Can Chewing Gum Help Your Oral Health?

Would you believe us if we told you that chewing gum could be good for your oral health? While we aren’t referring to sugary gum like Hubba Bubble or Bubble Yum, sugar-free chewing gum can be beneficial to your oral health. Many people consider chewing gum a form of candy, so they don’t chew it as often as they probably should. Chewing gum actually helps prevent tooth decay and cavities.

The Importance Of Making Good Oral Hygiene A Family Habit

At Family Friendly Dentistry, we care about the oral health of your entire family. We know that caring for a family can be challenging. It may seem like there are always new responsibilities and activities popping up that take away from any free time you may have. No matter how busy you may be, it is important to create an oral hygiene routine that family members of all ages can learn and benefit from. Here are some essentials that should be included:

3 Things You May Not Know Are Harming Your Oral Health

We do all we can to help you look your best and feel good about your oral health. This is why we are passionate about maintaining your routine hygiene examination and scheduling any recommended treatments in a timely fashion. Unfortunately, some of the patients we see do not always have the best habits and make poor decisions that end up harming their oral health. While some patients experience immediate problems, others can expect to have issues in the near future. We want to share some common habits that can harm your oral health. Read on to learn more.

Dental Health Tips That Can Lead To A Beautiful Smile

At Family Friendly Dentistry, we are passionate about our patients of all ages receiving routine dental care in our office. This is the time that we not only thoroughly clean your teeth, but we also inspect them for problems such as decay. We see many of our patients only two times a year for their routine cleanings, which leaves the majority of their dental care in their hands. We know that sometimes your oral hygiene routine can be a little lax, especially after a long day, but we want to stress the importance of caring for your teeth properly each and every day. Caring for your teeth properly now will save you a lot of time in our office and additional expenses that can add up over time. We are going to share some dental health tips to keep you out of the dentist’s chair:

Importance Of An Oral Hygiene Routine

At Family Friendly Dentistry, we want you and your family to have excellent oral health. This is one of the reasons we are passionate about routine hygiene examinations for you and your family every four to six months. During these appointments we are able to remove any lingering plaque and bacteria from your mouth as well as inspect your teeth for signs of decay, gum disease, and oral cancer.

The Effects Medication Can Have On Your Oral Health

We often talk about being mindful of certain foods and habits and how they can have a negative effect on your oral health. You may be surprised to learn that certain things you are taking to help your body and your overall health may be causing problems with your teeth, gums, and mouth. Prescribed and over-the-counter medications can have lasting effects on your teeth and mouth that can significantly impact the future of your oral health. We want to share some of the common side effects that medications can have on your oral health.

Does Thumbsucking And Pacifier Use Affect Teeth?

Do you have a young child or loved one who is always grabbing for their pacifier or continuously sucking their thumb? During early infancy, and even in the womb, it is natural for a baby to suck their thumb. It is a self-soothing technique and actually helps to teach them about the environment around them. Thumbsucking or pacifier use is also helpful as children transition into the late infancy stage and the early toddler years, as it can also be used as a coping mechanism when a child is feeling anxious or overwhelmed. At a certain age, pacifier use and thumbsucking become problems as it regards their teeth.

Check Your Calendar

When was the last time you visited our office for a routine hygiene examination and cleaning? If it has been some time since your last appointment, we encourage you to schedule your next visit today. We know that your life is busy, but the longer you postpone routine examinations, the greater the chance you will experience a dental emergency or some type of oral health complication. Delaying your examination and cleaning can eventually affect your overall health as well. Read on to learn more about the importance of routine appointments.

Are You Concerned About Bad Breath?

Are you self-conscious about the smell of your breath? Are you someone who religiously carries mints or gum because you always want to have fresh breath? While it is very kind to want to have fresh breath when speaking closely with others, there are times when it is not possible, such as after a garlicky meal or a large cup of coffee. The problem arises when you experience frequent bad breath. This is a warning sign from your mouth that you may have a larger problem with your oral health. Continue reading to learn what your mouth is trying to tell you.