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How to manage the fear to the dentist

One in four of us dreads a visit to the dentist, but there are ways to overcome your fear.

Being afraid of the dentist means different things to different people. Maybe it's the thought that treatment will hurt, or that the sounds and smells bring back memories of bad experiences as a child.

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The fear to the dentist

One in four of us dreads a visit to the dentist, but there are ways to overcome your fear.

Being afraid of the dentist means different things to different people. Maybe it's the thought that treatment will hurt, or that the sounds and smells bring back memories of bad experiences as a child.

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Smart Questions to Ask Your Dentist

Have a dental appointment scheduled sometime soon? Sit back, relax and get ready to open your mouth – but not just to have it examined! Taking your smile to the next level involves more than just a routine checkup and cleaning; for truly noticeable changes, you'll need to start off by having an in-depth chat with your dentist. Make the most out of your next visit by asking these important questions:

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A Mouthguard That Could Measure Concussions

Professional football, rugby, and other contact sports could benefit from it

Prompted by his own injuries, Gonzales, an MBA student at ASU, has developed FITGuard, along with fellow ASU grad Bob Merriman. The mouth guard is equipped with sensors that measure the force of a hit to the head and calculate the likelihood of a concussion based on age, gender and medical history.

Read the full article on Smithsonian Magazine

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When Should a Child First See a Dentist?

Your child's first visit to the dentist should happen before his or her first birthday. The general rule is six months after eruption of the first tooth.

Taking your child to the dentist at a young age is the best way to prevent problems such as tooth decay, and can help parents learn how to clean their child's teeth and identify his or her fluoride needs. After all, decay can occur as soon as teeth appear.

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How Can I Prevent Gingivitis?

To keep your mouth healthy, the American Dental Association says you should:

Brush your teeth twice a day

Use a soft-bristled brush and fluoride toothpaste. Replace your toothbrush every 3 months or sooner if the bristles become frayed. Old, worn out ones won't clean teeth as well.

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How much we know about Gingivitis?

If you’ve noticed that your gums are a little red and sore, don’t brush it off. You might have gingivitis, the mildest form of gum disease.

Most people get gingivitis at some point in their lives, and its mild symptoms make it easy to ignore. But without treatment, it can turn into bigger problems for your mouth. The good news is you can reverse or even prevent it by simply brushing your teeth and flossing.

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How to prevent stained teeth

Some tips to care your teeth

  • Lessen Stains: Cut Back
  • Use a Straw
  • Swallow Swiftly
  • Rinse - Then Brush - After Eating

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Be careful! Some foods may stain your teeth!

Do you know how stains could cause damage to your dental treatment?

Even when you think your teeth are healthy may be it's in danger because the stains and other problems that some foods could cause. Here are some that you need to know.

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Do you know if your mouthwash contains alcohol?

Ingredients in Some Mouthwashes Include Alcohol

Besides water and sweeteners such as sorbitol and sodium saccharine, many commercial brands of mouthwash include other active ingredients such as eucalyptol, hexetidine, thymol, hydrogen peroxide, methyl salicylate, enzymes, fluoride and calcium. Many brands of mouthwash such as Scope or Listerine contain from 6.6% to 26.9% of alcohol, more than beer or wine [Pediatrics for Parents, March 1993]. These formulations rely on a high alcohol content to temporarily kill bacteria that causes bad breath. 

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Do You need orthodontics? Here some things You must know first

Orthodontics is a type of dentistry that corrects teeth and jaw alignment problems using devices such as dental braces (fixed appliances), plates and headgear.

Orthodontic treatment is often recommended to correct problems such as a protruding lower jaw, protruded upper teeth (buck teeth) or crooked and crowded teeth. Early intervention and treatment is often preferred to prevent more serious problems from developing.

As the basic process involved in moving teeth is the same at any age, orthodontic treatement is also often successful for adults.

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Why is basic dental care important

What is basic dental care?

Basic dental care involves brushing and flossing your teeth regularly, seeing your and/or dental hygienist for regular checkups and cleanings, and eating a mouth healthy diet, which means foods high in whole grains, vegetables and fruits, and dairy products.

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Your oral health could help in heart disease prevention!

Preventing Gum Disease When You’re at Risk for Heart Disease

Gum Disease and Heart Disease

If you are at risk for heart disease or have it already, good oral hygiene is very important. It might seem strange, but gum disease seems to be linked with cardiovascular problems, like heart attacks and strokes.

How can you keep your gums healthy -- and maybe your heart? Get the facts here.

Four out of 5 people in the U.S. have gum disease, or periodontal disease. It's caused by the buildup of bacteria in the mouth. Gingivitis is a mild form. Periodontitis is more severe; it can damage the bone and cause tooth loss.

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Some tips to prevent Gum Disease

Brush twice a day and floss daily.

Gum disease and tooth decay remain big problems -- and not just for older people. Three-fourths of teenagers have gums that bleed, according to the ADHA. Along with the basic advice, remember:

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