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Improve Your Gum Health with Probiotics

Improve Your Gum Health with Probiotics

Our mouths are home to trillions of bacteria, some of which are good for us and some that aren’t. The good ones help with certain bodily functions and control the amount of bad bacteria, while the bad ones can cause tooth decay and gum disease. Good bacteria are also known as probiotics and they may […]

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Dementia & Tooth Loss: Is There a Connection?

Dementia & Tooth Loss: Is There a Connection?

Did you know that there is a link between tooth loss and dementia? Research shows that people with dental problems like missing teeth are more likely to develop dementia later in life. Replacing lost or damaged teeth may also decrease the risk of developing cognitive decline later in life. In this blog post we’ll go […]

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Time to Brush Up on Teeth Cleanings

National Dental Hygiene Month: Time to ‘Brush Up’ on Dental Cleanings

It’s National Dental Hygiene Month, and we wanted to take this opportunity to let you know how important regular teeth cleanings are for your dental health. Dental cleanings are one of the most important parts of dental hygiene, but they can also be one of the most overlooked. Let’s discuss what you need to know […]

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3 Ways to Straighten Your Teeth

3 Ways to Straighten Your Teeth

Do you have crooked teeth? Is it taking a toll on your self-esteem or your social life? It’s time to stop hiding your smile and do something about it! There are three ways a cosmetic dentist can straighten your teeth: veneers, Invisalign, and crowns. We will go into detail about each option below so that […]

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What is an Impaction?

Despite their name, wisdom teeth can actually be quite problematic for your oral health. These third molars are the final set of teeth to erupt during the “wisdom years” of the late teens and early twenties. Although wisdom teeth don’t always come in, when they do they can cause a problem known as impaction.  Impacted […]

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What you need to know about gum disease

September is National Gum Health Month: What You Need to Know

Did you know that September is National Gum Health Month? This makes the month of September the perfect opportunity to learn more about gum disease- what it is, how to prevent it, and its symptoms. Here are some important things that you should know about gum disease: What Is Gum Disease? Gum disease (also known […]

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5 Reasons You Need a Dental Exam

5 Reasons You Need a Dental Exam

Despite the popular belief that you only need to visit the dentist if you are having tooth problems, it is actually recommended by the American Dental Association that you visit your dentist twice a year for dental checkups. There are many reasons why regular dental checkups are necessary. Here are five of them:    Prevents […]

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5 Health Problems That Can Be Detected in the Mouth

5 Health Problems That Can Be Detected in the Mouth

Just as your mouth is a part of the rest of your body, your oral health is a part of the rest of your overall health. Due to the fact that your oral and overall health are so closely related, a problem with one could indicate a problem with the other. In fact, certain health […]

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Do Dental Restorations Stain?

Do Dental Restorations Stain?

Dental restorations allow your dentist to effectively treat tooth decay, repair damaged teeth, and even improve the look of your smile. There are a number of different restoration options that can be used depending on the issue, as well as how severe it is. These can include crowns, bridges, fillings, dentures, inlays, onlays, or veneers. […]

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How Covid-19 Complications can start in the mouth

How COVID-19 Complications Can Start in the Mouth

By now, almost everyone is sick and tired of hearing about COVID-19. Although researchers, medical professionals, and the general public have learned more about the virus, there is still much to learn and various research studies are still being conducted. Recently, in fact, another study was published that discusses the possibility of COVID-19 complications starting […]

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The Importance of Dental Care in Patients with Chronic Pain

The Importance of Dental Care in Patients with Chronic Pain

Do you suffer from chronic back pain? Do you also have problems with your oral health? Did you know that these two problems can be related? When most people think about managing either their oral health or back pain, they rarely think about how one can affect the other. However, there is actually a relationship […]

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How Diabetes Can Affect Your Oral Health

How Diabetes Can Affect Your Oral Health

Did you know that your oral health is closely related to your overall health? Because of this, certain medical conditions may have effects on your oral health that you may not even be aware of. Certain medical conditions can affect your oral health more than others, and one condition that can have a significant effect […]

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The Oral Health Benefits of Drinking Water

The Oral Health Benefits of Drinking Water

Did you know that the human body is approximately 60% water? Water is an essential resource that is needed by the body in order to carry out the necessary functions to stay alive. Without enough water, the body is unable to function at its best and serious problems can occur if one goes without water […]

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How Long Do Dental Implants Last?

How Long Do Dental Implants Last?

Dental implants are known for many things such as their aesthetic appearance, strength, and ability to mimic the function of natural teeth. Another thing dental implants are known for is their longevity. Since they are promoted as being long-lasting, many people want to know just how long they can expect a dental implant to last. […]

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Signs a Filling Needs to be Replaced

Signs a Filling Needs to be Replaced

Did you know that the average American aged 20-34 years old has approximately four dental fillings according to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research? Dental fillings are restorations used to treat tooth decay. After the decayed tissue has been removed, fillings are the materials placed in the remaining cavity to prevent the spread […]

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The Top 5 Teeth Whitening Mistakes

The Top 5 Teeth Whitening Mistakes

Have you ever looked in the mirror and wished that your teeth were whiter? If so, then you are not alone. Recently, the American Association of Orthodontics noted that as many as % of their patients were requesting whitening treatments after their treatment. Nowadays, more people are focusing on their image, which means more and […]

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The Facts on Plaque

The Facts on Plaque

When it comes to your oral health, dental plaque is one of the biggest threats. To understand why Dental plaque can be a threat to your oral health, it is important to first understand more about what dental plaque is and how it changes your teeth and gums. Here are some of the most important […]

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3 Reasons to NOT Floss Around Dental Implants

3 Reasons to NOT Floss Around Dental Implants

Did you know that flossing can potentially be damaging to your dental implants? This may come as a shock to you considering that you have likely always been told about the importance of regular brushing and flossing to maintain rural health. While brushing and flossing are certainly important to maintain the health of your natural […]

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How Swimming Can Affect Your Oral Health

How Swimming Can Affect Your Oral Health

As Memorial Weekend approaches and the weather gets warmer, you can feel summer in the air. With the arrival of summer comes the arrival of summertime time fun in the sun. One of the most common summertime activities is swimming, since it is a great form of exercise that also cools you down. As great […]

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5 Things Dental Crowns Can Fix

5 Things Dental Crowns Can Fix

When it comes to restoring teeth, your dentist has a variety of options available to meet a range of needs. One common dental restoration in your dentist’s toolbox is the traditional dental crown. Traditional dental crowns are hollow caps made to look like teeth that fit over the top of an existing tooth in order […]

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Women: How Your Hormones Affect Your Oral Health

Women: How Hormones Affect Your Oral Health

Women, did you know that your oral health may be at an increased risk during certain moments in your life? In honor of National Women’s Health Week (May 9th-15th), Bethesda Family Dentistry thinks it is important to educate women on how their oral health can be impacted by their hormones. Since hormones affect your oral […]

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Adolescent Oral Health Concerns

Adolescent Oral Health Concerns

You and your family’s dental needs change with age. When it comes to your children’s oral health, there are different oral health concerns that come along with infancy, early childhood, childhood, and adolescence. Adolescence, in particular, has its own unique set of oral health concerns that you and your adolescent child should be aware of. […]

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5 Reasons Why Your Gums Are Bleeding

5 Reasons Why Your Gums Are Bleeding

Have you noticed that your gums bleed when you brush or floss your teeth? Do you want to know why this happens and how to stop it? The fact of the matter is that your gums can bleed for a variety of reasons and the only way to stop this problem is by determining what […]

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Do Veneers Ruin your teeth2

Do Veneers Ruin Your Teeth?

Veneers are the second most commonly performed cosmetic dental treatment in the United States. They are thin shells that can be made of porcelain or composite resin, although most people generally choose porcelain for its stain-resistant properties. Even though they are an extremely popular treatment, some people still have concerns about what veneers do to […]

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The Top 5 Most Common Dental Implant Questions (and their answers!)

The Top 5 Most Common Dental Implant Questions (and their answers!)

If you have one or more missing teeth, you are probably looking into different tooth replacement options. One such option that is often talked about is dental implants. Perhaps you’ve heard of them or perhaps not. Whether you have some knowledge of dental implants or you are just now learning about them, reviewing the most […]

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Do Genetics Affect Your Oral Health?

Do Genetics Affect Your Oral Health?

Our genes contain the blueprint that our cells use to build and maintain our body. Thousands of genes, given to us by our biological parents, are contained within each chromosome. Every cell in our body contains 23 pairs of chromosomes, with each pair being made up of one chromosome from each parent. Although most people […]

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How to Avoid Dental Emergencies

How to Avoid Dental Emergencies

Towards the beginning of the month, we took a look at some of the most common dental emergencies as well as how to manage them until you can be seen by your emergency dentist. Now, we’re going to take a look at how some of these dental emergencies can be prevented altogether. While these tips […]

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What You Can Learn From teeth

What You Can Learn From Teeth

Did you know that teeth can be used for more than eating and speaking? In fact, teeth can act as an encyclopedia of an individual, providing an abundance of information. For example when you visit your dentist, they can learn about your oral hygiene habits simply by looking in your mouth. But oral hygiene insight […]

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Dental Care During pregnancy

Dental Care During Pregnancy

When most mothers-to-be think of prenatal care, they envision regular appointments with their OBGYN and/or their primary care provider. Not too many women picture regular dental appointments as being part of their prenatal care routine, especially considering the fact that the mouth and the uterus are nowhere near one another. Nevertheless, oral health during pregnancy […]

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How Your Chewing Habits Can Affect Dental Implants

How Your Chewing Habits Can Affect Dental Implants

When having dental implants placed, there are certain factors that can affect the process. Even though dental implants have a success rate of about 95-96%, certain factors can cause a small percentage of dental implants to fail. Generally speaking, dental implants fail when they are unable to osseointegrate, or fuse with the surrounding bone. Therefore, […]

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