White teeth are attributed to youth, health, and confidence, but not everyone has a bright smile naturally. Not to mention, years of drinking coffee, smoking, or poor brushing habits can leave stains. OTC whitening products appear as a convenient, affordable solution to combat discoloration, but they aren’t as safe or effective as you might believe. Here are the facts behind 4 common myths that may make you think twice before using an OTC whitening product.
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Fact-Checking 4 Myths About OTC Whitening Products
March 25, 2023
Is Thumb Sucking Bad For Oral Health?
February 28, 2023
Part of growing up is leaving behind the things we used to love, but aren’t appropriate anymore. When it comes to children and thumb sucking, however, that can be easier said than done. Lots of kids are really attached to thumb-sucking, and you can’t exactly take their thumb away from them.
That can be a problem because sucking behavior past a certain age can cause oral health problems. If you want to know why, and what you can do to help your child stop thumb-sucking, here’s a guide that might help you.(more…)
Teeth Whitening vs. Veneers – Which One Is Right for Me?
January 27, 2023
It’s perfectly natural for your teeth to become discolored over time, but this can happen much more quickly if you enjoy pigmented foods and beverages, like wine, coffee, and tomatoes. The good news is that you don’t need to settle for staining. There are a variety of options to choose from, including teeth whitening and veneers, but which one is right for you? Read on to learn more about each option so you can make an informed decision.(more…)
5 Tips for a Healthy Holiday Smile
December 8, 2022
The holidays can add a few inches to your waistline, but the foods and drinks you consume can also leave a lasting mark on your dental health. You’ll be surrounded by many of your favorite meals and sweet treats, which can wreak havoc on your oral health. You can enjoy the holidays and avoid bad news at the dentist by following 5 tips to protect your smile.
4 Tips to Keep Your Child’s Smile Healthy During Flu & Cold Season
November 4, 2022
When the colder months approach, so does the winter fun! Drinking hot cocoa, celebrating the holidays, and cozy clothing begin to make an appearance. Unfortunately, so do seasonal sicknesses like the flu and colds. The average adult will get two to four colds throughout the year, while the average child gets six to eight, mostly occurring during the winter months. As a loving parent, you want to do all you can to keep them healthy, including their smile. Read on for four tips on keeping your little one’s oral health on track during cold and flu season!(more…)
Why is Praising Your Child for Brushing Important?
October 14, 2022
Your child’s baby teeth are only in place for a few short years, but they are influential in their oral health and development. They allow your child to learn how to eat and speak. Each tooth also acts as a placeholder for their adult teeth. If a primary tooth is lost too soon, it can have lasting consequences for your child’s dental health. Tooth decay is the biggest threat to young smiles. Cavities are more common than childhood asthma, but you can keep decay at bay with a great oral hygiene routine from a young age. Unfortunately, children often view brushing as a chore. You may sound like a broken record reminding your little one to brush their teeth, but that may not be the best approach. According to a new study, praising your child may be the secret to winning the brushing battle.
Save Money by Maximizing Your Child’s Dental Insurance Benefits!
September 19, 2022
Do you have dental insurance for everyone in your family? If so, it only makes sense to get the most out of your benefits as possible. This includes maximizing your coverage for your kids. After all, most dental insurance benefits expire once the clock strikes midnight on December 31st. Keep reading to learn why now is the perfect time to maximize your children’s dental insurance coverage and how to save money while also giving them a healthy smile!(more…)
Do I Need a Checkup If I Have Dentures?
August 26, 2022
If you’ve lost all your teeth, dentures are a great way to rebuild a beautiful, functional smile. Although you’ll no longer have to worry about cavities, that doesn’t mean you can throw out your toothbrush or stop seeing your dentist. Tooth decay isn’t the only risk to your oral health. Despite not having any real teeth, you can still develop various issues that can affect your wellness and the lifespan of your denture. Besides caring for your new set of teeth at home, dental checkups with dentures are just as important, and here’s why.
Why Your Child Should Wear a Mouthguard
July 2, 2022
It’s exciting to watch your little one participate in sports while cheering them on! But the world can come to a screeching halt when you witness your child get popped in the mouth by a flailing arm, foul ball, or errant pass. That said, these situations aren’t entirely avoidable—but there are measures you can take to protect your child when it does happen! One thing to consider is a mouthguard; these handy devices are great for preventing serious oral trauma. Keep reading to learn more from your dentist about why mouthguards are paramount for protecting children’s smiles as they run and play.(more…)
Why Should I Soak My Dentures Overnight?
May 18, 2022
When you start with dentures, you may be tempted to treat them exactly like natural teeth. After all, aren’t they meant to replace your old ones? That said, you might think it’s all right to just sleep with them in your mouth instead of taking them out beforehand. However, that really isn’t a good idea — the better option is soaking dentures overnight. As for why that’s the case, your local dentist knows the answer: Here’s a summary of three key reasons your false teeth need a nightly soak.(more…)