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Education is a vital part of our dental practice; not only for our doctors and team members, but also for our patients! Our blog will be updated monthly with information regarding dental care and a range of dental procedures.

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Stress Makes a Huge Impact on Your Teeth When Not Managed
Posted on 9/30/2019 by Doctor Schwei
A little bit of stress in your life can be a good thing, as it gives you something to work toward. However, when stress becomes overwhelming and unmanageable, your health might be affected, including your oral health. Find out more about how unhealthy stress levels might affect your mouth. Stress and BruxismWhen left unmanaged, stress can lead you to clench and grind your teeth, especially when you sleep at night. You may grind your teeth without even realizing it, and this can lead to several oral health problems. You could wear down the enamel of your teeth and cause them to chip, crack, or break. Tooth sensitivity and TMJ issues are also concerns, but a night guard can help to protect your mouth. Stress and Mouth SoresCanker sores and cold sores aren't well understood, but...
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Snoring is a Symptom of Problems You Need to Discuss with Us
Posted on 9/15/2019 by Doctor Schwei
For many years, comedians have used snoring to get laughs from the audience. While snoring and the effect it has on people is something to laugh at, it is not something to ignore. Snoring is a sign that something is not working the way it should in the body. Because it is a warning sign that something is wrong, snoring is something you need to find out more about. A visit to our office may help you understand why you snore and can help you find a solution to the snoring. Snoring and Sleep ApneaMost people will snore at one time or another. Snoring results when your airway is blocked in some way. Congestion from an illness or allergies could cause a temporary blockage of the airway. These types of issues are usually resolved when the underlying condition is taken care of. There are...
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Symptoms You Need to Floss Better
Posted on 8/30/2019 by Doctor Schwei
Do you think that you do an adequate job of flossing, but aren't quite sure? Alternatively, do you rarely floss, but feel like no one can tell? Regardless of which scenario sounds like you, there are certain symptoms that may indicate you need to do a better job of flossing. Red, Bleeding GumsIf you floss your teeth and your gums bleed, you should take this as an indication you need to improve your flossing habits. Some people are put off by the sight of blood and think they are bleeding too hard, but this actually means that bacteria has built up under the gums. Bleeding gums mean that you need to floss more in order to remove these harmful substances from the gums. Tooth SensitivityAs gingivitis – the earliest form of gum disease – progresses, you may experience...
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Signs You Need to Get More Fluoride in Your Life
Posted on 8/15/2019 by Doctor Schwei
Fluoride is derived from fluorine, which is found in the Earth's crust and in parts of rocks and soil. It's important for your teeth because it helps prevent decay. When you don't have enough fluoride, you could have issues. Fortunately, there are some signs that will let you know when your body is deficient. How You'll Know When You Need More FluorideOne of the biggest ways of knowing that you're deficient in fluoride is that your teeth will start to decay. This happens when the bacteria that's found in plaque starts to collect on the surface of your teeth. Once it's there it'll start using the sugar and carbohydrates that you eat to help it produce acid. In turn, these acids will start to wear away at your tooth enamel. Fluoride can protect your...
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3 Most Important Ingredients in Mouthwash to Look For
Posted on 7/20/2019 by Doctor Schwei
There are many things in commercial mouthwash that are simply unnecessary. These include things like mint flavoring. The opposite is also true in that there are some very important ingredients that you'll want to make sure your mouthwash contains. What to Look for in Your MouthwashWhen you're shopping for mouthwash you want to make sure that it first of all, contains an active ingredient to fight bacteria. This should be either cetylpyridinium chloride, zinc gluconate, or quaternary ammonium. Sometimes essential oils may be used, including thymol, eucalyptol, methyl salicylate, or menthol. Once you're sure that your mouthwash can fight off any bacteria that's found in your mouth, you'll want to make sure that it also contains some fluoride. This is important...
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Are There Any Times Where Using Our Whitening Trays at Home Is the Better Option?
Posted on 7/10/2019 by Doctor Schwei
We will begin this conversation by noting that professional whitening systems are more powerful, carry fewer potential problems, and give better and longer-lasting results than do the over-the-counter whitening systems you can purchase. A professional whitening system has trays that are manufactured specifically for your teeth. This means they have a better and tighter fit on all of your teeth and the whitening agent stays on your teeth, where it belongs. Over-the-counter products sometimes work well enough, but not a well as a professional whitening product. They also don't last as long. Both whitening systems need regular maintenance to keep your teeth looking their best. Let's face it, nothing lasts forever and either product is only as good as what you put into it...
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Reasons to Make Sure You Brush for the Full Two Minutes
Posted on 6/20/2019 by Doctor Schwei
Two minutes sounds like a really short time. In fact, when you are brushing your teeth, it seems like you could have watched an entire episode of your favorite show in the time it takes you to brush your teeth. While some people believe that two minutes isn't long enough to get your teeth squeaky clean, other people think two minutes might as well be to the end of time. Whether you want to come out and admit you don't brush enough, or you brush too long, research says you only need to brush two minutes each time you brush. Maybe you're still not sure you have to brush the whole two minutes. If you're one of those people who aren't sure you should have to brush for the whole two minutes, have a look below at some of the reasons brushing for two minutes is important....
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How Tartar Forms on Your Teeth
Posted on 6/10/2019 by Doctor Schwei
Tartar is a hard substance that accumulates on the teeth, and it isn't something that you can remove on your own. We use specialized tools and equipment in order to rid your teeth of tartar, but there are steps you can take to prevent it at home. By understanding how tartar forms, you can stop the process before it starts. Tartar Buildup Begins with PlaqueBefore tartar forms, plaque is the culprit that affects your teeth. Dental plaque is a soft, sticky film that accumulates on the oral surfaces. It forms regularly due to a combination of food, fluids, and saliva that produce bacteria deposits. These deposits collect along the gumline and between the teeth, and if plaque isn't removed with regular flossing and brushing, tartar buildup may occur. Failure to remove plaque can...
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How Eating Disorders Damage Your Teeth
Posted on 5/20/2019 by Doctor Schwei
Eating disorders are serious conditions that affect the entire body, and without treatment, they could be deadly. There are many ways that eating disorders can even damage the teeth, which is just one more reason to get help if you suffer from anorexia nervosa or bulimia. Nutritional DeficienciesPeople with eating disorders don't get the proper nutrition that their bodies need. This includes the vitamins and minerals that are essential to maintain healthy teeth. Insufficient calcium will promote gum disease and tooth decay, and vitamin D is needed to help the body absorb it. People who don't get enough iron in their diets may suffer from mouth sores, and a lack of B vitamins can cause canker sores, gingivitis, and bad breath. Acid ErosionPeople with bulimia engage in binging...
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Some Foods Can Lead to Toothaches
Posted on 5/10/2019 by Doctor Schwei
Having a toothache is one of the most common ailments of the human body. In fact, toothache is the second most common ailment humans face besides the common cold. If your teeth have been hurting lately, you may want to think about your diet. There are some foods that can lead to toothaches. Want to know how to eliminate toothaches from your diet? Keep reading. We have some information that might help you keep tooth pain out of your daily life. Eliminating Foods for Sensitive Teeth and Tooth DecayFirst on your list of things to eliminate if you have sensitive teeth should be soda. Soda has two ingredients that can lead to tooth decay or make sensitive teeth more sensitive. Both the sugars and acid in soda create holes in tooth enamel over time. In addition, both sugars and acid can...
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All Posts:
Stress Makes a Huge Impact on Your Teeth When Not Managed
9/30/2019
Snoring is a Symptom of Problems You Need to Discuss with Us
9/15/2019
Symptoms You Need to Floss Better
8/30/2019
Signs You Need to Get More Fluoride in Your Life
8/15/2019
3 Most Important Ingredients in Mouthwash to Look For
7/20/2019
Are There Any Times Where Using Our Whitening Trays at Home Is the Better Option?
7/10/2019
Reasons to Make Sure You Brush for the Full Two Minutes
6/20/2019
How Tartar Forms on Your Teeth
6/10/2019
How Eating Disorders Damage Your Teeth
5/20/2019
Some Foods Can Lead to Toothaches
5/10/2019
Benefits of Seaweed If You Eat It
4/20/2019
What Happens as Acidic Erosion Takes Over Your Teeth?
4/10/2019
Overbleaching Your Teeth Can Leave Them Permanently Dingy
3/20/2019
Overcome Dental Anxiety with the Help of Sedation
3/10/2019
The Foods You Eat Impact the Health of Your Teeth
2/20/2019
How Long After Eating Does It Become Safe to Brush?
2/10/2019
How Common Are Cavities in Adults?
1/20/2019
Do Some People Get More Cavities Than Others?
1/10/2019
Your Teeth Need the Same Type of Priority as Your Overall Health
12/20/2018
Your Teeth Can Show Signs of Digestive Issues
12/10/2018
How Aspirin Can Cause Tooth Damage
11/25/2018
How Common Are Cavities in Adults?
11/15/2018
Where to Begin When Setting Dental Goals
10/20/2018
Which Is Better: Home-Made Toothpaste Or Manufactured Toothpaste?
10/10/2018
How Long has Dentistry Been Practiced?
9/20/2018
How Long Should an Adult Brush Their Teeth?
9/10/2018
When Smiling for Pictures, Make Sure Your Smile Looks Its Best
8/23/2018
When Would You Need a Dental Inlay?
8/13/2018
Dark Chocolate Can Improve Oral Health - Really!
7/20/2018
Ingredients in Toothpaste You Want to Make Sure You Have
7/10/2018
Struggles That Come with Lost Teeth
6/23/2018
Putting Your Oral Hygiene Routine on Your Schedule
6/13/2018
Common Dental Crown Myths
5/23/2018
Come See Us If Your Teeth Move in Your Sleep
5/13/2018
Why Tomatoes are so Dangerous for Your Teeth
4/20/2018
Why Your Teeth may be Turning Brown
4/10/2018
Can Stress Cause Gum Inflammation?
3/25/2018
Brushing Does Not Have to Feel Like a Chore
3/15/2018
What Can Happen if You Skip Dental Appointments Regularly
2/20/2018
What Benefits Do Teeth and Gums Get from Oil Pulling?
2/10/2018
Why Putting Off Dental Work is Much Costlier
1/20/2018
Why Panoramic X-rays Are So Much Better at Diagnosing Oral Health Issues
1/10/2018
How to Make Sure You Brush For a Full Two Minutes
12/20/2017
How Reducing Stress Can Decrease Your Bruxism Problems
12/10/2017
How Your Developing Baby Benefits From You Seeing a Dentist While Pregnant
11/25/2017
How You Can Tell If You're Brushing Long Enough
11/15/2017
Oral Health Problems You Should Never Ignore
10/20/2017
Nuts Can Improve Your Dental Health - Here's How
10/10/2017
Is a Fluoride Treatment Safe During Pregnancy?
9/25/2017
Implants are One of the Best Ways to Maintain Your Quality of Life as You Age
9/15/2017
Why You Shouldn't Brush As Soon As Your Meal is Done
8/23/2017
What to Avoid When You Have Dental Veneers
8/13/2017
Problems a Cavity Can Cause Outside the Mouth
7/30/2017
Oral Health Benefits of Tea
7/23/2017
When You Clench Your Teeth, They Become More Prone to Fracture
6/23/2017
When Pain in Your Jaw Disrupts Your Life, What Options Do You Have?
6/13/2017
Reasons Why You Might Need a Night Guard
5/25/2017
Ready Your Teeth for a Winter Wedding
5/15/2017
How Oral Health and Allergies are Connected
4/23/2017
How Long Should Your Tooth Whitening Last?
4/13/2017
How to Get an Inviting Smile Before an Interview
3/23/2017
How to Brush Your Teeth When Pregnant to Keep Your Gums from Bleeding More
3/13/2017
Foods that Boost the Health of Your Gums
2/25/2017
Flossing Wrong is Just as Dangerous as Not Flossing
2/15/2017
Why You Need to Drink Tap Water to Avoid Cavities
1/25/2017
Why You Need to Discuss Flossing with Your Dentist
1/15/2017
Do You Eat Enough Celery?
12/25/2016
Do Composite Fillings Easily Stain?
12/15/2016
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