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How Stress Affects Oral Health

Most of our patients know a thing or two about stress. Whether you’re dealing with chronic stress, or a brief stressful life circumstance, we all encounter it from time to time. Most people associate stress with heart attacks or ulcers, but do you know how stress can affect your oral health? 

 

Impacts of Stress on the Teeth

Stress may negatively affect your oral health in indirect ways. For starters, stress can cause folks to reach for coping strategies that aren’t so good for your teeth (or the rest of your body). Junk food, sweets, cigarettes, or alcohol are just a few examples. When these substances interact with your teeth, they can do ...

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Should I brush before I floss?

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The age-old question – should you floss before you brush or after? If you asked any one of our team members, you just might get a different answer on this one! 

 
Before you report them for not knowing their stuff, each response can be right! As long as you’re doing a thorough job, we don’t care when you floss! 
 

The case for flossing before brushing

Theoretically, flossing first dislodges the gunk between your teeth, letting the fluoride in your toothpaste reach those crevices better. 
 
Also, behavioral scientists say since most people don’t like to floss, it’s better to get the least-pleasant half of your dental routine out of the way first – you’ll be ...

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How Apples are Good for Your Teeth

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People have been asserting that “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” since the 19 th century. While it may not necessarily be true that those who eat apples never have to see a doctor, apples certainly have great health benefits for our bodies!

The Dental Benefits Of Apples

Did you know they can even be good for our teeth? Let’s take a look at what the research says … It’s widely thought that chewing a crisp, fresh apple can help brush away plaque on our teeth. We’re not too sure on this one, as some studies show a higher plaque content on teeth after eating an apple. At the same ...

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What type of toothbrush do I need

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Electrical or Manual Toothbrush: Which is Better?

 
This is one of our most frequently asked questions!
 
Our answer? It’s not the brush that matters, it’s who’s doing the brushing. Let’s break that down. The goal of tooth brushing is to remove plaque from your teeth on a consistent (daily!) basis, so that we prevent the buildup of tartar which leads to tooth decay. A manual toothbrush is a great and inexpensive tool that helps us do just that. Make sure to brush two minutes per day, twice a day. Gently brush ALL surfaces and make sure to reach those back molars.
 

The Advantage of Electric Toothbrushes

 
For some people, it can be difficult to ...

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Do you suffer from Dry Mouth

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We all know drinking enough water is good for our health. And when you’re feeling parched, there’s nothing better than a tall drink of ice-cold water to dampen that dry mouth of yours. But what do you do when you find yourself constantly needing to wet your whistle? There are numerous reasons you could be suffering from dry mouth.

Top Five Reasons For Dry Mouth

Physiologic:

Sometimes having a dry mouth is just a normal part of life. Temporary anxiety, open-mouthed breathing, mild dehydration, menopause, pregnancy, and decreased saliva due to sleep are all normal causes of dry mouth.

Prescription medication:

Sixty-three percent of the top 200 most commonly prescribed drugs in the U.S. are ...

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Tooth Decay

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According to the National Institutes of Health, the most prevalent health condition after the common cold is tooth decay.
It’s more than likely that if you haven’t already had a cavity, you will develop at least one in your lifetime.

So, how do you know if you have a cavity? Well, depending on the severity of your tooth decay, you may experience a variety of symptoms. Here are some of the accompanying symptoms that go along with tooth decay.

Common Symptoms

• Nothing (in the early stages)

• A toothache or spontaneous tooth pain • Tooth sensitivity

• Pain (slight or severe) when eating something sweet, hot, or cold

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Unused benefits

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We’re barreling toward the end of the year, which means it’s time to remind everyone about their flexible spending accounts (FSAs). Odds are, many of you still have some funds left in your FSA. If you are looking for a way to use it and not lose it, we're here to help you! Please don't hesitate to give our clarksville MD dental office a call with any questions or concerns that you may have. 

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