Why are mouth guards so important for athletes?

Protecting the mouths of our children has always been important. With more kids involved in sports, this is the perfect time to teach them good dental hygiene habits for the future. Whether your child is just starting to play football for the first time this year, or they have moved to a mature level of contact activities, the mouth guard will be one of the most important parts of their uniform. Here we'll explore why a mouth guard is so important for athletes of all ages.

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How Does the Winter Affect Your Teeth?

Updated August 17, 2016

Do you plug your car in nightly? Do you have to scrape a half an inch of ice off your windshield before you can leave for work? Does your winter mask only have holes for your eyes and your mouth? If so, you deal with cold air on a daily basis. Cold air and colder temperatures mean you live in the deep freeze! How does all this cold air affect your teeth?

Sensitive teeth are more common than you might think, although that stinging zing of pain you feel when something sets off your sensitivity probably makes it easy to think otherwise. Your teeth enjoy living in your mouth, where the temperature is warm and cozy. Exposure to colder or hotter temperatures doesn't make them happy, so winter weather is often a worry for anyone who suffers from sensitive teeth. Is there any way to protect your teeth when the temperatures drop low?

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Should I be rinsing my mouth with water after I brush?

Updated August 19, 2016

Everyone rinses their mouth with water after brushing their teeth, don’t they? How else are you supposed to get rid of that strong minty taste and clear your mouth of leftover toothpaste? Well, rinsing your mouth after brushing may not be the right thing to do. In actual fact, if you do rinse out your mouth with water after brushing, you are getting rid of the fluoride from your mouth, which protects your teeth. Fluoride remineralizes your enamel, helps young children develop their adult teeth and decreases the acid production of plaque.

So, if fluoride does all of this good stuff, then why would you want to wash it out of your mouth with water? As with everything there are two sides to the argument, let’s look at them both.

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True Love & Gum: Extra’s Latest Ad Has the Internet Buying in

Extra has tugged at the heartstrings of consumers with its brand new advertisement, dubbed “The Story of Sarah & Juan”. The romantic video has the whole world seeing the gum brand in a new light.

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9 Ways Baby Boomers Can Feel More Comfortable on Social Media

Baby boomers sometimes struggle becoming familiar with and using social media and related technologies. If you want to reconnect with old acquaintances on Facebook, Twitter, and other platforms, the nine strategies outlined below can help you become more comfortable with social media. 

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The 5 Biggest Dental Problems For People Over 50

It used to be that as people aged, they didn't keep many of their original teeth. Dentures and partials were the norm for many people over the age of fifty, but as dental practices and habits have improved, more and more people are keeping their natural teeth. This is wonderful, but there are dental problems that people over fifty should be aware of and be diligent in caring for their teeth.

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Are Cavities Contagious?

Updated August 17, 2016

The flu. Chickenpox. There are a lot of things that are contagious, but have you ever thought that cavities might be contagious? It seems crazy but believe it or not, there is a little truth backing this up!

The bacteria mutans streptococcus feeds on sugars in our mouths and creates an acid that eats away the enamel of our teeth. As with any other contagious ailment, this bacteria can be spread from one person to another!

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Watch out for the dental tooth cavity epidemic!

Updated August 19, 2016

People nowadays are so busy, much busier than their counterparts from twenty years ago. Most families have two working parents, kids that go to daycare, children in public school, and a family pet or two. Plus there are all the activities that the kids have after school such as piano lessons, soccer practice, or any other type of sports practice. Then you have the recitals and games to attend. When is there any time left to go to the dentist?

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Dental Definitions

Updated August 17, 2016

Periodontics? Amalgam? Bruxism? Prophylaxis? What do all these crazy words mean? Going to the dentist can sometimes cause anxiety and anticipation of what the dentist will find at your check-up as well as what he or she is telling you. For some people, it is frustrating because they do not work in or around a dental office and are not up to speed on some of the lingo and languages that the dentist or dental staff use. Here at Carefree Dental, we try to make you feel as comfortable as possible in all regards, including the language and vocabulary we use with you because dental vocabulary can be difficult to understand. There are different types of dentists, teeth, and procedures. Here are some key words and phrases that will help you understand the lingo of the industry and get the most out of your dental plans as well as help family members or your children learn the appropriate terms and definitions of commonly used dental vocabulary.

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Meet the Monkey Who Likes to Floss

Do you floss regularly?

It's no secret that most people do not floss like they are supposed to. Even though we know how important it is (and even when we visit the dentist for our regular cleanings and check ups), some of us still can't make it a daily habit. Since most adults don't take the time to floss, it's easy to imagine why many kids don't practice this healthy dental habit either. Are you struggling to get your kids to remember to floss daily? Perhaps this story might interest them and remind them to get out that dental floss.

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