Sugar Free Gum Helps Protect Teeth

As consumers, we tend to think of chewing gum as candy which should be avoided to achieve optimal oral health. While that is true for gum made with sugar, the American Dental Association (ADA) recognizes sugar free chewing gum that has scientifically proven its...

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The Effects of Stress on Your Mouth

We all know stress is bad for our health. It is known to be a contributing factor in heart disease, obesity, headaches, anxiety, gastrointestinal problems, and more. When you’re stressed out, it affects every part of your body. This includes your mouth. While it’s not...

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The Risks of Natural Teeth Whiteners

The world of dental whiteners can be confusing. There’s a large selection and wide price range. Because so many whitening options are expensive, patients may decide to try natural teeth whitening options that are cheaper than sitting in the dentist’s chair for a KöR...

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Importance of Regular Dental Visits

Unless there’s a health issue we’re trying to treat, it is generally recommended that you see a dentist every 6 months. While we stress preventative maintenance, many patients put off a trip to the dentist until it is too late to preemptively take care of their dental...

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Do I Need to See a Dentist for a Chipped Tooth?

It’s more likely to happen than you think. You could be biting into a hard food or sometimes something as soft as a slice of bread and the next thing you know a piece of tooth is lying on your tongue. If the chip wasn’t painful, you may decide that it’s a purely...

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Treatment for Teeth Grinding

Teeth grinding, dentally known as bruxism, is not something a patient is usually aware he/she is doing. While grinding can take place during the day, it is most common at night. As with snoring, many times a patient’s partner will be affected by it before the patient...

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Keeping Teeth and Braces Clean

If you have braces or are going to get them soon, you must remember that braces require special attention. Food and plaque can get stuck in your braces just like they can get stuck between teeth. When this debris is not removed from the teeth, a patient may develop...

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Maintaining Porcelain Veneers

If you decide to have porcelain veneers put on your teeth, it’s important to properly maintain them. Fortunately, maintaining your veneers is like keeping your natural teeth healthy. A patient with a set of veneers needs to practice good oral health. This means...

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How to Manage Teeth Sensitivity

Teeth become sensitive when the enamel wears away, leaving the more sensitive dentin underneath exposed, and/or their roots are exposed. Once this happens, it’s important to see Dr. Makrauer or Dr. Miller, so that they can help you determine the cause of your...

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Milk Is Good For Your Teeth

Growing up, we’re all told to drink our milk because it will help us grow up big and strong. The nutrients in milk, particularly calcium, also benefit our teeth. The National Institutes of Health recommends that we consume 1,000 mg to 1,300 mg of calcium, depending on...

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Why Teeth Shift

At Huntingdon Valley Dental Arts, many patients ask us, “Why are my teeth shifting?” The answer is that it’s natural for teeth to shift over time. Even if you’ve had orthodontic treatment, your teeth will shift unless you continue to wear a retainer indefinitely....

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What Causes Tooth Discoloration?

Most people want white teeth. The reality is that white teeth aren’t easy to maintain. A combination of the natural aging process and what we eat causes our teeth to change color. There are two major types of tooth discoloration: extrinsic and intrinsic. Extrinsic...

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What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a great choice for patients looking for an easily managed and great looking option to straighten their teeth.  It’s especially great for patients who simply don’t want to be self-conscious about traditional wire braces. In fact, you’ve probably seen...

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Tooth Decay In Baby Teeth

While it is true that baby teeth fall out, this doesn’t mean that they don’t need to be taken care of. The proper care of baby teeth can positively impact the development of adult teeth. If your child is old enough to have his/her first tooth, he/she is old enough to...

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Cleaning Your Child’s Teeth

As soon as possible, it is important to start cleaning your child’s mouth. There’s no reason to wait until the first tooth breaks through. Before your child has teeth, it is recommended that you wipe your baby’s gums with a damp gauze pad or washcloth. Not only does...

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What are Dental Sealants?

Brushing your teeth and flossing are the first lines of defense for preventing cavities and tooth decay. However, your dentist may recommend dental sealants as an additional preventative measure for children. Sealants are a plastic material that fills the pits and...

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Risk Factors For Gum Disease

Gum disease is extremely common in American adults, but not many are aware of what puts them at risk of developing it. Everything from tobacco consumption to poor diet to hormone changes can increase your chances of developing gum disease. Here are a few of those risk...

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Stages of Gum Disease

Gum disease is caused by the bacteria in plaque. While good oral hygiene helps prevent gum disease from developing, it is still important to know the four stages of gum disease: gingivitis, mild periodontitis, moderate periodontitis, and severe periodontitis. Patients...

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The Warning Signs of Gum Disease

In 2012, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention conducted a study that found almost half of American adults aged 30 or older (approximately 64.7 million people) have some form of gum disease. For adults 65 and older, the percentage of adults with gum disease...

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The Best Teeth Whitening Options

Everyone wants white teeth. There are thousands of products on the market claiming to produce fabulous results. It’s no surprise that many of them do not live up to their claims. At Huntingdon Valley Dental Arts, we find that KöR Whitening provides our patients with...

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Getting Your Child To Brush Their Teeth

Getting your child to brush can be a headache. To them, it can seem like just another chore. One way to fight this is to make brushing fun. We have found a few ways to help make brushing enjoyable. 1. Let Your Child Pick Out Their Toothpaste By giving your child a...

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Why Your Gums May Be Bleeding

Patients are often worried about red, swollen, and bleeding gums. While this is understandable, and you should absolutely see a dentist to have it checked out, there are several common causes. The good news is that not all of them are cause for concern. We all know...

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