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How often should you get a Teeth Cleaning?

Posted on: September 20, 2017
You’ve probably heard how important it is to get a professional teeth cleaning to reduce the risk of cavities and gum disease, but how often do you really need to schedule a cleaning? If you have good oral hygiene habits and a healthy mouth, your dentist and dental hygienist will ...
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Top 5 Benefits of Using an Electric Toothbrush

Posted on: July 13, 2017
Do you use an electric toothbrush? If not, what are you waiting for? If you’ve been on fence about switching to an electric toothbrush we’re here to help. Today we’re going to review the top 5 benefits of using an electric toothbrush. 1. An electronic toothbrush keeps your teeth, gums, and ...
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Flu Season and Your Teeth

Posted on: March 29, 2017
We are not out of the flu season yet! So while you are laid up recovering from the flu, there are a couple of things to keep in mind for your oral health. Dry mouth-  Having a stuffy nose leads to mouth breathing. Mouth breathing + low saliva(saliva production normally decreases ...
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Chewing gum is good for my teeth??

Posted on: September 12, 2016
Science has proven that chewing sugarless gum after meals stimulates saliva flow which, in turn, rinses away plaque acids that can cause cavities and other dental problems.  The American Dental Association has even put their seal of approval on several brands that have been rigorously tested and proven beneficial to ...
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What can I do about my dry mouth?

Posted on: November 16, 2015
Dry mouth is a common complaint among many people.  It is usually caused by certain medications, medical conditions, or medical treatments (i.e. chemo and radiation).  Tobacco usage and mouth breathing are other contributing factors.  Dry mouth can lead to an increase in cavities, cause bad breath, mouth sores and even ...
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The Practice of Oil Pulling

Posted on: June 2, 2015
"Oil Pulling" is a folk remedy derived from Indian and Asian cultures and has gained significant popularity recently. "Oil Pulling" is done by using a tablespoon of edible oil, (coconut, sesame oil being most common) and swishing with it anywhere from 5-30 minutes. This practice is said to decrease the amount of ...
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Should you floss before or after brushing?

Posted on: May 27, 2015
As dental professionals, we are often asked, "When and how often should I floss?" or  "Should I floss before or after I brush?"  In short, the answer is floss at least once daily, preferably at night, BEFORE brushing.  Flossing at night removes the day's food debris and flossing before brushing ...
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Water flosser substitute for regular flossing?

Posted on: March 17, 2015
In short, the answer is NO (even though the box says the "easier and more effective way to floss).   While we here at Dr. Burns dental practice are huge fans of the water flosser (oral irrigator), we recommend it in addition to standard flossing.  We currently have Waterpik's in ...
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Sugar Still Considered a Major Concern on Dental Health

Posted on: July 21, 2014
Believe it or not, even with the amount of fluoride readily available today, tooth decay is still considered a major health concern. This is largely affected by the amounts of sugar in our diets today. Most drinks, including soft drinks, sports drinks and fruit juices, as well as ...
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Can a certain sleep position keep me from snoring?

Posted on: March 19, 2014
Certain medical conditions such as nasal allergies or narrow air passages in the throat, nose, and mouth are more likely to cause obstruction of the airways when a person is lying on their back. When this narrowing of the airways occurs, blood oxygen levels start dropping and carbon dioxide ...
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