Category Archives: October 2016

Side Effects of Thumb Sucking

Many children turn to thumb sucking as a way to help them feel secure and comforted. It is a habit that begins at a very young age — sometimes while in the womb — and can last for many years. While this isn’t a dangerous habit, it should be stopped before a child’s permanent teeth come in. Let’s talk about several side effects that may occur if ...

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5 Tips for Getting Your Reluctant Kids to the Dentist

Do you have a hard time getting your kids to the dentist? Well, you are certainly not alone. It is actually very common for children to experience a fear of visiting the dentist. Our Top 5 Tips to Help Your Child Through a Dental Visit While fear of dentists can spring up for many reasons, science has found that a child’s fear is often a result of a p ...

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Taking the Fear Out of a Dental Visit - 5 Tips for An Easy Appointment

Did you know that an estimated 40% of Canadians have a fear of visiting the dentist? Despite many impressive technological advances that make most types of dental work a breeze compared to what they once were, dental anxiety is still a very common occurrence. This is primarily because fear is a psychological phenomenon, but one that still feels very real, ...

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The Basics On Gum Health

When it comes to oral health, a lot of people are only doing half the work that they need to, and it tends to start with your gums. Half of the U.S. population over 30 has some form of periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, and it’s a problem here in Canada as well. The bad news is that if left unchecked, unhealthy gums can be painful and potentia ...

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Busting Myths About Bad Breath

There are few things people dread when they’re in a social situation or out on the town like a case of bad breath. While it’s embarrassing, a lot of people get in the habit of using things like mouthwash or oral sprays to try and “get rid” of bad breath. However, the thing about it is that these mask bad breath rather than treating the root cause. ...

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How To Keep Your Teeth Healthy (Besides brushing)

It’s easy to get tunnel vision when it comes to taking care of your teeth. To keep healthy, all you need to do is brush every day, and mix in some flossing, right? In some cases, you can keep your teeth clean with this, but the fact of the matter is that there’s a lot more that you can be doing in terms of your oral health. Here are some key options that ...

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Understanding Dental Implants

A lot of time, despite doing the best you can to take care of your oral health, you may end up losing your teeth or having chipped and broken teeth. These can be caused by issues like gum disease, aging, or accidents, and can be a source of hurt confidence. However, there are many cosmetic options available to help with this issue, and dental implants may ...

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Top 5 Signs You May Have a Cavity

Did you know that almost 100 percent of the adults in the world suffer from some form of tooth decay every year? Additionally, somewhere between 60 and 90 percent of kids suffer from tooth decay as well. Tooth decay can, unfortunately, lead to cavities. And if cavities are left untreated for a long period of time, they can lead to even more serious oral hea ...

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5 Surprising Benefits of Regular Dental Cleanings

We all know that having a routine dental cleaning can remove stains from your teeth and prevent bad breath. That's why many people think it's okay to skip their trip to the dentist. Little do they know that having a regular dental cleaning is essential for keeping your smile and body healthy. The benefits of dental cleanings are surprising and can have ...

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How Dental Veneers Have Changed Over the Years

Did you know that dental veneers have been around for about a century? And in that long span of time, dental veneers have evolved drastically. Dental veneers of today are so far from those removable tooth caps that started it all. If you think you will need veneers, it is a good idea to know more about how they have changed over the years! Porcelain venee ...

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Do You Need a Periodontist?

Every year, millions of people around the world are affected by periodontal disease or gum disease. In fact, it is one of the leading causes of tooth loss among adults. One major concern is that most people do not realize that they have gum disease until they experience severe pain or they actually loose teeth. This is because there are very few symptoms of ...

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What You Need to Know About Dental Sedation

Many people have anxiety about going to the dentist. Because of this, some suffer dental problems that would have been avoided if they made trips to the dentist at least twice a year. If you, too, are uncomfortable with the idea of visiting your dentist for a treatment, then you should know that there is another option for you - dental sedation. Not all m ...

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What Does Your Lifestyle Do to Your Teeth?

Poor oral health can affect your entire body. Yes, it’s true. It just won’t affect your teeth and gums but it may even lead to issues like diabetes, heart disease, and more. Alarming, eh? The good thing here is that there are actually things that you can do to reduce your risk and improve your oral health. A healthy lifestyle can make a huge differenc ...

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Oral Effects of E-Cigarettes

We often see electronic cigarettes or simply e-cigarettes marketed as a much safer alternative to traditional cigarettes. However, new research says it may not be the case, especially when it comes to your oral health. According to researchers, the chemicals that are found in e-cigarette vapour are as damaging – if not more damaging – to mouth cells a ...

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Is Your Child’s Nail-biting Affecting Her Teeth?

Did you know that around 30% of kids between the ages of seven and 10 bite their nails? Yes, it’s true! Your child is not the only one who has this annoying and harmful habit. But whether your little one is doing this consciously or subconsciously, you should address it immediately because of the oral health and overall health consequences that you might n ...

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Is Your Pregnancy Affecting Your Oral Health?

When you are pregnant, you worry about everything – your child’s health, your health, your weight, your skin, and many other things. The last thing you probably think of is your oral health. Well, you should know that you should never neglect your gums and teeth during your pregnancy. There are special oral health concerns that pregnant women should w ...

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What You Need to Know Before You Get a Filling

Did you know that whenever you chew food, your back molars exert a force of about 70 pounds a square inch? Think about that next time you eat dinner! Now if some of your teeth have filings, just imagine what it goes through every single day. No wonder they eventually crack! Fillings allow you to keep a tooth that would otherwise have been destroyed by cav ...

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Bad Breath and Wisdom Teeth – Is There a Connection?

Wisdom teeth are thus called because they are normally the last ones to appear and at a relatively late age. In some instances, wisdom teeth or third molars don’t fully come out of the gums. In such cases, they are called impacted wisdom teeth. These impacted teeth may cause infection due to bacterial growth and even bad breath. This can be addressed by ...

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Cosmetic Dentistry 101

With all the TV shows about makeovers, you probably have heard of cosmetic dentistry. And if you are interested in improving your teeth, then you are in the right place. In this post, we are going to talk about everything that you want to know about cosmetic dentistry. Basically, cosmetic dentistry is the term we use in the industry to describe procedures ...

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Why You Shouldn’t Miss an Appointment with Your Dentist

It is highly recommended for everyone to make dental appointments at least every six months. However, some people go as long as three years or more without visiting their dentist! This is alarming. Why do Canadians skip their dental appointments? There may be a number of reasons, including busy schedules, forgetfulness, dental anxiety, and more. However, ...

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Non-Dental Medical Issues Your Dentist Might Find

As you know, dentists can easily diagnose oral health problems like cavities and gum disease. What you may not know is that they can also discover issues that are non-dental! Here are five non-dental issues that your dentist can detect during a check-up: Anemia This is a condition in which your body doesn’t have sufficient red blood cells circulat ...

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Dealing with Sensitive Teeth

Sensitive teeth can be such a drag – especially if you love ice cream! But did you know that there are a number of things that can aggravate sensitive teeth, including certain foods and brushing. What used to be a small annoyance can quickly turn into a painful problem. While it’s true that desensitizing toothpaste can provide temporary relief, it’s ...

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Why We Need to Address Your Child’s Cavities

Even if children have teeth that they will eventually lose, you still have to make sure that those teeth will survive until your kids’ adult teeth push them out of the gums. Having their teeth intact until that time will help ensure that there will be enough room for the adult teeth and that they will grow in correctly. That is why if there are any sign ...

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Is Your Smile Valentine-Proof?

What is Valentine’s Day without sweets? Aside from bouquets of flowers, sugary treats like chocolates and candies are the most common gifts we give to our loved ones whether they are young or old. Considering how much sugar one consumes on this day, it’s very important that you and your loved ones take really good care of your teeth. Good oral hygiene ...

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Battling Aggressive Oral Cancer

Diagnosis of cancer or even just a suspicion of cancer can be quite scary. Instantly, you think of people you know who lost their battles to cancer. You may even reflect on how most TV shows or movies that feature a character with cancer almost always has that person dying. You may be the one suffering or it could be someone dear to you - either way, cancer ...

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Implant Key Terms You Need to Understand

If you have been told that you should consider dental implants and you are not exactly sure what they are, the best thing for you to do is discuss it with your dentist. But like with other dental procedures, there might be some terms that could sound "alien" to you. That could get in the way of you fully understanding what you need to know about dental impla ...

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Dental Care Resolutions You Really Need To Stick To

Did you know that only about 8% of people actually achieve their New Year's resolution? This can be attributed to a lot of factors, including unrealistic expectations regarding the ease, the speed, and the consequences of their resolutions. What can you do then? Make more reasonable goals, of course! Because we want you to enjoy healthy and beautiful smil ...

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Keep a Healthy Heart with Better Dental Care

Heart disease is among the top causes of death for both men and women worldwide. Countless studies have been dedicated to finding out the causes of this fatal disease. But did you know that research has also found that there is a link between heart disease and your gum health? According to a 2016 study conducted in Sweden, having gum disease increases the ...

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Wishing for a Whiter Teeth – Procedures That Can Help

Who doesn't wish for whiter teeth? Everyone wants to have the best smile they can ever have and that means having sparkly pearly whites. One of the ways to do that is to rid the surface of your teeth of stains. Whitening toothpaste can help with this. But deeper stains may require more than just your usual whitening toothpaste. There are certain types of ...

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How Not to Let Holiday Spirits Lead to Dental Cavities

Christmas is the time where everyone celebrates the birth of Christ. We celebrate love and everything that's good. It's when we spend time with family and friends and usually, we do that over festive dinners and fun parties. But even though the holidays are all about festivities, we should not neglect our oral health. Now more than ever, we should recogni ...

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Hello! How are Your Gums Doing?

Have you ever noticed blood in the sink when you brush your teeth? Do you feel embarrassed at times because you believe you have bad breath? This could mean you have gum disease or gingivitis. If gingivitis isn’t treated at once, it can progress to an even worse dental health problem which is periodontitis. Most people brush their teeth twice a day, ...

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It Does Not Hurt, So Why Worry?

On occasion a patient may come into our office just for a routine check-up and get surprised when we tell them that they would need a treatment like a filling, a crown, or a root canal. Why are they surprised? It’s because they haven’t even felt any pain. They often question the need for the recommended treatment because they feel fine. Well, the answ ...

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Sinus Pressure and Tooth Pain – How are They Related?

If you have ever experienced any type of toothache, then you know how uncomfortable and painful it can be. Now there are a number of reasons a person can get affected by tooth pain. That includes those common ailments like tooth sensitivity, cracked teeth, and cavities. But there is a lesser-known cause of tooth pain – a sinus infection! You read right. He ...

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How Important is a Dental Checkup?

We can never stress enough the importance of proper teeth cleaning and a dental checkup for your oral general health and well-being. While we do realize that everyone lives busy lives these days, it’s still essential that you take good care of your teeth. If you take care of your oral health, you’ll increase your chances of never having to get extensive ...

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Back-to-School Dental Checklist for Healthier Teeth

So, you’ve got everything ready and you’re excited to go back to school. Wait! How about your back-to-school dental checklist? You should not forget it because it’s going to be your key to keeping that strong, healthy, and beautiful smile – and you don’t want anything less, eh? Because we don’t want you to forget anything important, we rounded ...

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Crossbite: What You Need to Know

When a child is brought to the dentist, braces may be the last thing parents expect to hear about.  Many do not know that even kids as young as three or four can be diagnosed with a crossbite, and if that’s the case, parents should be prepared to hear about braces, retainers, and sagittal expanders.  But before those orthodontic appliances are di ...

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How Eating Disorders May Affect One’s Teeth

Eating disorders affect young girls about ten times more than men. These disorders either involve a constant preoccupation with (junk) food or a much-distorted idea of a good body image and eventually, extreme measures taken just to control weight.  It is because of these excessive measures that one’s physical and mental health is greatly harmed. & ...

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Real Benefits of Dental Implants

Your smile is an amazing thing – it brightens up your face, makes you look younger and can even make you feel really good.  Strong and healthy teeth are important if you want to achieve a great smile that you can enjoy for a lifetime. Unfortunately, not all of us are born with pearly whites that always look great and strong.   While a really go ...

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Missing a Tooth? Here are Some Great Options !

It is quite common for a Canadian between the ages of 20 and 65 to have more than two decayed or missing teeth. It’s a real concern for many. Why does it matter, you ask? Well, even if the missing tooth is not noticeable, it still affects the way you speak and chew your food – especially if you’re missing teeth in the back, which are meant for heavy ch ...

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Benefits of Deep Dental Cleaning

Many people are quite familiar with the twice a year professional cleanings of their teeth.  It’s considered a routine procedure done to keep patients’ teeth healthy and clean.  Some patients are fortunate to have dental coverage to their cleanings too.  However, some still neglect to have their teeth professionally cleaned.  Others have bigger issue ...

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Oral Health Problems to be Aware of If You Have Diabetes

Did you know that people with diabetes are at a higher risk of getting tooth and gum disease than those with regular glucose levels? This is because of their lowered resistance to infections and because they do not heal easily.   Those who have diabetes need to pay extra attention to their oral health on top of controlling their blood glucose leve ...

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Dental Tips for Moms

Mothers all over the world deserve to be honored and celebrated every single day. If you are a mom, then you should know that you should be able to give yourself that precious gift that can last forever – exceptional dental health.   Of course, we know that as a mother, you are probably very busy. You do have your children and the entire househo ...

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Make Your Child’s First Dental Visit a Success

As your kids get older, their biannual dental checkups and cleanings become more important, not only for their oral health but their overall well-being as well.   But as a parent, you probably already know how the very first visit can be a little scary both for you and your little one. If you have a son or daughter who is soon to make that initial ...

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Why You Should Consider Wearing a Dentist-Fitted Mouth Guard

Sports and recreational activities are the most common causes of dental injuries. A custom-fitted mouth guard from your dentist can largely reduce that risk as well as that of concussion.   Dental injuries can be really painful and even disfiguring, not to mention a little costly to treat. When you get a dental injury, it could mean time off from ...

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Pregnancy Gingivitis – Are You at Risk?

Pregnant women have enough on their plates what with the health of their babies and their own on their minds 24/7. Unfortunately with all that to worry about, most of the time, oral health gets overlooked or even neglected. But did you know that there are some oral concerns that may arise while you are carrying a baby, like getting pregnancy gingivitis? & ...

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What You Need to Know about Impacted Wisdom Teeth

It’s April again, folks! You know what that means – It’s Dental Health month! We think we’d start the month with this informative post about impacted wisdom teeth. So if you are wondering about wisdom teeth, what an impacted wisdom tooth actually is or if you need yours extracted, then this post is perfect for you.   Before we talk about i ...

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Fun Tips to Teach Proper Dental Hygiene to Your Kids

Getting your child to start and follow a dental routine is no easy feat. Children just do not understand hygiene responsibility like adults do. Kids have to be reminded all the time when it is time to brush their teeth and on top of that, why they should actually do it.   If you are worried about your little one’s oral health, then you should of ...

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Cavities: Myths and Facts You Should Be Aware Of

Everybody, young or old, is afraid of dental cavities or what we commonly call tooth decay. Hundreds of years ago, ancient folks used to believe that worms are responsible for one’s toothaches. They are said to be boring their way into teeth. If a tooth was aching, then that only meant the worm is wiggling.   Now we all know that that particular ...

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Love Your Teeth More this Valentine's Day, Unlocking the Secret to a Healthier Smile

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and as it gets closer, you may also be getting more and more anxious about what kind of celebration your loved one has planned, or just hoping you’d find a date before that big day. Equip yourself with one of the best weapons for Valentine’s – a beautiful smile. Research shows that nothing is more attractiv ...

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Serious Health Risks Directly Linked to Your Oral Health... What to Do This New Year

Even when you regularly brush your teeth, there still may be some dangerous bacteria living inside your mouth. Thinking about it instantly gives visuals of extreme pain in your gums and perhaps bleeding. While periodontitis is indeed an inevitable result of poor oral hygiene, certain studies found a link between poor dental hygiene and some major health conc ...

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5 New Year's Resolutions to Commit to for Better Oral Health

Everyone comes up with New Year’s resolutions, but whether or not you follow through depends on you alone. While it is indeed difficult to instantly change once the New Year sets in, it is something worth working hard for, especially when it has something to do with your health. If you are like us who are looking for better ways to care for our teeth an ...

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Why Your Gums are Bleeding

Do you sometimes notice blood on your toothbrush or in your sink when you brush your teeth? If so, then you should know that it is something that you should never ignore. It is possible that your gums bled a bit because you ate something coarse and it scratched them. However, if this is a regular occurrence, then it might be a more serious problem.   ...

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Tips on Keeping Your Teeth in Good Condition During Holiday Season

The holiday season is almost here, and as your friends, we want to wish you a happy holiday! As your oral health care provider though, it is our responsibility to remind you about keeping your teeth healthy during this season that’s filled with parties!   As you probably have no time for dental visits this season, we are hoping you would follow ...

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How to Prepare Your Child for Dental Visits

Don’t you just love it when your child smiles? For most parents, their child’s smile is one of the best view in the world. That’s why parents also understand how important it is to keep that great smile healthy, and that can only be achieved by regularly visiting the dentist. Unfortunately, most kids have apprehensions about going to the dentist’s ...

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Senior’s Teeth – As We Gracefully Age!

Since we were young, we always hear about how we should take care of our teeth. As we grow older, we begin to understand why we should be taking care of our teeth at such an early age. Maintaining good oral health habits is important most especially because unhealthy bacteria in the mouth can harm not only your teeth, gums, supporting bone, but they may also ...

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Different Types of Mouth Sores

You might have, at some point in your life, experienced having a mouth ulcer. Mouth ulcers are painful sores developing in the mouth. They are uncomfortable and painful for some, but they are usually harmless and clear up by themselves within a week or two. Mouth ulcers are common but when your ulcer has lasted for longer than three weeks, you should visit D ...

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Which Mouthwash Should You Use?

There are different types of mouthwash available in the market today; breath-freshener, antibacterial, fluoridated, etc. The big question is, which one should you be using? Here are some tips on choosing the right type of mouthwash for you and your family:   For Bad Breath or Gum Disease Concerns If this is the case, a mouthwash with an antibac ...

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What Laser Dentistry Can Improve

Since 1994, lasers have been used in the field of dentistry to treat a number of dental problems. These lasers are not similar to the ones used in phototherapy for the relief of headaches, inflammation and pain. Laser dentistry can be a precise and effective way to perform a number of dental procedures. Here are some of the oral conditions that can be impr ...

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Oral Care in the Elderly

As we get older, several oral conditions that were not present when we were younger might develop. These are as follows:   *Dry Mouth – This can result from physical changes our body goes through as it ages. However, this can also be caused by certain medications. This increases the risk for oral disease since saliva helps kill bacteria ...

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Bruxism (Teeth Grinding) & How to Overcome It

Maintaining oral health is not just about brushing and flossing your teeth regularly. Sometimes, unconscious habits such as bruxism can also destroy the structure of teeth. Bruxism is a habit that involves grinding of the teeth. This often occurs during times of excessive anxiety, stress, anger, and other negative emotions. However, if a person does it con ...

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Fruit Juices and Smoothies: Are They Bad for Our Teeth?

Contrary to popular belief, it is not just sugar that damages our teeth, but acid, too. Acid is usually found in frizzy drinks such as sodas, and wines. However, another source of acid would be… fruit juices. Yes, you read it correctly. Though fruit juices are healthy for the body, they might not be too healthy for our teeth. Fruit juice contains co ...

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How to Beat Dental Problems and Stay Smiling

Some people tend to take oral health for granted. They only pay attention to their mouth when they experience throbbing and incessant pain. Some fail to make their oral health their priority and use their busy schedules as their excuse. However, your oral health is as important as your overall health. Here are some ways on how to beat dental problems and s ...

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