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  • Are electric toothbrushes better for my teeth than manual ones?

    Posted on in Family

    Electric toothbrushes were first created for patients with limited motor skills and are generally more effective than manual ones. The two types of power toothbrushes on the market are rechargeable electric and battery-powered. Rechargeable electric toothbrushes plug into the wall to recharge and feature advanced technology. They ensure proper brushing technique by providing the cleaning …
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  • How do I care for my child’s teeth?

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    Good oral health habits are some of the most important health lessons you can teach your children. This means showing them proper technique when they brush and floss, limiting between-meal snacks and seeing a dentist regularly. Most dentists recommend that children begin their dental visits by age three so their dental growth and development can …
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  • Does diabetes put me at any special risk for oral health problems?

    Posted on in Food & Health

    Diabetics are twice as likely to have gum and bone disease as non-diabetics. Research studies have found a link between periodontal (gum) disease and diabetes. Conversely, severe periodontal disease may increase the risk of developing diabetes and make it more difficult to manage blood sugar levels. Regular trips to the dentist can actually improve the …
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  • How does nutrition affect oral health?

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    The foods you choose to fuel your body affect not only your general health, but your oral health, as well. Dairy products provide calcium and vitamin D for strengthening teeth and bones. Breads and cereals supply vitamins for growth and iron for healthy blood, which is linked to healthy gums. Likewise, vitamin C in fruits …
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  • Which type of toothpaste is best for my teeth?

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    A variety of toothpastes line store shelves, from anti-plaque and tartar control, to those designed for whitening and sensitive teeth. With so much to choose from, selecting the right type for your teeth can be a challenge. Tarter-removing toothpaste is best for people age 6 and older. Those susceptible to canker sores should avoid tarter-removing …
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