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Does the Sun Affect Your Teeth or Mouth?

As we near the end of summer, you and your family have probably spent a great deal of time in the sun over the past few months. Have you ever thought about sun exposure and its effect on your mouth and teeth? Of all the places that commonly come to mind when thinking about being in the sun, our teeth are not usually one of them. Here are a few bits of information regarding sun exposure and your mouth. Vitamin D is ... Read more

Back-to-School Oral Health Tips for My Child

Back-to-school season means getting supply lists and schedules in order. But don’t forget about health appointments, too! As your child begins the new school year, it’s important to make sure that they are set up for success by keeping their oral hygiene in good shape. Here are four simple ways to improve your child’s dental health as they get ready to return to school. Schedule a Dentist’s Appointment You and your child should see the dentist twice a year, and there is no ... Read more

Is Chewing Gum Healthy for My Teeth?

One of the easiest—and most fun—ways to help freshen your breath is to reach for a stick of gum. But could that gum actually be harming your oral health? Let’s take a look. The Sugar Problem Most gum flavors contain sugar, which is very harmful to your oral health. When plaque and bacteria feed on sugar left behind on your teeth, they actually release tooth-damaging acid at the same time, which speeds up the decay process. Because gum stays directly on your teeth ... Read more

What Are Canker Sores?

Do you ever develop painful, shallow sores inside of your mouth, maybe even a few times a year? They’re likely canker sores, which are small ulcers that occur in your mouth. Read on to learn more about what causes these painful little sores and how to treat them. How Do I Know If I Have a Canker Sore? If you feel painful spots in your mouth (including on your tongue and palate), have a burning sensation in your mouth, and/or see sores in ... Read more

What Is Causing My Gums to Bleed?

Brushing your teeth might not be very exciting, but it shouldn’t be painful. So should you be concerned if your gums start bleeding while you brush or floss? Yes! Read on to discover why. Stages of Gum Disease Red, swollen, and bleeding gums are usually a telltale indication of early gum disease. Gum disease occurs when your gums become infected by the bacteria trapped in and growing under the gum line. Gum disease develops over the course of 3 stages: gingivitis, periodontitis, and advanced ... Read more
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