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Author: Harriet Nava

How to Find the Best Dentist for You

Whether you are brand new to the area, need a change or simply want to get back in the habit, finding a dentist you can trust is one of the most important things that you can do for your health. When you are looking for a new dentist, there are certain things that you should be looking for. By doing this you will not only find the best dentist for your needs, but also for your overall health.

 

The first thing that you should do when looking for a new dentist is to determine what is important for you. For most people, you will want to consider a few options. How close is it to your house or your office? Not all dentists have hours outside of work, so finding one close enough to travel to during the day could be a deal breaker. You will also want to find a dentist that takes your insurance if you have it. With so many insurance carriers around, you will want to be extra sure that your provider is accepted by your dentist. The last thing that you will want to do is go into the office to find out that your

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5 unlikely ways to boost your oral health

Dental hygiene can die a death-by-monotony as the consumer is tired of the same mantra of brush, floss, avoid sweets again and again. Read the tips for some fresh ways to freshen your oral health.

Don’t keep your teeth “too” clean

We’ll begin with a real shocker – many patients are surprised to hear their dentist tell them to stop keeping their mouths so clean!

Oral bacteria play an important role in your health by helping to maintain balance and stave off infection. Hyper-cleaning your palate with hydrogen peroxide mouthwash, for instance, is a bad idea despite the temporary gleaming-white-smile effect. Hydrogen peroxide not only eliminates too many bacteria at once, it is toxic for the vital cells on the inside of your teeth.

Limit the Phytic Acid in Your Diet

When we think of foods that are bad for our teeth, we think of candy corn, chocolate bars and navel oranges. But a stealthy killer, Phytic acid, is lurking in otherwise innocuous health foods such as grains, nuts and legumes.

Phytic acid reduces the body’s capacity to store phosphorus, a key mineral in oral health, in addition to making other important nutrients less bio-available. If you’re on a high-protein …

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Ways to Vape and Keep a Healthy Mouth

Doctors and dentists agree that vaping is much less unhealthy for your mouth (and body), but it still comes with oral health challenges. Take these steps to save the day even when vaping away.

Be Mindful of Allergy Symptoms

Some people new to vaping experience a mild burning sensation in their tongues, which soon goes away. But others find themselves experiencing cold sores, raw gums and a general oral nightmare.

Most likely, they have an allergy to PG, or propylene glycol, a major ingredient in most vaping oils. Thankfully, an alternative exists in VG, or Vegetable Glycerin-based oil. If you experience sores and oral discomfort, ask about VG-only oil at your vaping counter.

Careful of Long-Term Nicotine Effects

Users of nicotine often assume that only tobacco smoke, with its chemicals and cancer-inducing properties, is the only danger of commercial cigarettes. However, the nicotine in vape oil can have an eventual effect on your health – even your oral health.

Studies show that nicotine intake can lead to increase teeth-grinding and bad breath, even if cigarettes are out of the equation. Nicotine can even hamper a diagnosis by hiding evidence of gum disease. So vape in moderation, and ask your …

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Tips For Recovering From Mouth Injuries

For the active adventurer or workout junkie, an oral injury can be maddening. You have the energy to be as active as usual – nothing is necessarily wrong with your body, but the pain of injury and inconvenience of dental visits can drag down your activity level.

Take these steps to speed your recovery and get back to smiling (painlessly) at gym pals and passers-by.

Follow Instructions With Antibiotics

Dentists can prescribe antibiotics for a number of infections and bacterial build-ups, even tartar control. However, strong antibiotic capsules are too often used as if they were pain pills – kept on the shelf unless the oral ache flares up.

That’s the wrong way to use antibiotics! Doctors prescribe a robust, temporary intake of a scheduled amount of those infection-killers for a reason. Because nature is always finding new ways to give people tolerance to antibiotics, tinkering with your required dosage schedule is a bad move. Take dosages on schedule, knock out the infection and begin your process of recovery.

Take the Pain – But Don’t Go Insane

There are many topical, oral analgesics for light tooth or gum pain. But studies show that these agents are limited in the relief …

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