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Category: Dental Hygiene

How and Why Should I Keep My Dentures Clean?

How and Why Should I Keep My Dentures Clean?

In order to enjoy the benefits of your dentures for as long as possible, it’s important to care for them properly. All it takes are a few simple steps. According to the American Dental Association (ADA), 120 million people in the US are missing at least one tooth, and over 36 million are missing all
Understanding Potassium Nitrate in Toothpaste

Understanding Potassium Nitrate in Toothpaste

Toothpaste contains many ingredients you may not be familiar with. Here’s what you need to know about one common additive — potassium nitrate. When deciding which health products to buy, it’s natural to peruse the ingredient list, and it’s easy to be confused by so many odd-sounding names. What exactly are these additives? Are they
Can I Use Expired Toothpaste?

Can I Use Expired Toothpaste?

Yes — toothpaste can expire! Not only does it become less effective once it has passed its expiration date, but it’s also not exactly pleasant to brush with. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) doesn’t regulate expiration dates for over-the-counter toothpaste. However, as the FDA considers fluoride as a drug, you’ll still be able to
Are Your Irritated Gums Self-Induced?

Are Your Irritated Gums Self-Induced?

Everything from tobacco usage to sports-related injuries can irritate your gums. However, sometimes gum irritation is self-induced. While your teeth are the hardest substance in your body, your gums are one of your body’s softer tissues. Delicate and moist, gum tissues can be irritated by several things, from sports-related injuries to accidental falls. However, there’s
Why is Salt Water Mouth Rinse Good for My Oral Health?

Why is Salt Water Mouth Rinse Good for My Oral Health?

Gargling with salt water rinses offers many oral health benefits, from reducing inflammation to encouraging tissue regeneration. Everyone knows that brushing and flossing can help keep your gums and teeth healthy. But did you know that performing salt water rinses can also improve your overall oral health? People have been using salt to dry out
10 Home Remedies for Dry Mouth

10 Home Remedies for Dry Mouth

Dry mouth is rarely serious, but it can be uncomfortable and lead to other oral health issues. Luckily, there are several DIY remedies for it. Saliva washes away food particles and neutralizes your mouth’s pH levels to protect your teeth from acids. However, if your mouth doesn’t have enough saliva, or if the glands responsible
5 Possible Reasons for Your Bleeding Gums

Five Possible Reasons for Your Bleeding Gums

Lots of people experience bleeding gums, whether from an underlying ailment or vigorous oral hygiene habits. Let’s dive into some common causes! It has happened to many of us — after brushing your teeth, there’s blood in your toothpaste when you spit. Or maybe you’re flossing in between your teeth, and your gums start to
I Just Got a Filling. What Now?

I Just Got a Filling. What Now?

Getting a filling is one thing, but what happens when you leave the dental office? Get tips on keeping your mouth healthy beyond the dentist’s chair. We all know that maintaining oral health is important, but despite that, very few people escape needing tooth fillings at some point in their lives — particularly in childhood.
Dry Mouth Toothpaste: Does It Actually Work?

Dry Mouth Toothpaste: Does It Actually Work?

If you have dry mouth, you may be wondering if dry mouth toothpaste actually works. The short answer is yes — as long as you pick the right one. Not only is dry mouth uncomfortable, but it can also lead to bad breath, cavities, and tooth decay. Luckily, there are a few things you can do
Dental Tape vs Dental Floss

Dental Tape vs Dental Floss

When it comes to flossing, you have options. Dental floss and dental tape are effective tools for cleaning between your teeth — as long as you know how to use them correctly. You’ve probably been hearing that you should floss each day since you were a child. From your parents to your dentists, everyone seems to