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Can Dental X-rays Help Prevent Mouth Cancer?

Avoiding tobacco use, excessive alcohol consumption, and sun overexposure are some of the most prominent ways to avoid mouth cancer. However, routine dental exams and yearly dental x-rays may also help prevent mouth cancer.

Dental oral cancer screenings that include x-rays can help detect possible signs of cancer or reveal pre-cancerous changes in your mouth that might otherwise go unseen and untreated.

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How Long Does Teeth Whitening Last?

Few facial features can capture a person’s attention more than a nice, bright smile. One way you can make your smile stand out is to opt for teeth whitening treatments.

There are variables to how long whitening lasts. Teeth whitening can last between 3 months to a few years, depending on the type of teeth whitening treatment you choose and your current oral health.

Before you make any decisions around cosmetic dentistry, there are other considerations regarding teeth whitening. We’ll explore a few of them here, but we encourage you to call our office to schedule a consultation to get individualized attention!

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Is it OK to Visit My Dentist During COVID?

The pandemic has added to the anxiety that some people may already experience when it comes to visiting the dentist. We want you to know that it is OK to visit your dentist during COVID-19. In fact, it could be even more important than ever before.

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Can Good Oral Health Help Prevent COVID?

A healthy mouth encourages a healthy immune system which can reduce your risk of contracting COVID, as well as other viruses. Conversely, poor oral hygiene can encourage dysbiosis (digestive disturbances), which can increase the prevalence of pathogenic oral bacteria and other diseases.

A recent study highlighting the relevant role co-infections play in the mortality of patients with COVID-19 has the dental health community on alert to the role oral bacteria has in facilitating co-infections. We know bad dental health can impact overall health and that bacterial species in our mouths can be better controlled through good oral hygiene.

(Read “Co-infections: potentially lethal and unexplored in COVID-19,” published April 24, 2020, in The Lancet.)

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Pandemic Stress Puts Teeth Grinding in the Spotlight

Recent stress brought on by COVID has brought bruxism or teeth grinding, into the limelight. Dentists nationwide are noticing an uptick in teeth grinding and jaw clenching. Yet teeth grinding has threatened dental health for centuries, long before this pandemic and it can be caused by more latent stressors.

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Is There Natural Dental Care for Babies?

Babies are so precious! And you want to do everything you can to ensure their good health. It’s just as important to choose the most natural approach to dental care as you would when choosing other baby care products. There are natural ways to apply pre-tooth care for babies and a holistic approach to dentistry over his or her lifetime is best.

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How to Properly Treat a Cavity at the Gum Line

Since plaque, tartar, and sticky foods can build up at the base of your teeth, it makes your teeth susceptible to decay along the gum line. When a gum line cavity starts to develop, it can cause pain in varying degrees.

A gum line cavity can also appear at an unsightly dark spot toward the root of your tooth.

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How to Find the Right Dentist – The Successful Way

There are plenty of choices for dental care in Lancaster County and its surrounding areas. We understand that it can become quite overwhelming deciding who the best dentist in Lancaster is. Though we’d love to welcome you to Susquehanna Dental Arts as one of our patients, we know that every person is unique and needs to find the best fit for their own dental needs.

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How Your Mouth is Showing Your Overall Health

Ever picture your toothbrush as a safeguard against heart disease? How about as a shield against respiratory illness? When you practice good oral hygiene and include proper brushing as part of a preventive oral health plan, that’s essentially what your toothbrush can become.

We know they seem totally unrelated. After all, our teeth are primarily used for just cutting and chewing our food. But they also start the whole digestive process and, along with your gums, are the main entrance into your body. Poor oral health can have a negative impact on your overall health. Your dentist can play a supportive role in helping you stay healthy.

What are the Signs of Poor Oral Hygiene?

Your body can develop some serious health conditions silently, with no overt symptoms alerting you to any disease. But an unhealthy mouth isn’t shy about letting you know there’s a problem. If you develop any of the following signs of poor oral health, you should see your dentist immediately.

  • Mouth sores
  • Bleeding gums
  • Loose or lost teeth
  • Jaw pain
  • Recurring or persistent bad breath
  • Toothache
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5 Good Dental Habits We Hope You Continue

Sure, you appreciate your teeth but are you showing them the love they deserve? It really doesn’t take a lot to adopt good dental habits. If you’re doing them already, please keep up the great work! You’ll likely enjoy lifelong good dental health. If you aren’t adopting these healthy dental habits, start now!

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