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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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The Risks of DIY dentistry

The Risks of DIY Dentistry

  Learning new skills can be exciting and fulfilling. For these reasons, many people are attracted to the DIY approach. While DIYing certainly has its benefits and can be a great approach to many activities, dentistry is not one of them. In fact, DIY dentistry can cause serious problems for your oral health, and you […]

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How Sleep Apnea Affects Your Oral Health

How Sleep Apnea Affects Your Oral Health

When asking people what types of things affect their oral health, most people would say things like oral hygiene and dietary habits. Although these things do play a large role in one’s oral health, they are not the only things that affect your oral health. In fact, many people don’t realize that certain medical conditions […]

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How Oral Hygiene Can Decrease the Risk of COVID-19 Complications

How Oral Hygiene Can Decrease the Risk of COVID-19 Complications

Did you know that proper dental care can help decrease the severity of COVID-19 infections? While this may seem far-fetched considering the fact that COVID-19 is a respiratory virus, recent research has actually found a possible link between poor oral hygiene and severe COVID-19 infections. In fact, an article published on the National Center for […]

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Teeth Whitening vs. Porcelain Veneers

Teeth Whitening vs. Porcelain Veneers: Which is Best?

When it comes to cosmetic dental treatments, there are a variety of options. Two of the most commonly performed cosmetic procedures, however, are teeth whitening and veneers. While both treatments are effective at improving the look of your smile, they accomplish this in different ways. This ultimately means that there are certain cases where one […]

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Should You Be Using Mouthwash?

Should You Be Using Mouthwash?

Did you know that the first mouthwash invented by Joseph Lister in the late 1800s was actually developed as a surgical antiseptic? Based on Louis Pasteur’s research on microbial infection, carbolic acid was used to reduce the rates of postoperative infections. Later in 1914, an alcohol-based formula was developed and sold in the US as […]

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Fun Facts About Teeth

Fun Facts About Teeth

Although going to the dentist may not be the most exciting part of your day, there are so many interesting things about dentistry and your teeth that you may or may not know. Here are some of the most interesting facts:  Teeth & Tooth Decay Contrary to popular belief, teeth are not bones. Unlike bones, […]

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How Long Does it Take for a Cavity to Form?

How Long Does it Take for a Cavity to Form?

Cavities are one of the most prevalent health conditions. In fact, they are only second to the common cold. Not only are they extremely common, but severe cavities are one common reason for tooth loss or the need for extraction. However, teeth don’t go from being fine to needing to be extracted overnight. This raises […]

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Easy and Effective Ways to Improve Your oral health in 2021 (1)

Easy and Effective Ways to Improve Your Oral Health in 2020

Now that 2020 is almost over, many people are thinking about what resolutions they should make for the new year. Every year a common new year’s resolution that many people make is to be healthier. This usually means that they resolve to eat better and exercise more. While these are certainly wonderful resolutions, they are […]

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Are Artificial Sweeteners Bad for Your Oral Health?

Are Artificial Sweeteners Bad for Your Oral Health?

When it comes to foods that are bad for your oral health, most people know that sugar is on the top of that list. This is because sugar feeds the naturally occurring bacteria in the mouth, allowing it to reproduce and to produce acidic waste products. As bacterial populations grow and acidic waste damages the […]

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Why Can I See Through My Teeth?

Why Can I See Through My Teeth?

Have you ever looked in the mirror while brushing or flossing and noticed that you can see through the tips of your teeth? If this is something you’ve noticed, then your next thought was probably why can I see through my teeth? After all, normal teeth are opaque meaning that you should not be able […]

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What Tobacco Does to Your Oral Health

What Tobacco Does to Your Oral Health

Tobacco use puts you at a much higher risk of developing a variety of health conditions. Apart from predominantly affecting your respiratory system and increasing your risk of developing lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and general breathing problems, tobacco is also detrimental to your oral health. Not only does tobacco have the potential […]

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Traditional Dentures vs Overdentures

There are a growing number of options for dental patients who have experienced the loss of one or more teeth. Dental patients, therefore, have a lot more to learn when considering which option is right for their dental replacement. Dentures continue to be one of the most popular and affordable forms of dental replacement, but […]

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