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Mouth Guards for Protection – Risk Injury Without One!

Now that sports are back in session, parents should be making sure that their children are wearing properly fitting mouth guards when on the field.

Not only do mouth guards protect your teeth, but they also protect your mouth from your teeth.

According to the American Dental Association, “Surveillance studies of mouth guard users and nonusers have consistently shown that mouth guards offer significant protection against sports-related injuries to the teeth and soft tissues.” The soft tissues they’re talking about are your lips, tongue and really your entire mouth.

Injuries to the mouth can cause a lot of damage, and the recovery process can be long and messy. Earlier this year, the New ...

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Sinuses and Tooth Pain


There is a direct correlation between your sinuses and tooth pain, and as we head into the cold and flu season, you may experience this correlation yourself.


Sinus pressure can cause pain in your teeth simply because of their proximity to one another. Your maxillary sinus sits right on top of your upper teeth, and if they are swollen, they are going to swell into your teeth. This could make it feel like you have a toothache, but instead of it being in one tooth in particular, it’s a group of teeth that feel sore.

So if you end up at the dentist with pain, and they can’t find anything ...

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Your Back to School Check List for Your Kid’s Oral Health

As summer comes to a close and kids go back to school, their daily routine is getting back into full effect. While their oral health is important no matter the season, back-to-school time is a great time to address their brushing and flossing regimen and make sure they stay on track. Here is your back to school checklist for your kid’s oral health.

1. Go Over Their Brushing and Flossing Routine

Depending on your child’s age, they may still need some oversight as they are getting ready for school, and getting ready for bed. It’s important to make sure that brushing and flossing is a part of these twice a day routine. ...

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What Causes Bad Breath

Bad breath can be a symptom of bad health. It could also be a symptom of too much garlic at lunch time.
Either way, it’s a good idea to be aware of what can cause bad breath so you can pick out potential warning signs of gum disease, sinus infections and even liver or kidney problems. Here are some things that can cause bad breath.

1. Poor Dental Hygiene

This is perhaps the most obvious culprit of bad breath. If you don’t brush and floss properly, food particles in your mouth will grow some smelly bacteria.

2. Stinky Food

Even when those food particles are no longer in your mouth, particularly stinky foods can ...

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How Do You Get Kids to Brush Their Teeth?

Once your child is old enough to brush his or her own teeth, the new challenge becomes getting them to. Now that they’re too big to sit still and let you brush for them, they need some incentive to do it themselves. So how do you get your kids to brush their teeth?

Make it Part of Their Routine

Make sure their morning and evening routine is consistent, and that brushing their teeth is a big part of it. When it’s done every single day, twice a day, they won’t be questioning whether or not the have to brush their teeth.

Educate Them

As your child grows, make sure to tell them how brushing ...

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All About Fluoride for Your Oral Health

Fluoride is the single most significant environmental factor known to protect against tooth decay. It’s beneficial in your water, in your toothpaste and in treatments from your dentist.

What is Fluoride?

Fluoride is a natural mineral that is found in the earth, in water and even in the air. It slows down the demineralization of the enamel on your teeth and also increases the rate of remineralization of teeth at the early stage of cavities. So basically, it helps to keep your enamel strong and it prevents cavities.

Fluoride was first introduced to a water supply in 1945. Since then, it has improved the oral health of tens of millions of people across ...

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Enough About What’s Bad for Your Teeth, What’s Good for Your Teeth?

As a dentist, I find myself always telling people what they should avoid when it comes to their oral health. No hard candies or sweets; stay away from carbonated soft drinks; don't eat foods that are highly acidic. 

Sometimes I get sick of telling people no, and I want to tell them what they can and should eat and drink that is good for their teeth. So here’s a post that’s all about the good guys—foods and drinks that are good for your teeth and also your body.

Fruits and Vegetables

Fruits and vegetables are a healthy choice, especially when they’re raw and crunchy. All the chewing it takes to break down fruits ...

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Why and How We Check for Signs of Periodontal Disease

At Mann Family Dental we make sure to check every patient for signs of periodontal disease at every cleaning. Periodontal disease, commonly known as gum disease, is inflammation and infection of the ligaments and bones that support the teeth. The inner layer of the gum and bone pull away from the teeth and form pockets. These pockets collect food particles and become infected. If not adequately treated, the tissue around the teeth is destroyed which causes tooth loss.

Preceding periodontal disease is gingivitis, also known as gum inflammation. The good news is that gingivitis does not always lead to periodontal disease, and it can be reversed with the proper care. There ...

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Teeth Cleaning Basics

You should be seeing your dentist every six months for a professional teeth cleaning appointment. Here are some answers to questions you may have before your cleaning.

If I brush, floss and rinse every day, why do I need to get my teeth cleaned?

The short answer: Your toothbrush and floss can’t do it all.

Even the most diligent brushers can’t wholly prevent plaque from building up on their teeth. Plaque is extremely sticky, and when it isn’t taken care of it can cause tartar, which is hardened dental plaque. Every once in a while (every six months!) everyone needs a professional dental hygienist to remove any tartar that has formed, and to get ...

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Pregnancy and Oral Health

Pregnancy comes with all sorts of changes to your body, and one that is often overlooked is your oral health. Between the weight gain, nausea, and extreme fatigue, it’s easy for your oral health to fall off of your radar. But this is the time when you need to pay much more attention to your teeth.

Women are much more likely to experience gingivitis while pregnant. This is an infection of the gums that causes swelling, tenderness, bleeding and can even affect the tissue that holds your teeth. The surge in your hormones, like estrogen and progesterone, exaggerates the way gum tissues react to plaque. If you already had gingivitis before ...

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