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Tuesday, 09 February 2016 18:43

Coughs, Colds and Cavities

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Just as candy, sweets and sports drinks can increase your risk for tooth decay, so too can liquid medications. There are a variety of ingredients commonly found in cough drops and syrup medications that can leave you more susceptible to tooth decay and cavities, especially when the medicine is taken consistently over long periods of time. To create a better taste, many medicines contain high fructose corn syrup and sucrose. These sugars can contribute to decay when bacteria in your mouth feed on the sugars and attack the enamel of your teeth. The citric acid in these syrups can also break down the enamel on the teeth. The alcohol found in the syrups can also have a drying effect on the mouth. With less saliva to rinse the sugar and acids away, the more increased risk for decay. With a few simple steps you can ensure that the cough and…
Monday, 11 January 2016 17:12

New Year's Resolutions for Your Smile

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Tis’ the season for New Year’s resolutions. Make a vow to improve your oral hygiene and keep your smile bright and healthy. Not to mention that proper dental care can impact your overall health and appearance. Here are a few resolutions to improving your oral hygiene. Brush Appropriately One of the most simple way to improve your oral health is to brush your teeth properly and for a full 2 minutes. Floss Daily While we know we are supposed to floss daily, many of us neglect to do so on a regular basis. Flossing daily can help to reduce your risk of developing tooth decay and gum disease, as well as make for fresher breath. Snack Less Limiting snacks can be beneficial for your oral health and waistline. Snacking between meals increases the amount of bacteria present in your mouth which will leave to the development of plaque. Limiting your…
Tuesday, 24 November 2015 20:37

Tips for a Sweet, Cavity Free Season

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The holiday season is filled with an abundance of sweets and treats. While these Christmas candies can be delicious, they can also pose a number of risks to your oral health. Cookies, candy canes and other desserts don’t have to lead to cavities. The naturally occurring bacteria in your mouth feed on the sugar, leaving behind acids. Over time, these acids wear down tooth enamel which leads to weaker teeth that are more susceptible to tooth decay and gingivitis. Snacking on sweets throughout the day can be particularly harmful to your teeth. The acid produced from these sugar packed snacks can effect teeth for up to 20 minutes after they are consumed. Brushing after snacking can help to reduce bacteria and your risks for cavities and gingivitis. Here are our top tips for staying cavity free this holiday season:Find a Balance When you eat sugary snacks try to do so…
Wednesday, 04 November 2015 16:00

At Home Teeth Whitening

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Your smile is one of the first things people notice about you. With new over the counter products and cosmetic dental procedures, bright white smiles are attainable on almost every budget. While the risks associated with at home whitening products are minimal, there are a few things to keep in mind before starting the whitening process. Before starting any at home whitening, schedule a trip to the dentist for an exam and cleaning. It is important to have your teeth and gums assessed before you begin. Your dentist will also be able to recommend the proper product for your needs. Many at home teeth whitening kits contain carbamide peroxide. When selecting a product, choose one with a peroxide in the 15% range. You want to ensure that the product will not irritate your mouth. It is also important to follow the directions exactly as stated, never leaving the gels or…
Wednesday, 09 September 2015 12:42

Keeping Your Toothbrush Clean

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Our toothbrushes help to keep our mouths squeaky clean, but how clean is your toothbrush? Follow these tips to keep your toothbrush clean and your mouth healthy and sparkling. Don’t store your toothbrush in a closed, dark, moist space. These conditions are a breeding ground for bacteria. Change your toothbrush every 3 months or when it begins to show signs of wear. Regularly replacing your toothbrush will ensure better brushing and help reduce the buildup of bacteria. Sharing toothbrushes leaves you susceptible to transferring bacteria that can lead to more serious dental issues like tooth decay and gum disease. Rinse your toothbrush after each use to remove any debris in the bristles. Soaking the toothbrush in mouth wash is a good way to deep clean it. Keep your toothbrush at least 6 feet from the toilet. Flushing disperses particles through the air that can contaminate your toothbrush and make you…
Wednesday, 19 August 2015 17:13

Tips for Making Brushing Fun

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Good oral health habits start when children are young. Our Ooltewah dentist understands that it can be a challenge to get your children to brush their teeth. Here are a few helpful tips to make teeth brushing a little more fun: Try brushing your teeth with your children. Children mimic the behavior of their parents, so why not teach them better brushing techniques. Brush your teeth for 2 minutes alongside your child and then follow up with those flossing skills. Use a sand or kitchen timer to help ensure that your children are brushing their teeth for the recommended 2 minutes. Allow your child to start the timer themselves then start brushing. Let your child select the toothbrush and toothpaste of their choice. There are a variety of toothbrushes specially designed for children complete with bright colors or their favorite characters. Also let them choose toothpaste in a fun, fruity…
Thursday, 23 July 2015 17:48

The Effects of Smoking

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Bad breath, tooth discoloration, plaque buildup, gum disease, tooth loss and oral cancer are all side effects of smoking. The damages caused by smoking can impact your oral health, just as it does your overall health. Statistics have found that 50% of smoking adults have gum disease and are approximately twice as likely to lose their teeth or need a root canal. When it comes to tobacco products there isn’t one product that is any safer than another. Both cause damages that extend beyond the mouth. Smoking and smokeless tobacco products both affect the soft tissue and bone attachment. Tobacco use also leaves smokers more susceptible to infections and gum disease. The chemicals found in these products also increase the risk oral, throat and esophageal cancers. Smokeless tobacco irritates the gums and as a result, the gums begin to separate from the teeth. This separation can increase the risk of…
Thursday, 23 July 2015 17:44

Teen Dental Care: Fact or False

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Q: Energy drinks don’t cause cavities? A: Energy drinks are filled with sugar, which can be damaging to your teeth. Bacteria and plaque on your teeth use sugar as a means of growth. The sugar also acts like a glue and can cause the bacteria to stick to the teeth and can ultimately lead to tooth decay. To combat the problem, limit the number of sugary drinks you consume. After drinking something sweet, rinse your mouth with water and remember to brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste. Q: Tobacco isn’t bad for your mouth, teeth and gums? A: All types of tobacco are harmful to your health. Bad breath, tooth discoloration, plaque buildup, gum disease, tooth loss and oral cancer are all side effects of smoking. The easiest way to prevent these conditions is to stop smoking. Q: Mouth protection is necessary when playing sports? A: Mouth guards…
Thursday, 07 May 2015 13:55

Selecting the Correct Toothbrush

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With a variety of toothbrushes on the market, it can be difficult to select the one best suited to your needs. From soft to hard bristles to electric options, deciding on the perfect style can be a challenge. Here are a few tips from our Ooltewah dentist to help you select the perfect brush: ·         Soft bristled brushes are the best for removing plaque and debris. These brushes are also good for brushing hard to reach areas. ·         Don’t purchase those cheap, no name brushes. A brush made of quality materials will help to give you the best clean possible. ·         As for the handle grip or bristle shape, it is a matter of personal preference. Select an option that is comfortable and allows you to easily reach your teeth. ·         If you have limited dexterity or problems brushing, an electric toothbrush may be a good fit. ·         Toothbrushes come…
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