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Industry Spotlight: American Dental Association

Posted on October 06, 2016 by James Florence

ada-2The American Dental Association (ADA) is the largest association of dental professionals in the United States. Since its establishment in 1859, the nonprofit organization has grown to comprise a membership of more than 159,000 dentists and has become the leading source of oral health-related information for both dentists and the general public.

Member Benefits & Professional Development
The ADA provides a wide range of benefits for its dentist members, from college loan refinancing to health and retirement plans. Additionally, the organization supplies a wealth of educational and data resources to help professionals stay current with the latest developments in dentistry. Some of these include online continuing education courses, informative websites like its Center for Professional Success and publications like its award-winning Journal of the American Dental Association. Read more

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Children’s Dental Care: Frequently Asked Questions

Posted on June 30, 2016 by Jennifer Chan

Over the past few months, we’ve published a number of blogs concerning children’s health care—or, to be more specific, children’s dental and vision care. These posts have proven popular enough to warrant follow-up. So, just in time for summer, we’re scouting out answers to some of your frequently asked questions about children’s dental and vision care. This week: children’s dental FAQs.

When should I bring my child to his or her first dental exam?
The American Dental Association recommends bringing your child for its first exam by age 1 at the latest. Read more

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Caring for Your Child’s Dental Health

Posted on March 29, 2016 by James Florence

You’re likely aware of the importance of dental health, but you probably didn’t start out that way. After all, knowledge of proper oral hygiene isn’t innate; rather, it’s something that’s instilled in us over time, beginning from a young age. So, in order to set the stage for long-term dental health, parents of young children need to be proactive about teaching healthy habits early. Here’s a brief overview of how to care for your child’s dental health throughout the seminal phases of childhood:

Infancy
Dental care begins at birth. Even before teeth begin to come in, dentists recommend cleaning an infant’s gums with a wet washcloth or gauze pad following each feeding. Read more

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Learning About Your Orthodontic Options

Posted on September 08, 2015 by James Florence

Whether they proactively address dental problems in adolescence or correct them later in life, braces are one of the most effective methods for improving the appearance and functionality of your teeth. If you’re considering braces for your child or yourself, make sure you know the different styles available and the pros and cons of each.

Metal braces
Stainless steel braces are the most basic style, but they’re also the most functional and economical. If you find the prospect of conspicuous metal brackets off-putting, keep in mind that modern brackets are smaller and less prominent than the ones you may have worn in your childhood. Also, for children, the choice of colored bands offers a fun opportunity for self-expression. Read more

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6 Dental Tips

Posted on June 18, 2015 by James Florence

For most people, dental health is merely a matter of brushing and flossing. However, depending on your situation, it can get a lot more complicated. Whether you’re a parent, wear braces, have an insurmountable fear of the dentist, or simply want to optimize your oral hygiene routine, you can benefit from the following dental tips.

1. Floss before you brush.
To maximize the effectiveness of brushing, make it the final step of your oral hygiene routine. Always floss before you brush—it’ll remove food particles from the spaces between your teeth and allow for better brushing coverage. If you use mouthwash, do so in between flossing and brushing. Ideally, there should be a small amount of toothpaste in your saliva when you go to bed, Read more

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Beyond the Brush: 8 Oral Hygiene Hacks

Posted on February 02, 2015 by James Florence

From early childhood, the merits of a daily oral hygiene routine are so thoroughly ingrained in our minds that, for most of us, they’ve practically become second nature. However, while brushing and flossing remain the major pillars of this practice, few people are aware that there are many additional ways to supplement these standard steps. Read on to learn about eight oral hygiene hacks for a healthier mouth.

1. Rinse with water immediately following a meal. When food particles remain in the mouth, oral bacteria acts upon them to produce acids, which is the root cause of problems like cavities and gum disease. Rinsing with water directly after eating will help remove food residue and prevent bacterial growth. Read more

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The Hazards of Over-Brushing

Posted on September 02, 2014 by James Florence

Most people are aware of the critical importance of dental hygiene, but what isn’t so well-known is the danger of overdoing it. While routine brushing and flossing are crucial for maintaining dental health, brushing too vigorously and too often can actually harm your teeth and gums.

Whether you brush too fast, too hard or too often, over-brushing can lead to several adverse effects, including enamel abrasion, which is when a tooth’s protective enamel layer breaks down. Read more

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