How Braces Improve Oral Health

It may seem that the sole purpose of braces is to create flawless, beautiful smiles. However, straighter teeth and a properly aligned bite actually promotes better oral health. For patients considering braces, ask your dentist so he/she can recommend an orthodontist. An orthodontist is a dentist who specializes in straightening crooked teeth. But before you decide to speak with your dentist, you may have a few questions about braces. Such as the benefits of braces, how they work and how to care for them.

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Bad Breath & Your Oral Health

No one expects to wake up in the morning with fresh breath, but what causes morning breath? Bad breath is something that most of us have dealt with. Sometimes the causes are simple and easy to remedy, other times it might require special attention or a change of habits. Regardless of the cause, bad breath can be embarrassing and a potential health concern. The medical term for bad breath is halitosis, and depending on the cause it may be an occasional occurrence or a long-lasting side effect.

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Thumbsucking and Oral Development

Parents make it their job to consider the health and well-being of their children. So when a young child begins to suck his/her thumb it is only normal that they worry about the effects this habit might have on their child’s oral health. Rest assured, though, that thumbsucking is a completely normal habit, and most children will stop before they begin preschool. However, if the habit persists there are several steps you can take to ensure it does not have a lasting impact on your child’s oral health.

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The Best Foods for Healthy Teeth

Food choices play an important role in tooth decay and gum disease. A nutritious diet is essential to healthy living and especially to the health of your teeth and gums. Some of the earliest signs of poor nutrition show up at a dentist appointment. Since your mouth is the first point of contact with foods, it’s important to choose wisely. Here are some of the best foods for your teeth to consider incorporating in your diet.

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