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Choosing the Right Toothpaste

A lot of folks ask us what toothpaste we recommend.

Our answer? Any fluoride toothpaste that will help you maintain a good oral health routine!

We know you have a million and one choices facing you in the toothpaste aisle, and it can be hard to figure out what’s best for you.

Most people, however, can use any toothpaste that has the ADA (American Dental Association) seal of approval. This seal means that the toothpaste contains fluoride, has the right amount of abrasiveness (not too little and not too much), and has been shown to be both safe and effective for intended use.

If you have any sensitivity to dyes, preservatives, or certain ingredients, ...

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What Is Plaque?

Most people have heard of the word “plaque,” and know it’s not something you want on your teeth. Yet, they don’t know what exactly plaque is or how it contributes to dental decay.

Plaque is a sticky, colorless film of bacteria that lives on the surface of your teeth and along the gumline. It accumulates from normal daily activities such as eating and drinking, especially if you’ve been consuming a lot of sugars and starches.

Ever had that fuzzy feeling on your teeth that goes away after you give them a good brush?

Yep, that’s plaque.

Plaque is what contributes to dental decay, as bacteria like to consume the sugars in your mouth and ...

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How Often Should You See the Dentist

We love our patients, so we’d be more than happy to see you every day! Alas, we realize that’s not really possible, so here are some more realistic guidelines for making appointments. In general, it all depends on your oral health status and your health history. For most patients, the optimal frequency to visit the dentist is twice a year. In six months, enough tartar and plaque can build up to require a dental check-up and cleaning, especially if your dental hygiene isn’t as rigorous as it should be. At Sporting Smiles Pediatric Dentistry and Family Orthodontics are able to assist you and your family get the best oral health ...

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How to Know if You Have a Cavity

According to the National Institutes of Health, the most prevalent health condition after the common cold is tooth decay.

It’s more than likely that if you haven’t already had a cavity, you will develop at least one in your lifetime.

So, how do you know if you have a cavity? Well, depending on the severity of your tooth decay, you may experience a variety of symptoms. Here are some of the accompanying symptoms that go along with tooth decay.

  • Nothing (in the early stages)
  • A toothache or spontaneous tooth pain
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Pain (slight or severe) when eating something sweet, hot, or cold
  • Staining (brown, black, or white) on the surface of your tooth
  • Visible holes in your ...

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How To Keep Teeth Healthy on Halloween

It's OK to have a piece of candy or chocolate treat, as long as kids brush their teeth regularly. When eating candy, you're giving the bacteria in your mouth a huge treat by eating sugar, which the bugs use to produce acid and make decay.

How to prevent ghoulish teeth on Halloween:

DRINK WATER, by drinking water it will wash away the acid and push around any food debris that's left in your mouth. Wash down all your Halloween treats with plenty of water.

CHEW SUGARLESS GUM, saliva works in our favor against decay. When you chew gum, you produce saliva and that helps neutralize the acid in the mouth.

BRUSH AND FLOSS TEETH ...

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Back-to-School Dental Checklist

Periodic Check-Ups – Summer can still be a hectic schedule, but can still take the time to schedule an appointment for your kids at Sporting Smiles Pediatric Dentistry and Family Orthodontics. Children and adults should see their dentist at least twice a year for check-ups. An exam and cleaning at the dentist’s office will ensure a healthy smile. Don’t forget to ask about fluoride and sealants as these provide added protection against tooth decay.

Oral Hygiene – In addition to school supplies, don’t forget toothbrushes and toothpaste to your back-to-school supply list. It’s best to brush your teeth after every meal or at least twice a day for a minimum of ...

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Do you really need a pediatric dentist?

Pediatric dentistry is needed. As a parent, your time, money, and attention will always be diverted where the bulk of it will be going to your children – not to fancy clothes, gadgets, or expensive international trips.

One of the bigger factors that you need to consider as a parent is the fact that your children will require dental care for the rest of their lives. This does not sound as dire as it seems, because the dental care we are talking about is actually more routinary and preventive than it is curative.

As a result, we are talking about visits to the dentist where ...

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