10 Dental Resolutions (With Tips to Make Them Stick)

DF2 Prevention & Wellness, Routine Dentistry

Taking steps to improve dental health is a critical part of overall health and wellness. Without proper oral care, you may be more prone to develop issues such as tooth decay, gingivitis or gum disease. Because diseases of the mouth can affect the rest of your body, it is important to maintain good oral health. With the “New Year, New You” mentality top of mind as we begin a new year, consider adopting some of these healthier dental habits.

1. Don’t rush when you brush.

Of course brushing at least twice daily is a must, but for optimal care,…

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Smile for Fluoridated Tap Water

DF2 Prevention & Wellness, Routine Dentistry

Water is a necessity. We are fortunate to live in a country where clean, safe water is available at the turn of a tap; yet some hesitate to take advantage of this resource. There are several reasons to choose tap water over bottled water, cost certainly being one of them. However, the added fluoride in our local water is the best reason to start drinking from your faucet. 

What is fluoride and why does it matter?

Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that is released from rocks into the soil, water and air. It helps protect against cavities by decreasing demineralization of enamel caused by certain oral bacteria….

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Oral Health During Cancer Treatment

DF2 Cancer, Prevention & Wellness

The American Cancer Society reports that nearly 40% of us will be diagnosed with cancer at some point during our lifetime. While living a healthy lifestyle may improve your odds of avoiding cancer, other factors — such as genetics — may make a cancer diagnosis more likely.

As anyone who’s undergone radiation or chemotherapy knows too well, cancer treatment can have effects on your entire body. According to the National Institutes of Health, almost 40% of all patients receiving chemotherapy have resulting oral complications.

Complications can be caused by the treatment itself or can be side effects resulting from the treatment….

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Athletics Are Not All Fun & Games

DF2 Prevention & Wellness

Sports safety tips and equipment including mouthguards & sugar in sports drinks

As parents, we want our children to thrive. We guide and encourage healthy choices and activities, including exercise. Whether your kids have athletic prowess or are part of the support team, involvement with a sport is beneficial in many ways – building strength and muscle tone, interacting with others, stress release and more. But athletics are not all fun and games. Sports safety is crucial.

With very young children, parents are essentially in control, ensuring our kids’ safety and overseeing their choices….

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Men’s Health Month: Dental Exams & Healthy Sleep

DF2 Prevention & Wellness, Routine Dentistry

According to research published in the Journal of Periodontology, women are almost twice as likely to have received regular dental checkups in the past year, scheduled the recommended treatment and had better indicators of periodontal health.

Unfortunately for men, a casual approach to dental health could lead to some serious health issues. Routine visits to the dentist not only help prevent damage to the teeth, gums and mouth, but an exam of your mouth and teeth can also detect major (dental and medical) health conditions, so that they can be proactively addressed.

For instance,…

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