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Why Brushing Alone Isn’t Quite Enough

You’ve been hearing for years that to maintain your oral health, you should brush twice daily for at least two minutes. But what if we told you that’s not right? Well, OK, it is right - but it's not the full story. While you absolutely should keep brushing two times a day for two minutes at a time, minimum, you should be doing a lot more. Here’s the why and how of it all.

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Impostor Dentist Raises Important Questions

 

A shocking case out of Georgia has raised some important questions about what patients should be looking for in a dentist. It all started when a Georgia woman was charged in two counties for practicing dentistry without a license.

The woman allegedly ran an unlicensed dental practice for seven years before she was finally shut down. One patient even landed in the hospital with an infection after having two teeth removed! This past August, the woman was indicted on one count of forgery, three counts of writing unlawful prescriptions, three counts of insurance fraud and 40 counts of practicing dentistry without a license.

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Five Things We Can All Be Thankful for This Year

It’s Thanksgiving time again, a time to be with loved ones and to take stock of our lives and what really matters. Unfortunately, with the stress of the holidays, it can sometimes be hard to find a reason to be thankful this time of year. But even when you’re over it all and ready to hibernate until spring, we can all still be thankful about these five things!

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Why Does My Jaw Ache?

 

When your jaw hurts, it can throw your whole life out of balance, especially if you don’t know why your jaw is hurting or when it will stop. Thankfully, many causes of jaw pain are temporary and don’t require much intervention, but occasionally jaw pain is a sign of something a bit more serious. But how do you know the difference - and when should you see a doctor? If you’ve got jaw pain, check out these possible reasons why, and what you should do to stop it.

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October Is National Dental Hygiene Month

 

Let’s face it: Taking care of your teeth can be an investment. Toothpaste, floss, mouthwash, a fancy ultrasonic brush, a water flosser, spare brush heads - it adds up. Naturally, you want to protect that investment, but more than that, you want to know that your products work correctly when you need them, and that they don’t get contaminated with germs and bacteria simply by sitting out on your bathroom counter. So, how do you store your oral care products so they stay safe and effective for as long as possible?

In honor of National Dental Hygiene Month this October, we decided to be meta and share some useful tips about the best way to ensure the hygiene of your oral hygiene products.

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Back-to-School Oral Health Hacks

 

There’s probably no more exciting - and stressful - time in a child’s life than back-to-school season. But along with all the mixed emotions and new routines, sometimes important things like our teeth can take a backseat. Don’t let the excitement and chaos of the new school year hurt your kids’ oral health this fall. Try these back-to-school oral care hacks to keep their oral health right on track.

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Oral Health and Athletics

 

You’ve got your gear bag, your water bottle and your game face, but what about your oral health? If you’re an athlete, don’t discount the importance of oral health on your performance. That was the topic of a recent panel at the Perio Link Night conference this June in Amsterdam.

The panel brought together professional athletes and medical experts to discuss the impact of oral health on sports performance. Skeptical about this connection? Here’s why you shouldn’t be.

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New Survey Shows Oral Health Is Top Confidence Booster

 

This past winter when Delta Dental published its annual Adult’s Oral Health & Well-Being Survey, it shed some light on American adults’ opinions on oral health - and how the condition of their smile impacts other areas of their lives. The survey asked 1,008 American adults for their impressions on many different facets of their oral health and oral care routine. Here are some of the most interesting answers:

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Safe, Effective Options for Whiter Teeth

 

For some people, the pursuit of whiter teeth is just as frustrating as searching for the fountain of youth. Maybe that’s because studies have shown that discolored teeth can add years to your appearance - and whiter teeth may even shed a few years off. In fact, a recent report by Hexa Research estimates that the global teeth-whitening market will reach an astonishing $7.4 billion by the year 2024!

With all that money being spent on whitening our teeth, what actually works? After all, if those strips really made our teeth as white as we wanted, we probably wouldn’t need to keep buying them. So, what’s a safe and effective way to get whiter teeth without having to continuously spend money on products that don’t work?

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Why Is My Jaw Clicking?

 

If you’ve ever taken a bite of food only to hear - and feel - a strange clicking or popping sound when you chew, you may have wondered what was happening, and if you should be concerned. The good news is that, believe it or not, occasional clicking or popping during jaw movement is pretty common, and when experienced only occasionally is not usually cause for concern. But there are times when this sensation could be a red flag that something is wrong. Here’s why your jaw may be clicking, and how to tell if you should see your dentist.

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