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Is Summer a Good Time to Whiten Your Teeth?

Monday, June 12th, 2017
A beautiful smile

Make the most out of your fun this summer by adding a brighter smile!

There is never a bad time to smile! There’s a clear correlation between smiling and happiness, and that’s a scientific fact. Your smile is one of your most important tools – it can engage people and give them a sense of your warmth as a person. It’s one of the first things people will notice about you, whether it’s a first-time encounter with someone, or it can gauge your mood with more familiar acquaintances. One thing is for sure that after a particularly bad season of weather has passed, and when the summer and sun is here – you’ll be smiling! So what better time to whiten those teeth than the summer, where you can flash those big pearly whites all summer long. (more…)

The Weird Things People Do to Their Teeth

Monday, October 3rd, 2016
weird teeth

People do some pretty weird things to their teeth.

We all have teeth, and most of us consider them to be one of our most important assets. That said, some people do some pretty strange things to their teeth. For example, in some Asian countries teenagers buy fake braces because it’s seen as a symbol of status and wealth. Here are a few additional weird teeth related practices you might not have known about. Frankly, we don’t recommend any of them. (more…)

The Benefits of Alcohol Free Mouthwash

Tuesday, September 6th, 2016
alcohol free mouthwash

An alcohol free mouthwash will help you avoid issues with dry mouth.

Mouthwash can be highly beneficial to your daily oral hygiene routine. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends various types of mouthwashes for therapeutic reasons. It’s a good idea to find a product that will be the most effective at meeting your personal dental needs. So why go alcohol free? Here’s a quick breakdown of why you might want to use an alcohol free mouthwash.
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Soda Alternatives for Your Teeth

Monday, June 27th, 2016
soda alternatives

Prevent cavities by finding a teeth friendly alternative to soda.

Soda is one of the biggest enemies of dental health. Replacing soda with a healthier option can help you avoid future dental disasters. But we know what you’re thinking. Water is boring! Here are a few healthy soda alternatives that can still help you satisfy your craving while maintaining a beautiful smile. (more…)

What is TMD/TMJ? Learn the Differences With Affinity Dental

Tuesday, June 7th, 2016
TMD

With such frequent use, it’s not surprising that fifteen percent of Americans suffer from Temporomandibular Joint Disorder.

The joint that connects your jaw is called your temporomandibular joint, or TM for short.  You use it all the time to eat, talk, and yawn.  With such frequent use, it’s not surprising that fifteen percent of Americans suffer from Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD).  You may also hear this disorder called TMJ.  What are the differences between the two acronyms?  Affinity Dental is here to walk you through it.

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Understanding Dental Anxiety and Phobia

Thursday, May 19th, 2016
Avoiding the dentist based on fear or anxiety is not wise for your oral health. Don't worry, we can help you calm your nerves.

Avoiding the dentist based on fear or anxiety is not wise for your oral health. Don’t worry, we can help you calm your nerves.

Have you ever heard of someone being afraid to go to the dentist? Of course you have, because a fear of the dentist is incredibly common among both children and adults. In fact, if you are reading this there is a good chance that you are that someone. Don’t fret, you aren’t alone. Affinity Dental is here to help you understand the reasoning behind dental anxiety and phobia and address how to ease your worries. (more…)

The Importance of Drinking Fluoridated Bottled Water

Friday, May 13th, 2016

If you only give your children bottled water, make sure it is fluoridated otherwise you are doing them a disservice.

Many parents who strictly give their children bottled water are unaware of the lacking fluoride levels.  Fluoridated bottled water is your solution.

Have you or your child ever gotten an unexpected cavity? Don’t panic. Even those people who practice impeccable dental care can find themselves subject to cavities. There are several contributing factors to tooth decay, and many parents are shocked to find out that their drinking water could be to blame. Let’s talk about the importance of drinking fluoridated bottled water in regards to dental health.  (more…)

What is Periodontitis? Dental Warning Signs and Prevention

Thursday, May 5th, 2016
Prevention and treatment of gingivitis

How healthy is your smile? Learn how to spot periodontal disease in its earliest stages.

There are several different forms of periodontal disease, but you are likely most familiar with gingivitis and periodontitis. Periodontal diseases, or gum diseases, lead to chronic inflammation of the gums and can lead to pain and tooth loss. Let’s talk about how you can identify, treat, and prevent periodontitis. (more…)

How Long Do Dental Fillings Last?

Friday, April 29th, 2016
Silver dental fillings have a life expectancy of 12-13 years. If your dental filling has fallen out, contact us immediately!

Silver dental fillings have a life expectancy of 12-13 years. If your dental filling has fallen out, contact us immediately!

If you have ever had a cavity, you are familiar with the process of getting a dental filling. Your dentist removes the decay from the tooth in question and “fills” that portion of the tooth with a hardened material. How long your filling will effectively last all depends on what type of filling you actually have. Your dentist could have used one of several different materials including silver amalgam, porcelain, gold, plastic, and most commonly – white, tooth-colored composite resin. Let’s talk about how long these fillings last and why you might need replacement. (more…)

Pregnancy and Tooth Loss: Should You Be Concerned?

Friday, April 22nd, 2016
It is important that pregnant women do not neglect dental care throughout their pregnancy, or the result could be tooth loss.

Pregnant women are more susceptible to gingivitis, and if they neglect to seek dental treatment it could result in tooth loss.

Have you ever heard the old wives’ tale, “Gain a child, lose a tooth?” If you’re pregnant, we surely have your attention. This claim suggests that for every child a woman gives birth to, she is bound to lose a tooth. Is this true? Should you be worried? Affinity Dental is here to elaborate on pregnancy and tooth loss. (more…)