5 Tips To Get Your Kids Comfortable With Dental Visits

5 Tips to Get Your Kids Comfortable with Dental Visits

Routine dental appointments are critical to the maintenance of our health, especially for kids. It’s important that parents instill this habit in their children at an early age. A trip to your dentist at Rio Dental & Orthodontics Rio Rancho may seem like a trivial task for adults who know what to expect, but can be intimidating – and even scary – for young kids. According to the National Children’s Oral Health Foundation, the leading cause of childhood illness results from tooth decay. Approximately 16 million kids in the United States have tooth decay that has been left untreated. Tooth decay…

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Conquering Gum Disease – 4 Easy Steps To A Healthy Mouth

Conquering Gum Disease – 4 Easy Steps to a Healthy Mouth

If you have gum disease, also referred to as gingivitis or periodontal disease, you are not alone. According the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), almost half of Americans 30 years-old or older have gum disease. If you are over 65, your risk for gum disease is even higher, over 70%. At the same time, symptoms of gum disease should not be ignored. Early diagnosis and treatment are important to your overall health. Gum Disease Is More Serious Than You Think Most people relate gum disease with tooth loss, but, as serious as that is, it isn’t the only…

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Mouth Guards And Sports

Mouth Guards and Sports

Ask any dentist, and they’ll say mouth guards are essential when playing sports. Why? Of all the oral injuries they see every year, 13 to 39% are sports-related. Furthermore, the National Youth Sports Foundation for Safety finds that athletes who fail to wear mouth guards are 60 times more likely to experience a dental injury. Sports can lead to collisions with other players, the ground, and flying objects like balls and bats. Wearing a mouth guard prevents many possible injuries to the face and mouth – chipped or broken teeth and jaw bones, root damage, and cuts to soft tissues.…

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8 Benefits Of Invisalign

8 Benefits of Invisalign

While there are many options to straighten your teeth Invisalign is the only clear option that is free of brackets and wires. Invisalign allows you to work, eat, and participate in social situations worry free! All while giving you a perfect smile. Invisalign has many benefits for the wearer, such as comfort and flexibility, below we will look at 8 of the many benefits Invisalign has to offer. Invisible Appearance Invisalign trays are invisible! They are completely clear so they don’t detract from your face or smile. This is an especially great option for adults, teens, and young adults who…

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Your Smile After Graduation

Your Smile After Graduation

Having the best smile on campus Of all of life’s transitions, perhaps one of the most monumental is when a young person graduates high school and enters the “real” world for the first time. Adjusting to life as an adult can be exciting, but it’s important to keep your well-being, including your dental health, a priority. If you’re starting college, your teeth are an important part of your life and even your future career. Here’s how to keep your smile in the best shape possible. College students and dental visits Between studying, sports, activities, friends, and more, you probably have…

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Dear Tooth Fairy

Dear Tooth Fairy

Do you recall visits from the Tooth Fairy as a child? Children are often so excited about losing a tooth, because they know a visit from the Tooth Fairy is imminent. Traditionally, the Tooth Fairy takes children's lost teeth from under their pillows as they sleep, replacing it with money. Some children even have special boxes, pillows, or stuffed animals designed to keep the tooth safe while it awaits its collection from our fictional flying friend. Although the Tooth Fairy is relatively new to human traditions, people from all cultures have been celebrating or commemorating the loss of children’s baby…

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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Gum Disease

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Gum Disease

When people think of dental care, they often think of teeth. But healthy teeth are only part of the equation. The tissues and bone that surround your teeth, including your gums, are critically important to your overall dental health. You may be thinking, “There’s no way I could have gum disease. My mouth feels fine.” But gum disease often shows no obvious symptoms and doesn’t cause pain - so many people have it and don’t know it. Nearly half of adults age 30 or older have some form of periodontal (gum) disease. And, nearly 70 percent of adults age 65…

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3 Ways To Get A Movie-Star Smile

3 Ways To Get A Movie-Star Smile

Your smile is one of the first things people notice about you. It’s arguably your most important feature. But if you struggle with a smile that’s not as good as it could be, your confidence could suffer. Many people have problems with their teeth that make them feel self-conscious. It may hold you back in your personal life and even in your professional pursuits. In fact, 74 percent of people feel that an unattractive smile could hurt your career, according to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. You don’t have to live with a smile that you don’t love. Perhaps…

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February Is Children’s Dental Health Month! Here Are 5 Ways To Keep Kids’ Teeth Healthy

February is Children’s Dental Health Month! Here are 5 Ways to Keep Kids’ Teeth Healthy

Children are notorious for their love of sugary treats. Candy, juice, and soda are just a few of the things many kids consume on a regular basis. Unfortunately, these habits are causing major dental health problems. Dentists are seeing an increasing number of very young children – many even younger than age 3 – who need invasive dental surgery due to decay. February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, so it’s the perfect time to cover how we can help children get a healthy smile - and keep it that way for life. Cut back on juice, soda, and sports…

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Your Heart Loves Your Dentist

Your Heart Loves Your Dentist

You know you should take care of your teeth to prevent problems like cavities and bad breath. Perhaps you brush your teeth quickly each morning as part of your routine, but don’t think much about it. You may assume that as long as your teeth don’t hurt, you don’t need to worry too much about your dental health. But your dental health affects your overall health. In fact, for some people, it may even be the difference between life and death. That’s because recent studies have shown that poor dental health may increase your risk of heart attack, stroke, and…

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