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What is a tongue scraper and why should I use one?

A tongue scraper is a device that is designed to remove stuff (bacteria, food, dead cells) from your tongue. Almost half of the bacteria in our mouths resides on our tongue. That means that flossing and brushing won’t get the whole job done. You can brush your tongue with your toothbrush, but since your toothbrush is designed for teeth, it might not be as effective.

Your tongue can be a good indicator of what’s going on with your body. Sometime when you wake up, you may notice that your tongue is white. This is because there are bacteria, food debris and dead cells that are trapped between the papillae on your ...

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Chewing Gum is Good for Your Teeth!

Earlier this year, researchers in the Netherlands discovered that one piece of gum could successfully trap up to 10 percent of the bacteria in your mouth. The researcher had people chew sugar-free spearmint gum for up to 10 minutes, and they swabbed their mouths before and after the chewing. There was up to 100 million bacteria that were trapped with the gum, which means that chewing sugarless gum can be as effective as flossing.

So we should stop flossing and start chewing? Not so fast…

Although chewing gum takes away the same amount of bacteria as flossing does, it does not reach the same areas that brushing and flossing do. Think about ...

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You Don't Have to Throw Away Your Toothbrush after You've Been Sick

There is a myth that you should throw away your toothbrush after you’ve been sick. It’s actually safe to keep using the same toothbrush after an illness, but you should never share your toothbrush with anyone, sick or not.

When your body experiences illness, proteins called antibodies are produced by your body’s immune system. These antibodies can identify when the same bacteria or virus enters your body, and neutralize it. So, in other words, once the cause of the illness enters your body once, it’ll be recognized and stopped.

That being said, you should never share your toothbrush. The wet bristles are a breeding ground for bacteria; bacteria that your friend or ...

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Dentures or Dental Implants – Understanding the Differences

Tooth decay, gum disease, accidents, and dental fractures are the enemy of your teeth, and unfortunately, nearly 70% of adults between 35-44 years of age already have a minimum of one missing tooth due to these problems. As you age, you’re even more likely to deal with missing teeth. The good news – you don’t have to go through life dealing with missing teeth and the potential complications this can cause. Several dental options are available, and the most common options are dentures or dental implants. Here’s a helpful look at the differences between the two options, which should help you decide which treatment is best for your needs.

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5 Celebrities You Didn't Know Had Braces

For people in the entertainment industry, their smile is their calling card. This is why many celebrities opt for Invisalign clear braces to perfect their smile. Not only are they achieving perfect teeth, but they also don’t have to deal with the distractions that come with traditional metal braces. Here are five examples of celebrities who wore Invisalign.

Katherine Heigl

The Grey’s Anatomy star mentioned her Invisalign treatment while promoting her movie 27 dresses in 2007.  She was planning her wedding with singer Josh Kelley, and she mentioned she wanted her teeth straight for her wedding photos. Invisalign was her perfect solution.

Anna Kendrick

In the summer of 2013, Kendrick revealed her Invisalign case ...

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How to Cope with a Fear of the Dentist

There are a few different reasons people can develop a fear of the dentist. For some, it’s a bad past experience or fear of having pain. For others, it’s their loss of control or just embarrassment they associate with someone looking in their mouth. Whatever the underlying cause of dental phobia, it’s something that needs to be dealt with in order to keep up with your dental hygiene. It’s just not something that can be ignored.
 
Sedation dentistry can be a great solution for someone with dental anxiety, but if your fear is mild, there are things you can do to keep it in control without being orally sedated.

Communication

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Can I Drive after Sedation Dentistry?

Is it safe to drive after sedation dentistry?

That depends on the type of sedation you dentist administered for the procedure. One of the services we offer at Mann Family Dental is conscious non-IV sedation dentistry. While the patient isn’t fully asleep during the procedure, we do make sure they have a companion with them during and after their visit. This companion should drive them home, and also stay with them for the rest of the day. After a night’s sleep, the patient should be fine to drive and carry on without someone’s help. But we advise the patient to be safe and not drive until they feel back to normal.

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Dentists Work on Quality of Life, Not Just Teeth

About 15 percent of people between the ages of 50 and 64 are missing all of their teeth on either the upper or lower jaw. For patients like these, how do complete dentures affect their overall quality of life?

In 2011, a major earthquake shook Japan. There was a study done at the time that was performed to discuss whether dental care should be included in major-disaster relief efforts. When they polled the individuals who had lost their partial or complete dentures in the disaster. The top three risks they gave in losing their dentures were all related to overall quality of life. Those three risks were:

  • Problems with smiling, laughing and ...

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I Have Sensitive Teeth - Does it Mean I Have a Cavity?

Having sensitive teeth can be a symptom of many different things. Tooth decay is one of those things, but it’s not always the culprit. If you are suffering from tooth sensitivity it’s a good idea to have it looked at by a dentist to make sure it’s not decay or a cracked tooth, especially if the sensitivity came on suddenly. If it’s not something the dentist can fix with a filling or a crown, it could be one of the following.

Your Toothpaste

Tartar control and whitening toothpaste can cause sensitivity in some people. It doesn’t happen very often, but it’s easy to determine if it’s the cause of your sensitive teeth. ...

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Signs That Mean You Have Tooth Decay

At your dental check-up every 6 months, you never want to hear your dentist tell you that you have a cavity. While getting a cavity filled is a lot easier, quicker, and less painful than it used to be, they still should be avoided. If you do get one, it’s best to get it taken care of as soon as possible. Here are some things that can help you determine if you have a cavity before your dental check-up.

Pain

If you are having persistent tooth pain, it could be decay. Make sure you listen to your body and don’t ignore the pain. At first it may only hurt when you chew, ...

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