How to Avoid the Effects of Sugar On Your Dental Health

January 15th, 2021
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Brushing your teeth is a great way to limit the effects of sugar on your teeth. Have your children practice this for excellent dental health!

Sugar is everywhere, not just in the cookies, candies, cakes, and other treats we love to indulge in. Most carbohydrates eventually break down into sugars, and there is also added sugar in many of the pre-packaged food products on the market. To avoid the negative effects of sugar on your teeth, follow these valuable tips.

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New Year’s Resolutions for Dental Care

January 5th, 2021
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Consider making one of these New Year’s resolutions for dental care and improving your oral health.

Many people like to start a new year with a few resolutions. These can be difficult to stick to, but when you make a resolution that benefits your health, it can be extremely helpful to find ways to commit to that resolution. If you want to take better care of your teeth or gums, there are a few things you can do to maintain excellent oral health. Depending on what you want to improve, you may consider committing to any or all of the following New Year’s resolutions for your dental care. 

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Understanding Sensitive Teeth and Gums

December 30th, 2020
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Sensitive teeth and gums can result in pain when eating cold foods.

If you’ve never experienced sensitive teeth, you may not even realize how much you take your teeth and gums for granted. It’s easy to forget that they’re there when everything is working correctly, but they remind you quickly when pain flares up. Many people experience sensitive teeth or gums, especially to cold and hot foods or beverages. The sensitivity is treatable and preventable with proper oral care from a dentist and an excellent oral health routine that includes brushing and flossing.

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The Importance of Regular Dental Cleanings When You Have Braces

December 21st, 2020
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Regular dental cleanings are especially important while you wear braces.

If you or your child has braces, you probably are already making orthodontist appointments regularly. You may think that because you have frequent orthodontist appointments, those regular dental checkups are not needed. In actuality, there are a few significant reasons why keeping up with your regular dental cleanings is just as important when you have braces. 

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When You May Need Orthodontics

December 15th, 2020
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Do you need orthodontics? Read on to find out the conditions that can be helped with braces.

Orthodontics is the helpful branch of dentistry that corrects improperly positioned teeth and jaws. When your teeth are crooked or do not fit together correctly, they become harder to clean and put you at a greater risk for tooth decay and periodontal disease. Teeth placement can also cause more stress on chewing muscles, leading to headaches, TMJ syndrome, and neck and shoulder pain. Imperfect smiles can also hurt your self-confidence significantly. So how do you know when you may need orthodontics? There are a few conditions that will lead your dentist to recommend orthodontic treatment for your teeth. 

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Can Dental Implants Last Forever?

December 9th, 2020
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Dental implants can last many years if you care for them as you do your natural teeth.

Dental implants can make a significant difference for those who need them. However, you may ask yourself before receiving dental implants: how long can these last? The truth is that dental implants are designed to look and function like natural teeth. Just like natural teeth, then, you can treat your implants well to help increase their longevity. Read on if you want to learn more about how you can preserve dental implants for many years. 

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How Dental Veneers Improve Your Smile

December 4th, 2020
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Dental veneers can give you the smile you’ve always wanted.

While the health of your teeth is important, your confidence in your smile is equally essential for your everyday comfort and happiness. If you feel self-conscious about crooked teeth or other cosmetic issues, you may be a perfect candidate for dental veneers. Dental veneers, the most popular kind being Lumineers, are a cosmetic treatment specifically made to improve your smile. Veneers are less intensive than braces and help you avoid those pesky wires! If you are curious about what dental veneers can do to improve your smile, read on and then schedule an appointment with your dentist at Affinity Dental.

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Comparing At-Home and Professional Teeth Whitening Treatments

November 30th, 2020

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Depending on your goals, you may decide to pursue either at-home or professional teeth whitening treatments.

If you wish your teeth were whiter, you’re not alone. Most people want their smile to be brighter and more confident. The dilemma many face is which treatment they can trust to provide them with a new smile. There are multiple types of teeth whitening treatments available to people, depending on whether they prefer at-home or professional teeth whitening. The primary difference is that at-home treatments are done by the patient, and professional treatments occur in a dentist’s office. Read on to learn more about what makes these treatments different and which may be best for you.  Read the rest of this entry »

Protect Your Teeth From Bruxism and Seasonal Stress Grinding

November 19th, 2020

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Is seasonal stress grinding your teeth down? Don’t let bruxism damage your teeth permanently.

The holiday season will create a significant amount of stress for individuals over the next two months. While this time can have many enjoyable elements, the stress produced by gift-buying, school assignments, work projects, family, and more can all contribute to bruxism. What is bruxism? This is the condition in which you clench and grind your teeth throughout the day and night. This clenching and grinding can become disruptive and lead to body pain and tooth sensitivity. If you believe you suffer from bruxism, read on to learn more about the symptoms and treatments, and schedule a consultation with your dentist as soon as possible. Read the rest of this entry »

Six Types of Dental Exams You Can’t Skip

November 12th, 2020

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Don’t skip these crucial dental exams.

There is a reason dentists recommend scheduling checkups every six months. Attending regular dentist appointments is necessary for teeth and gum health and the best way to detect potentially significant problems. There are several types of dental exams you can’t afford to skip. Read on to learn more about the importance of each of these examinations.  Read the rest of this entry »