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Why and How You Should Clean Your Tongue

February 20, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — westhartford @ 3:35 pm
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Do you ever have bad breath, even though you just diligently brushed and flossed your teeth? More often than not, the problem doesn’t lie with your brushing technique, but with the fact that you may not be properly cleaning your tongue. Since your tongue makes up a large portion of your mouth, it’s important that you keep it clean. Luckily, a dentist is here with some advice on how and why you should clean your tongue.


How Does Gum Disease Affect Your Heart?

February 3, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — westhartford @ 2:46 pm
young couple in gray sweaters holding red heart

The month of February is often associated with the color red, from bouquets of roses to heart-shaped boxes of chocolate. One red thing that we don’t often think of in February is red gums caused by gum disease. Because February is Gum Disease Awareness Month, as well as the month of love, now seems like the perfect time to talk about the established connection between gum disease and the health of your heart. Read on as a dentist explains the link, and how you can save your heart by taking good care of your gums.


How Routine Dental Checkups Protect Oral Health and Save Money

January 25, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — westhartford @ 9:48 pm
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Millions of Americans put off going to the dentist for a number of reasons. They might do so because they have other plans that get in the way or they simply think they are saving money. After all, if there’s nothing glaringly wrong with your oral health, why should you bother? The fact of the matter is, according to a dentist, skipping routine visits can spell major trouble for your long-term oral health and even your systemic health. Here’s why you should always stay committed to routine dental checkups and cleanings, even if nothing is wrong with your teeth or gums.


How Is Charcoal Whitening Toothpaste Supposed to Be Used?

January 13, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — westhartford @ 7:25 pm
A tube of charcoal toothpaste being applied to a toothbrush.

If you’ve been looking for ways to whiten teeth on your own time, you may have come across products that advertise “activated charcoal” on their labels. This relatively new trend has been hitting stores all over the country, and it’s causing dental patients to give them a second look. However, it’s important to keep some points in mind in order to utilize these products safely. To learn how this method of teeth whitening works, keep reading!


Why Does My Tooth Hurt? A Dentist Gives You 10 Possible Reasons

December 11, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — westhartford @ 2:37 pm
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When it comes to dental problems, many people think that cavities are the only threat they have to worry about. But the truth is that there are many different reasons for tooth pain, some of which may surprise you. By learning about what can go wrong with your teeth, you’ll be better equipped to prevent these problems. So if you’re asking yourself, “Why does my tooth hurt?” keep reading below to learn about 10 common reasons for tooth pain.  


4 Flu Season Tips from Your Dentist

December 4, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — westhartford @ 9:23 pm
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It’s December, which means we have officially entered cold and flu season. If you’re susceptible to sickness, then sleepless nights, constant sniffling, and high fevers might be in your future. Fortunately, there are plenty of home remedies you can employ, but they can actually be detrimental to your dental health. A dentist is here with four flu season tips to keep your teeth in great shape this time of year.


Feeling Down During the Holidays? Cosmetic Dentistry Can Help

November 6, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — westhartford @ 2:55 pm
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Whether you suffer from damaged, cracked, or discolored teeth, dental flaws can have a huge impact on your self-esteem. During the holidays especially, it can be daunting to strike up a conversation with someone new when you’re in your head about your appearance. With cosmetic dentistry, you can improve your confidence by transforming your damaged teeth into beautiful pearly whites. Read on to learn about treatments for aesthetically pleasing smiles and how they can benefit you this holiday season.


Are Pumpkin Spice Lattes Bad for Your Teeth?

October 23, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — westhartford @ 10:15 pm
pumpkin spice latte

As autumn approaches, hot drinks like pumpkin spice lattes become more and more popular. We want to combat the colder weather with warm drinks. Unfortunately, this isn’t the healthiest decision for your pearly whites. Keep reading to learn how hot drinks are bad for your teeth, and what you can do to lessen the damage.


To Eat or Not to Eat: Here are 4 Halloween Candy Tips to Consider this Holiday

October 8, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — westhartford @ 3:53 pm
Halloween bucket of candy

As a child, you probably remember rushing home after an evening of trick or treating and dumping your candy bucket out all over the living room floor. After scavenging for your favorite sweet treats, you scooped the rest back into the bucket and made sure no one else put their hands on what you would be eating for the next several weeks. Although it’s nice to enjoy a fruity gummy bear or chocolate bar every now and then, the overconsumption of candy on Halloween can put your child’s pearly whites at risk for tooth decay and cavities. To prevent this from happening, here are 4 Halloween candy tips to consider when they get home with their bucket of goodies.


Will Dental Costs Break Your Monthly Budget? No, But Neglecting Your Oral Health Can

September 4, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — westhartford @ 12:33 pm
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Depending on how tight your monthly budget is, the cost of dentistry can seem overwhelmingly high. However, when small issues like cavities are left untreated, it can cause much more serious issues down the road. That’s why most dentists provide quality preventive treatment, so their patients can save hassle, money, and discomfort by getting the small issues taken care of during their routine checkup and cleaning. The longer you put off your oral health, the more expensive and invasive treatments you may need in the future. Investing in your oral health is priceless because you only get one set of pearly whites. Read on to learn about how preventive treatment can save your budget down the road.

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