Clearwater Dentistry


Can Chewing Gum Really Prevent Cavities?

The mouth is a more complicated part of the body than people generally give it credit for. It is an essential part that allows food and drinks to keep us healthy (or not so healthy, depending upon your dietary choices), it allows us to breathe and to communicate with both words and expressions. The mouth is also a host to millions of bacteria that can wreak havoc in a short amount of time.

Your mouth is home to millions of bacteria on any given day. While this sounds scary, and it can be, the oral bacteria are meant to be helpful. Every time you eat or drink anything other than water, ...

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Wisdom Teeth Removal

The third molars, commonly referred to as the “wisdom” teeth, typically erupt inside the mouth between the ages of 15 to 25. They are called “wisdom” teeth because they come in during the age when most people are maturing. Not everyone develops wisdom teeth, but the majority of people do. Wisdom teeth removal is the most common oral surgery throughout the United States, done as a preventative procedure to protect the mouth from issues that these extra teeth most often cause.

Most people’s mouth is only able to hold 28 teeth comfortably, but that does not stop the wisdom teeth from trying to work their way in. Frequent problems caused by ...

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Root Canals

As living features of the human body, the teeth require consistent care to keep them healthy and secure within the mouth. If a tooth receives any type of damage, infection, or trauma, it is essential that it be evaluated and treated in order to save the tooth and prevent damage from spreading to neighboring teeth. Root canals are often the appropriate treatment for a damaged tooth. If just reading the words “root canals” caused you to feel anxious or fearful, please keep reading because your misconceptions of root canals could keep you from receiving the intervention that you need.

Root canals are not painful – damaged and infected teeth are painful! ...

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Is Mouthwash Necessary?

Commercials on TV and a quick walk down the oral health care aisle at your local drug store will advertise the necessary benefits of mouthwash, yet your dentist has never told you that you "should" be using it. This often leaves people wondering whether mouthwash is a necessary component of their oral health routine. With all of the benefits that mouthwash brands promote, should you have it on your bathroom counter?

It is essential to state that rinsing the mouth with mouthwash cannot take the place of flossing and brushing your teeth on a daily basis. No benefit of mouthwash can replace the cleaning that daily flossing and brushing the teeth ...

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Cavity Prevention

You only get one set of permanent teeth during your lifetime, so protecting them throughout your life is extremely important. Good oral hygiene can help all people avoid the development of cavities and tooth decay, and simple daily habits in cavity prevention can have tremendous benefits in protecting the teeth over a lifetime.

Brush and Floss Daily. The two most important things that you can do to protect your teeth day in and day out are brushing and flossing. Brushing the teeth twice a day and flossing once a day help to remove damaging plaque that builds up along the base of the teeth and gum line. Plaque is laden with ...

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Smoking: A Real Drag on Your Oral Health

Tobacco products have been used for centuries, causing billions of people worldwide to become addicted to this dangerous drug. Despite the known ill effects that tobaccos use has on a person’s health, millions of Americans still choose to light up or put a wad of chew into their mouths each day. Numerous medical studies have proven again and again that tobacco causes devastating effects on a person’s health, yet another specific area of the body is often overlooked: the mouth.

The mouth is one of your most personal features because it is the dwelling place of your smile. A person’s smile says a lot about them, and many people find that ...

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