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Why Do I Have Aching Teeth?

Have you ever distracted yourself from thinking about aching muscles after a good workout or other uncomfortable physical sensations? If so, you know aching teeth rarely fall into that category. No matter how hard you try to distract yourself, it feels impossible to think about anything else! What often makes them even worse, are the thoughts you have about going to the dentist. Will you need drilling, a new filling, or even a root canal?

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4 Tips to Help Your Teen Recover Quickly After Wisdom Teeth Removal

Taking care of your teen post wisdom teeth removal isn’t always easy. Although the procedure is common, we all react differently to the experience. Oftentimes, it is painful, and they do not know how to respond due to the impacts of stress. Emotions impact our ability to think clearly during situations that cause stress, such as pain. In other words, teens may need help with emotional regulation.

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Smiles With A Heart – Free Dental Care

Each year Fredericksburg Smile Center holds their SMILES WITH A HEART benefit. This year the benefit will take place on April 28, 2017 at 2330 Plank Road – Gateway Village – in Fredericksburg, Virginia. This benefit will provide free dental care for underprivileged patients in our community. The benefit has averaged over $75,000/year in free care in one day, producing over a half million dollars in free care back to the community.

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Scared of the Dentist? A Therapy Dog Can Help

Are you scared of the dentist? You’re definitely not alone. Millions of Americans avoid getting preventive dental care because of severe dental anxiety.

Dentophobia is a problem in need of a solution, and dental therapy dogs might just be able to provide one. Therapy dogs are well-trained, well mannered, and are able to provide comfort in a situation where someone is anxious, scared or depressed.

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Why Your Heart Loves Your Family Dentist

So, you’ve taken all the appropriate measures to ensure your heart is healthy, but did you know having a healthy mouth can contribute to your healthy heart as well?  So taking that trip to the family dentist is about more than just your teeth. Having unhealthy gums and teeth could potentially lead to heart disease.  

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4 Tips for Using Books to Help your Kids Love to Brush

A common myth surrounding early oral health is that baby teeth are not as important as permanent adult teeth. However, oral health is the gateway to long-term health. Helping your kids love to brush their teeth as soon as their first tooth emerges will set them up for a lifetime of good oral health habits.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, books are a great way to promote early oral health. While you and your child read together, you are teaching them about brushing, good habits, and literacy. It’s a great combination!

It’s a great idea, right? But how do you make it a habit? And how can you help your kids love to brush by using books? Here are our 4 tips to get you started!

  • Find the perfect books! There are many great children’s books available. One favorite is Brush Your Teeth, Please (2013) by Leslie McGuire. This pop-up book presents different animals brushing their teeth. Kids use tooth brushes inside to practice on the animals while you read together. Ready Set Brush (2008) by Sesame Street is another great pop-up book option. Kids recognize Elmo and other characters they already trust. If Elmo brushes his teeth, clearly your kids should brush their teeth, too!

 

  • Make reading and brushing a routine! Children thrive on routines, so make reading and brushing part of that bedtime and morning ritual. First, brush your teeth together. Then, let them pick their favorite book to read before either shutting off the lights and going to bed or going about the rest of your morning. It’s important that you do this together, as that is what supports the importance of both brushing and reading.

 

  • Have a special toothbrush for their stuffed animal! Does your child have a bear, doll, or other stuffed animal they carry everywhere? If so, use that to your advantage. Have your child brush their “teeth” as part of play and routines. Doing so will help them practice the proper motions while also having fun.

 

  • Bring books to your dentist’s office! Since early oral health care is important, helping your child grow accustomed to visiting the dentist’s office should start early. Bring your child’s favorite brushing book along on your visit and read it in the waiting room. Doing so will help them understand their upcoming appointment and create normalcy around the visit.

 

Are you ready to get started? Head to your local library or bookstore as a family to find your perfect brushing book today. There is no better time to support your child’s early oral health than right now.

 

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Eating for Good Oral Health: The Best and the Worst Foods for Your Teeth

We all know that sugar is bad for our teeth. Too much sugar leads to tooth decay and more time in the dentist’s chair than we’d like. But sugar isn’t the only culprit when it comes to damaging our teeth and gums. A healthy diet full of fruits, vegetables, lean protein and whole grains is not only good for our bodies, it is also great for our oral health! In fact, according to the ADA, one of the first areas in your body to suffer from a poor diet is your teeth.

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Yellow teeth? Here’s what you can do.

A lot of people these days are looking for ways to get a brighter, whiter smile. It’s important when considering different teeth-whitening methods, to meet with your dentist to find the root cause of your yellow teeth. This way you can make sure that your teeth-whitening regimen is effective, and you’re not covering up a bigger issue.

Causes of Yellow Teeth

  1. Enamel erosion – The dentin layer underneath the enamel is naturally yellowish in color. That’s why the thinner your enamel gets, the more yellow your teeth will appear.
  2. Acids in certain food and beverages – Soda is a common acidic beverage that wears away your teeth’s protective enamel coating. If you’re a regular soda drinker, it’s a good bet that your teeth are turning yellow because of it. Cola is especially harmful.
  3. Certain dental conditions
  4. Staining from food and beverages – Examples of food and beverages that can stain teeth are black tea, coffee, red wine, bright fruits and veggies, curry and sugary sweets.
  5. Tobacco use.

What can you do?

Some of the things listed above are good for you, and cutting them out of your life just isn’t an option. Start developing the habit of drinking water after consuming a type of food or beverage that is likely to stain your teeth. This helps rinse away some of the residue and slow the staining.

In some cases, it may be wise to cut back on some of the things discoloring your teeth. Cutting sweets out of your diet or reducing your soda intake can have enormous health benefits beyond the cosmetic benefits to your teeth.

Why see a dentist?

It’s important to see a dentist before trying to remedy yellow teeth on your own because there may be a more serious issue causing the discoloration than just your diet. Yellow teeth can be a symptom of a number of different dental problems, and it’s important not to merely remedy the symptom, covering up evidence of a bigger issue. A dentist can make sure you’re in good oral health, and prescribe an appropriate and effective treatment.

 

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Having Straight Teeth is About More Than Just Your Smile

Having straight teeth is often viewed as a luxury or something you desire but can’t have. This is especially the case if you are an adult who didn’t benefit from braces as a kid. While many people think having straight teeth only affects their smile, the alignment of your teeth is a big factor in your dental health as well.

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Emergency Dental Care – Steps to Take When You Lose a Tooth

We all take precautions when it comes to our teeth. We brush in the morning and evening, we wear mouth guards when we play risky sports, and we go to the dentist twice a year. But sometimes, accidents happen. If you find yourself sitting on the ground with your head ringing and a tooth completely knocked out of your mouth, don’t panic. It’s possible to save your tooth, and your smile.

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Emergency Dental Care – 4 Steps to Take When You Lose a Tooth

Step 1: Retrieve Your Tooth (Carefully)

The first thing you need to do is retrieve your tooth. While the circumstance can seem scary or surreal, make sure you pick your tooth up carefully and only touch the crown (the chewing part of the tooth). You want to avoid touching the root as much as possible because that part needs to stay healthy and whole to get your tooth back where it belongs.

Step 2: Clean The Tooth (Gently)

In a perfect world, your tooth would fall out onto a clean pillow. Most of the time, though, it falls into the dirt or onto the concrete. So once you have your tooth in hand, make sure you wash it gently. Don’t scrub it, and don’t use any chemicals. Just rinse it gently under cold water until the dirt and grit that were clinging to it are gone.

Lastly, don’t wrap your tooth in a tissue or cloth. That isn’t going to help because you need to make sure your tooth, and the tissue, stay moist.

Step 3: Put Your Tooth Back in The Socket (If You Can)

As soon as your tooth is clean, you should try to put it back in the socket. Simply press it back where it belongs with your fingers, or hold it in place, and bite down slowly. The less time the tooth spends out of your mouth, the better off you’ll be.

If you can’t get your tooth back in its socket, a glass of cold milk will do in a pinch. Do not put your tooth in regular tap water, because the water will be too harsh on your tooth and the roots attached to it.

Step 4: Get To A Dental Professional (Within 30 Minutes or Less)

Once you have your tooth, you need to get to a dental emergency room. If you can get there within 30 minutes or so of the accident, there’s a good chance the dentist will be able to save your tooth, and your smile. Of course, even if you can’t make that close deadline, that’s no reason not to try. If you take the proper steps, it’s possible to save a tooth that’s been out of your mouth for an hour or more.

 

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