7 Mobile Apps That Can Aid in Your Oral Health

Mobile apps have taken oral health to an entirely new level. Whether it's a game for kids or access to emergency dental care, your oral health is made far more manageable with these excellent apps.

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The Negative Effects of Your Weight-Loss Diet

Updated August 19, 2016

Dieting is a resolution for the new year, or for one of your milestone birthdays, such as the twenty-fifth, thirtieth, fortieth, or fiftieth. We all want to look good and feel great, but it is hard to get those pounds off once they are packed on. With too much to do every day and too little time, exercising and dieting have gone to the wayside, and we need to get back to what is important, our health!

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Dealing with Dental Emergencies on Vacation

Updated August 17, 2016

You are going on vacation! What an exciting, chaotic, and sometimes stressful time. You have a bunch of things that need to happen before you can get to your destination. Do you have the passports? Are the pets scheduled to be boarded in their favorite luxury home away from home? Have you called to stop the mail and the newspaper from being delivered? These are all critical things to remember to do. It is also very important to schedule a visit with your dentist before you go to your destination spot for relaxation and fun in the sun.

Your to-do list is long when you’re planning a vacation. You’re trying to get ahead at work, making sure everyone has the right clothes, and before you know it you’re on your way. One thing that you must put on your list though is a trip to your dentist for a pre-vacation check-up. Here are a few reasons why you should get your dental needs taken care of before your vacation, and how to be prepared for them if they do happen while you’re away.

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What is Gingivitis?

Updated August 19, 2016

Gingivitis, what does that word even mean? Gingivitis is inflammation of the gums. It can occur to anyone and especially in those individuals that have poor oral hygiene.

We’ve all heard warnings about gingivitis, but how many of us really know what it is? When you brush and floss carefully, you might ignore finding out information like this because you don’t think you have to worry about it. However, it’s always a good idea to stay informed of dental issues that could arise in the future.

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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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Do I need braces?

Updated August 17, 2016

Do you have misaligned teeth? Do you suffer from an overbite or an underbite? Are you embarrassed by your crooked teeth? If so, you may want to look into getting braces!

We often think braces are only for teenagers, but this isn't always the case. There are many adults who find that the need braces well after their childhood. It could be that you did not receive dental care as a child or maybe you had braces but didn't wear your retainer the way you were supposed to once they were removed. Whatever the reason, you might be questioning whether your smile would benefit from braces. 

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Can you save a knocked out tooth?

There are moments in life that we just can't predict. For most of us, having a tooth knocked out is one of those times. It can result from a trip on the sidewalk, a collision while playing sports, or maybe even a glass door that you didn't notice was closed! However it happens, it's important that you properly care for a tooth once it has been knocked out. Depending on the circumstances, your dentist may be able to use your real tooth, but there are some steps you should follow: 

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What are the types of teeth in my mouth?

Updated August 19, 2016

Have you ever considered all the structures in your mouth? From the hangy down thing in the back of your mouth to the multiple types of individual teeth, there is a lot of stuff going on in your mouth!

When you care for your teeth, smile for the camera, and laugh with your mouth wide open, you probably consider whether your teeth look good. But what are those teeth doing in there? Why are some of them different? Here are the basics when it comes to what's in your mouth.

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Stop making excuses and start flossing!

Updated August 19, 2016

Do you floss regularly? How many times a day do you floss? Flossing is the activity of taking a piece of dental string and placing it between your individual teeth to remove any leftover particles of food or plaque that have become trapped between your teeth, within your gums, and behind your molars. Flossing is a critical portion of your oral health. It should be done on a daily basis to keep your teeth in good condition.

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Pregnant? Congrats! Now don't forget to keep your teeth clean!

When you're thinking of trying or are already pregnant, there are a lot of things on your mind. You may be dreaming about what your baby might look like, or planning what changes to make in your home for a new baby. Along with the excitement, there are stresses involved with the coming changes, too. With all of this emotion, your teeth and gums are likely the last things on your mind.

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