What’s the Difference Between Waxed and Unwaxed Floss?

February 24th, 2017
Waxed vs Unwaxed Floss

What’s the difference between waxed and unwaxed floss anyway?

We all know that we need to floss, but many people don’t necessarily follow through. Whether or not you realize it, there are two main types of floss on the market—waxed and unwaxed. Each type has its own strengths and weaknesses, so here’s the lowdown on the differences between the two. Read the rest of this entry »

3 Things That Are Putting Your Children At Risk of Tooth Decay

February 17th, 2017
Children and Tooth Decay

Prevent tooth decay in your children’s teeth by avoiding these practices!

The physical, emotional, and oral health of your children is important to you, and that’s why you take the time to shuttle them to soccer practice, doctor appointments, and pack their lunches every morning. Whether or not you realize it, these seemingly harmless habits could be putting your children at an elevated risk for tooth decay every day. Read the rest of this entry »

Common Causes of Bleeding Gums

February 10th, 2017
Common Causes of Bleeding Gums

A new flossing routine might result in bleeding gums, but they should clear up in a few days.

Seeing blood after you brush your teeth or floss is always alarming, but it isn’t always an emergency. If you notice bleeding or anything unusual during your oral care routine, give your dentist at Affinity Dental a visit for a check-up. In the meantime, here are some of the most common causes of bleeding gums. Read the rest of this entry »

The Pros and Cons of Choosing Invisalign

February 3rd, 2017

If you are one of the 65% of adults who do not have aligned teeth, then you may be considering Invisalign over traditional braces. This comfortable and practically invisible aligner has become increasingly popular over the years. Before you make your final decision, you may want to weigh the pros and cons.

Invisalign

Invisalign is a comfortable, practically invisible aligner that has become increasingly popular over the years.

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How Do Tongue Piercings Affect Your Teeth?

January 27th, 2017
tongue piercings

Tongue piercings can actually have an effect on your teeth!

Adults and teenagers alike love decorating their bodies to show off their individuality and express themselves. While certain types of body art, like tattoos, have no real effect on overall health, other types like tongue piercings can have a major effect on dental health. How do tongue piercings have an effect on your oral health? Read the rest of this entry »

5 Surprising Reasons Your Child May Have Bad Breath

January 20th, 2017
bad breath

There are several reasons your child may have bad breath.

Bad breath seems like a problem that teenagers and adults suffer from, but your child might not have the freshest breath either! Here are five of the most common reasons that children suffer from bad breath and how you can solve them. Read the rest of this entry »

How to Talk to Your Child About the Tooth Fairy

January 13th, 2017
Tooth Fairy

Here are some tips for talking to your children about the tooth fairy!

Just like Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny, talking to your child about the tooth fairy can be a tricky thing. Should you tell them that the tooth fairy is real or tell them that you were the one to leave a quarter in the place of the tooth? Obviously, the final decision lies with you, but here are some tips for deciding what to do. Read the rest of this entry »

How to Make 2017 a Better Year for Your Teeth

January 3rd, 2017
crazy people holding an inflatable 2017 sign

Ring in the new year with better care for your teeth!

As you say goodbye to 2016, consider setting up a few resolutions for a better you in the New Year. And what better way to start than by improving your oral hygiene and your overall dental health? There are a number of steps you can take to ensure that your teeth stay healthy and strong. Here are a few tips to get you started on the right foot in the new year. Read the rest of this entry »

How Does Teeth Whitening Actually Work?

December 19th, 2016
whitening

Teeth whitening enables us to have a brighter, more beautiful smile.

If you have stained or discolored teeth, there are a few things you can do to whiten your teeth. Teeth whitening is actually a fairly simple procedure. First, consider what a tooth stain is — each tooth is made up of an inner layer of dentin and a hard outer enamel layer that protects the tooth. Another layer gradually forms on top of the enamel as you put things in your mouth, whether it’s food, cigarette smoke, coffee, etc. As this layer sits on your teeth for years and years, it gets into the enamel and creates a stain. Read the rest of this entry »

What Should I Look for in a Dentist?

December 12th, 2016
dentist

The right dentist can go a long way toward improving your oral health.

The right dental professional can make all the difference in your dental experience and your overall oral health. It’s worth investing some time in finding the right dentist for you, especially considering that your dentist is your long-term oral health care partner. Here are a few things you may want to consider when choosing who to schedule an appointment with. Read the rest of this entry »