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  • U.S. to Lower Fluoride Amounts in Water

    Posted on in News

    About 70 years ago, scientists discovered that people who drank water that had more fluoride actually had fewer cavities! So, in 1945, Grand Rapids, Michigan, became the first city in the world to add fluoride to its drinking water. Research done six years later showed that kids there had significantly less tooth decay. The same year, the U.S. …
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  • Is Lemon Water Hurting Your Teeth?

    Posted on in Educational, Food & Health, News

    You’ve tasted the trend, no doubt, in an upscale restaurant or in your own home: Lemon water, or water flavored by the juice of a lemon, or accented by a sunny lemon slice. Most would say that it makes water, which is understandably bland, just taste better. Many would say that drinking lemon water every morning is …
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  • Proper Flossing Technique

    Posted on in Children, Educational, Family

    Flossing. Many people can be intimidated by it. How much floss do I use? How do I actually get that string in between my teeth? Is it supposed to hurt? Proper flossing on a daily basis should not hurt. In fact, if you do it well, it should help decrease the risk of any tooth or mouth …
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  • Natural Sweetener Xylitol: Prevents Cavities?

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    We’ve all heard that sugar isn’t good for your teeth or overall dental health. Many try to cut out sugar from their diets, either by not drinking sugary drinks or eating sugar of any kind or by eating foods that have a non-sugar sweetener. One such sweetener, xylitol, is put into many food and drink products – …
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  • Fewer Preschoolers Have Cavities

    Posted on in Children, Educational, News

    Most parents probably worry more about the tooth decay and cavities that their teens are likely to experience than their toddlers and preschoolers. After all, teens are more likely to drink lots of sugary soda, eat loads of candy, and forget to brush and floss regularly. But baby teeth are important too, and a recent report about …
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  • Preventative Removal of Wisdom Teeth: Disadvantages

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    Wisdom teeth. Everyone has them, and many people do have problems with them, causing a lot of pain and other dental problems. Oral surgeons and dentists all agree that, if wisdom teeth are causing pain, they should be removed. Another good reason to remove them is if there are signs that tooth decay or an infection is forming. …
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