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Are Your Gums Receding? Find Out Why

Written by Valley Oak Dental Group on . Posted in Dental Tips

As you’re brushing your teeth, you might notice more sensitivity near your gum line. Or when you get a family picture printed for your wall, you might notice that your teeth appear longer than normal. These are the first signs of receding gums.

A number of things can contribute to gum recession, but early intervention by a dentist is important to help prevent the problem from progressing to the point of danger. Severe gum recession can sometimes require surgery to correct, and it can lead to other dental health troubles, so it’s better to find out why your gums are struggling early on and nip the problem in the bud.

4 Tips for Keeping Your Teeth Healthy When You’re Feeling Sick

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With winter weather, it also seems like there’s an increase in illness. Stomach bugs, the flu, colds, coughs, and even respiratory and sinus infections can leave you feeling terrible and trying to make it through as best you can.

Your dental health is probably far from your mind when you’re suffering through a winter illness. However, illnesses can leave lasting negative effects on your teeth if you’re not careful. Here are some tips to help you care for your teeth so that your teeth don’t have to suffer the consequences when you’re sick.

7 Advantages of Professional Whitening

Written by Valley Oak Dental Group on . Posted in Dental Procedures & Services

Many individuals who aren’t satisfied with their smiles want to achieve a whiter, brighter look. When you decide to undergo whitening treatment, you may feel tempted to pick up an at-home kit the next time you’re in the grocery store.

However, you are more likely to be confident in and happy with your new and improved smile if you seek whitening treatment through your dentist. Here are the seven main advantages that professional tooth whitening has over at-home options.

Will Mouthwash Really Keep Your Mouth Healthy?

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You don’t want to get a cavity, so you brush and floss every day. But what about using mouthwash? You may wonder if it can help prevent tooth decay or bad breath, or you may wonder if it can take the place of brushing your teeth.

Many people are not sure if they should use mouthwash, but answers are available. This blog will cover what types of mouthwash you can buy, how effective they are, and how to use them.

Avoid Losing Valuable Dental Benefits at Year’s End

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With insurance costs, dentists’ fees and the cost of dental materials all rising, it’s a smart move to use your dental benefits before they expire at the end of the year. If you don’t use up your benefits, you lose that money.

In addition, you may be giving up dental care that might otherwise cost you thousands of dollars. However, you can use your dental insurance plan wisely by keeping these key points in mind.

Lost Tooth? Don’t Wait to Have It Replaced With an Implant

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As soon as a tooth is removed from your jaw, the jawbone beneath it starts to deteriorate. This can have a lasting impact on your oral health, the appearance of your smile, and your tooth replacement options in the future.

If you’ve recently had a tooth removed or are scheduled for an extraction, the best time to consider having a missing tooth replaced with an implant is right now. Only a dental implant can stop the bone loss that occurs post-extraction. The sooner you have it inserted, the better.

A Parent’s Guide to Sports Mouth Guards

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Sports can play an important role in a child’s physical and social development. Not only can organized sports keep your child active, but team sports can help him or her build interpersonal skills.

But almost no sport is played without some risk of injury. You always make sure your child has on shin guards before taking to the soccer field and shoulder pads for football, but what about the areas that aren’t protected by standard sports gear?

3 Habits That Can Affect Your Child’s Dental Health

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Seemingly innocent habits can ruin your child’s teeth, and that includes habits like thumb-sucking and going to sleep with a bottle. It isn’t hard for babies to fall into some potentially harmful habits that can affect their future oral health. Therefore, it’s important to help your child break any harmful habits that he or she forms or not start certain habits to begin with. Breaking harmful oral habits is one way to ensure the development of healthy primary and permanent teeth.

A Family’s Guide for Keeping Your Teeth Healthy This Summer

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When the warmth and freedom of summer finally hit, the health of your teeth might be the last thing on your mind. However, some common summer activities and diets can actually make the warm months one of the most dangerous times of the year for your dental health.

This guide can help you understand common summer dangers so you don’t inadvertently harm your teeth. This guide is especially important to consider if you have children, because kids are less likely to remember or place a priority on dental hygiene, especially with the excitement of summer activities. 

Wisdom Teeth: Do Yours Need to be Pulled?

Written by Valley Oak Dental Group on . Posted in Dental Tips

Many have told frightening tales about wisdom tooth removal and the painful recovery, so you may naturally feel apprehensive about getting yours removed. Extracting wisdom teeth is a very common dental procedure; about 85 percent of the general population get their wisdom teeth removed because this third set of adult molars can cause painful dental problems. 

How do you know if your wisdom teeth should be removed? This guide can help you learn about wisdom teeth and the symptoms that indicate your wisdom teeth will only cause pain and damage.