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What you need to know if you’re an adult considering braces Guess what? Everyone deserves a smile they are proud of, no matter what their age. If you missed out on the opportunity to have orthodontia as a child, it isn’t too late. If you’re self-conscious about your smile and have always wanted straighter teeth but are concerned about the stigma surrounding adult braces, this post may help alleviate your concerns. You may be surprised to learn that the benefits go beyond the cosmetic. Read on to learn about orthodontic treatments for adults and whether they may be right for you. Am

The best kind of checkup is a cavity-free checkup. Moms and dads can help make this happen by encouraging kids to brush twice a day for two minutes and floss once a day. Of course the approach to dental care shifts as your children age. Your approach to your child’s brushing habits may work at one age and not another. According to the ADA there are different ways to convince your child to brush and develop healthy habits depending on their age. Read on for age appropriate guidelines for children’s dental and oral health care. Oral Health for Kids Ages 6

You might not actually think about your baby needing much in the way of oral care. After all, their gummy little smiles don’t exactly make you think of brushing your teeth. According to the American Dental Association, baby teeth are very important to your child’s health and development. That’s why starting infants off with good oral care can help protect their teeth for decades to come. We’ll discuss your baby’s development of teeth and how to care for them here. Baby’s First Teeth When do babies get their first teeth? This may surprise you but your baby’s teeth actually develop in utero, and

Why are some people more prone to cavities? You brush, you floss and then bam! A cavity appears. How is that possible? If you’re paying attention to your diet and not drinking sugary drinks (the number one cause of cavity causing bacteria) then chances are you have Mom and Dad to thank for being cavity prone. Sixty percent of why we get cavities has nothing to do with our dental hygiene. Read on to find out why some of us won the genetic lottery when it comes to cavities. How Genetics Play a Role in Cavities Just like our eye colour is determined

Remember when you were young and you were warned about “plaque bugs” and how if you don’t brush them away you’ll get cavities? Well for many of us that’s about all we learned about cavities. How they form, what are the different types and how they are filled may still be a mystery. If you don’t actually know what they are how can you avoid them? Read on to learn more as we clear up cavity confusion…. How do cavities form? Mapping a cavity It starts with the bacteria in our mouths. We all have many different types of bacteria in our mouths

As part of our oral health series we wanted to address a serious health concern. Oral Cancer. According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, the disease is responsible for 10,000 deaths in America each year. Early detection is a must. Regular dental visits and exams can help detect oral cancer, but if you develop symptoms outside your regular check-ups you may want to investigate. How do you know when to worry? Read on to learn more. What is mouth/oral cancer? Oral cancer is also known as mouth cancer, though the term mouth cancer is more specific. Mouth cancer refers to cancer that develops

You may hear wisdom teeth and automatically think of those Youtube videos showing some poor sod someone recovering from surgery and saying ridiculous things. But what are they? Do they serve an actual purpose, and if not should they always be removed? Read on to get wise about wisdom teeth. What are wisdom teeth? Wisdom teeth do not make you smarter. We sometimes wish that was the case. They are the third set of molars in the back of your mouth closest to your throat. Most people have four but not everyone does. They usually develop between the ages of 17 and

What does your smile say about you? How important is your smile? As dental professionals, we obviously think a smile is extremely important. Having a smile you feel good about can increase your self confidence and affect how others see you. Did you know that your smile can also reveal your personality and that there are different types of smiles? Read on to learn more… What can a smile tell you about someone? Different types of smiles are associated with certain personality traits and how people are received. Some common ones are outlined below. A gap-toothed smile: often perceived as a sign of sensuality, especially

Struggling with snoring and sleeplessness? Call your dentist. Sleep Disturbances and Oral Health As we continue our series on oral health and how it impacts your overall health, we’re going to focus on something we all could use more of…SLEEP! Most of us are aware how long working and waking hours, caffeine, and never being unplugged are taking a toll on the amount of sleep we’re getting. It’s not just lack of sleep that’s negatively impacting our health, it’s also the quality of the sleep we’re getting. Conditions such as bruxism, (teeth grinding), restless legs, snoring may be indicators of a