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By v2dentistry26513402, Jan 24 2018 08:33PM

6 Ways to Make Your Mouth Extra Kissable for Valentine’s Day

Kissing stimulates saliva, which can help fight cavities. However, if the person you’re kissing has poor dental and overall health, you run the risk of getting unwanted germs, illnesses or diseases instead of candy, flowers or cards this Valentine’s Day.

Here’s what you need to know about making your smile a vision of love for February 14.

Cavities Can Be Contagious

Whether through kissing or something as simple as sharing a fork, the bacteria that causes cavities can spread to another person. Brush twice a day for two minutes and clean between your teeth once a day for cleaner kisses and a cavity-free smile.

Beware Bad Breath

Bacteria is a big culprit of bad breath, so regular habits like brushing and flossing are especially important. Other ways to stay fresh are over-the-counter antimicrobial mouthwashes or chewing sugarless gum. Both can freshen your breath instantly and get saliva flowing—especially after you eat foods with a strong scent. (And look for the ADA Seal of Acceptance on both!)

Share a Life (But Not a Toothbrush)

For many couples, a big relationship step is keeping a toothbrush at each other’s place. Just make sure you each have your own because sharing toothbrushes also means sharing germs.

Brighten Your Smile

Nothing is more attractive than a confident smile. If whitening makes you feel better about yours, talk to your dentist about which option is best. There are a number of over-the-counter whitening products, or you could get an in-office treatment at your dentist.

Smoking Isn’t Attractive

Smoking is bad for your breath and stains your teeth – not to mention terrible for your overall health. Smoking affects how well you smell and taste. People who use tobacco twice as likely to get gum disease as someone who doesn’t smoke. Smokers are also more at risk for oral cancer. Give yourself a gift this Valentine’s Day and quit today.

Don’t Forget About the Dentist!

A good relationship with and regular visits to your dentist can help keep your mouth at its best all year long. Your dentist can help keep you healthy, discuss any concerns and give more advice on keeping your smile fresh.

By v2dentistry26513402, Oct 17 2017 11:40PM

The summer breeze may still be here…for now. But with the passing of every sun-filled day it’s only a countdown to the inevitable, Fall and then Winter. As it’s starting to get colder out, are your teeth becoming more sensitive? Don’t let this hold you back from enjoying the changing seasons. Fall into these four festive treatments to help you desensitize your teeth right before the chilly weather is completely here.

Four Festive treatments:

1) Toothpaste

Try desensitizing toothpaste, it contains compounds that help to block sensations from traveling to the nerves of your teeth. Check with a dentist to find out which desensitizing toothpaste is right for you.

2) Liquid or Gel Fluoride

When applied to the affected areas of your teeth, fluoride gel can help to lessen the sensitivity. If you don’t like gel, use liquid fluoride rinses, it can help to strengthen your teeth, making them less likely to become sensitive.

3) Floss

If you have healthy gums it can reduce tooth sensitivity. Floss with high pressure water to strengthen your gums.

4) Eat Healthy Food

Foods that are acidic or contain a lot of sugar can make your teeth more sensitive. Avoid eating foods that are acidic or have high concentrations of sugar, such as tomato sauce, soda, etc. Look for foods that are known to improve your oral health like cheese, fresh produce such as apples and carrots, and remember to drink lots of water.

If your teeth are still sensitive after trying these four treatments, be sure to check in with a dentist because there may be more damage than what was initially anticipated. The American Dental Association stated, “that your dentist may recommend other treatments, such as a filling, a crown, an inlay or bonding to correct a flaw or decay that results in sensitivity.”

By v2dentistry26513402, Sep 27 2017 10:55PM

Halloween candy

1. Be selective.

Choose treats that cause the least damage to teeth. Instead of caramels and hard candies, choose chocolates, which are swallowed quickly and don’t stick to teeth. Avoid any candies that are acidic or chewy. Don't forget that even “healthy” snacks like pretzels and crackers can promote decay.

2. Limit the amount of time that sugar is in contact with your child’s teeth.

When buying candy for Halloween, look for treats that can be eaten quickly, like miniature candy bars. When you get home from trick-or-treating, discard hard or sticky candies like sugared fruit snacks, caramels or lollipops, as they increase the period of time in which teeth are exposed to sugar. Encourage your child to eat a small amount of candy in one sitting followed by a glass of water and thorough tooth brushing. It is not a good idea to allow your child to graze on candy as this will increase the amount of time sugar comes in contact with teeth.

3. Teach your child to eat all foods in moderation.

Although sweets are blamed for much tooth decay, all foods — even healthy alternatives to candy, such as fruit and nuts — can promote tooth decay if eaten in excess. Children (like adults) should eat all foods in moderation. Read nutrition labels to avoid foods and drinks loaded with sugar, fructose and other sweeteners.

4. Set up a candy bank.

Allow your child to make daily withdrawals from the bank and monitor the progress. This way, you can control how much candy your child consumes.

5. Go trick-or-treating on a full stomach.

Staying full can limit the urge to gorge on Halloween sweets.

6. Use fluoride to fight cavities.

Fluoride can dramatically reduce the damage caused by tooth decay. The most common ways to use fluoride for cavity prevention are by using fluoridated toothpaste and other products and by drinking fluoridated water.

Children should brush at least twice a day for two minutes with a small (pea-sized) amount of fluoridated toothpaste and rinse with a fluoridated mouth rinse. Fluoride treatments, applied directly onto teeth, are also available in any dentist's office. If your area does not have fluoridated water, talk to your dentist about fluoride supplements

By v2dentistry26513402, Sep 7 2017 10:34PM

Regular dental visits are important year-round, but a back-to-school checkup is key in fighting the most common chronic disease found in school-age children: cavities. In fact, dental disease causes children to miss more than 51 million school hours each year.

Prevention and early detection can help avoid pain, trouble eating, difficulty speaking and school absences. When people are beginning to do their pediatrician checks to make sure their kids are school-ready, make sure teeth are part of it.

Plan Ahead

Between cookouts, camping trips and everything else on your family’s summer bucket list, it’s easy for school to sneak up on you. Unfortunately, many parents may not think about making that appointment until August.

Encourage Age-Appropriate Dental Habits at Home

The best kind of checkup is a cavity-free checkup. Moms and dads can help make this happen by encouraging kids to brush twice a day for two minutes and floss once a day. Here’s age-by-age advice:

Ages 6 and Under

At this age, your child might want to do all the brushing herself but doesn’t have the fine motor skills needed to do a thorough job. Let them start and jump in when needed. “During that age, the mouth is changing so much that children who are 5 or 6 are often brushing their teeth in the way they were when they were 2 or 3.

Ages 7-12

By now, your child knows what to do, she just might not want to. Keep encouraging healthy brushing and flossing habits. “Be aware of the fact that sometimes you have to take over a little bit more.

Ages 12-18

When you look at research for when caries appear in kids, it tends to be in young kids. But another bump-up time is teenage years and early adulthood. Part of this has to do with the fact that teenagers may have gone for many years and never had a cavity. They don’t necessarily take care of their teeth because they don’t see the consequence of not.

Don’t let your teen’s habits become out of sight, out of mind. “The behaviors of the teenager are going to translate into the 20-year-old. We want to be able to support them and be respectful of them because they’re not kids anymore.

By v2dentistry26513402, Jul 18 2017 09:31PM

1. Not only does it quench your thirst, it can also quench inflammation that contributes to conditions like asthma, atherosclerosis, diabetes, colon cancer, and arthritis.

2. Over 1,200 varieties of watermelon are grown worldwide.

3. Watermelon is an ideal health food because it doesn’t contain any fat or cholesterol, is high in fiber and vitamins A & C and is a good source of potassium.

4. Pink watermelon is also a source of the potent carotenoid antioxidant, lycopene. These powerful antioxidants travel through the body neutralizing free radicals.

5. Watermelon is a vegetable! It is related to cucumbers, pumpkins and squash.

6. Early explorers used watermelons as canteens.

7. Watermelon is grown in over 96 countries worldwide.

8. In China and Japan watermelon is a popular gift to bring a host.

9. In Israel and Egypt, the sweet taste of watermelon is often paired with the salty taste of feta cheese.

10. Every part of a watermelon is edible, even the seeds and rinds.

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