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The Effects of Sugar on Children’s Teeth

little girl with cupcakeYou want only the best for your child. Of course, giving your child the best can be easier said than done. Many foods out there contain a large amount of sugar, which can negatively affect your child’s oral health. How much sugar should you let your child have? Why does it damage teeth? Does sugar cause any extra negative effects on baby teeth? We’ll answer these questions and more.

How Sugar Affects Baby Teeth

People commonly say that sugar causes tooth decay, but technically, it’s the bacteria that create cavities โ€” not the sugar itself. The bacteria in your mouth love to eat sugar as much as many humans do. …

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Possible Causes of Toothaches

young woman with tooth painA toothache is enough to make anyone feel miserable. Not only is it a pain in the mouth, literally, but you may also experience some anxiety trying to figure out the cause. The many possibilities range from common oral issues to bad habits that we may not even be aware of. If you’re struggling with a toothache, the right thing to do is to make an appointment with your dentist. In the meantime, it may help to know some of the most common possible causes of toothaches.

Tooth Decay

One of the most prevalent oral ailments is something you’ve probably heard of since you were young โ€” cavities. A cavity …

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Common Questions About Cavities

tooth pain with cavity

Before any dental appointment, one thought pops into most people’s heads โ€” “I wonder if I have a cavity.” Fear of cavities is a concern that’s pressed into us from a young age. That’s the main reason we brush so vigorously and make sure we have regular trips to the dentist’s office. However, a lot of myths surround cavities.

Believe it or not, if you’ve had a cavity, you’re not alone. The majority of patients who visit us have had a cavity at one time or another. In fact, they’re one of the most common oral ailments we see. Despite this fact, you may still have questions or concerns about …

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How Diabetes Affects Dental Health

Hundreds of millions of people are impacted by diabetes around the world. When we think of this condition, what usually comes to mind is the need for insulin shots or other forms of medication. However, the high blood sugar caused by both type I and type II diabetes can lead to a number of different health concerns affecting the eyes, kidneys, nerves and heart. But what most people with this condition don’t know is that diabetes can also impact oral health.

Diabetes and Your Mouth

Some people don’t realize that they have diabetes. The condition can affect both children and adults. And if it’s left untreated, it can wreak havoc …

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Preventing Dental Anxiety

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If you struggle with anxiety before visiting your local dentist, you’re not alone. Many people throughout the country avoid their periodic dental appointments because of a deep-seated fear. Some struggle with an actual dental phobia, which is a serious anxiety condition that causes bouts of panic. However, for most, fear is caused by something a little more tangible, whether it be a bad dental experience or even just the sterile, unfamiliar surroundings.

Here we’ll discuss some of the most common causes of dental anxiety as well as some tips you can try to help yourself overcome dental fear. After all, we want to ensure you have a wonderful smile before, …

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