The Long-Lasting Value of Braces

April 6th, 2021
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Discover the long-lasting value of braces.

Are you considering braces? If you think that you can only benefit from braces if your teeth are significantly crooked, you would be mistaken. In fact, every person can benefit from braces, as this orthodontic treatment does a lot more for your dental and overall health than you may expect. Braces can not only enhance your oral health, but support digestion, give you a boost in confidence, prevent bone loss, and more. Read on to learn more about the true value of braces and how they can impact your life long term. 

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How to Defeat Dental Plaque

March 30th, 2021
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Learn what you can do to defeat dental plaque.

You have likely heard of “dental plaque” before. You probably know that it’s something to avoid and something your dentist is very concerned with. But what exactly does dental plaque do? How can you tell when you have it, and can you do anything to remove plaque from your teeth and restore them to their former health? The key to preventing and treating dental plaque is first knowing what plaque is and where it comes from. Read on to learn everything you need to know to defeat dental plaque. 

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When Should Wisdom Teeth Be Removed?

March 23rd, 2021
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You should consider having your wisdom teeth removed when they start causing you consistent pain.

Wisdom teeth are the final set of molars that appear in adults. However, while humans of the past may have benefited from extra molars, they don’t help us much today. In fact, wisdom teeth can often cause more harm than good. Because of that, it is common for young adults to have their wisdom teeth removed as they come in. The best time to have your wisdom teeth removed varies from person to person. But generally, there are signs that you can notice which indicate it’s time to have your wisdom teeth removed by a trusted dental professional. Read on to learn more about wisdom teeth extraction.

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How to Care for and Prevent Swollen Gums

March 16th, 2021
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Learn how you can care for swollen gums and return them to health.

Gum problems can affect anyone at any time. If you brush too hard or floss too vigorously, you may see your gums turn red, become swollen, or bleed. Healthy gums can recover from mild trauma quickly. However, if you find that your gums remain swollen or bleeding for several days or longer, there may be other problems present. Read on to learn more about what may be causing your swollen gums and what you can do to care for swollen or bleeding gums in adults and children. 

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5 Potential Causes of Severe Tooth Pain

March 9th, 2021
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Discover the potential causes of your severe tooth pain.

Severe tooth pain can be excruciating and disruptive to your daily life. Sometimes tooth pain can indicate a minor issue, and other times it can be a cause for concern. How can you tell what your tooth pain might mean? It depends on what is causing your severe tooth pain. Some issues are easy to fix in one or two dental appointments, while others require more long-term treatment. The following five causes are often the causes of tooth pain. Schedule an appointment with your dentist at Affinity Dental to determine which might be the cause of your pain and how you can treat the problem. 

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How to Find the Right Toothbrush For Your Oral Health

March 2nd, 2021
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How do you find the right toothbrush? Consider the strength of the bristles.

Buying a new toothbrush has become increasingly confusing, as more and more styles become available to customers. You no longer have to decide how your brush looks but how it functions as well. The most important factor in selecting a toothbrush may be the bristles. Soft, medium and hard bristles are all available but work differently for different people. To determine how you can find the right toothbrush for your oral health needs, read on to learn more about each bristle type. 

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6 Myths About Oral Health Care

February 23rd, 2021
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Learn the truth behind several oral health care myths.

Understanding proper oral health care is essential for preventing tooth decay, tooth loss, and many other complications. Oral health impacts your overall health, so taking steps to care for your teeth has far-reaching consequences. However, some myths out there may lead you to make the wrong choices for your dental care. Read on to learn the truth behind these myths. 

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3 Ways to Protect and Strengthen Tooth Enamel

February 18th, 2021
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Strengthen tooth enamel by remembering these everyday tips.

Tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the human body but can be eroded by the bacteria present in our mouths. Maintaining regular, thorough dental hygiene is essential for keeping that bacteria from creating cavities and thinning enamel. Worn and missing enamel leaves teeth much more vulnerable to tooth decay and cavities. If your enamel is wearing down, a few warning signs include painful tooth sensitivity, discolored teeth, and cracked or chipped teeth. If you are concerned about the state of your enamel, ask your dentist at your next appointment whether you should be concerned about your enamel. In the meantime, you can protect and strengthen your tooth enamel by regularly practicing the following three simple habits. 

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How to Maintain a Regular Flossing Schedule

February 10th, 2021
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Learn how you can maintain your flossing schedule, no matter how busy life gets.

Flossing once a day is an essential part of regular dental care. However, when life gets busy, it may become difficult to make sure that you floss every day. Fortunately, there are multiple ways you can maintain a regular flossing schedule, no matter where you are or how much time you have. Read on to learn more about discrete and easy flossing alternatives and why flossing every day is ultimately so important. 

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Tips for Maintaining White Teeth

February 5th, 2021
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Follow these tips for maintaining white teeth after treatment.

At one point or another, everyone dreams of having a whiter smile, and whether you achieve it through at-home whitening kits or in-office whitening, once you’ve gone through the work, you want to keep your teeth white as long as possible. Unfortunately, our cups, plates, and bowls are filled with things that can damage our white teeth. Ideally, we would avoid all of those sources of stains and practice a perfect dental hygiene routine. However, that isn’t often possible. Instead, you can practice the following tips for maintaining white teeth.

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