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To Floss or Not to Floss?

To Floss, or not to floss? That’s a good question. We’ve all been in this situation: You sit down in the reclining chair, eyeing the sanitized packages of instruments soon to be wedged into your jaws. The hygienist you’ve been seeing since you were 7 comes in and starts to ask how things are going. You proudly tell them that you’ve stuck to your commitment to brush twice a day instead of once, and that

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How are Dentists Using Dental Lasers?

Just like the world of medicine, dentistry also offers a continuous advancement in technology for the purpose of achieving optimal dental care. The latest and greatest technology advancement for dental procedures is the use of lasers. Lasers have been around for a while now, and have been perfected for treating specific oral conditions such as cold sores, apthous ulcers, gingivitis, and periodontal disease. Dental Lasers Can Be Used to Treat Cold Sores Treating herpetic lesions, otherwise

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Dry Mouth – Symptoms & Causes

Do you find yourself waking up in the middle of the night in need of a glass of water because your mouth feels so dry? If you (like many others) have answered yes to this question then you may be suffering from a common condition called xerostomia, also known as “dry mouth”. What is the Importance of Saliva? Although we may not think much about it, most people do have a basic understanding on the

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Avoid Periodontal Disease with Oral Hygiene & Gum Care

After joining the dental field, I have encountered many experiences to drive the point home about the importance of oral health care. Good oral hygiene and gum care are extremely important to overall health. There are several risks of not maintaining good dental care and periodontal disease is one of those risks. What is Periodontal Disease? Periodontal disease is basically an infection of the gums. If proper brushing and flossing is not routine, the gums

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Differences Between Gingivitis & Periodontal Disease

There are two questions I hear on a daily basis from my patients, “How do I keep my teeth?” and “What can I do to ensure lifelong healthy gums?”. As their dental hygienist, my first goal is to remind them that there are two levels of gum disease, gingivitis and periodontal disease, and secondly to educate them about both types. If you really do want to “keep your teeth”, I suggest you learn the impact

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