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Will Braces Affect How You Speak

Will Braces Affect How You Speak?

Many people have a lot of questions and concerns when they first get braces. Braces are a big deal and bring a lot of change with them. You may be afraid that braces will affect not only the way your mouth feels, but the way you do a lot of your normal activities, as well. For example, will braces affect how you speak? Here are some things you may need to know about braces and how you might feel with them. When You First Get Braces When you first get braces, they will likely affect how you speak to some…

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How Thumb Sucking Affects Teeth Alignment

Thumb sucking is natural for children and can be an effective way for them to self-soothe, but many parents worry about the potential negative side effects of this habit. If you’re concerned that your child’s thumb sucking habit may be out of hand or about how thumb sucking affects teeth alignment, continue reading to learn more about when you should be concerned and what you can do to help your child learn other more healthy behaviors. What Causes Thumb Sucking? Did you know that thumb sucking actually starts while babies are still in the womb? Many new parents are surprised…

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How Snacking Affects Oral Health

It’s still a few hours until dinner and your stomach is growling. You’re thinking of reaching for a snack, but then you remember you just brushed your teeth after lunch. Have you ever wondered how snacking affects oral health? Is it bad for your teeth? It can be, but it doesn’t have to affect your oral health negatively. There are some things you can do to minimize the negative impact snacking could have on your teeth. Is Snacking Bad for My Teeth? Snacking can be bad for your teeth if you might have to wait a long time before you…

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Dental Care is Self Care

When many of us think of self care, we might picture a walk among fresh air and nature, practicing yoga, a quiet meditation session, a relaxing bath with essential oils or getting creative in a coloring book. All of these are wonderful ways to self care that can benefit your mind and being, but self care encompasses many ways of caring for your health and includes your whole body. Dental care is no different. As the awareness and practice of self care becomes more and more popular, it’s important to begin a discussion about it by talking about how it…

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3 Ways Braces Benefit You

Getting braces is like a rite of passage for many kids and teens, but is also common for adults. The decision of whether or not to get braces is a big one. Braces provide many benefits. Here are some ways braces benefit you to aid you in making this decision for yourself or your child. 1. It Straightens Crooked Teeth and Ineffective Bite Crooked teeth are one of the more well known ways braces benefit you, but they can also be recommended by a dental professional due to an ineffective bite. Both crooked teeth and an ineffective bite can be…

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Dental Benefits Tips and Tricks

You pay for dental benefits yearly, so you want to make the most of them. Here are some dental benefits tips and tricks to help you make the most of your dental plan. Consider Where to Get the Best Plan Discount plans, or employer plans? This is a tough decision. Commonly, employer plans are least expensive, as employers may have more resources pooled from their employees bundling together to purchase benefits. Discount plans may be appropriate if you don’t have access to an employer plan or can find a better deal that way. Know your options and don’t be afraid…

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What is Gum Disease?

“What is gum disease?” you may wonder after a chat with your dentist. A term that ecompasses a variety of situations and needs, gum disease is also common, affecting almost 1 in 2 adults in the United States alone. That number goes up even more for older adults as well. So even if you don’t currently have gum disease, it can be wise to read up on what to look for, how to treat, and when to see a dentist! Basic Terms: Gingivitis: The most mild form of gum disease which can be treated with impeccable hygiene and regular chats…

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Does Mouthwash Really Work

Does Mouthwash Really Work?

Sure, mouthwash is a good part of a daily oral hygiene routine, but does mouthwash really work? The plethora of choices at the store can be overwhelming, so if you should use mouthwash, what kind is best? Which One, Which One? There are many types of mouthwashes. Those that focus on fresh breath, and therapeutic kinds that can aim to help with gingivitis, send germs packing, or strengthen teeth with fluoride. There are also alcohol free mouthwashes which can be helpful in combating dry mouth. For those asking “Does Mouthwash really work?” It does, and it works in many ways,…

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Who Needs Orthodontics

Who Needs Orthodontics?

A beautiful smile can be the very thing that sets you apart from the crowd. But did you know that seeing an Orthodontist is more than simply cosmetic? If you’ve been wondering who needs Orthodontics, and whether it’s something you should consider, there are many reasons that you should make a call to have your first consultation. Who Should Go to the Orthodontist? The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that a child receive their first Orthodontic check up no later than the age of 7. This allows the Orthodontist to find out if your child has an existing Orthodontic problem…

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Is Gum Disease Reversible

Is Gum Disease Reversible?

Gum disease is a common problem, affecting half of adults in the United States. The older an adult is, the more likely they are to have experienced gum disease, whether the more mild gingivitis, or the more advanced periodontitis. So what can one do? Is Gum disease reversible? Signs of Gum Disease Gum disease isn’t always immediately detectable, and may silently affect your gums and teeth. Caused by plaque not being thoroughly removed from the mouth, it can cause inflammation, bleeding at the gums, tenderness, bad breath, and in more advanced stages, gum recession, loose teeth, visible pus around teeth…

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