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How to Brush with Braces

While braces are annoying, they are a necessary part of having beautiful, picture perfect teeth. In order to make sure your smile looks fabulous when you finally get the metal off, it’s important to make sure you’re taking care of the teeth beneath. For that reason, you’ll need to learn how to properly brush with braces. Here are a few ways to keep your pearly whites healthy and strong even when you have braces.

The Best Technique When You Brush With Braces

Because braces cover up so much of your teeth’s surface, they can often make it hard to reach certain areas of your mouth. You’ll have to slightly adjust your usual ...

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Brushing Before or After Breakfast: Which Is Best?

It’s an age-old question that has been the source of thousands of arguments throughout the years – should you be brushing before or after breakfast? Many people believe that it’s best to wait until after breakfast, as you’re supposed to brush your teeth after every meal anyway. However, others say that it’s important to scrub away all the bacteria that formed in your mouth while you were in dreamland. So who’s right? Drum roll, please…

Science shows that those who are brushing before breakfast are correct. In fact, this method is recommended by both the British Dental Health Foundation and the National Health Service in the United Kingdom. If you’re still ...

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5 Tips for Dental Implant After-Care

If you’re missing teeth, getting a dental implant procedure can be a great choice for improving your smile. Because the procedure is surgical, you’ll have to take several precautions afterwards to make sure your mouth heals well. By following these guidelines, you’ll be able to ensure your dental implants look amazing for years to come.

1. Avoid Irritating the Implant

It’s natural for you to want to poke around with your tongue at this new, shiny item in your mouth. However, it’s important to try and not disturb the area as much as possible. This means you shouldn’t rinse, probe, or floss your new dental implant for at least 24 hours after ...

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It’s Time You Know the Difference Between a Dentist and a Dental Hygienist

When you’re at the dentist, the person that cleans your teeth might not be your actual dentist. Instead, a dental hygienist often takes care of the “dirty work” by cleaning your teeth for inspection by the dentist. So, what’s the actual difference between these two qualified individuals?


The largest and most important difference between a dentist and a dental hygienist is education. Dentists are doctors, meaning that they go to school to obtain a bachelor’s degree and then go to four more years of dental school in order to earn certification. Dental hygienists, on the other hand, only go to school for two for four years. They earn an associate’s or ...

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Is Dental Insurance Right for Me?

If you’re looking for ways to cut down on your dental expenses, you may have considered investing in dental insurance. Generally, this type of insurance is not included in a health care plan, so it must be selected as a separate option. While plan literature might make it sound like a bargain, the monthly premiums may be a turnoff for you. All things considered, is dental insurance really worth the cost?

Types of Dental Insurance

Like like health insurance, dental insurance also comes in a few different levels in order to make it as confusing as possible. Generally, there are three separate forms of insurance: dental indemnity insurance, a PPO, and an ...

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What Happens If You Stop Brushing Your Teeth?

By now, you’re probably aware that brushing and flossing should be essential parts of your daily oral hygiene routine. Without performing these tasks, you will eventually develop cavities, gingivitis, and might even start losing teeth. However, this isn’t something that’s going to happen if you forget to brush one time. But what if you woke up one morning and decided to never brush your teeth again? How long would it take for decay and grime to set in?

One Day After Not Brushing

Only a day after putting down your toothbrush, your teeth will start to collect a film of plaque. While this isn’t harmful on its own, it will quickly allow ...

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How to Protect Your Teeth When Playing Sports

Whether you enjoy slam dunking on the court, hitting the game-winning grand slam, or scoring touchdowns on the field, sports are a great way to stay in shape and have fun. However, these activities are also known to have a less than desirable effect on your teeth. In fact, it’s estimated that during the course of a single season, an athlete has a 1 in 10 chance of suffering a facial or dental injury. In order to keep your smile intact, it’s important to take some steps to protect your teeth during game action.

Wear a Helmet

Depending on the type of sport you play, wearing a helmet may or may not ...

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You Might Be Grinding Your Teeth and Not Even Realizing It

Because most teeth grinding happens at night when you’re asleep, there’s a chance you suffer from this problem and don’t even realize it. Also known as bruxism, teeth grinding can happen at least two to four times an hour for those afflicted. Unfortunately, bruxism can have disastrous and noticeable consequences on your oral health if not treated in time.

Symptoms of Teeth Grinding

If you’re not sure if you are grinding your teeth, you’ll probably be able to tell right away after learning more about the symptoms. The most common and prevalent symptom is a headache. In fact, people who grind their teeth are three times as likely to have a headache ...

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Dealing With Your Changing Oral Health Needs as You Age

Taking care of your teeth involves several universal principles: brushing, flossing, and watching what you eat. Beyond that, however, your changing oral health needs may vary depending on how old you are. For example, children have a different set of problems to worry about than older adults. In order to ensure your mouth is as healthy as possible, it’s important to know what problems may lie on the horizon for your age group.

Oral Health for Children

Just because a child’s mouth is filled with baby teeth does not mean you don’t have to take care of them. In fact, it’s important to treat them just like permanent teeth. If you don’t, ...

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How Does Smoking Affect Your Teeth?

By now, you’re probably quite aware that smoking is bad for your health. It has been directly linked to higher rates of lung cancer, throat cancer, and COPD. However, the ways in which smoking can affect your oral health are often overlooked. Unsurprisingly, smoking also has bad effects for your mouth, which is one reason why it’s so important to see a dentist regularly.

Effects of Smoking on the Mouth

If you are a smoker, you’ve probably noticed some changes in your mouth over the years. Probably the most obvious difference is bad breath or yellowed teeth. While these are cosmetic problems, they can definitely be signs of more serious issues. Smoking ...

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