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What is Dry Mouth and How to Treat It

What is Dry Mouth and How to Treat It

What Is Dry Mouth?  Dry mouth, known medically as Xerostomia, occurs when the salivary glands found in the mouth, do not make enough saliva to keep it wet.   Though dry mouth is often nothing to be concerned about, it can be quite annoying and make you feel uncomfortable.  The lack of saliva in the mouth can also have an impact on other areas of your oral health and affect your everyday life and enjoyment of food.  Common Symptoms The lack of sufficient saliva in the mouth can lead to a number of symptoms including: Bad breathYour mouth feels dry or stickyDifficulty chewing and swallowingDecreased appetite Sore throat and hoarseness (you may have difficulty speaking)Cracked tongue and lipsDentures becoming uncomfortable to wearTooth…Continue Reading

What To Do When A Dental Emergency Occurs?

What To Do When A Dental Emergency Occurs?

Unfortunately, accidents happen. In our society, we’ve been fortunate enough to have an infrastructure in place to address medical emergencies such as Urgent Care Facilities and Emergency Rooms. We’ve also been taught how to assess and manage minor medical events to the point where, on average, every household owns emergency medical supplies in some form or fashion. The bottom line is, we know what to do in case of a medical emergency. However, when it comes to dental emergencies, most people are not so knowledgeable. In this article, we’ll discuss what constitutes a dental emergency and what to do about it. What is a Dental Emergency? In general, any experience that leads to profuse bleeding, severe pain, or a lost…Continue Reading

3 Things You Can Do to Improve Your Oral Hygiene in 2020

3 Things You Can Do to Improve Your Oral Hygiene in 2020

When a new year comes around, we tend to make declarations and resolutions. We do this to improve various things about our lifestyles, to reach our goals, and to ultimately become better versions of ourselves. New Year’s resolutions often include losing weight, starting a new business, learning more, and many other positive, life-affirming activities. Unfortunately, oral hygiene often takes a back seat to other more attractive resolutions like visiting a foreign country, for example. But today, we encourage you to include oral hygiene in your quest to improve your life! It will be a huge benefit in the present and in the future. Here are three things you can do to improve your oral hygiene in 2020. Upgrade your toothbrush.…Continue Reading

Teeth Friendly Stocking Stuffers for Kids

Teeth Friendly Stocking Stuffers for Kids

It’s the time of year for good cheer, good food, and gifts - Christmas! This time of year is indeed one of the most popular holidays of the year and arguably the only holiday that kids look forward to for making their biggest dreams come true. There are many traditions observed by families across the country during the holiday season. One of those traditions is the Christmas stocking. The Chrstmas stocking is essentially a decorated sock hung on the fireplace mantle on Christmas Eve. It is filled with small gifts, candy, and trinkets presumably by Santa Clause when he arrives to bring gifts. Unfortunately, treats such as hard candies, and peppermints aren’t the best selections if you’re trying to avoid…Continue Reading

what sugar drinks are doing to your teeth

What Sugar Drinks are Doing to Your Teeth

Daily brushing and flossing is a sure way to keep your teeth healthy. It helps prevent serious gum infection, also known as periodontitis. It keeps your mouth free of unnecessary food particles and builds a barrier against plaque. Taking this approach to your oral health is integral to good oral hygiene and will keep your smile looking bright longer. However, your food consumption also plays a huge role in the overall health of your teeth. In this article we’ll discuss sugary drinks in particular, and how they impact your teeth. First, let’s talk sugar. Sugar itself is actually not the problem. The problem comes in when actions are triggered after sugar enters your mouth. Did you know our mouths contain…Continue Reading