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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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How Keeping up with Technology Helps Our Patients

Here at Mann Family Dental, we want to make sure we are giving our patients the best care possible, and part of that is providing services with the latest technology in dentistry.

We recently added a Sirona ORTHOPHOS XG 3D scanner to our office in Manchester, and we are thrilled with what we can now offer our patients. The scanner allows me to evaluate exactly whether there is enough bone to place dental implants and where. It also allows me to see abnormalities that may have gone undiagnosed. These abnormalities are things like cysts, cancers, septum deviations, and sinus infections.

The scanner is the same size as a 2D x-ray machine, and ...

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The Link between Heart Disease and Oral Health

Heart disease is the number one cause of death for both men and women, accounting for 1 in 4 deaths every year. To raise awareness about heart disease, the CDC has named February Heart Health Month.

So what does this have to do with oral health? There have been a number of recent studies that suggest a link between your oral health and the health of your heart.

Healthy gums, healthy heart?
 
The link between your heart and your oral health has been talked about for a while, and the evidence of this link is hard to ignore. A 2012 study showed that people with moderate or advanced periodontal disease are ...

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Why Your Kids Need a Proper Oral Hygiene Routine

This month is National Children’s Dental Health Month, and we can’t stress enough the importance of educating your children about their oral health routine at an early age.
Tooth decay is one of the most common diseases in children, second only to the common cold. According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, 50 percent of children will have tooth decay before they reach the age of five. And more than 51 million school hours are lost every year due to dental conditions.

Tooth decay in children can also be expensive. The American Dental Hygienists Association found that for every dollar spent on preventative dental care, you could be saving between ...

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Should I Get an Electric Toothbrush?

According to research, 90% of us do not brush properly with a manual toothbrush. When a patient could be doing a better job of caring for their teeth in between visits, we recommend using an electric toothbrush. But as with anything, there are always pros and cons.

Manual Toothbrush

Pros:

  • It’s inexpensive. The average cost of a manual toothbrush at the grocery store is under $5. Even if you’re replacing it every three months, it’s still very affordable.
  • It’s small and easy to travel with. It’s easy to put your toothbrush in your overnight bag when there are no chargers and cords involved. You could even store one at work without anyone really noticing.
  • It’s ...

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What is Too White When it Comes to White Teeth?

More than 100 million Americans whiten their teeth with strips, trays, or in-office procedures. Teeth whitening is the most popular form of cosmetic dentistry out there, and with good reason. We associate white teeth with good health, youth, and beauty, and the confidence feel when we know our teeth look good can transcend into all areas of life.

But is it possible to go too far with tooth whitening? What is too white when it comes to white teeth?

Keep it Natural Looking

As tooth whitening becomes more and more popular, you may have noticed someone’s teeth that are so white they look unnatural. Instead of pearly whites, people are ending up with ...

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Is Tooth Decay Hereditary?

Tooth decay is one of the most chronic diseases in the world. More than half of the global population suffer from some form of tooth decay. Dental problems are preventable with the proper diet and dental care, but some studies have shown that genes could make the severity of tooth decay hereditary.

Some factors that could make tooth decay hereditary are:

  • The spacing of your teeth - Tight spaces between your teeth are a breeding ground for bacteria. A treatment like invisalign can help in these situations, but before proper spacing is achieved you could be getting cavities because of your dad’s crooked teeth.
  • Amount of saliva - How much saliva you produce ...

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Oral Hygiene at the First Thanksgiving

We all know that after a big Thanksgiving meal t’s a good idea to brush and floss, but what did they do after the first Thanksgiving? What was the oral hygiene like for the pilgrims and Native Americans back then?

In 1621 the colonists of Plymouth and the Wampanoag Indians held what is now considered to be the first Thanksgiving. Rather than just a single meal, it was a festival that lasted three days. Turkey may or may not have been on the menu, but venison definitely was, as the Wampanoags brought with them five deer to serve. But when the meal was over, how did they brush their teeth?

With the ...

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Crowns and Bridges: What’s the Difference?

Fixing tooth damage can sometimes go beyond filling a cavity. Often times, the amount of damage calls for something more substantial, like a crown or a bridge. Even if you’ve had either of these put into your mouth, you may not know what a crown or a bridge actually is.

Crowns and bridges are both fixed prosthetic devices. This means they can only be removed by a dentist. A crown is used to repair a decayed tooth, while a bridge is used to fill in an area that is missing a tooth but is near existing teeth.

What is a Crown?

A dentist will recommend a crown to protect a weak tooth from ...

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Halloween Candy: Only Eat the Good Stuff and Eat it All at the Same Time

One of the biggest myths about dentists is that they all must dislike Halloween. All that sugary Halloween candy being passed out every year must really make us cringe. I want to tell you that this is not the case. In fact, I’d like to tell you to only eat the good candy and eat it all at once!

Okay, well this depends on what the “good” candy is. In my opinion, the good stuff is the chocolate. I’m willing to bet that most kids would rather eat a Reese’s cup than a gummy bear, and when it comes to oral health that actually is the better decision. Gummies, taffy, and ...

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