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Am I Predisposed to Tooth Decay?

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Many people wonder if they inherited “bad teeth” from their parents and assume they are doomed to lose their teeth, regardless of what they do. So they don’t even try to take care of their teeth. However, the good news is that although genetics can play a part in your oral health, particularly in the case of gum disease, most of your oral health is directly under your control. You get to choose how healthy your teeth are! Proper dietary habits, brushing, flossing, and seeing your dentist Dr. Bailey at North River Dental Care will make an enormous difference over a lifetime.Many factors play a part in your oral health: ...

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Preventing Tooth Decay – Tips for a Healthier Smile That Lasts

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Preventing tooth decay starts with good oral hygiene and dietary habits. As you have probably heard, it’s important that you always brush your teeth at least twice a day as well as floss daily. We probably sound like a broken record, but it’s true! Brushing and flossing are your first lines of defense against cavities.How Does Tooth Decay Happen?Tooth decay starts when food particles are left behind on your teeth from eating and drinking. Bacteria in your mouth feed off of these food particles, and turn them into acid. The acid then eats holes into your teeth. These holes are called cavities. Before cavities get a chance to negatively affect ...

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Surprisingly Healthy Foods for Your Teeth

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It’s no surprise that sugary foods like soda, candy, and fruit juice can contribute significantly to tooth decay. Not only are these foods bad for your overall health, but they are also detrimental to the health of your teeth. According to the American Dental Association (ADA), your oral health is the first area to decline when your diet lacks adequate nutrition.Dr. Bailey of North River Dental Care has compiled this helpful list of foods that are in fact good for your teeth and your overall oral health! These foods are not only part of a great well-rounded diet, but they can also help reduce your risk of cavities as well ...

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You CAN Afford Dental Care: Some Helpful Tips

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Dental care really can be affordable, even if you don’t have insurance. Many times, personal finances make families hesitate to invest in their dental health. To help, North River Dental Care offers a number of flexible financing and payment options, including CareCredit and United Medical Credit. But sometimes, even low monthly payments can still make you feel the pinch in your wallet. Here are some simple tips we compiled on how to help you afford your needed dental care.Get Regular Checkups!The best way to keep dentistry affordable is just to visit your dentist on a regular basis! Really! The reason why is pretty simple: the longer a dental problem has ...

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Another Reason to Quit Smoking…

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Many people use the New Year as a time to create positive goals. One of the most common ones is quitting smoking. The negative health consequences of using tobacco are countless. What’s more, most people don’t realize that smoking can be just as damaging to your teeth as it is to your lungs. For example, did you know that smoking is one of the leading causes of tooth loss? At North River Dental Care, we offer therapies, including deep cleanings, that can help you fight back against gum disease whether it is caused by smoking or other factors.The research on the negative effects of smoking on oral health is staggering. ...

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Dental Symptoms You Should Never Ignore

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At North River Dental Care, we know there are a lot of reasons why people might put off seeing the dentist. Work, life, kids, and stress… there never seems to be enough time in the day! But even with everything else you have going on in your life, there are certain dental and oral symptoms that you should never ignore. We’re here to help you prioritize your dental health and wellbeing by providing insight into these dental warning signs and symptoms.Throbbing Pain: If you are experiencing intense, throbbing pain localized to one of your teeth, it is a possible sign of damage to your tooth’s nerve. The danger is that ...

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How Do I Prevent Bad Breath?

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If you suffer from halitosis (bad breath), you understand how embarrassing and distracting it can be for your daily life. Bad breath is usually a sign that you aren’t following the best possible oral hygiene routine. There’s no need to feel embarrassed, though! At North River Dental Care, we offer compassionate, judgment-free dental care for all our patients. We know that taking care of your teeth and gums means making healthy habits for life. If diet or lack of brushing isn’t the cause, persistent bad breath could be a sign of other health concerns such as allergies, infections, tooth abscesses, or gum disease. If you suffer from bad breath, make ...

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