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Did you know that your tongue harbors bacteria and food particles beneath a fine layer of mucus? This can lead to noticeable bad breath, but you can prevent it by brushing your tongue! You can use a small dab of toothpaste on your tongue, or, use a tongue scraper to remove debris from your tongue and curb bad breath. #DentalFAQ
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Saliva is your mouth’s most powerful natural defense against tooth decay. It helps neutralize harmful acids that erode tooth enamel and lead to cavities. You can promote saliva production by chewing gum sweetened with Xylitol, staying hydrated with water, or eating more fibrous foods. #DentalFAQ
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Fruit is a big part of a healthy diet, and a lot of fruit promotes a healthy mouth. However, fruit isn’t always good for teeth. When fruit is dried, it loses water and usually contains added sugar, which provides energy to cavity causing bacteria. Additionally, dried fruit like raisins and plums often stick onto teeth for a long time, which causes more damage. To get the most nutritional value, it’s best to eat fruit raw.
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Wisdom teeth are the last adult teeth to erupt, and usually arrive between the ages of 17 and 21. Because they are so far in the back of the mouth, they are not often used for chewing and hard to keep clean. Sometimes called “third molars,” wisdom teeth can be painful when they begin to erupt. Most times, wisdom teeth need to be removed to prevent overcrowding and other complications.
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Myth: braces are only used for cosmetic reasons. That is false! While braces will get your child straighter teeth, they also help your child clean their gums more easily, and prevent uneven wear patterns caused by an unaligned bite. #NotJustAPrettySmile #DentalFAQ
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Sticky and hard candy can take a costly toll on the teeth beneath braces because it can get stuck behind the brackets and stay on teeth for a long amount of time. This extended exposure hurts tooth enamel much more than if the tooth is free of surface debris. Try to steer your child away from sticky and hard candy and help them prevent cavities.
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With braces, it can be hard to get your teeth completely clean. Food can get caught in the wires and brackets, and braces make it difficult to clean between your teeth. You can clean between your teeth with a floss threader! Floss threaders work by threading floss between the cracks of your teeth, helping you floss with braces. #OrthoFAQ #ToothLove
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Confused about how much toothpaste to use for your young child? Well, we’re here to help! Until their first tooth erupts, wipe out their mouth with a cool, clean rag after eating. When they get their first tooth, use a smear of toothpaste, about the size of a grain of rice. When they have a few more teeth, begin brushing their teeth with a pea-sized amount of toothpaste. Happy brushing! #ToothLove
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Fluoridation is the controlled addition of fluoride to public drinking water. Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral in virtually all water supplies, but usually too low to prevent tooth decay. Fluoridation has shown a dramatic decline in tooth decay since it’s initiation in the early 1960’s! #ToothLove
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Dr. Woolf Krause, a dentist from Britain, began to fashion mouthguards for boxers back in 1892. When first introduced, the boxers objected, claiming that they were an unfair advantage. But by the late 1920's they were commonplace and still live on today! Protect your athlete's teeth like Dr. Krause did! #DentalHistory #ToothLove
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