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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.

Why Flossing Your Teeth is Just as Important as Brushing

Brushing your teeth is a common practice, but flossing gets neglected by many dental patients. There are many reasons to floss, besides the fact that your dentist can likely tell if you are truthful about flossing regularly.

There are several signs that you’re not a regular at flossing:

Mouth Guards Can Help Prevent Teeth Grinding Damage

Mouth Guard for Teeth Grinding

You wake up and your mouth hurts, or you haven’t even begun your day and you already have a headache. If teeth grinding is a problem, get to the root of the problem and prevent damage caused by bruxism (teeth grinding). There are custom mouth guards that can help you sleep better and prevent the damage caused by teeth grinding.

You may notice cracked teeth, damage to dental implants or bridges, loose teeth or chipped enamel if you grid your teeth if you grind them regularly. Your dentist may notice gum disease and teeth that are worn flat or grooved deeper.

How to Save a Knocked Out Tooth

What to do for a Knocked Out Tooth

It’s summertime and the kids will be playing outside more, so the risk of someone in the family suffering a knocked out tooth will likely rise. All it takes is a ball in the face, a trampoline accident, or a fall off of a bicycle to send a person scrambling to save their front tooth.

According to the American Association of Endodontists, more than 5 million people lose a tooth each year. If quick action is taken, it can successfully be reset into its original position and last for years, especially if you get to your dentist within 30 minutes.

Which Type of Cavity Filling is Best?

Composite Fillings and Cavity Fillings in Cedar Rapids, IA

There are definite differences between amalgam (silver fillings), and composite (tooth colored fillings). When it comes down to it, having your tooth fixed is the most important part of the equation. However, knowing the advantages and disadvantages of amalgam fillings and tooth colored fillings may help you make the best choice for your circumstances. Sometimes cosmetics makes the decision easy, while other times, your budget and insurance might dictate which type of cavity filling to choose.

Top 5 Reasons to Replace Missing Teeth

The first thing that you think of when you think of teeth might be a beautiful smile, but your oral health, and missing teeth affect much more than just the way you look. Take care of your teeth with preventive dentistry, and if you do lose one or more teeth, get them replaced.

From the basic structure of your face to the way you chew your food, having properly spaced teeth in place is important to your looks, your health, and even your emotional state and social well-being.

Dental Care for Kids with Baby Teeth a Must

Baby Teeth - Children's Dentist - Cedar Rapids, IA

Dental care for children with baby teeth is important for preventative oral health and studies show that children are getting more cavities at a younger age. According to the American Dental Association, every child should have their first dental visit by age 1, or around the time their first tooth appears. 

Dental Care Encouraged by Iowa Healthiest State Initiative

Dental Care - Iowa Healthiest State Initiative - Family SmileCare Center- Cedar Rapids

Healthiest State Initiative Strives for Better Well-Being for Iowans

The State of Iowa strives to be among the healthiest states in America, and the Healthiest State Initiative recognized the need and benefits of routine dental care for all adults in the February Newsletter.

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