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Should You Brush Your Teeth in Circles or Lines?
Posted on 5/20/2019 by Lemond Hunter
Although we hear all the time about how important it is to brush your teeth for a certain amount of time (two minutes, in case you were unsure), we really don't hear a lot about how to brush your teeth. Your mother may have told you to brush your teeth in an up and down pattern, because that is how she learned to brush. However, a lot of people either brush from side to side or in circles. So which way is best? Is there a way you should never brush your teeth? Keep reading. We'll tell you how to brush your teeth correctly to keep them strong and healthy. Circles or Lines?Whether you brush your teeth up and down or side to side, neither way is the best way to brush your teeth. We know this may come as a shock, so you may need to sit down. To brush your teeth the best way possible, choose small, light, round strokes instead. Research has shown that if you brush your teeth in straight lines, you tend to brush harder, which may wear away tooth enamel. It may also irritate your gums. Brushing your teeth in circles helps in several ways. First, it reduces the chance that you are brushing your teeth too hard, which is better for your teeth and gums. Second, brushing in circles means you are not only making sure you brush your teeth, but that you also get your teeth along the gumline, and the gums as well. Good oral health means your gums need to stay free of food particles as well. Also, a lot of nasty bacteria and plaque tend to hang out around the gumline, and many cavities that start there are discovered right away. If you are brushing in circles along the gumline, you reduce your chances of getting both tooth decay and gum disease. Call Us to Help You Maintain Your Oral HealthIf you want to make sure you are brushing correctly, why not come and chat with us? We will be happy to look at your brushing technique!...

How to Keep Your Lips from Cracking?
Posted on 5/10/2019 by Lemond Hunter
Everyone knows that the dry, cold air can cause chapped lips. If you don't use any lubricant to protect them it will get worse. However, many people suffer from this condition at other times of the year, which means you can't blame old man winter. There has to be another reason. The fact is, there are many other reasons that you can have cracked lips that are completely unrelated to the weather. Some you just have to live with and treat the cracked lips, but others are easily corrected and will make the condition go away completely. What Are the Causes of Cracked Lips Besides the Weather?One of the primary causes of cracked lips is a vitamin deficiency. A deficiency of Vitamin B6 is one of the primary preventable causes of cracked or dry lips. Vitamin B6 is essential to maintaining your metabolism. It also boosts your immune system. If you have a deficiency of Vitamin B6 you will have several symptoms, one of which could be cracked lips. Our tongue and mouth may also become inflamed. The B vitamin family is essential for your body's processes to operate smoothly and efficiently. Several medical conditions, like arteriosclerosis, can also have cracked lips as a symptom, but you would also have far worse symptoms that would have caused you to seek medical attention. Licking your lips can also cause you to have dry and cracked lips as can mouth breathing. These are causes that you can control. If you want to lick your lips, apply lip balm instead. How Do I get B6?Obviously, you can simply get a bottle of B6 vitamins, but getting your vitamins from food is a much better route. Some foods that contain vitamin B6 are vegetables, like carrots, spinach, and peas. If you aren't a big veggie fan, you can find it in potatoes, milk, cheese, fish, and eggs, too. Let us help you review your diet. It may be easier than you think....

Can Crowns Become Loose?
Posted on 4/20/2019 by Lemond Hunter
Dental crowns are commonly used in restoring a tooth that has become damaged either by injury, normal wear or decay. Crowns are tooth shaped caps that are cemented to the natural tooth that has been damaged and essentially completely encase the damaged tooth inside of a shield. There are several reasons why a crown may become loose and today we will look at those reasons as well as talk about what to do if you find that one of your crowns has become loose. What Causes a Crown to Become Loose?Although crowns are custom made to fit each individual tooth, there are times when you may find that one of your crowns has become loose. If your crown was not fitted properly to your natural tooth, the cement that holds the crown in place can begin to wash away, thus leaving your natural tooth exposed to bacteria and your crown feeling loose. Another reason your crown may become loose is underlying decay. While a crown is prosthetic and can be made out of porcelain or metal, your natural tooth is still susceptible to decay. If for some reason your natural tooth is beginning to decay, your crown will feel loose because the cement begins to break down right along with the natural tooth. Avoiding sticky foods is also recommended with a crown. An occasional treat here and there may not do your crown any harm, but frequent stickiness will pull on the crown and this can cause them to gradually weaken over time and become loose. If your crown is loose enough, the sticky food can even pull the crown off entirely, so it is best to just avoid them if you can. If you have a crown that you feel has become loose, please call our office right away and schedule a checkup....

All Posts:

Should You Brush Your Teeth in Circles or Lines?
How to Keep Your Lips from Cracking?
Can Crowns Become Loose?
Best Ways to Learn How to Be Proactive About Your Oral Health
Loose Teeth as an Adult Signifies a Problem with Your Oral Health
Let Us Help You When You Have Dental Questions Instead of Looking Them Up Online
Signs Your Fillings Are Coming Loose
How Sinus Pressure Can Impact Your Teeth
Foods That Can Freshen Your Breath
Eating a Rainbow Diet Can Help Your Oral Health Improve
What Enamel Does for Your Teeth Aside from Protecting Them
What Dry Mouth Can Do to Your Teeth
Can You Make it To Where Your Teeth Are Less Sensitive to Heat?
There Are Several Benefits that Come with Conscious Sedation
How to Keep Your Mouth Healthy with Partials
How to Keep Your Mouth Clean Following Pocket Reduction
Mouth Guards Can Improve Your Sleep
Medications That Cause Discolored Teeth
What We Look for During Oral Cancer Screenings
What We Look At During Dental Exams
How to Ease Jaw Aches When Your TMJ Gets Inflamed
Brushing Before Going to Sleep Is Necessary for Good Oral Health
What People Notice When They First Meet You
What is It about Sports Drinks that Harm Your Teeth?
"Types of Problems That Fall Under the Category of Dental Emergencies"
Types of Dental Bridges You Can Get
Making Brushing Easier When You Struggle with Arthritis
How Much of Your Teeth Are Situated Below the Gums?
What Options Do You Have for a Gap in Your Front Teeth?
What is the Difference between Power Flossers and Water Flossers?
What Type of Oral Health Goals Do You Have?
What to Do When a Tooth Comes in Crooked
Why You Need to Replace Your Toothbrush When a Cold Sore Erupts
Why You Need to Limit Drinking Acidic Beverages
Types of Cracks Best Covered by Veneers
Tooth Pain and Fevers Usually Signify a Dental Abscess
Is There Any Benefit to Making Homemade Toothpaste?
How Your Gag Reflex Impacts Your Dental Visits
The Importance of Not Using a Hard Bristled Toothbrush
The Damage That Can Come from Sucking on Candies and Cough Drops
How Stress Affects Gum Disease
How Long After a Cleaning Should You Wait to Eat?
Why Your Toothbrush and Dishwasher Should be Best Friends
Why You Should Go to the Dentist if Your Gum is Sore to the Touch
Why Are People Afraid of Root Canals?
Do You Brush Your Tongue Often Enough?
Why Eating a Sweet Treat Could Cause Your Teeth to Hurt
Why Do You Wait to Brush After Anything Acidic?
There's More to Cosmetic Dentistry Than Whitening
The Weather Can Affect the Way Your Teeth Feel
The Beating Your Teeth Take When You Have an Oral Piercing
Talking to Your Dentist About Having a Filling Replaced
Why You Want to Indulge in Strawberries As A Spring Time Snack
Why Chewing Vegetables is So Good for Your Oral Health
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