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Top 5 summer oral health facts you need to know

Don't let oral health slip in the summer
Jul 30 2015

ADA's MouthHealthy issued a “Summer Teeth Quiz” that helps separate seasonal oral health fact from fiction1. Summer is a fun time filled with cookouts and sweet treats, but don't let these come at the cost of a healthy, beautiful smile. Now, let's get to it!

1) Chewing ice is a dangerous habit for your teeth. Sure, it might cool you down, but it can cause tooth fracture and can even damage your protective enamel.

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The biggest health secret of your summer cookout

Healthy foods for your next cookout
Jul 07 2015

It turns out that most everyone's favorite summer foods are also good for your teeth! Summertime = cookouts, pool parties, and beach days. Life in Maine is just better outside, and the best thing you can do at your next barbecue (besides smiling, of course!) is to eat fresh, nutritious foods that actually do work to keep your mouth healthy. Not a bad deal, huh?

Here's a short list of the all-stars:

Carrots/cucumbers

Leafy greens/spinach

Chicken/beef

Walnuts/almonds/cashews

Water!

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Does air pollution affect the health of your teeth? Samples from ancient human teeth suggest yes

Air pollution affects your teeth and lungs
Jul 07 2015

According to HealthDay News, samples taken from the tartar of 400,000 year-old teeth reveal the earliest evidence of air pollution created by human activity. The air pollution is thought to have stemmed from indoor fires used to roast meat. The discovery sheds valuable insight not only into the lifestyle of the people who lived in Qesem Cave almost half a million years ago but also into the sometimes negative consequences of human progress on the environment.

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Paul Revere: Patriot, Activist, and...Dentist?

Paul Revere dentist
Jul 01 2015

We all know the story of Paul Revere's “Midnight Ride” during which Revere alerted the Colonial militia to the pending arrival of British forces before the battles of Lexington and Concord. While Paul Revere's Patriotic efforts and famous (albeit misquoted) phrase (“The British are coming!”) may be what most people think of when his name comes up, Revere was a regular Renaissance man– Revolutionary style, of course.

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Billions worldwide affected by untreated tooth decay

Billions worldwide affected by untreated tooth decay
Jun 10 2015

A paper1 titled, “Global Burden of Oral Conditions in 1990-2010: A Systematic Analysis,” outlines an international research project led by Professor Marcenes of the Institute of Dentistry at Queen Mary to investigate oral health as part of the 2010 Global Burden of Disease (GBD) study. The study determined that nearly 4 billion people in the world- almost half the globe's population- suffer from untreated tooth decay.

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Want to quit smoking but don't know how to start? Here are 6 tried and true ways.

Become tobacco-free and breathe clearer.
Jun 04 2015

CNN recently published an article1 titled, “The 6 most scientifically proven methods to help you quit smoking.” Most people know that smoking is bad for you; in fact- for half a century now- we've know that smoking can kill you. Still, it can be an incredibly difficult habit to break. Many smokers want to quit, but they're not sure how. Thankfully, science is here to help.

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Are your teeth sensitive to cold? Find out what your sensitivity could mean.

Teeth sensitivity to cold or hot temperatures can occur for many reasons.
May 28 2015

 A recent article1 in TIME explores the common (but troubling!) problem of tooth sensitivity. While teeth can be “touchy” with no reason for great concern, sensitivity can also indicate bigger, underlying dental problems. So, next time you feel that familiar jab after a big gulp of ice water, pay special attention to how long the pain lasts and how localized it is.

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Detect Oral Cancer Early with Regular Dental Visits

Dental exam to detect oral cancer
May 21 2015

The ADA recently released an article that explores the connection between regular dental visits and early detection of oral cancer. Twice-yearly dental check-ups not only help maintain optimal oral health in terms of the prevention of decay and gum disease, but they can also prove to be life-saving. At each regular dental visit, our providers perform an oral cancer screening to identify early signs of oral cancer and also to open up the conversation about risk factors for the development of oral cancer.

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Mouthguards aren't just for boxers. Your little champions need them, too!

Sports Mouthguards
May 11 2015

On May 2nd, professional boxers Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and Manny Pacquiao faced each other in the ring for what was dubbed “The Fight of the Century.” The event was highly publicized and raked in close to 400 million dollars. In the lead up to the fight, the New York Times reported on Mayweather's flashy style and remarked on both the aesthetic and functional significance of both fighters' custom mouthguards. Mayweather reportedly commissioned 10 mouth guards- including one with a baked-in 100 dollar bill and gold foil detail.

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Tips to help prepare for your child's appointment

Your child's oral health is important
Apr 30 2015

The best way to prepare for your child's visit with the dentist is to have an open, calm conversation with him or her about why it's important and what will happen during the appointment. Kids are very perceptive, and they might have picked up on certain myths and assumptions about the dental office that could make them anxious or afraid. As a parent, you can explain the positives about going to the dentist and encourage them to feel curious and excited instead of nervous and scared.

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Xyli-what? Get the scoop on natural sweetener xylitol

Does xylitol have benefits for your teeth?
Apr 23 2015

We've talked a lot about sugar and its effects on your mouth and body, but what about sugar alternatives? Xylitol is a natural sweetener that is found in many sugar-free products such as gum, toothpaste, some cough drops, and sweets. Recently, it has gained attention as a possible sugar substitute that actually has benefits for your teeth- some sources go as far to claim that xylitol can prevent cavities. Hey, if that's true, sign me up!

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Confused about toothpaste? Learn more about common ingredients

Toothpaste
Apr 14 2015

Not sure which kind of toothpaste to use? Overwhelmed in the grocery store's oral health aisle? Don't worry! We've broken down the different types of toothpaste and have explained the purpose of some of the most common toothpaste ingredients to help you make a more informed decision. Happy brushing, and don't forget to floss!

Here's a breakdown of some of the more common ingredients in toothpaste and an overview of each of their functions: 

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How to prevent tooth sensitivity

Lewiston Maine Teeth Cleaning
Apr 07 2015

Tooth sensitivity is the result of the demineralization and loss of the enamel. Symptoms of demineralization include transparency, cracking, and discoloration of the teeth. This can be caused partially by diet (i.e. over-consumption of acidic foods, large amounts of sugar, and also certain medications), hygienic issues (excessive brushing, brushing with excess force, and bleaching), and other behaviors (trauma, habitual grinding and clenching of the teeth, acid reflux, and frequent vomiting). Some people are even genetically prone to tooth sensitivity.

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Oral Health During Pregnancy

Auburn Maine Dentist
Mar 31 2015

During pregnancy, it is especially important to maintain proper oral health. The hormonal changes that occur throughout pregnancy can increase the risk of oral problems such as gingivitis and tooth decay. Good oral hygiene- maintained by daily brushing, flossing, and rinsing with an alcohol free antimicrobial mouthwash- can prevent the build-up of plaque and bacteria. This build-up may harbor viruses that are detrimental to your oral health, and thus proper brushing, flossing, and rinsing can reduce your risk for cavities and gum disease.

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Why are third molars called "wisdom teeth?" Do we need them?

Lewiston ME Dentist
Mar 12 2015

We all hit our peaks of wisdom between the ages of 17 and 25, right? Okay, so maybe that's not exactly true. Why, then, are our third molars dubbed "wisdom teeth?" The eruption of our third molars marks a transitional period in our lives between adolescence and adulthood. It is thought that with age, we become wiser and more mature.

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Dental Emergency: Trip to the ER or a Visit to the Dental Office?

Lewiston ME Emergency Dentist
Mar 04 2015

When faced with a dental emergency, you might be tempted to rush to the emergency room to take care of the pain. However, going to the ER should be the last option you consider to treat a toothache. When an injury involves the external jaw and lips, other parts of the face, or results in significant blood loss, the ER is the appropriate place to seek help. On the other hand, injuries that involve broken teeth or toothaches should most always be treated by your Lewiston / Auburn dentist.

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