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Oil Pulling and Oral Health – How does it work?

Oil Pulling Therapy is a new health craze that has made its way onto social media in the past few weeks. Some claim that it can heal headaches, tooth pain, thrombosis, eczema, ulcers and just about anything else wrong with someone’s body. They claim that by swishing oil around in your mouth for 20 minutes every morning, you will literally pull the toxins from the rest of your body, and spit them out with the oil when you’re done.

Although there is no medical proof that oil pulling will cure all these ailments, some people swear it’s the key to keeping their bodies healthy. But what does oil pulling really do, ...

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Composite vs. Porcelain Veneers – What’s the Difference?

Dental veneers are a popular and effective solution for people who want to straighten, whiten, and ultimately perfect their smile. A veneer is a thin layer of material that is bonded to the front of the tooth and can be made of either composite resin or porcelain. But what is the difference between composite and porcelain veneers, and what is the best solution for you?

Composite veneers are the less expensive of the two, costing about half of what a porcelain veneer would cost. While they still look beautiful, they don’t last as long and they require more maintenance. They can chip or fade in color since they are more porous than ...

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Pediatric Dental Tips

In honor of February being National Children’s Dental Health Month, here are some pediatric dental tips to help keep your kids healthy and smiling.

How Should I Clean My Child's Teeth?

You can start caring for your baby’s gums even before their teeth come in. Use a soft washcloth or a piece of gauze and gently wipe down their gums twice a day. This will get rid of any bacteria that could leave behind a sticky plaque, causing problems for their teeth once they appear.

Once your baby’s teeth start to come in, start using a soft-bristled toothbrush. Just wet the toothbrush while your child is still an infant, and introduce a non-fluoride ...

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Dental Anxiety and Dental Phobia Management

Dental phobia or dental anxiety affects at least 75% of the adult population in the United States. Most people can live with having some anxiety about going to the dentist but for others, the visit can be quite terrifying. Having fear or anxiety about going to the dentist is not something to be ashamed of, in fact it is extremely common.

There are many causes of dental anxiety including:

  • Fear of pain
  • Embarrassment
  • Negative past experiences
  • Feeling of helplessness without having control

Although both can be very stressful, dental anxiety and dental phobia are two very different conditions. While a person with dental anxiety will have a sense of uneasiness when it is time for their ...

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