How long should I brush for healthy teeth and gums?

Female hands with toothbrush and paste on color background

You’ve heard it over and over. Brushing twice a day is required in your dental care routine. Well, taking the right approach to brushing will only maximize its effectiveness at eliminating plaque. That means not only using the proper techniques (e.g., hold the brush at a 45-degree angle and use gentle pressure) but also spending…

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Eating after a tooth extraction

Mashed potatoes in a bowl. Soft foods to eat after an extraction.

A tooth extraction or tooth pulling is the removal of teeth from the socket in the alveolar bone. Extractions are performed for a wide variety of reasons like tooth decay, periodontal disease, or dental trauma. Getting a tooth extracted is a long chain of events where you have to take care of the site of…

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What about your gums?

Old man with toothache

There’s more to your dental health than just having strong white teeth.  Since the beginning of time, teeth have taken center stage in the oral health arena, while the gums have occupied more of a back-seat role.  So, we have decided to dedicate this article to gums!  What makes them healthy, what makes them sick,…

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When should I go to the dentist?

Senior woman in the dental office.

Regular dental checkups every six months can help keep your mouth healthy and identify potential dental issues before they happen. But what happens if you think you may have to see a dentist between those regular checkups?  If you have tooth sensitivity, new areas of swelling, or issues with a denture, you may be wondering…

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Avoid these 5 harmful habits

Close up of nervous male biting fingernails

We all know that eating junk food and too much sugar is bad for your teeth. However, here are five lesser-known habits that may ruin your dental health. Check it out. Chewing ice When you’re bored, chewing ice might seem like a way to pass the time, but it’s not a smart idea. Your teeth…

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Do I have a cavity?

close-up of a human rotten carious tooth at the treatment stage in a dental clinic

Have you noticed sensitivity in one or two teeth lately? Perhaps you felt a little pain with your morning coffee. Did you wonder if you could have a cavity? Have you ever asked yourself, “How do I know if I have a cavity?” Let’s talk about cavities, what causes them, symptoms, and what to do…

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The end of the year is fast approaching

Dental Plan Benefits on computer monitor

It’s nearing the end of the year, and things are about to get busy for all of us. Time with family for the holidays, work schedules, school vacations, and so on mean you will be strapped for time if you aren’t already! However busy you may be, we urge you to consider your dental health…

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Your tongue and your health

Woman and girl child stick their tongues out as the story is about tongue health

The tongue is more than just a random body part. Your tongue plays a key role in your ability to taste and swallow food. Believe it or not, your tongue can also provide your dentist with clues to your oral health and even your overall health. You might be surprised by what your tongue can…

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When should I change my toothbrush head?

New and old nozzle electric toothbrushes

When is the last time you changed your toothbrush head? When things expire, such as medications, foods, and other perishable items, we throw them out. Even though we may feel we are paying attention to what’s important, many do not provide enough care toward dental hygiene! Let us look at some of the factors that…

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Do your wisdom teeth need to come out?

Woman holds mouth in wisdom tooth pain

Wisdom teeth are our third set of molars that usually come in during your late teens to early twenties. Over time our jaws have shrunk, leaving little room for the extra row of teeth, which is why they can cause pain and need to be extracted. Besides pain, what are some of the common signs…

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