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Stop Grinding and Clenching!

by on October 19, 2017 | Posted in Blog

Did you know that your teeth can get chipped or cracked from you grinding and clenching your teeth? Feeling muscle tenderness, joint pain and not being able to open your mouth wide are also related to the grinding and clenching of your teeth. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms there are relaxation exercises you can do as well as having a customized mouth guard made. This will not only help you sleep better but you will experience less soreness, pain and the potential harming of your teeth. Call Dr. Nichols office today for your customized mouth guard!

 

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Are You Brushing your Teeth to Hard?

by on September 13, 2017 | Posted in Blog

We encourage you to brush twice daily for at least two minutes. While you are brushing make sure not to brush too hard. We know some are enthusiastic and feel the harder you brush the better. That is not the case when it comes to brushing your teeth. Brushing too hard can damage your teeth and irritate the gums. We recommend you brush with a ADA seal approved soft toothbrush, using a gentle circular motion, think massage.

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Stop Nail Biting!

by on August 18, 2017 | Posted in Blog

Many of us do things with our teeth that we really should not be doing. These habits may seem harmless but, they can be harmful to your teeth. How many of you when feeling stressed bite your nails? A very common nervous habit that may not only chip your teeth, but due to the constant protruding position and pressure placed on the jaw, can cause jaw dysfunction. To help hinder this habit you can try using a bitter tasting nail polish. When encountering situations that may cause stress try holding something to keep your fingers busy. Whatever works to keep you from biting your nails do it! Your teeth and jaw thank you.

 

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According to a CNN report some people are claiming apple cider vinegar is beneficial in treating diabetes, controlling weight loss, and is good for your teeth. Apple cider vinegar is being used not only as a mouth rinse but some are using it to whiten their teeth. The ADA does not promote such use! Why? Due to the acidic nature of apple cider vinegar, it can cause wear on your tooth enamel, the protective coating that helps prevent you from getting cavities thus increasing your risk for tooth decay. If you want to keep your mouth healthy and have whiter brighter teeth the ADA recommends brushing twice daily while using a mouth rinse and toothpaste that is ADA seal approved!

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Activated Charcoal

by on June 21, 2017 | Posted in Blog

 

Activated Charcoal used in emergency rooms to help absorb poison in the stomach as well as prevent overdoses, is now being sold across the nation as a beauty supply. This powerful black, fine odorless and tasteless substance when ingested will bind to anything.  Activated charcoal is now being promoted as a health/ beauty product you can drink to cleanse your body or use as a scrub to whiten your teeth. Activated charcoal is so porous that once it’s in the stomach it only attaches to what’s in your stomach not anywhere else,  so there are no toxins  being pulled from the rest of the body. In fact you may be removing vitamins and healthy nutrients needed to keep your body healthy! If you are taking supplements or medication it may interact with them and flush them out of your body. As far as whitening your teeth with this activated black charcoal there is no proof that this works , in fact the companies promoting the use of it have no before or after pictures supporting such claims. So before you decide to use this product as a detox you should consult with your doctor. If you are looking for whiter brighter teeth schedule a visit with Dr. Nichols ,  she can show you which whitening system would be best for you!

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SMILE WITH CONFIDENCE

by on May 23, 2017 | Posted in Blog

When we think about what an attractive smile looks like these features may come to your mind: straightness, cleanliness and whiteness! Are you unhappy with your smile? You can have the smile you desire. Dentistry has come a long way with a wide range of cosmetic procedures. Cosmetic procedures include bleaching, bonding, veneers, reshaping and contouring. You may be interested in whiter brighter teeth. At Dr. Nichols office we offer a variety of bleaching systems to choose from even for those you with sensitive teeth. If you have gaps, chipped teeth or want to change the color of your teeth on a more permanent level, then veneers (a thin shell of porcelain placed on your tooth) crowns (a porcelain/gold tooth shaped covering) or bonding (a tooth colored material) may be the treatment option for you. For those patients with healthy teeth seeking a subtle changes in their smile, teeth reshaping or contouring can be done to alter the length, shape or position of the teeth. No matter which dental procedure you may choose to have done, it’s extremely important you floss and brush daily to help maintain healthy teeth and gum tissue. Call Dr Nichols office for your complimentary consultation today and Smile with confidence!

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Cigar Smoking

by on March 10, 2017 | Posted in Blog

Cigar smoking has been portrayed as the in thing to do! Being glamorized by sports figures and Hollywood actors and actresses. Viewed as a glamorous luxury by both men and woman, cigar sales/smoking are on the rise. Unfortunately this leisurely habit is not only bad for your health and smile it is also addictive and more dangerous than cigarettes. It seems cigar smoking has also become popular with teens ,so much so that 14 percent of high school students are cigar smokers.  Many people think cigar smoking is safer than smoking cigarettes however cigars can have up to 40 times more nicotine and tar in them! The most common effects of smoking cigars is chronic bad breath and heavily stained teeth. The scariest affects of cigar smoking include oral cancer. The death rate related to men smoking cigars are up to 40 percent higher than non-smokers. Detecting oral cancer early can increase your odds for survival.  At our office we can help detect oral cancer with a simple non evasive test.  So do not delay schedule your dental visit today!

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According The American Dental Association older adults are at greater risk for oral health problems. Many older adults are finding it hard to brush twice daily as well as keep up with their routine visits to the dentist . This is a problem because dental caries, gum disease, and oral cancer are common among older adults. The notion that only kids get cavities is not true . In actuality tooth decay is more prevalent among older adults. Prevention magazine lists the following things adults need to know about their oral health; research suggests oral health is linked to heart disease, avoiding dry mouth is important, a fluoride toothpaste and rinse help protect teeth ,and regular dental visits help in detecting any dental issues early . Seniors having trouble brushing their teeth due to osteoporosis or arthritis would benefit greatly from using an electric toothbrush.

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img_3780-2The Academy of General Dentistry reports school lunches and snacks are not nutritious for our children’s teeth. Research has shown an increase in the intake of sugar among school age children thus putting them at a greater risk for tooth decay. Researchers tracked and monitored the teeth of preschool children before and after school. The results showed that 59 percent of the children who had eaten sugar four or more times a day or ate two or more snacks between meals at age 5, increased to 83 percent at age 6; a 24-percent increase. With that, the study found an increase in the number of decayed and missing teeth. It is very important to monitor your child’s eating habits! Help your child avoid candy, soda, caramels, and other foods that contain refined sugar. Eating meals and snacks full of fresh fruits and vegetables will not only help your child maintain a healthy diet but also will help ensure good oral health!

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