Quiz: Details Of Your Brushing Sessions

Here comes your dental hygiene session! You put your toothpaste onto your brush’s bristles, you open wide, and you commence with the brushing. What is your method like? Do you spend the same amount of time on each individual tooth? Are you brushing everything? Do you use little strokes or very long, horizontal strokes? Believe it or not, all of these details are relevant if not extremely significant. Don’t worry. If you’re not sure you’re doing things correctly, our quiz will reveal the answers you need.

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Mouthguards Quiz: Do You Wear One?

Do you wear a mouthguard? Is this something that you always assumed was really more for professional athletes? The truth is, for anyone who is in any way in danger of sports equipment hitting them in the mouth, a teammate accidentally running into them, or even of falling during an activity, a guard is a good idea! Not sure you’ve ever really considered this detail? Start with our quiz and then let us know if you think your oral health could use one.

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Quiz: Are You On Track With Flossing?

Flossing is one of those things that patients end up having a lot of questions about, many reservations about, and even a lot of strong opinions about! What are your questions about this part of your dental hygiene and how good of a job do you think you’re doing? Would you say that you’re on track? We always ask that you come to us with uncertainties or questions about technique. For the stuff that can easily throw you off track, we’ve crafted a quiz that will keep you headed in the right direction.

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How A Tiny Cavity Can Lead To Tooth Loss

When you learn that you have a small cavity in your tooth, you might breathe a sigh of relief. You might also think that you can keep doing what you’ve been doing, that you’ve just bought yourself a ton of time, and that even if it takes you a bit longer to get into the swing of things with consistent dental habits, all is well. The truth, however, is that the little evidence of tooth decay present in your smile is no laughing matter. What needs a simple filling right now could suddenly result in tooth loss. “How is this possible?” you ask. Consider the facts!

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Back Teeth: A Few Helpful Details

What’s going on with the back of your smile? Are your back teeth getting as clean as your front, easy to reach teeth? If you’re shrugging your shoulders and are simply hoping that all is well, it might be time to schedule a checkup. Dental hygiene that reaches all of your teeth is essential in promoting a smile free of decay, gingivitis, etc. Remember that even when you think you know all there is to know about brushing, flossing, and more, we just might surprise you with new, simple, and extremely helpful information.

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3 Surprising Places You Can Get Cavities

You might have some very particular ideas about where cavities develop. For instance, we occasionally find that some of our patients assume tooth decay can only affect the chewing surface of molars. If you just found yourself scratching your head and thinking to yourself, “Well, isn’t that true?” then it just might be time for a little smile-health-related wakeup call! Become familiar with some less obvious places your teeth may end up with a cavity or two, so you realize just how important it really is to practice thorough dental hygiene.

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3 Signs You’re Brushing Way Too Vigorously

Yep, it’s true: Vigorous brushing is bad for you. “But I thought it would get my teeth extremely clean!” you exclaim in defeat! We understand. It makes sense to assume that the more effort and force you throw into dental hygiene, the cleaner you should be able to get your teeth. Here’s what you’re not realizing, though: Proper cleansing that doesn’t end up damaging your oral tissues requires only gentle, consistent daily care. Not sure if you’re brushing too hard or too soft, now that we’ve thrown this detail into the mix? We can help.

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Tooth Infections: 3 Things To Remember

When it comes to dental health issues, the topic of tooth infections is one that tends to strike an emotional nerve with our patients. You want to know how to avoid them, you want reassurance that everything will be fine if an infection occurs, and you hope you never have to deal with one! While we understand your feelings, we would like to reassure you that as long as you keep up with your six-month checkups, there’s nothing to stress about. Should one occur, we provide gentle root canal treatments. As for a few things to keep in mind, you’ll find that they will help you feel much more relaxed about your oral health.

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