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How Does Your Oral Health Affect Your Metabolism?

March 29, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — drflenniken @ 5:20 pm
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You probably already know that eating a balanced diet and getting plenty of exercise and sleep can keep your gut healthy and your metabolism moving at a steady pace. Did you also know that your oral health has a direct effect on how well your metabolism works? Every year, more than three million people are diagnosed with Metabolic Syndrome, which refers to a cluster of health issues that happen simultaneously that can be life-threatening. Keep reading to learn what those conditions are and how your oral health impacts them.

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Three Trendy Diets That Can Pose a Risk to Your Oral Health

March 19, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — drflenniken @ 9:35 pm
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Summer is right around the corner, and with it comes swimsuit season, shorts, and sleeveless tops. Maybe you have a trip to the beach coming up, or perhaps you just want to get in better shape before lounging by the pool in your swim trunks or bikini. This is the time of year that many people consider a diet shift in order to shed a few pounds. If you’re in that boat, it’s important to understand that there are some fad diets that may seem good for your waistline, but they can be very bad for your oral health. Keep reading to learn more.

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Veneers vs. Lumineers: Which is Better?

February 15, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — drflenniken @ 10:28 am
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If your goal is to achieve a gorgeous smile, you have quite a few options. Depending on your dental flaws and needs, either veneers or Lumineers could be the right choice. But how do you decide? Keep reading to learn the differences between these treatments and what factors can help you make the right choice for your smile.

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4 Best Practices When Traveling with Invisalign

February 2, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — drflenniken @ 10:23 am
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Vacations are meant to let you leave your stress behind and regain your peace. But keeping your orthodontic treatment on track doesn’t have to be stressful. There are many simple things you can do to keep your smile moving in the right direction when traveling with Invisalign. Here are 4 best practices for you to keep in mind.

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4 Mistakes You Might Be Making While Flossing

January 18, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — drflenniken @ 4:36 pm
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Taking time to floss every day is a key part of a proper oral hygiene routine. If it’s already included in your regular dental care practices, that’s great news! However, you may not be flossing correctly. Studies show that out of the 36 percent of the population that floss regularly, about 20 percent are making key mistakes that leave them vulnerable to tooth decay. Keep reading to see what you might be doing wrong and how to correct it.

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3 Ways to Prevent Cavities, Despite Your Sweet Tooth

January 5, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — drflenniken @ 3:18 pm
Woman holding a cupcake in one hand and a tooth in the other with a thoughtful look on her face.

You may not crave it all the time, but devouring sweets can cause quite a few problems for your teeth. You might start your day with syrup-drenched waffles, you may treat yourself to a mid-afternoon iced coffee, or a few scoops of your favorite ice cream might comfort you at the end of a stressful day. Luckily, there are ways to prevent cavities, regardless of how often you feed your sweet tooth. Read on to learn 3 simple ways you can protect your teeth throughout the day.

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5 Parts of the Mouth and How They Function

December 21, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — drflenniken @ 3:51 pm
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Did you know that the strongest muscle in your body is part of your mouth, and it’s not your tongue? There is a lot more to your mouth than just eating, drinking and speaking. Keep reading to learn about 5 different parts of the mouth and their functions. 

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Mouth Sores: The Difference Between Canker Sores and Cold Sores

December 7, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — drflenniken @ 11:27 am
Woman with a red spot on her lip and her finger is touching it.

Having a sore on or inside of your mouth can take over your thoughts throughout the day. There are many causes of oral irritations, but two of the most common are canker sores and cold sores. They often seem to show up out of nowhere, and they can be painful and embarrassing. Keep reading to learn the difference between these mouth sores, what causes them and how you can help minimize the pain. 

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Are the Holidays Really the Worst Time of Year for Your Oral Health?

November 18, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — drflenniken @ 2:21 pm
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With the kind of year that 2020 has been, the holiday season couldn’t have come soon enough. Whether you’re excited for the seasonal music, sending gifts to family members, or enjoying a (virtual) meal together, there is certainly a lot to look forward to. However, the holiday season is rife with opportunities for oral health issues to wreak havoc on your smile. Fortunately, there are precautions you can take to avoid having to spend the holidays in your dentist’s office. Continue reading to learn why the holiday season is so harmful for your oral health and how to prevent damage to your smile this year. 

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How to Survive Cold and Flu Season When You Have Invisalign

November 3, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — drflenniken @ 12:38 pm
Woman sitting on her couch with a blanket over her shoulders as she sneezes into a tissue

The cold and flu season is in full effect, and you’re just trying to stay healthy. Because they are frequently removed and placed back into your mouth, using Invisalign can expose you to more germs than usual. This puts you at risk for any illnesses that may be going around your office, school or community. Keep reading to learn a few tips and tricks on protecting your health during your Invisalign treatment.

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