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March 30, 2015

Ice is for Chilling, not Chewing

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You’d be surprised at how many people think ice is good for their teeth. It’s made of water, after all, and doesn’t contain any sugar or other additives. But chewing on hard substances can leave your teeth vulnerable to a dental emergency and damage enamel. Advice: Break the habit and enjoy water in its liquid form.

March 10, 2015

Bleeding Gums

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There are many reasons your gums could bleed.

In some cases, bleeding gums can be a sign of gingivitis, the early stage of periodontal disease. If your gums bleed easily or bleed when you brush, talk to your dentist about your oral health. Gingivitis is reversible and preventable.

If you’ve just started a new flossing routine, for instance, your gums may bleed at first as they get used to cleaning between the teeth. This usually goes away on its own in about a week. Some pregnant women develop a condition known as “pregnancy gingivitis,” an inflammation of the gums that can cause swelling and tenderness. Gums also may bleed a little when brushing or flossing. If you take blood thinners, these medications may cause your gums to bleed. Contact your physician if the bleeding does not stop quickly. Your gums could also be bleeding if you brush too hard. Use an extra-soft or soft-bristled toothbrush when brushing your teeth.

If your gums bleed regularly or enough to worry you, make an appointment with your dentist or physician. It could be a sign that something else is wrong.

Always remember to brush your teeth twice a day, floss once a day and schedule regular dental visits.

March 3, 2015

Aging and Dental Health

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As you age, it becomes even more important to take good care of your teeth and dental health.  One common misconception is that losing your teeth is inevitable.  This is not true.  If cared for properly, your teeth can last a lifetime.  Your mouth changes as you age.

The nerves in your teeth can become smaller, making your teeth less sensitive to cavities or other problems.  If you don’t get regular dental exams, this in turn can lead to these problems not being diagnosed until it is too late.

If you want to feel good, stay healthy, and look great throughout life, you might be surprised what a difference a healthy mouth makes.

Here are some tips for maintaining and improving your oral health:

•Brush twice a day with a toothbrush with soft bristles.  You may also benefit from using an electric toothbrush.

•Clean between your teeth once a day with floss or another interdental cleaner.

•If you wear full or partial dentures, remember to clean them on a daily basis.  Take your dentures out of your mouth for at least four hours every day.  It’s best to remove them at night.

•Drink tap water.  Since most contains fluoride, it helps prevent tooth decay no matter how old you are.

•Quit smoking.  Besides putting you at greater risk for lung and other cancers, smoking increases problems with gum disease, tooth decay and tooth loss.

•Visit your dentist.  Visit your dentist regularly for a complete dental check-up.

By adopting healthy oral habits at home, making smart choices about diet and lifestyle, and seeking regular dental care, you can help your teeth last a lifetime—whether you have your natural teeth, implants or wear dentures.

February 25, 2015

What You Eat Matters

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Hard candies seem harmless, eat too many and the constant exposure to sugar can be harmful to your teeth.  Hard candies also put your teeth at risk because in addition to being full of sugar, they can also trigger a dental emergency such as a broken or chipped tooth.  Better alternative?  Chew sugarless gum that carries the ADA Seal.

February 16, 2015

New Year, Healthier Mouth

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What does ringing in the new year have to do with being mouth healthy?

More than you may think.  Did you know that you should replace your toothbrush every three to four months?  Bristles that become frayed and worn are less effective at cleaning your teeth.  That means, celebrating the new year with a brand new toothbrush is actually smart dental hygiene.

Here are Mouth Healthy resolutions:

  • Start brushing 2min2x.  Always brush twice a day for two minutes for healthier teeth, good breath, fewer cavities, and to avoid painful dental problems.
  • Floss daily.  Flossing is part of being mouth healthy.
  • Chew sugarless gum.  Chewing sugarless gum for 20 minutes following meals can help prevent tooth decay.
  • Eat a healthy diet.  Eat a balanced diet and limit between-meal snacks.
  • Drink fluoridated water.  Fluoride helps prevent cavities by making teeth more resistant to the acid attacks that cause cavities.
  • See your dentist.  Regular dental visits will help you be Mouth Healthy

January 28, 2015

Cavities

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Simply put, cavities form because certain bacteria in our mouths take the sugar that we eat, turn it into acid, and deposit it on the tooth which then causes tooth decay.

The most cariogenic (cavity-causing) bacterium in our mouths is Streptococcus mutans. Other bacteria contribute to cavities, but S. mutans is the main culprit.

January 28, 2015

Seahawks

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We’re showing our 12th Man Pride & Spirit at CFDC with Seahawks Flag, decorations and of course sporting the blue/green/gray colors each day this week!
Go Seahawks!  We are soooo proud of our football team … we’re going to the Super Bowl!!!!

If you come into the office in February, be sure to sign up for $75.00 Gift Card to Dick’s Sporting Goods where you can purchase Seahawks Gear and Apparel!

January 20, 2015

Carbohydrates & Tooth Decay

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Carbohydrates in foods like potato chips and goldfish crackers can be broken down into the simple sugars that bacteria use to cause tooth decay.  While these aren’t “sugary” foods, they are still potentially problematic, especially if you are generally more susceptible to getting cavities.

January 12, 2015

Covington Family Dental Clinic

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Dr. Russell built this office in 1982 and has been here ever since.  It was one of the first buildings in the area and the entire adjacent shopping complex has been built up around it.  Dr. Russell knows this community inside and out as a result, and no dentist has served Covington more than him.

January 12, 2015

Crowns

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All crowns that contain any metal that are made in our office are made using high noble alloys.  What that means is the alloy must be consisted of at least 60% noble metals (gold, silver, platinum, palladium, etc.) of which at least 40% must be gold.  This is considered the highest standard of material in dentistry.