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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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How to Avoid and Remove Tooth Stains

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We can all picture the perfect smile. Perfect teeth, each a pearly white, just seem to light up a room and make the smile’s owner even more attractive. But when teeth don’t have that uniform glow to them, with an unpleasant tint from stains, they can appear unhealthy. It can suggest a range of bad habits. And for some, it can make them self-conscious enough to avoid smiling altogether.

If you aren’t in love with discoloration on your teeth, there is a wide range of options available to correct this. Since the stains can be brought on by a variety of habits and conditions, the first step is to understand …

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Dental Hygiene After 55: A Guide for Older Adults

It’s no secret that good oral hygiene is important. But, for many adults over 55, practicing good oral care habits isn’t as easy as it once was. For some, arthritis and other conditions make it harder to brush and floss the way you should. For others, changes in finances or lack of adequate dental insurance might be a barrier to regular cleanings. Or, maybe you’re disabled and relying on a family member or caretaker to assist you in these areas when they can.

There are some very real challenges to practicing good oral hygiene as you age. But often, people use these reasons as an excuse to let their oral …

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5 Alternatives to Traditional Flossing

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If you were to ask anyone what leads to healthy teeth, you would overwhelmingly get proper, regular brushing as a response. It’s a great answer, and one that needs to be part of everyone’s oral care plan — but it’s not a complete one.

While brushing is a valuable part of keeping your teeth clean, an equally important part is flossing. Your toothbrush is able to scrub the outer and inner surfaces of your teeth, but dental floss, by removing plaque and debris trapped between teeth, takes care of all that your brush can’t reach. So if flossing isn’t a part of your daily routine, you’re not getting your teeth …

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The Best (and Worst) Foods and Drinks for Your Teeth


When you brush and floss regularly, it’s easy to assume you’re doing a thorough job of taking care of your teeth. Don’t get too complacent, however. If you’re limiting your efforts toward oral health to these bare essentials, you could be damaging your teeth as much as you’re helping them.

Your diet is just as important to healthy teeth as your toothbrush. And while you’re likely aware of obvious foods that can take a toll on your smile, there are many others, just as damaging, that you may not be aware of.

The good news is there are many options for food that support healthy teeth. By adding these to …

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