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Back-to-School Teeth Tips: Food From the Heart

During the school year, parents often spend more time away from their children than with them. Between work, school, and running kids to and from their extracurricular activities, most of us feel lucky if we get to share one solid meal a day with them. Your child’s nutrition is key to both their whole-body health and their oral health. While it’s difficult to make sure they are eating the foods that are best for them when they are away from you, it’s not impossible to do so. We have put together some quick, healthy meal ideas and easy options for … Continue reading

How to Diagnose and Treat Dry Mouth

Standing in front of a crowd on the cusp of giving your first speech, staring into your girlfriend’s eyes right before you ask her to marry you, stepping up to the mic on the verge of your first karaoke performance — these are the moments in life that make your skin tingle, your heart race…and your mouth go dry. Tingling skin and a quickening of your heartbeat can be fun and exciting, but dry mouth is rarely a welcome experience. It can kill a kiss, make you trip over your words, and extend all the way down into your throat, … Continue reading

An Open Letter to Beer Lovers and Brew Enthusiasts

With the joy and revelry of Oktoberfest fading quickly into the past and your lederhosen and suspenders freshly packed away for another year, the post-festivity blues can begin to set in. Even with an array of seasonal holidays on their way, none offer 16 days of merriment in honor of your favorite libation. Don’t despair! The memories you made enjoying large varieties of beer while eating schweinebraten, yodeling, and dancing the polka will last — and so will your smile after you learn about the post-merriment oral health benefits you received. Your Teeth & the Benefits of Beer From polishing … Continue reading

Use Your Dental Benefits Before the Ball Drops

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The weather is finally turning, and you only have a couple of months left to get the most out of your yearly dental insurance. Visiting the dentist may not be on your annual to-do list, but it is key to maintaining optimal oral health. With the holidays — and all of those treats and sweets — on the horizon, now is the perfect time to prepare and protect your pearly whites so you can enjoy the celebratory season that lies ahead. Why Wait? Along with dental benefits, FSA (Flexible Spending Account) and HSA (Health Saving Account) benefits expire at the … Continue reading

Teeth Grinding (Bruxism) and Holiday Stress

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Protect Your Teeth From Holiday Stress: Avoid the Seasonal Grind The holiday season is a time of year that comes with many things: visits from loved ones, weekly parties, a multitude of shopping trips, long hours spent in the kitchen, and stress-induced bruxism. Stress isn’t always a bad thing; in fact it can even be good in small doses. It can spur excitement, joy, and eager anticipation, and it can even function as that extra bit of motivation that you need to get everything on your to-do list done. Even when the outcome of the stress you are experiencing is … Continue reading

Top Oral Health Benefits of Pumpkin

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Dentists Say, “Back Away From the Spiced Latte! But the Pumpkin Can Stay.” It probably comes as no surprise that the Pumpkin Spice Latte is Starbucks’ most popular seasonal drink of all time. Everything about the pumpkin’s color, aroma, and savory flavor screams fall. Every year coffee enthusiasts eagerly await the release of this highly anticipated beverage, then flock to the coffee shop as soon as it becomes available. At least that is how it has gone for the better part of the last 12 years, since its inception in 2003. But the Pumpkin Spice Latte isn’t your average cup … Continue reading

The Perfect Gift: A Smile

The holiday season is often touted as “the best time of the year!” While this is true for many, for some it can be the most difficult. For individuals and families coping with homelessness, in crisis, or dealing with a time of personal hardship, this time of year can be intensely challenging to face and even harder get through. When basic needs aren’t being met, the gift-giving season can take a toll. So during this season of abundance, consider giving someone less fortunate their smile back. Toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss, and mouth rinse are everyday items that are often taken for … Continue reading

’Tis the Season for Getting Fresh: Avoid Bad Breath

Mistletoe has been hung, setting blissful, kissing booby traps for the unsuspecting, and when the ball drops, lips will lock everywhere. During the month of December, your oral health and hygiene needs to be on point! Brushing and rinsing twice a day, as well as daily flossing, helps keep your mouth healthy but doesn’t necessarily ensure fresh breath that will last all day long. And during a season hallmarked by the unexpected, one does not want to be caught face-to-face suffering from a bad case of halitosis. So what can you do to improve your chances of being 100% smoochable … Continue reading

Understanding the Dental-Health/Whole-Health Connection

When you think about visiting the dentist, you most likely think about keeping your teeth white and straight, and having an attractive smile. What you may not realize is that maintaining good oral health has value beyond the obvious aesthetic rewards of a beautiful smile. Dedication to maintaining good at-home oral hygiene practices and making regular visits to the dentist protect your overall health and can help you avoid serious health complications and disease. Healthy Mouth, Healthy Body Recent research has linked gum disease to health problems that affect women and men of all ages. Gum disease is a bacterial … Continue reading

Manual vs. Electric: The Battle for Best Brush

Once every three or four months, you inevitably find yourself standing in the oral hygiene aisle at the grocery store scanning rows and rows of an endless variety of toothbrushes. They come in all shapes, sizes, and colors — and some of them even come with small motors. But how do you know which one is the best for you or your children? The Basics There are some basics you should look for when purchasing a new brush: The handle of the toothbrush should be a length and shape that best allows you to hold and maneuver it as you … Continue reading


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