Main Street Dental Clinics News

Month: July 2017

Mouthguards, Kids, and Contact Sports

Mouthguards shield the teeth during contact sports. Research shows that these small protective devices significantly reduce sports-related injuries, preventing chipped and broken teeth. Here's how a mouthguard can protect your children when they play sports.

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The Ins and Outs of Dental Pain

If you suffer from tooth pain or discomfort, rest assured, you're not alone. Twenty-nine percent of people suffer from dental pain, which ranges from mild discomfort to severe pain. Tooth decay — the destruction of your tooth enamel from bacteria in plaque — is the biggest culprit. However, nerve damage and loose fillings also cause sensitivity. Here are some of the main causes of tooth pain and sensitivity.

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The Top 4 Ways to Avoid a Tooth Extraction

When a tooth decays, becomes structurally unsound, is fractured, or needs to be removed due to overcrowding issues, a dentist will typically rely on a tooth extraction. A tooth extraction is when the entire tooth is removed to keep your overall oral health in tip-top shape. While cases of overcrowding and accidents resulting in a fractured tooth aren’t exactly preventable, there are certain measures you can take to avoid a tooth extraction due to teeth decay. Here are the top four.

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6 Do's and Don'ts of Dental Care During Pregnancy

When you're pregnant, you have a long list of things to add to your routine and a list of things to avoid. This is no different when it comes to dental care. The hormonal changes can affect your gums and teeth, so it is important to know what you can and can't do while you're pregnant. Here is an essential list of the do's and don'ts to follow to keep your teeth happy and healthy during and after pregnancy.

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When to Start Using Fluoride in Your Child’s Dental Routine

Fluoride—a natural mineral found in rocks and water—protects your teeth from dental decay. Water fluoridation improves the health of your teeth and gums, and children who brush with fluoride toothpaste every day have less tooth decay. In fact, it’s beneficial to use fluoride toothpaste in your child’s dental routine as soon as you introduce brushing. Let’s talk about fluoride.

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Just How Beneficial is Mouthwash?

Just 31 percent of adults use mouthwash, despite its numerous oral health benefits. Mouthwash maintains oral hygiene and delivers active ingredients — chlorhexidine, alcohol, fluoride, and methyl salicylate, for example — to the teeth. But just how beneficial is mouthwash? And how can it improve your teeth and gums?

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5 Reasons Why Dental X-Rays Are So Important

 

Millions of Americans have dental X-rays every year. You probably had X-rays the last time you went to the dentist, but why exactly are X-rays so vital?

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Everything You Need to Know about a Tooth Extraction

 

A tooth extraction is the complete removal of a tooth from your mouth. While a tooth extraction certainly isn’t ideal, we do everything possible to ensure that you’re comfortable. First, let’s start with four of the most common reasons you might need a tooth extraction.

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When to Know if You Need Emergency Dental Services

 

When trauma happens to your teeth or mouth, it’s natural to want to seek emergency help. However, the emergency room is not always the first place you should go.

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6 Proactive Ways to Avoid Getting a Dental Crown

While nothing is as good as your natural teeth, a dental crown is an investment and one of the best restorative options in dental care.

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