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12 Signs You Need to See Your Dentist

We've all had issues with the occasional toothache, but when do you need to see a dentist? The American Dental Association has made this process easier by creating a list of 12 signs to watch for in making that determination. If any of these signs apply to someone in your family, don't delay! Unfortunately, untreated dental concerns usually grow to need more costly treatments so the sooner, the better! Plus – who wants to live with pain when you don't have to? We take great pride in makin...

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June Birthdays!

Happy birthday Mariah and Mackenzie!  We tried to wait for you, REALLY!!  We left your names, does that count?  Thanks for all you do!!   Submitted by Lynn, Business Assistant...

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Have a FUN and SAFE 4th of July!

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Exploring with Book Buddies

Family Dental Center recently launched a new program called Book Buddies. This program is a way for us to regularly engage with you, our patients, both online and in-office through children’s book giveaways. Each children’s book somehow explores the topic of dental health. Three copies of each book are given away in-office (one copy) and on FDC’s Facebook page (two copies). The first Book Buddies giveaway featured The Tooth Book by Dr. Seuss. The second book will be Just Going to ...

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How should I store my toothbrush?

A toothbrush should be stored so that it is allowed to dry out in-between uses. Using a toothbrush holder that has individual sections for each brush is the best choice.  This allows the toothbrush to remain upright for proper drying and prevents all toothbrushes from touching. Dentists also recommend storing your toothbrushes at least 6 feet away from toilets to avoid airborne particles resulting from the flush. Submitted by Lisa, Dental Hygienist     ...

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6 Ways to Reduce Your Child’s Sugary Snacking

Cutting down on sugar is a great place to start improving your oral health! When working with her young patients, pediatric dentist and ADA spokesperson Dr. Mary Hayes teaches them this simple, but important, rhyme: “Sugar is fun to eat, but not good for your teeth!”  That’s because your child might love sweet treats, but the bacteria in his or her mouth loves them even more. “Sucrose (sugar) is the ‘food’ for the bacteria that cause tooth decay,” Dr. Hayes says. “Those bac...

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Bring on Summer!

Summer…. Kids are out of school, family reunions and holidays all bring enjoyment to the summer!  Most of all...my favorite is the social aspect where there is usually food or beverages involved.  The American Dental Association (ADA)  has some good pointers that a person can use to help make those events more enjoyable: Go Seedless Select hot dog and hamburger buns without sesame and poppy seeds. Instead of raspberries, kiwi and blackberries, serve seedless fruits like watermelon, a...

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Caring for Baby Teeth: Important First Steps

Taking care of baby teeth is an important first step in the health of permanent teeth. Not only do they help your child chew and speak normally, but they will hold space for the permanent teeth that come in later. Before baby teeth even come in, it is important to clean gums using a damp cloth after feedings. Baby teeth will start to erupt at about six months old and children will keep some of these baby teeth until they are teenagers. Start brushing baby teeth with a smear of fluoride to...

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Oral Cancer Awareness Month

The month of April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month. In the past, the death rate for Oral Cancer has been high, due to the cancer not being discovered until late after its development. Today, this statement is still true, due to several patient’s still not noticing early signs or symptoms of oral cancer. Oral cancer can appear on your lips, tongue, gums, cheek lining, the floor of your mouth or the palate (roof of your mouth). Certain signs or symptoms of Oral Cancer can be red or white patc...

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What happens during an oral cancer exam?

Dentists see many patients a day and at each appointment they have a direct view of the head and neck areas. Often not noticed by patients, dentists are examining these areas for possible signs of oral cancer. According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, approximately 49,750 patients will be diagnosed with oral or pharyngeal cancer this year. They go on to give an alarming statistic: One person will die every hour of every day from this cancer. It is a devastating disease, and one that is unfortu...

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