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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Can getting a tan prevent tooth decay?

Vitamin D is one of the most important vitamins to our health. It has been known to develop strong bones, combat depression and Alzheimer's disease, and even works to prevent certain cancers. And these are just to name a few of its benefits!

It's time to add one more notch on its belt. Vitamin D may just work to prevent tooth decay. It has been found that it may help absorb the calcium that our teeth need in order to grow strong and healthy. Here are a few ways to get more vitamin D into your life.

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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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Did George Washington Really Have Wooden Teeth?

We've all seen a portrait of George Washington, but have you ever seen one that shows his teeth? Why not? For many people, the answer to that question is "because he had wooden teeth!" But is that actually true? 

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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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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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