How Did a Cavity Just Appear?!

March 31st, 2017

 

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Do you feel yourself getting a cavity?

It can seem inevitable. Even when you’ve been following all of your dentist’s recommendations – brushing twice a day, flossing, gargling and scheduling routine cleaning appointments – a day comes when you know you have a cavity. You’ve been so careful – how did this happen? Believe it or not, there are a lot of reasons a cavity can manifest, apparently out of nowhere. More often than not, the smallest changes in your daily routine are to blame. Take a moment to consider your normal habits – diet, brushing style and design of toothbrush and gargle – and then examine of few of these possible causes. Believe it or not, seemingly unrelated changes in habit can negatively affect your oral hygiene and cause multiple cavities. Read the rest of this entry »

Are My Wisdom Teeth Affecting My Dental Health?

March 24th, 2017
Woman with tooth pain

As you get old, you may begin to grow in your Wisdom Teeth — but how serious are they?

As we get older, especially if we make it a point to practice good daily oral hygiene for overall dental health, it’s sometimes safe to assume that we never have serious tooth problems. But one of the most common exceptions to that rule comes when wisdom teeth make their unexpected appearance along the gum line. Some dentists will recommend that adults have them removed after their first appearance, while others may claim that oral surgery is only necessary if chronic pain persists. So how serious are those wisdom teeth, and can they affect your long-term dental health? Read the rest of this entry »

Fitting Oral Hygiene Into Your Normal Day

March 20th, 2017
Father and son practicing good dental health habits

It’s not always easy to make oral hygiene a daily priority.

It’s always been recommended that you should be brushing your teeth three times a day, which — unless you’re comfortable bringing a toothbrush, toothpaste and a good mouthwash to work with you — is sometimes easier said than done. After breakfast before you start your day and again before bed is a little easier to work into your normal schedule, but are there a few basic ways to keep your mouth happy and health when life take you on the go? Absolutely! Here are a few simple tips for daily oral hygiene to keep your teeth sparkling and breath at its freshest throughout even the busiest workday. Read the rest of this entry »

Get Your Smile Beautiful for Spring

March 10th, 2017

As the warmer weather is coming, many people are beginning to consider how to brush off the cold and dryness of winter and gearing up for their annual spring cleaning. But aside from just finally getting rid of the clutter around your home, think about your own health and well-being — particularly the beautiful smile you’ve always wanted and promised to maintain. Here are some important tips for using springtime as the best time to focus on good dental health! Read the rest of this entry »

What’s the Difference Between Gum Sensitivity and Tooth Sensitivity?

March 3rd, 2017
A woman with tooth sensitivity

Gum and tooth sensitivity are similar, but there are unique symptoms to look out for!

When your mouth begins to ache, particularly following a meal or drinking hot and cold beverages, it can be difficult to pinpoint the exact source. Most people will recognize the symptoms of a cavity, but recognizing if you suffer from a specific sensitivity can be a bit more tough to spot. The most common chronic ailments are gum sensitivity and tooth sensitivity, and while the symptoms are near identical, the root causes (no pun intended!) can differ greatly. Read the rest of this entry »

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 »