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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 BodyIf 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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Let's Talk about Six Month Smiles

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Most adults who have crooked or crowded teeth would rather go without treatment than put up with a mouth full of metal. But the days are long gone when metal braces were your only option.We have seen some really incredible advances in dental materials and technology in recent years. This has led to improvements in just about every area of dentistry, including our approach to orthodontic treatment. Today you have the option of choosing Six Month Smiles, a fast treatment that will allow you to enjoy a straighter smile in as little as six months.What Makes Six Month Smiles Different?Most adults who seek orthodontic treatment do not want or need ...

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How to Get the Best Results from Flossing

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If you are flossing daily, pat yourself on the back! A survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) indicates that only 30% of Americans do!Taking the time to floss your teeth properly is an investment in your oral health. And we’re not talking about a huge commitment of time – brushing and flossing should take about five minutes a day, tops.Tips to Get the Most from FlossingThe key though is to get the most out of your efforts by following proper techniques that keep your teeth clean and healthy. Here are a few tips that will help you floss like a pro:Make sure you are flossing both sides ...

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Don't Ignore Root Sensitivity! Here's What Might Be Causing It

If you suffer from root sensitivity, don’t think you’re alone! Some studies suggest that nearly 60% of adults complain about having tooth sensitivity every day.We can address your root sensitivity, but first, we need to find the underlying cause.There are several reasons why you may suffer from root sensitivity:Active decay on the surface of the rootHeavy teeth grinding or clenchingMicroscopic fractures in the tooth that irritate the nerveActive gum disease that causes recession and exposes the rootAggressive brushing or flossing that disturbs gum tissueAll these conditions expose roots and lead to a wearing away of their protective surface layer, which leads to ...

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Soft Drink, Soda, Pop: Sugar by Any Name

Most Americans know that regularly drinking soda is not healthy. But Wilmington, DE dentist Dr. Bruce Matthews still frequently sees patients who have dental damage due to consuming too many sugar-laden soft drinks.Whether you call it pop, soda, or soft drinks, it all amounts to the same thing - an excess of sugar that damages your teeth. A recent Gallup poll concluded that nearly half of all American adults drink soda on a daily basis, with an average intake of two and a half glasses!Knowledge is PowerClearly, we have some work to do in helping patients better understand how this much ...

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5 Options to Restore Your Smile

Dental restorations are true to their name – they restore the health, function, and beauty of your smile. At Bruce D. Matthews, DDS, we offer restorations with the most durable and esthetic materials available today.Each type of dental restoration has a particular purpose, and they are not typically interchangeable. A comprehensive exam will determine how we can provide you with the best results.1. Fillings to Repair Decayed TeethWhen dental decay is left untreated, it eats away at your tooth. We treat this condition by removing the decayed tooth structure and the bacteria that caused it, leaving a cavity in your tooth.We offer ...

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Could New Research Prevent (Already Rare) Implant Failure?

Dentistry, like other medical and scientific professions, constantly strives to improve patient outcomes and provide better results for those people we treat. Over the past decade, dental implants have come a long way – better integration, success rates, and techniques. Dental implant success rates are high. According to the Journal of Dental Implantology, success rates are near 100 percent, when no other oral health conditions or lifestyle limitations exist and proper healing time occurs before dental implants become an active part of the chewing system.With patients who smoke or who suffer from periodontal disease, however, success rates can suffer. A new ...

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