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Ask a Hygienist: Lie Bumps on the Tongue

In this segment of Ask a Hygienist, I’ll be talking about one of the most important body parts we have. The tongue is responsible for assisting us with speech, digestion, and protecting our airway while we swallow.  It helps us pick out all of the wonderful flavors in our foods and has near 5,000 taste buds! Read More

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Ask A Dental Hygienist: Why do we lose enamel?

Ask a Dental Hygienist  Kristina asked, “When you lose enamel, can it be linked to diet, leaky gut, stress, autoimmune issues, etc.?” Oooh, I love this question but I gotta be honest… I could spend an afternoon talking about it since this can be fairly involved… AND it might be hard for me to stay on topic. Read More

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TREAT Dry Mouth with a rinse

Dry mouth will affect almost all of us somewhere during our lifetime.  Over the counter products like Biotene, Alcohol Free Listerine and sugar free gums have become quite popular and easy to find.  Unfortunately, those  treatments for dry mouth only address the symptoms.  There are two prescription products available from your medical and dental offices that will Read More

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This STD Can Cause Oral Cancer

April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month Most of us are aware of some habits and conditions that have been linked to oral cancer.  Cigarettes and smokeless tobacco, stomach problems such as reflux, and sun exposure are understood by most of us to be risk factors for cancers in and around the mouth.  But did you know Read More

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The 5mm pockets I would NOT treat with scaling and root planing

The 5mm Pockets I would NOT Treat With Scaling and Root Planing In a previous post, I talked about what scaling and root planing is and why someone would need it. In essence, when periodontal disease sets in and the bone holding your teeth becomes damaged, scaling and root planing will help eliminate the local Read More

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Say Goodbye to Dragon Breath

You hear the lecture all of the time: “Brush and floss or you will get cavities and gum disease!” Although that’s great advice, there’s one really big part of your mouth that need some attention too. Find a mirror and stick your tongue out!  See that coating?  Yeah, that needs to come off.  Like, right Read More

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What is Root Planing and Do I Really Need it?

You go to a dental office for X-rays and an examination.  You know you haven’t been in a while and your gums aren’t in the best of shape.  You walk out of the office with a treatment plan (cost estimate and course of action) for a couple fillings and  four quadrants of root planing.  You Read More

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Broken Teeth Don’t Always Get On Your Nerves

Here’s a common conversation at the dental office: Me: Have you had any dental problems since the last time you were in? Patient: No, they are all still there in my mouth so nothing’s wrong that I know of. Me: Well, let’s get some X-rays and do an exam with the doctor just to make sure. Read More

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Become a Flossing Ninja with GumChucks!

Become a Flossing Ninja with GumChucks Tired of boring string floss? Can’t seem to figure out how to make flossing easier for the kids? Have you used the excuse that your hands don’t fit in your mouth?  I know I sound like a commercial, but I’m seriously impressed with gadgets that make taking care of your Read More

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A Bloody Sink

(No, that’s not real blood) Do your gums bleed when you brush?  How about only when you floss?  No matter how much you try to rationalize that bit of blood in your sink , this is a symptom of a much bigger problem. Bleeding is NOT normal If the skin on your leg is healthy, it will Read More