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5 Tips to Keep Your Smile Healthy

May 24, 2020

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Woman brushing her teeth at her dentist.We live in unusual times as we practice social distancing to combat the spread of COVID-19. Many dental offices are closed, except for providing care for immediate oral health issues. Unfortunately, if it’s time for your next cleaning and checkup, it might take a little longer than usual for your appointment. There’s no need to worry. Here are 5 simple tips to keep your smile healthy until you can see your dentist again.


3 Ways We’re Keeping Our Office Clean and Safe

May 5, 2020

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Female hygienist at dentist wearing a mask.Over the last several weeks, the country has been focusing on social distancing to slow the spread of the coronavirus. As a result, many dental offices have shut their doors, except for providing emergency services. As the country begins to reopen, we know safety is a concern. Although dental offices are already some of the cleanest places, we’re raising the bar for safety and cleanliness when visiting your dentist. Here are 3 ways we’re combating the spread of COVID-19 as we reopen our doors.


How to Disinfect Your Toothbrush

April 16, 2020

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toothpaste going on toothbrush

Because of COVID-19, people all over the world are taking hygiene a whole lot more seriously than ever before. People are deep cleaning everything around their house. However, what many people fail to disinfect on a regular basis is their toothbrush. The bristles of your toothbrush are exposed to the bacteria and food particles on your teeth twice a day (or, at least, they should be), so they can quickly become a breeding ground for germs, including the coronavirus. That’s why, in today’s blog post, we’re going over how to thoroughly disinfect your toothbrush.


Can Using Mouthwash Stop the Spread of COVID-19?

April 2, 2020

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person pouring mouthwash into cup

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, you may have heard all sorts of rumors about how to “cure” the disease, one of which is by gargling or rinsing with mouthwash. While some of these rumors are just that – rumors – a few of them might have some truth to them. Can rinsing with mouthwash have some effect on the coronavirus? Keep reading today’s blog post to find out.


3 Bad Oral Health Habits to Avoid During Quarantine

March 26, 2020

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person stacking blocks that spell out “stress”

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, more people than ever before are stuck at home. In addition, people are extremely stressed about the situation. As a result, many of them find themselves engaging in bad habits that can seriously harm their teeth. Here are some bad oral health practices to stay away from during quarantine, and a few healthier alternatives to replace them.


Want Healthier Gums? Eat More of These Foods

March 6, 2020

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assorted fruits and vegetables

Everyone knows what kinds of foods you have to eat to have a healthy waistline. But are you aware of what foods you should eat to keep your gums healthy and free of infection? Many of them actually overlap, but there are a few specific kinds of food that prevent gum disease more so than others. Keep reading as a dentist describes a few foods to eat to keep your gums healthy.


How Veneers Have Evolved Over Time to Benefit You

February 20, 2020

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woman getting veneers from her dentist

Did you know that porcelain veneers have been around for almost a whole century? However, they haven’t always existed in the form that your dentist placed on your teeth. If you have veneers in your smile, you might sometimes be worried about how long they’re going to last. Keep reading to learn how impressive this technology has become in the last hundred years.


What’s the Difference Between Restorative and Cosmetic Dentistry?

February 6, 2020

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woman giving thumbs up while seeing dentist

Many people are familiar with the idea of cosmetic dentistry as a way to improve the appearance of their smile. Sometimes, though, before a cosmetic procedure can be done, your dentist has to heal structural flaws within your teeth. That’s where restorative dentistry comes in. If you’ve never heard of it, then you’ve come to the right place. Let’s talk about the differences between the two.


Find Out What’s Putting You at a Higher Risk of Cavities

January 28, 2020

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concerned woman suffering from cavities.

Every mouth is slightly different, but almost all of them share a common issue: tooth decay. According to Delta Dental, 97% of the population will experience at least one cavity in their lifetime. Although it’s a widespread condition, does it seem like no matter how often you brush or floss, you suffer from tooth decay more often than others? You may be prone to cavities. Find out from your dentist what factors in your everyday life could be increasing your risk and what you can do about it!


Which Mouthwash is Right for You and Your Smile?

January 7, 2020

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Woman choosing between different mouthwashes

Does your daily dental routine involve mouthwash? Dental Tribune International reports that using mouthwash can reduce plaque in your mouth by 26.3% and gingivitis by 20.4%. Those are some pretty encouraging numbers if you want to protect your smile from tooth decay and gum disease. But if you’re standing in front of seemingly endless rows full of colorful bottles, you may be asking yourself “What mouthwash should I use?” You have many different options with a variety of benefits, so read on as your Carlisle dentist helps you decide which one is best for you.

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