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How Much Toothpaste Should You Really Use? Is More Toothpaste Better? We have all seen the toothpaste commercials that make a ‘loop-de-doo’ of toothpaste on the bristles.  Is this excessive?  Absolutely!  There are three basic benefits of toothpaste: Flavor Medicaments Grit The first – Flavor – makes brushing more fun.  But too much flavor, and too much toothpaste and you […]

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Why do I say this?  In a study published in the Postgraduate Medical Journal by Bale, Doneen and Vigerust, in November 2016, they note evidence that pathogens (bacteria) found in periodontal disease are considered a contributing cause of arteriosclerotic vascular disease including heart attacks and strokes.  Wow!  So taking care of periodontal disease aids in getting rid of the bugs […]

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Individualized oral health care – Individualized dental care. The way it should be! Our office believes in individualized dental care for optimal health. Dental care should be individualized to the patient.  What works for you is not necessarily what works for other patients.  Every patient deserved individualized oral health care.  Take something as simple as the notion that every person […]

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Professional Cleanings and Exams – Are They Necessary? An alternate title for this might be, “Isn’t it pretty obvious if I have a problem with my teeth or my mouth?  Why not wait I am concerned to have a professional cleaning and exam?” Is the mouth above healthy? Are their conditions that can’t be seen or felt?  Would you be […]

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People are still asking is it necessary to floss?  They read the recent news article that said in effect that no studies have proven that flossing is beneficial.   Many people were left questioning, ‘flossing, necessary or optional?’ It is amazing to me what a controversy a news article can cause.  The simple answer is YES we should floss! Let […]

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Tooth decay can and does cause bad breath!  So the answer is one of the following: Yes Absolutely Are you kidding? Sure! Heck yes! Bad breath and more! The reason for this is easy to understand if you think of tooth decay as an infectious process that causes tooth destruction and creates openings (holes, cavities) in the teeth where bacteria […]

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“Gums don’t complain much, even when we are infected!  Can you see the soft looking white stuff between the lower teeth.  That is a lot of bacteria and debris here.  Bacteria like to live between your teeth and under your gums.” This continues to be your gums talking to YOU!  “Could you give me about five minutes of your time? […]

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This letter is for you, my patients, Do you have gum disease, gingivitis, or periodontal disease?  Do you know if there is any infection present in your mouth? Do you have oral cancer? Ninety percent (90%!) of people have some type of disease or infection in their mouths!  My guess is that far less than 90% are aware of this.  Once […]

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This information about tartar brought to you by our wonderful treatment assistant, Julie Why do I get Tartar ? Even with proper tooth brushing at home, you still have bacteria in your mouth.  This bacteria mixed with proteins and food byproducts forms a sticky film on your teeth called plaque.  When plaque accumulates and is not removed from your teeth […]

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Did you know it was a good idea to switch the type of mouth rinse you use periodically?  It is! To maximize the effectiveness of your mouth rinse (also called mouth wash) you should switch mouth rinse types every 2 – 3 months per a study from Clinical Research Associates. This can be thought of like the need to periodically […]

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