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Questions You Should Ask Your Dentist at Your Next Checkup

Dentists are usually the ones asking questions during your appointments, and when your mouth is free of hands and tools, it’s important to ask them questions too! Poor dental health can affect your overall health, so asking your dentist for a few of the following tips at your next check-up is one way to ensure that your oral health is the best it can be.

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How Conventional Braces Straighten Your Teeth

For people who have crooked teeth, gaps, and over or under bites, braces lead to a happier and healthier smile.  You know braces adjust teeth, but have you ever wondered how it happens?

Braces are made up of several parts that work together to gradually straighten and align teeth by continuously applying light pressure over a period of time.


The main components of braces



How Your Dentist Can Help Your Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Sleep Apnea Treatment

If you suffer from obstructive sleep apnea, you may be aware of the inconvenient symptoms, such as daytime sleepiness, snoring, and waking up with a sore throat.  However, if left untreated sleep apnea can also increase your risk of developing serious health issues, including: high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, irregular heartbeat, driving and work-related accidents.   Sleep apnea treatment is vital to reducing these risks.


There are several treatment options available for obstructive sleep apnea, including:


Signs of Impacted Wisdom Teeth

While your wisdom teeth do not have any actual affect on your wisdom, keeping impacted wisdom teeth in is not a wise choice.  Most people have four wisdom teeth, two on the top, and two on the bottom.  Impacted wisdom teeth occur when wisdom teeth are prevented from fully emerging by the jawbone or by other teeth.  Sometimes, the teeth may not emerge from the gum at all; other times they may partially emerge.  Some individuals may have impacted wisdom teeth that do not cause any issues, however dentist and oral surgeons will sometimes recommend surgery to remove the teeth to prevent future

Why Children Should Get Dental Sealants

Even if your child regularly brushes their teeth, they are still at risk for cavities.  Children have a habit of ignoring the problem areas in the back of their mouth, which can sometimes be hard to reach with a toothbrush.  This leads to an increased risk of tooth decay and cavities.  Dental sealants are a protective coating that seals the chewing surfaces of a child’s most cavity-prone teeth and helps to prevent future cavities.  Studies show that dental sealants can reduce tooth decay by up to 60%.


Why Expectant Mothers Should Never Skip the Dentist

If you are an expectant Mother you have a lot of on your plate, scheduling OBGYN appointments, changing your diet, baby-proofing your home and dealing with late night cravings followed by morning sickness.  With all of this going on it can be easy to overlook your oral health, however dental care is not only important for you health, it is crucial for the health of your baby


How Oral Health Impacts Your Overall Health

How Oral Health Impacts Overall Health

Good dental care and oral health can impact more than just your teeth and gums. We’re always worried about cavities when we visit the dentist, but the causes of cavities can also lead to complications in other parts of the body. Bacteria in the mouth can build-up and cause infections, such as tooth decay and gum disease. Then, that tooth decay and gum disease can prevent your body from fighting illness. Oral health plays an extremely important role in your overall health and well-being.

The Importance of Oral Cancer Screenings

Preventative Oral Cancer Screening

When was your last oral cancer screening? It’s very possible that your dentist checked for oral cancer at your last appointment, but if you’re not sure, you’ll certainly want to check with your dentist. Thousands of Americans will be diagnosed with oral cancer this year and early stage oral cancer is often painless, so it’s important to be educated on prevention, detection and treatment. Remain aware of your personal risk factors as well. It’s about more than just your mouth, as a majority of head and neck cancers originate in the oral cavity.

Benefits of Fluoride Rinse and Fluoridated Water

Fluoride Rinse Helps Kill Cavity Causing Bacteria

Fluoride has been proven to prevent tooth decay, but is your family getting enough fluoride to help keep your teeth healthy and cavity free? If you drink bottled water or live in a rural area, the answer is probably “no.” You may want to make it a habit to use ACT or another fluoride rinse.

You May Have Habits that are Bad for Your Teeth

Avoid Bad Habits for Your Teeth - Family SmileCare Center

There are many things you don’t think about that you do every day and they may be harming your oral health. There are foods and drinks that cause tooth decay when eaten in excess and habits that are bad for your teeth that you might not even realize you do.

If any of the following habits or foods are common each day for you, consider stopping, cutting back or protecting your teeth.