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The Aging Mouth: What Is Normal and What Is Not

June 23, 2020

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Elderly man smiling

According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, nearly 30% of adults over the age of 65 have no remaining teeth. While that statistic can be discouraging, it is important to note that losing your teeth is not inevitable. In fact, adjusting your oral hygiene routine as you age can preserve your teeth for years to come. Read on for what is normal, what isn’t, and what you can do to maintain a healthy smile. 

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Now That It’s Summer, Should I Consume Sports Drinks?

June 3, 2020

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a cooler full of different colored sports drinks

Summer is officially here! That means, temperatures are rising, and you are probably finding yourself outside much more often these days. Whether it is spending time working in your garden, playing at the pool, or enjoying a hike on a nearby trail, you’ll need something to quench your thirst and keep you hydrated. Sports drinks are often touted as an effective way to replenish electrolytes and restore what your body needs after sweating but are these really all that good for you? A dentist answers this question by explaining why it’s best to skip these beverages and opt for a safer, more satisfying alternative – water.  

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Cleaning Your Tongue: Benefits, Best Practices, and a Better Smile

May 22, 2020

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person sticking out their tongue

It’s a beautiful Sunday morning. You wake up to birds chirping, a light beam of sun shining in, and the smell of coffee wafting into your bedroom. You roll over to say good morning to your significant other, but immediately regret your decision when you smell your morning breath. Does this sound familiar?

While brushing and flossing daily are important in keeping your teeth healthy, taking proper care of your tongue is a step that many overlook. And it could be the cause of insecurities stemming from bad breath. Here is everything you need to know about combatting this issue from a Marysville dentist.

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The Surprising Link Between Your Gums & Heart

May 11, 2020

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Closeup of gums without gum disease

Gum disease is an incredibly common problem that currently affects about half of the American population. Starting off as some harmless irritation, this infection can be completely treated and reversed. However, if it persists, it can lead to serious oral AND overall health risks. But how is this possible? What is gum disease and how can it cause so much harm? Keep reading to learn the answers!

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10 Items in Your Pantry to Treat A Toothache in Quarantine

April 16, 2020

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Pained man with toothache sitting at home during quarantine

Toothaches rarely happen at a convenient time. With dental offices only accepting emergency appointments and groceries stores packed with people, a toothache during the COVID-19 pandemic is especially inconvenient. How can you keep both you and your smile healthy during quarantine? Here are ten home remedies that can be made with items already in your pantry to treat your toothache until you can see your Marysville dentist.

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What’s the Difference Between Gingivitis and Periodontitis?

April 2, 2020

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Woman with gum disease pokes her gums & should see her dentist

According to recent research from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, well over half of the American population has some stage of gum disease. Since this common condition initially causes very mild symptoms, it can easily be accidentally overlooked. However, if gum disease isn’t treated early enough, it can lead to tooth loss, permanent jawbone damage, and even a higher risk of heart disease. Read on as your Marysville dentist explains what the different stages of this oral health concern look like and what you can do to protect your smile.

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Daily Flossing: Why Brushing Alone Isn’t Enough

March 22, 2020

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Toothbrush and dental floss sitting on a gray surfaceDental floss is a great tool for removing an annoying piece of food that’s stuck between your teeth, but is that the only time you use it? This important part of your dental routine does so much more than remove bits of your last meal from your teeth. In fact, research shows that regular flossing plays a key role in preventing gum disease, keeping your teeth in place, and reducing your chances of heart disease. Here’s what your Marysville dentist wants you to know about plaque, flossing, and protecting your smile.

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4 Factors To Consider While Choosing a New Toothbrush

March 6, 2020

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person taking a toothbrush of a shelfToothbrushes are a vital dental hygiene tool that clear your mouth of harmful substances like plaque, food debris, and bacteria. If they’re not regularly replaced, they become less effective, which can increase your risk of developing oral health problems like gum disease. If you notice that your toothbrush is frayed or it has been longer than three months since you last replaced it, it’s time to hit the store and purchase a new one that will fit your needs. Read on for four factors you should consider on your hunt for a new  toothbrush. (more…)

Celebrate Children’s Dental Health Month With These 4 Tips

February 5, 2020

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parent teaching their child how to brush their teethAs a parent, there’s nothing more important to you than making sure that your little one has the tools they need to take care of themselves as adults. That includes the knowhow to effectively brush, floss, and generally maintain great oral health. Seeing their smile is priceless for you, and since February is Children’s Dental Health Month, there’s no greater time to focus on passing down all of your tips, tricks, and knowledge on how to take care of their teeth and gums. Read on for some helpful dental hygiene tips from a children’s dentist. (more…)

Complete Your Smile in 2020 with Dental Implants

February 3, 2020

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woman pointing to her perfect smile

When you’re missing teeth, even just one in the back of your mouth, it can result in some serious problems. Chewing a variety of nutritious crunchy foods, like apples, can be a pain. Your remaining teeth can drift into the gap and cause bite alignment issues and TMJ disorder. Since 2020 is not only the start of a new year, but a new decade, you might as well use it as an opportunity to revamp your smile and fill in the spaces. Without a doubt, the best way to do that is with dental implants. Keep reading to learn why you should replace your missing teeth with dental implants.

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