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How to keep all your teeth into old age

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Good habits and routine care

Over time, eating, grinding our teeth, and the acids in foods wear away the outer tooth enamel and biting edges of teeth. Good habits and routine care can reduce these effects of aging and help prevent tooth loss.

Daily care
It's best to begin as a child, but you are never old to start a healthy, daily teeth care routine that includes:

  • Brushing twice a day
  • Flossing
  • Rinsing

Consistent daily care reduces the decay-causing bacteria and food residues in the mouth that feed them. The result is fewer dental problems and teeth that will last.

Regular dental exams
Nerves in the roots of teeth lose sensitivity with age. Regular exams can find ...

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Easy payment plans for dental treatment

Cost of living pressures seem to be increasing every day, and many people simply don't have the upfront cash to visit the dentist as regularly as they need to. At our practice, we offer payment plans for dental treatments, to make sure that our patients feel as comfortable as possible about their visit to the dentist. Patients just need to speak to the practice manager, Lisa, and she can set up a payment plan. We actually use one company called DentiCare—it's interest free and we usually do a six to 12-month payment plan, depending on the treatment. There is one small set-up fee, and that's, I think, around $30 to ...

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How To Keep Your Children's Teeth Healthy This Season

Children are more susceptible to cavities than adults. Even in children with healthy teeth, the enamel in their primary, or baby, teeth is not as hard or dense as that in adults.

Protect Your Children’s Teeth During the Holidays

Holiday treats and foods that are not part of the child’s normal diet can increase the possibility of decay. A few simple steps can protect their teeth and eliminate future dental problems.

Limit sugar

Sugars and starchy food promote the growth of bacteria that cause decay. By limiting the amount of sugar, your child consumes the likelihood of tooth decay decreases. Even during the holidays, when candy and treats abound, you can reduce the effects ...

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Why does my jaw ache?

There are a number of possible causes of an aching jaw. Until the problem causing the pain is corrected, jaw ache can cause make it difficult to chew or drink. Severe jaw pain can even cause headaches and digestive problems.

Is an aching jaw serious?

Not all jaw ache is a symptom of a serious condition. It can be caused by innocuous activities like excessive gum chewing or jaw clenching resulting from stress. This results in simple exhaustion of the jaw muscles and are easily correctable without a visit to a health care professional.

Sometimes the sources of jaw ache are not always so easy to pin down. They can be neurological, muscular, ...

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How Can Dentists Help With Snoring?

If you or your sleeping partner snore, chances are neither of you are getting a good night’s sleep. Even moderate snoring noise, 40 to 70 decibels, can be as loud as a vacuum cleaner running beside your bed.

Causes and effects

Snoring is caused by a partial obstruction of the airway. The blockage may be the result of one or a combination of these factors:

  • Allergy or sinus infection
  • Overrelaxed throat muscles
  • Obesity
  • Excess fleshy tissue in the throat
  • Abnormal soft palate or uvula that narrows the throat and airway

Snorers and those nearby can lose hours of sleep each night. The cumulative effect of this loss of sleep has some serious health implications, including:

  • Interrupted breathing
  • High blood pressure
  • Enlargement ...

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7 top tips for healthy teeth between check-ups

You want to keep your teeth healthy between check-ups. It will save you money and make life much more comfortable. There are a few top tips I have, though, to ensure your teeth stay in the best condition possible.

Top teeth tip: Brush your teeth for two minutes

To give your teeth the care and attention they need, I recommend brushing for two minutes, twice a day. While some patients seem to think a quick 10-second spruce does the job, it doesn't. It just means you will end up having to see dentists like me more often. No-one wants that! I recommend setting a timer on your phone to get the timing ...

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What you need to know about gum disease

Have you ever brushed your teeth and noticed that your gums bleed a little? Perhaps you didn’t think much of it. However, gums that bleed consistently can hint that something is wrong with your mouth.

Early signs of gum disease

Bleeding is one of the first signs you would notice of gum disease. This happens when your gum line is inflamed due to a bacterial infection. These bacteria can form a plaque that sticks to your teeth that may not be removed from mere brushing or flossing alone. If the plaque builds up, it can infect your teeth and gums, eventually affecting the bone that supports your teeth.

How do you know if ...

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