the thin straight teeth that are most obvious when you smile. There are four on the top, and four on the bottom, and they ...

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Why Pregnant Women Are Prone to Oral Health Problems

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You already know that your body undergoes significant changes during pregnancy. But did you know that the hormonal changes can also affect your oral health?

It is very common for women to experience an increase in dental problems during pregnancy. You may have heard the old saying, “A tooth lost for every child.” While it may sound like an outdated old wives’ tale, it actually has some basis in fact.

How Pregnancy Affects Teeth and Gums

‘Pregnancy Gingivitis’ affects about half of all women who become pregnant. This condition can cause redness, tenderness, swelling, and bleeding of the gums. A more serious condition, periodontal disease (a serious gum infection), may affect your baby’s ...

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3 Tips for Cutting Back on How Much Sugar You Drink

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For decades, dentists and public health officials have tried to spread the word about sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) and how damaging they can be to your oral health. Drinking these beverages is not just bad for your teeth, but frequent consumption is linked to type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and obesity.

Fortunately, it appears that the message is being received!

A recent survey by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) was published in the Obesity research journal. Data was collected from adults and children, and the results found that the consumption of SSBs declined dramatically between 2003 and 2014.

This is clearly great news because minimizing intake of sugar-sweetened ...

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Before You Take Your Next Sip, Read This!

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If you are health-conscious, you probably take the time to learn which foods are most beneficial and which you should avoid.

But we have learned from significant research that what happens in your mouth has an impact on your body. When you have frequent decay or infection in your mouth, you increase your risk of heart and respiratory disease, diabetes, stroke, dementia, and pregnancy complications.

Healthy Mouth, Healthy Body

If you want a completely healthy body, you first need to be proactive with your oral health by brushing, flossing and seeing the dentist for semi-annual visits. Then pay close attention to the foods and drinks you consume and how they affect your oral ...

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Choosing The Right Toothbrush

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Brushing is important to maintaining good oral health. This is taught to us from a young age by our parents and dentist. Yet, brushing alone is not always enough. It is also important to know how to brush, which toothbrushes are best, and which toothbrushes to avoid. Brushing incorrectly or using the wrong brush can actually do more harm than good when it comes to your oral care.

How to Brush

It can seem natural to just drag the toothbrush across your teeth, but this can actually cause harm to your gums. It is important when brushing to hold the bristles towards your gums at a forty-five-degree angle so they can sweep ...

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Does Your Child Need Dental Sealants?

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Does your family have a history of chronic oral health problems? Does it seem to you that some lucky people just enjoy healthy, strong teeth, making them seem impervious to cavities?

In truth, genetics plays a big part in our dental health, and if you’ve got cavity-prone teeth, there’s a good chance your child does also. One of the things we can do to level the genetic playing field is to reduce the odds of your child developing cavities by using dental sealants.

Why are Dental Sealants Necessary?

Dental sealants are a protective coating that is applied to healthy teeth to prevent cavities. Protecting your child’s baby teeth and keeping them in good ...

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Medication Side Effects and Your Oral Health

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According to the Mayo Clinic, approximately 70% of Americans are taking some sort of prescription medication, with antibiotics and antidepressants topping the list. You may be surprised to learn that these and many other medications — including antihistamines, vitamins, and even herbal preparations - can have an unwanted effect on the health of your mouth.

Prescription Medications and Dry Mouth

A number of medications (both prescribed and over-the-counter) indicate dry mouth as a potential side effect. Some of these are decongestants, high blood pressure medication, and antidepressants. Dry mouth is a nuisance, but it can actually create conditions in your mouth that lead to periodontal disease.

Saliva has a cleansing effect because it ...

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