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…)
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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…)
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.
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…)
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.
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…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
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…)