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Dental care professionals preach to their patients every day about the importance of brushing and flossing as a part of a complete regimen for oral health maintenance.  These same professionals understand just how hard it is to know which of the many products on the shelves of the dental care aisle will be the most effective in that effort.   Dental hygienists have seen examples of the results that many of these products have brought about for a number of the patients that they see on a regular basis.  This experience has enabled them to provide some trustworthy advice.   There are several factors to consider for instance, when it comes to choosing a toothbrush.  The texture and slant of the bristles and the size of the brush head and handle are important considerations, especially for children or senior adults who may find it difficult to maneuver the brush.  Some dental patients prefer an electronic brush to a manual one.  Hygienists agree that anything that encour ...

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Home Maintenance And Professional Care

You hear how important it is to maintain your oral health but what exactly does that entail?  Preventive dental care combines a home regimen for oral hygiene with regularly scheduled professional care.     Starting at home, brush your teeth twice a day for a full two minutes each time and floss at least once a day.  One caution -  your teeth are more vulnerable to sensitivity right after you’ve eaten so wait at least thirty minutes before you brush, especially if you’ve had something particularly acidic.   Be sure that your drinking water is fluoridated.  The fact is that fluoride prevents tooth decay, no two ways about that.  If your water supply comes from an underground well the fluoride content may be lacking and you will need to find another source.  Your dentist can provide in-office fluoride treatments.   Diet, it’s more important to your dental health than you may think.  Eating healthy foods and limiting the unhealthy on ...

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Protect Yourself And Your Family

Your dentist and hygienist deal with any number of oral health issues in a given day.  They know through experience what over the counter products live up to their hype -  which whitening toothpastes for instance, actually whiten your teeth, what mouthwash works most effectively to eliminate bad breath, and so on.  Dental professionals can give recommendations and offer tips about home care that  have been seen to produce successful results. The earlier you start a regimen of professional care, the better off you are.  Kids should be learning to brush their own teeth by the age of two, but parents should supervise until the child has learned to rinse and spit properly. Chewing gum has long been high on a list of don’ts in the prevention of tooth decay, but things have turned around since sugarless gum became an option.  Today’s dentists and hygienists often recommend chewing gum that contains xylitol, a cavity fighting sugar substitute.  The chewing proce ...

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Early Evaluation Is Indispensable

An early start can make all the difference.  The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children start seeing a dentist as soon as their teeth start to erupt and definitely by the time of their first birthday.  The reasoning is that evaluation is easier if the child’s oral health development is monitored as it progresses.  One of the most typical issues associated with childhood dental health is whether or not orthodontic therapy should be recommended. The Healthy Start System of orthodontics eliminates the use of wires and brackets that are typically associated with wearing braces.  Instead, it uses easy to wear appliances that help guide the naturally erupting teeth into their proper position.  The initial device will be worn during the overnight hours for about 5 months until the child is ready to receive a custom sized appliance which he will wear every night for the next 2-6 months.  When the permanent teeth are well on their way another specifi ...

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Have The Smile That You’ve Always Wanted

The technology of cosmetic dentistry continues to advance so why not take advantage of it?  There’s no reason to be unhappy with your smile when there are so many ways to improve it.  Whether it’s whiter teeth you want or a complete smile makeover there are ways to make it happen.   The first step will be to evaluate your overall oral health.   After a thorough exam your dentist will be ready to discuss your needs and expectations.  It is important to be on the same page as far as desired results are concerned.  If you worry that you won’t be able to put into words exactly what your anticipations are, don’t.  A picture can be worth a thousand words.  Find an image of the smile you would like to project and bring it along to your initial consultation.  Now you and your dentist can be of one mind. You may be surprised at how a cosmetic dental improvement can affect the other aspects of your life.  Once you have a smile that y ...

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Can Having a Healthy Smile Actually Boost Your Career?

If you take a moment to think about it, the benefits achieved by a healthy smile can be directly related to professional success.

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Does Your Child Have a Teeth Grinding Habit? We Can Help

Children who grind their teeth for extended periods of time at night may be doing serious damage to their jaw and oral health. That is why parents should be proactive if they notice their children making grinding noises, clenching their jaw repeatedly or experiencing pain.

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Pediatric Dentistry FAQs

At Meadow Hills Dental Dr. Braasch and his staff specialize in pediatric dentistry.  They strive to reduce dental anxiety in children by focusing on providing a comfortable and relaxing environment.

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A Complete Guide to Dental Implants vs. All-on-4™

If you have lost a tooth or have missing teeth then dental implants is the best solution for you. You can replace all of your teeth with the All-on-4™ dental implants procedure or replace a single tooth with dental implants.

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3 Most Effective Tactics for Straightening Teeth

If your teeth are a little crooked, then it is in your best interest to seek orthodontic treatment. Save your smile by preventing certain dental problems from forming in the future. 

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