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October is National Dental Hygiene Month – The Daily 4

Did you know that October is National Dental Hygiene Month? We find that fitting since October also happens be the biggest candy eating month of the year!

This October marks the eighth year that the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) and the Wrigley Oral Health Programs are teaming up to increase public awareness about the importance of maintaining good oral health.  This year, National Dental Hygiene Month is focused on the “Daily 4” – four routines that can help maintain healthy smiles. Brush. Floss. Rinse. Chew.

 

 

THE “DAILY 4”: 1. BRUSH: Brush Twice a Day

The single most important thing we can do is to brush our teeth for two minutes, twice each day. Proper brushing reduces plaque, prevents cavities, and help limit the onset of gum …

5 Ways Dental Implants Can Change Your Life

 

Did You Know? Dental Implants Can Change Your Life in Many Ways. Here are 5 of Them.

 

The American College of Prosthodontists reports that about more than 36 million American adults have lost all of their teeth and 120 million are missing at least one tooth.

Regardless of the cause, tooth loss can have serious consequences on oral health, nutrition, physical health, speech, appearance, and self-esteem. Dental implants can provide a long-term solution for tooth loss that can improve more than just your smile.

Here are 5 ways dental implant restorations can change your life:

1 ~ Improve Your Speech Missing teeth can leave gaps that cause speech impediments. Dentures can be bulky or loose, leading to discomfort, slurred words, and embarrassment. Dental implants stay secure and do …

Toothache? Or Sinusitis? Colds and Your Oral Health

The Common Cold, Teeth, and Your Oral Health are More Connected Than You Think

 

Between the sniffling, sneezing, and other annoying cold symptoms, we’re sure you never stop and think, “Why do my teeth hurt when I have a cold?” Did you know that a sinus infection (sinusitis) or inflammation can cause a toothache? The upper rear teeth are close to the sinuses; and in fact, pain in the upper teeth is a fairly common symptom with sinus conditions.

Sinuses are air chambers that rest behind your cheeks, eyebrows, and jawbones. They have tiny hairs (“cilia”) inside them, which help clean out mucus and keep air chambers free of debris. However, when you get a cold, excess mucus can block the openings of the sinuses and bacteria …

The Four Most Common Types of Impacted Wisdom Teeth

Did You Know?  All Impacted Wisdom Teeth are Not Created the Same

 

When a wisdom tooth erupts through the gums and into the open it is known as eruption. However, when a tooth doesn’t fully grow in, it is “impacted” – usually unable to break through the gums because there isn’t enough room.

Many people are quick to assume that when their wisdom teeth are impacted, they require immediate oral surgery. There are four common types of impaction we see at McGann Facial Design. Understanding the different types of impacted wisdom teeth is helpful. Depending on which type you experience, it may or may not require surgery and removal.

 

 

 

Vertical Impaction

Vertical impaction almost never requires wisdom teeth removal since it is an almost …

Coffee Hack: Tips for Getting a (Healthier) Caffeine Fix

Between mountains of whipped cream and caramel drizzles, it can be hard to stay away from sugar at coffee shops. But balance can be found at our favorite coffee chain. Here’s how to order healthy coffee shop drinks:

Choose a Smaller Size The larger your drink, the more sugar you consume. It’s always okay to treat yourself, but treat yourself in moderation. One of the easiest ways to do that is to opt for a smaller size.

Skip the Extras Sweeter coffee selections often include whipped cream, sprinkles, drizzles, syrups, or additional toppings. Caramel drizzle, for example, adds 4 grams of sugar to your drink! Skip them…or at least ask for less.

Ask for Less Syrup Flavored syrup sends already sweet coffee drinks over the edge in sugar content. Did …

Transform Your Smile with Dental Implants

Did You Know? Dental Implants Are a Permanent and Natural Looking Replacement for Lost Teeth

Dental implants are changing the way people live. They are made of titanium posts that are capped with durable, attractive artificial teeth. The implants are surgically placed to your jaw bone, similar to natural tooth roots, making them extremely tough and stable. They perform like natural teeth allowing you to chew foods that you love, smile with ease, and speak with confidence. Dental implants may help preserve the health of your jaw and mouth as compared to other tooth replacement options.

Dental implant surgery is, of course, surgery and is best performed by a trained surgeon with specialized education and training, like Dr. McGann. A 2014 study suggests greater implant success rates when performed by a …

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