Oak Ridge Dental Arts News http://www.oakridgedentalarts.comhttps://www.oakridgedentalarts.com/modules/news.htm?rssfeed=1 Thu, 06 May 2021 20:01:32 +0100 FeedCreator 1.7.2 The Perfect Time For Braces http://www.oakridgedentalarts.comhttps://www.oakridgedentalarts.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=10469 <img class="img-responsive" style="border-width: 0px; margin: 20px;" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/2411/the_perfect_time_for_braces.png" alt="" width="355" height="355" align="right" /> <div style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><strong>Have you been avoiding braces</strong> because you&rsquo;re embarrassed of having metal brackets and wires? Now is the perfect time to undergo a smile transformation! Here are a few reasons why:<br /><br /></span></p> <h2 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 38.5px; font-size: 22px;"><span style="color: #444444;">1. Your Smile is Hidden Behind a Mask</span></h2> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Many adults and teens avoid getting braces because they&rsquo;re embarrassed of having metal brackets and wires that people can see. What better time to straighten your teeth than when we're all wearing masks? No one will know you&rsquo;re undergoing a smile transformation behind your mask. Just think about how confident you can be in your new smile when the mask mandate is over!<br /><br /></span></p> <h2 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 38.5px; font-size: 22px;"><span style="color: #444444;">2. Working From Home?</span></h2> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Has COVID-19 caused you to transition from working in an office, to working from home? You may miss socializing with your coworkers, but look on the bright side, they won&rsquo;t see your braces when you&rsquo;re working from home. If and when you return to working in the office, you can show off your new smile with confidence.<br /><br /></span></p> <h2 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 38.5px; font-size: 22px;"><span style="color: #444444;">3. Invisalign May be an Option</span></h2> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">If you are still worried about having metal braces because your coworkers or clients will see them on Zoom meetings, Invisalign may be an option for you. Invisalign clear aligners are discrete, comfortable, and removable.<br /><br /></span></p> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><strong>If you're interested in straightening your teeth,</strong>&nbsp;<a href="/contact-us.htm" target="_blank">give us a call</a> and schedule an Orthodontic Consultation today. Your dentist will examine your teeth and let you know which orthodontic treatment is best for you. Let us help you start your journey to the straighter, more confident smile you deserve!<br /><br /></span></p> <h4 style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 29.75px; letter-spacing: normal; text-align: left; color: #808080 !important;">We love helping our patients smile confidently!</h4> <br /><br /><em style="box-sizing: inherit; border: 0px; font-family: 'Noto Serif', serif; font-size: 19px; font-style: italic; font-weight: 400; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: #333333; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;"><span style="box-sizing: inherit; border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-size: 19px; font-style: inherit; font-weight: inherit; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: #d9d9d9;">The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.</span></em><br /><br /></div> Let's Raise Awareness of Oral Cancer http://www.oakridgedentalarts.comhttps://www.oakridgedentalarts.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=10435 <img width="355" height="355" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/2411/355x355_oral_cancer_700_1_20210412130319jpg.jpg" class="img-responsive" style="border-width: 0px; margin: 20px;" alt="" align="right" /> <div style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><span style="color: #444444; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;"><span style="color: #444444; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;"></span></span> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><strong>THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY</strong>&nbsp;estimates that over 54,010 people will get oral cavity or oropharyngeal cancer in 2021. The death rate of these types of cancer has been decreasing over the last three decades, and we want to help continue that trend by educating our patients on the symptoms and risk factors.<br /><br /></span></p> <span style="color: #444444; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;"><span style="color: #444444; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;"></span></span> <h2 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 38.5px; font-size: 22px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Learn the Risk Factors</span></h2> <span style="color: #444444; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;"><span style="color: #444444; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;"></span></span> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Several risk factors increase a person&rsquo;s chances of developing oral cancer, and some of them can&rsquo;t be helped. For instance,&nbsp;<strong>men are twice as vulnerable to oral cancer as women</strong>, and people over the age of 45 are also at much greater risk.<br /><br /></span></p> <span style="color: #444444; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;"><span style="color: #444444; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;"></span></span> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Of all the risk factors, the greatest by far is tobacco use.&nbsp;<strong>As much as 85% of oral cancer cases are linked to some kind of tobacco use.</strong>&nbsp;Another risk factor that can be avoided is frequent, heavy alcohol consumption. Apart from these, too much sun exposure can lead to lip cancer, neglecting oral hygiene can increase your chances of developing it (particularly when combined with tobacco use), and a growing number of cases are linked with HPV infection.<br /><br /></span></p> <span style="color: #444444; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;"><span style="color: #444444; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;"></span></span> <h2 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 38.5px; font-size: 22px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Recognize the Symptoms</span></h2> <span style="color: #444444; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;"><span style="color: #444444; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;"></span></span> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Not everyone with the risk factors will get oral cancer, and&nbsp;<strong>some people with none of the risk factors could still develop it</strong>. This is why it&rsquo;s so important to be able to recognize the symptoms when they appear. These include:</span></p> <span style="color: #444444; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;"><span style="color: #444444; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;"></span></span> <ul style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"> <li><span style="color: #444444;">Mouth or lip sore that doesn&rsquo;t heal</span></li> <li><span style="color: #444444;">An unusual lump on mouth, lip, throat, or neck</span></li> <li><span style="color: #444444;">Strange thickness in the cheek</span></li> <li><span style="color: #444444;">Numbness in the mouth or tongue</span></li> <li><span style="color: #444444;">Red or white patches inside the mouth</span></li> <li><span style="color: #444444;">Difficulty chewing or swallowing</span></li> <li><span style="color: #444444;">The persistent feeling of having something stuck in the throat</span></li> <li><span style="color: #444444;">Chronic bad breath</span></li> </ul> <span style="color: #444444; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;"><span style="color: #444444; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;"></span></span> <h2 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 38.5px; font-size: 22px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Early Detection Saves Lives</span></h2> <span style="color: #444444; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;"><span style="color: #444444; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;"></span></span> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">The earlier oral cancer is caught and treated, the better the rate of survival is. Those who have one or more of the risk factors should consider getting regular health screenings,&nbsp;<strong>which can detect oral cancer before any of the above symptoms appear.<br /><br /></strong></span></p> <span style="color: #444444; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;"><span style="color: #444444; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;"></span></span> <iframe title="YouTube video player" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/hzVtu3yp3RU" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe> <span style="color: #444444; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;"><span style="color: #444444; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;"></span></span><span style="color: #444444;"></span><br /><span style="color: #444444;"></span><span style="color: #444444; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;"></span> <h2 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 38.5px; font-size: 22px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><br />How Your Dentist Can Help</span></h2> <span style="color: #444444; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;"><span style="color: #444444; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;"></span></span> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">One place where oral cancer is often caught early is at regular dental exams! That&rsquo;s right, dentists don&rsquo;t just check teeth for cavities and gums for gum disease. Add that to the list of reasons not to skip a regular dental appointment!At our office, we provide an advanced oral cancer screening during your routine teeth cleaning visits in efforts to discover oral cancer in its early stages and potentially save lives. With your help, we can all work together to reduce the incidence of oral cancer. <br /> <br />If you are due for your routine teeth cleaning, please <a href="/contact-us.htm" target="_blank">call and schedule your appointment today</a>. The life you save may be your own!<br /><br /></span></p> <span style="color: #444444; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;"><span style="color: #444444; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;"></span></span> <h4 style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 29.75px; letter-spacing: normal; text-align: left; color: #808080 !important;">We look forward to seeing you soon!</h4> <br /><br /><em style="box-sizing: inherit; border: 0px; font-family: 'Noto Serif', serif; font-size: 19px; font-style: italic; font-weight: 400; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: #333333; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;"><span style="box-sizing: inherit; border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-size: 19px; font-style: inherit; font-weight: inherit; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: #d9d9d9;">The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.</span></em><br /><br /></div> The Role of Saliva http://www.oakridgedentalarts.comhttps://www.oakridgedentalarts.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=10414 <img width="355" height="355" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/2411/355x355_pexels_daria_shevtsova_1458671jpg.jpg" class="img-responsive" style="border-width: 0px; margin: 20px;" alt="" align="right" /> <div style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><strong>WHAT IS SPIT FOR?</strong>&nbsp;It&rsquo;s a pretty important question in the realm of oral health. People tend to think of saliva in a negative context if they think about it at all, but without spit, we would have a hard time chewing, swallowing, or even tasting our food. We also wouldn&rsquo;t be able to speak clearly, and our teeth and gums would be much more vulnerable to problems like gum disease and tooth decay.<br /><br /></span></p> <h2 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 38.5px; font-size: 22px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Healthy Saliva Production</span></h2> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Our saliva is produced continuously by salivary glands in our cheeks and beneath our tongues, and&nbsp;<strong>average output ranges from two to six cups a day</strong>. About 98% of saliva is water, but the final 2% is crucial, because it&rsquo;s made up of proteins, electrolytes, digestive enzymes that start breaking down food, antimicrobial factors that fight germs, and even minerals to keep our tooth enamel strong!<br /><br /></span></p> <br /> <div class="embed-responsive embed-responsive-16by9" style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px;"><iframe class="embed-responsive-item" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/i6muLXJDXoE" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></div> <span style="color: #444444;"></span><br /><span style="color: #444444;"></span><span style="color: #444444;"></span><span style="color: #444444;"></span><br /><span style="color: #444444;"></span> <h2 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 38.5px; font-size: 22px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Saliva Works in Different Phases</span></h2> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Depending on how far along the digestive process is,&nbsp;<strong>our salivary glands produce extra saliva for different reasons</strong>. When we smell a mouthwatering dessert, that&rsquo;s the cephalic phase. Next comes the buccal phase when we start eating, and this helps us swallow food. After that, the esophageal phase kicks in to move the food on down to the stomach.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><br />There&rsquo;s also a slightly less pleasant phase: the gastric phase. If we&rsquo;re sick or there&rsquo;s something wrong with the food we ate and we have to vomit, the&nbsp;<strong>salivary glands work overtime to make a protective coating of saliva</strong>, which minimizes the damage stomach acid can do to our teeth and gums on the way out. (But we should still swish with water and brush our teeth half an hour later to get rid of any remaining stomach acid.)<br /><br /></span></p> <h2 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 38.5px; font-size: 22px;"><span style="color: #444444;">How Saliva Protects Our Teeth</span></h2> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Why does an extra coating of saliva help protect our teeth and gums against acid? It&rsquo;s because one of the main jobs saliva does is&nbsp;<strong>keeping the pH of our mouths as close to neutral as possible</strong>, which in turn keeps our tooth enamel strong. Tooth enamel might be extremely hard, but it is very vulnerable to erosion from acids in the foods we eat and fluids we drink. That&rsquo;s why saliva is so important for oral health.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><br />Beyond neutralizing acids,&nbsp;<strong>saliva fights harmful bacteria that causes gum disease and bad breath</strong>. Saliva is also part of the reason that oral injuries (such as a bitten cheek or a burned tongue) heal faster than injuries elsewhere on the body. Saliva contains growth factors that promote quicker healing!<br /><br /></span></p> <h2 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 38.5px; font-size: 22px;"><span style="color: #444444;">When There Isn&rsquo;t Enough Spit&hellip;</span></h2> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Given all the important functions saliva performs, it should be no surprise that&nbsp;<strong>dry mouth can lead to a lot of oral health complications</strong>. Whether it&rsquo;s caused by stressful situations, mouth breathing, dehydration, a smoking habit, drinking, side effects of medications, or even simple aging, dry mouth is something you should tell your dentist about.<br /><br /></span></p> <h2 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 38.5px; font-size: 22px;"><span style="color: #444444;">The Dentist Can Help With Dry Mouth</span></h2> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Dry mouth can include symptoms like difficulty chewing and swallowing and a reduced sense of taste. If you&rsquo;re experiencing these symptoms, let the dentist know. You deserve to have all the benefits that come with having enough saliva, and the dentist can help!<br /><br /></span></p> <h4 style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 29.75px; letter-spacing: normal; text-align: left; color: #808080 !important;">We love our patients&rsquo; smiles!</h4> <br /><br /><em style="box-sizing: inherit; border: 0px; font-family: 'Noto Serif', serif; font-size: 19px; font-style: italic; font-weight: 400; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: #333333; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;"><span style="box-sizing: inherit; border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-size: 19px; font-style: inherit; font-weight: inherit; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: #d9d9d9;">The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.</span></em><br /><br /></div> What Are All Those X-Rays For? http://www.oakridgedentalarts.comhttps://www.oakridgedentalarts.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=10393 <img class="img-responsive" style="border-width: 0px; margin: 20px;" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/2411/355x354_dental_xrays_700png.png" alt="" width="355" height="354" align="right" /> <div style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><strong>JUST ABOUT ANYONE</strong>&nbsp;who&rsquo;s been to the dentist has had dental X-rays taken, but how much do you know about the role they play in dental care? Let&rsquo;s take a quick look at the different types of dental X-rays and what we use them for.<br /><br /></span></p> <h2 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 38.5px; font-size: 22px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Seeing Inside Your Teeth: The Value of X-Rays</span></h2> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">One of the main goals of a dental exam is checking the teeth for any signs of decay or cavities. The earlier the dentist catches these problem areas, the easier they&rsquo;ll be to treat, but&nbsp;<strong>they often aren&rsquo;t visible to the naked eye in the early stages</strong>. There are many crevices between and around teeth and other small spaces that are difficult to see, and obviously we can&rsquo;t see the inside of teeth at all without some help from technology. That&rsquo;s where X-rays come in.<br /><br /></span></p> <h2 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 38.5px; font-size: 22px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Panoramic X-Rays</span></h2> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">The panoramic X-ray is the wide shot that lets us see the entire dental arch in one image.&nbsp;<strong>It shows not only erupted teeth but also incoming adult teeth</strong>&nbsp;and wisdom teeth, which is great for being able to see if there will be enough room for them or if they need some extra help or extraction. Panoramic X-rays also help to identify dental cysts, tumors, and abscesses that develop below the gumline in the dental roots and jaw bones.<br /><br /></span></p> <h2 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 38.5px; font-size: 22px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Bitewing X-Rays</span></h2> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">To get a closer look at an individual region of the dental arch, we use bitewing X-rays. These are the ones where you have to bite down on a piece of plastic to hold the X-ray film in place, then wait for the beep.&nbsp;<strong>Normally we&rsquo;ll take four in total, one for each quadrant of the mouth.</strong>&nbsp;These are better than the panoramic shots at showing the gaps between teeth and make it easier to spot cavities and tooth decay.<br /><br /></span></p> <h2 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 38.5px; font-size: 22px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Periapical X-Rays</span></h2> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">If we ever need an extreme close-up of a tooth, we might take a periapical X-ray. These are only necessary&nbsp;<strong>when it already looks like there&rsquo;s a problem with that tooth</strong>&nbsp;and we need to see it in greater detail, and we can take these X-rays alongside the bitewings.</span></p> <br /> <div class="embed-responsive embed-responsive-16by9" style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px;"><iframe class="embed-responsive-item" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/H7MhsKfZiRE" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></div> <br /> <h2 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 38.5px; font-size: 22px;"><span style="color: #444444;">X-Ray Radiation and Patient Safety</span></h2> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Some patients come in with concerns about exposure to X-ray radiation. While the process does involve very brief exposure to low levels of radiation, we provide protective lead aprons to ensure that exposure is as low as possible, and dental X-rays are considered extremely safe for patients.<br /><br /></span></p> <h2 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 38.5px; font-size: 22px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Is It Time for Your Teeth&rsquo;s Next Photo Shoot?</span></h2> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">If it&rsquo;s been a while since your last dental exam, why not schedule an appointment? You&rsquo;ll get that professional cleaning that your teeth can&rsquo;t get anywhere else, and the dentist can make sure that everything looks good, both inside and out!<br /><br /></span></p> <h2 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 38.5px; font-size: 22px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Thank you for being part of our Oak Ridge Dental Arts family!<br /><em style="box-sizing: inherit; border: 0px; font-family: 'Noto Serif', serif; font-size: 19px; font-style: italic; font-weight: 400; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: #333333; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;"><span style="box-sizing: inherit; border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-size: 19px; font-style: inherit; font-weight: inherit; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: #d9d9d9;"><br />The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.</span></em><br /><br /> </span></h2> </div> Why Does Food Taste Funny After Brushing? http://www.oakridgedentalarts.comhttps://www.oakridgedentalarts.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=10379 <img class="img-responsive" style="border-width: 0px; margin: 20px;" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/2411/355x355_orangejuicetoothpastefoodtastesweird_700jpg.jpg" alt="" width="355" height="355" align="right" /> <div style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><strong>HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED</strong> why certain foods taste unpleasant after brushing your teeth in the morning? Most of us have experienced that bitter sensation a time or two, but what exactly causes it?<br /><br /></span></p> <h2 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 38.5px; font-size: 22px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Your Mint Toothpaste Flavor Isn&rsquo;t To Blame</span></h2> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">It&rsquo;s a common misconception that mint-flavored toothpaste causes the unpleasant taste when eating that first meal after brushing. In reality, it&rsquo;s a chemical found in most toothpastes called <strong>sodium lauryl sulfate</strong> (SLS) or other variants like sodium laureth sulfate (SLES). These compounds are known as <strong>surfactants</strong>, which are foaming agents which make it easier to spread toothpaste evenly as you brush.<br /><br />Aside from helping toothpaste clean your teeth, surfactants also affect your tastebuds.<br /></span></p> <br /> <div class="embed-responsive embed-responsive-16by9" style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px;"><iframe class="embed-responsive-item" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/WjeFW6Bda7s" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></div> <span style="color: #444444;"></span><br /><span style="color: #444444;"></span><span style="color: #444444;"></span><br /><span style="color: #444444;"></span> <h2 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 38.5px; font-size: 22px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Surfactants Affect Your Tastebuds</span></h2> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Surfactants like SLS affect your tastebuds in a couple of different ways. <strong>First,</strong> it suppresses receptors that pick up the sweet taste in food and drinks. This is why some foods just taste a little more bland if you&rsquo;ve recently brushed your teeth. <strong>The second way</strong> surfactants affect your taste is it enhances bitter flavors, so sour food and drinks taste especially bitter.<br /><br />This effect is especially noticeable in orange juice. Believe it or not, your morning glass of OJ is actually surprisingly sour if you take away the sugar. So when you take a sip of orange juice after brushing your teeth, not only will SLS inhibit your ability to taste your drink&rsquo;s sweetness, it will enhance the underlying sour flavor and make it really bitter.<br /><br /></span></p> <h2 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 38.5px; font-size: 22px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Don&rsquo;t Worry, It Doesn&rsquo;t Last Long!</span></h2> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Fortunately for us, the effects of SLS don&rsquo;t linger too long in the morning. After about 30 minutes, your saliva will have diluted the leftover surfactants and things begin to taste normal again. In order to avoid the unpleasant taste after you brush, take a little time to read the paper or accomplish other to-do&rsquo;s in your regular morning routine before you eat. Rearranging morning activities is an easy way to help your breakfast taste sweet!<br /><br /></span></p> <h2 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 38.5px; font-size: 22px;"><span style="color: #444444;">We Have A Pretty Sweet Gig</span></h2> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">We love making our patients smile. Whether it&rsquo;s through fun tips like this or answering questions about your unique oral health situation, our priority is keeping your teeth happy and healthy. Do you have any more questions about your morning oral hygiene routine? We&rsquo;d love to answer them!<br /><br /></span></p> <h4 style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 29.75px; letter-spacing: normal; text-align: left; color: #808080 !important;">Thank you for giving us a reason to smile!<br /><br /><em style="box-sizing: inherit; border: 0px; font-family: 'Noto Serif', serif; font-size: 19px; font-style: italic; font-weight: 400; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: #333333; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;"><span style="box-sizing: inherit; border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-size: 19px; font-style: inherit; font-weight: inherit; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: #d9d9d9;">The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.</span></em><br /><br /></h4> </div> The First Woman to Earn a Dental Degree http://www.oakridgedentalarts.comhttps://www.oakridgedentalarts.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=10363 <img width="355" height="355" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/2411/355x355_womens_history_2021_700jpg.jpg" class="img-responsive" style="border-width: 0px; margin: 20px;" alt="" align="right" /> <div style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><strong>IT&rsquo;S WOMEN&rsquo;S HISTORY MONTH</strong>, which makes it a great time to celebrate a pretty awesome lady: Lucy Hobbs Taylor, DDS, the first woman to earn a dental degree in North America.<br /><br /></span></p> <h2 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 38.5px; font-size: 22px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Who Was Lucy Hobbs Taylor?</span></h2> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Born in 1833, Lucy developed a passion for medicine in her 20s while working as a teacher. She was rejected by a medical school because of her gender and advised to try dentistry instead, but she faced multiple rejections there too.<br /><br /></span></p> <h2 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 38.5px; font-size: 22px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Lucy&rsquo;s Dental Education</span></h2> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Undaunted, she found a professor who would teach her privately and&nbsp;<strong>opened her own practice at age 28</strong>. It didn&rsquo;t take long after that for her to be recognized by her male peers for her skill and gentle chair-side manner, and she was finally accepted into the Ohio College of Dental Surgery, from which she received her degree in 1866.<br /><br /></span></p> <h2 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 38.5px; font-size: 22px;"><span style="color: #444444;">The Student Becomes the Teacher</span></h2> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">The next year, Lucy married James M. Taylor, a railcar painter and Civil War veteran. She combined her previous experience as a teacher with her hard-won dental expertise by training her husband to be a dentist too! Together, the couple established a successful practice in Lawrence, Kansas.<br /><br /></span></p> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">After James died, Lucy spent less time on dentistry and became active in politics, campaigning for issues like women&rsquo;s suffrage. Her example inspired many more women to pursue careers in dentistry.<br /><br /></span></p> <h2 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 38.5px; font-size: 22px;"><span style="color: #444444;">We&rsquo;re grateful to all of the pioneers of dentistry!</span></h2> </div> Common Misconceptions About Gum Disease http://www.oakridgedentalarts.comhttps://www.oakridgedentalarts.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=10341 <img class="img-responsive" style="border-width: 0px; margin: 20px;" src="https://media.rainpos.com/2411/common_misconceptions_about_gum_disease_700.jpg" alt="" width="355" height="355" align="right" /> <div style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><strong>WE BELIEVE</strong>&nbsp;the more educated our patients are about dental health issues, the better they&rsquo;ll be able to prevent them. We often warn of periodontal disease and the detrimental effects it has on the mouth and body. But there are also many common misconceptions about gum disease. To help you better understand it, we&rsquo;ve decided to bust some myths today!<br /><br /></span></p> <h2 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 38.5px; font-size: 22px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Myth #1: Bleeding Gums Are Normal</span></h2> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">This is probably one of the most perpetuated dental health myths. The truth is, <strong>bleeding gums are the first sign of gum disease.</strong> Gums swell, bleed and become tender when plaque accumulates on the teeth and around the gum line. Keep your gums healthy by removing plaque and food debris with daily brushing and flossing.<br /><br /></span></p> <h2 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 38.5px; font-size: 22px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Myth #2: People Get Gum Disease Because They Don&rsquo;t Clean Their Teeth</span></h2> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">While poor oral hygiene definitely contributes to the development of gum disease, there can be many other factors involved. <strong>Tobacco use, stress, a bad diet, genetics, and certain illnesses such as diabetes can all increase your risk of developing gum disease.</strong> And as we&rsquo;ve explained before, even being pregnant makes you more susceptible!<br /> <br />We also don&rsquo;t want our patients to think that if they are cavity-free they couldn&rsquo;t possibly have gum disease. Gum disease is painless in its beginning stages and many people don&rsquo;t know they have it. That&rsquo;s why proper oral hygiene and twice-yearly visits to your dentist are essential for your oral health, even if you don&rsquo;t have a cavity!<br /><br /></span></p> <h2 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 38.5px; font-size: 22px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Myth #3: Gum Disease Is Irreversible</span></h2> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">What we really want our patients to understand is that gum disease is reversible in its earliest stage: gingivitis! The earlier gingivitis is caught, the easier it is to eliminate it before it advances to full-blown periodontitis. Finding out you have gingivitis can be worrisome but here&rsquo;s the good news: good oral hygiene habits and professional cleanings can, in most cases, rid you of gingivitis and stop gum disease in its tracks.<br /><br /><strong>To learn more about periodontal screenings, check out the video below!</strong><br /></span></p> <br /> <div class="embed-responsive embed-responsive-16by9" style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px;"><iframe class="embed-responsive-item" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/AQ0DBRspZyg" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></div> <span style="color: #444444;"></span><br /><span style="color: #444444;"></span> <h2 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 38.5px; font-size: 22px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Myth #4: Only Adults Can Get Gum Disease</span></h2> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Gum disease is much more prevalent in adults, but that doesn&rsquo;t mean that our children are invulnerable. Children can be more susceptible to gum disease if they are genetically predisposed or have certain illnesses such as autoimmune disorders or diabetes. <strong>Even puberty, with all its hormonal changes, can put your child more at risk.</strong> Their best defense against any dental disease&ndash;gum disease and tooth decay included&ndash;is to take care of their teeth at home and visit the dentist on a regular basis.</span></p> <br /> <h2 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 38.5px; font-size: 22px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Myth #5: Everyone With Diabetes Has Gum Disease</span></h2> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">If you have diabetes, developing gum disease is not inevitable, although you are certainly at a higher risk. <strong>Now more than ever you&rsquo;ll need a good relationship with and frequent visits to your dentist.</strong> A rigorous oral hygiene regimen as well as frequent cleanings can help stave off the onset of gum disease. Proper blood glucose control can also help you lower your risk.<br /><br /></span></p> <h2 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 38.5px; font-size: 22px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Gum Disease Myths&hellip; Busted!</span></h2> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Now that you know more about gum disease, keep up the good work avoiding it! If you're experiencing any symptoms of gum disease, give us a&nbsp;<a href="tel:7043927676">call now</a> and schedule an appointment with us.<br /><br /></span></p> <h4 style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 29.75px; letter-spacing: normal; text-align: left; color: #808080 !important;">As always, thank you for supporting Oak Ridge Dental Arts.</h4> </div> Why Is My Mouth Dry? http://www.oakridgedentalarts.comhttps://www.oakridgedentalarts.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=10316 <img class="img-responsive" style="border-width: 0px; margin: 20px;" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/2411/355x355_whydrymouth_700jpg.jpg" alt="" width="355" height="355" align="right" /> <div style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><strong>SALIVA IS ESSENTIAL</strong>&nbsp;not only for our oral health, but for our overall comfort. We all experience a dry mouth every once in awhile and know how bothersome it can be. But what does it mean? And what should we do if it persists?<br /><br /></span></p> <h2 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 38.5px; font-size: 22px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Saliva Has An Important Role In Our Oral Health</span></h2> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Our bodies are constantly producing saliva to provide our mouths with moisture&ndash;<strong>we generate two to four pints of saliva a day!</strong> Saliva aids in digestion and allows us to taste and process food. It also protects our mouths by washing away food debris and strengthening our teeth against cavities!<br /><br /></span></p> <h2 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 38.5px; font-size: 22px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Dry Mouth Can Be Caused By A Number Of Things</span></h2> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><strong>Dry mouth occurs when salivary glands are not working properly resulting in an inadequate flow of saliva.</strong> It can leave us feeling thirsty and hoarse and our mouths sticky and uncomfortable. We may have problems speaking or trouble tasting and swallowing. It also causes bad breath. Needless to say, not having enough saliva is no fun!<br /><br />Our mouths may get dry occasionally due to nervousness or stress. More serious and persistent cases of dry mouth, however, are the result of a number of other things, such as:<br /></span></p> <ul style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"> <li><span style="color: #444444;"><strong>Certain medications</strong> like antihistamines, painkillers, decongestants, diuretics, among others.</span></li> <li><span style="color: #444444;"><strong>Lifestyle choices</strong> such as smoking or chewing tobacco.</span></li> <li><span style="color: #444444;"><strong>Illnesses</strong> including Sj&ouml;gren&rsquo;s syndrome, HIV/AIDS, Alzheimer&rsquo;s disease, Parkinson&rsquo;s disease, rheumatoid arthritis and diabetes, to name a few.</span></li> <li><span style="color: #444444;"><strong>Medical treatments</strong> that can damage salivary glands, such as radiation and chemotherapy.</span></li> <li><span style="color: #444444;"><strong>Dehydration</strong> and conditions that cause dehydration such as fever, excessive sweating, diarrhea, vomiting, blood loss and burns.</span><span style="color: #444444;"></span></li> </ul> <br /> <div class="embed-responsive embed-responsive-16by9" style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px;"><iframe class="embed-responsive-item" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/-Yb6DG7fYHE" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></div> <span style="color: #444444;"></span><br /><span style="color: #444444;"></span> <h2 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 38.5px; font-size: 22px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Talk To Us About Dry Mouth</span></h2> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">More than just discomfort, having a dry mouth raises your risk of tooth decay, gum disease and infection and should therefore be taken care of as soon as possible. <strong>Depending on the cause of your dry mouth, we can help determine the best course of treatment.</strong> In the meantime, try some at-home remedies such as chewing on sugarless gum or sucking on sugar-free candy. And as always, drink plenty of water!</span></p> <br /> <h4 style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 29.75px; letter-spacing: normal; text-align: left; color: #808080 !important;">We&rsquo;re committed to you&ndash;our amazing patients!</h4> </div> How to Train a Flossing Pro http://www.oakridgedentalarts.comhttps://www.oakridgedentalarts.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=10298 <img class="img-responsive" style="border-width: 0px; margin: 20px;" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/2411/355x355_teaching_flossing_2021_700jpg.jpg" alt="" width="355" height="355" align="right" /> <div style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><strong>FLOSSING DAILY IS</strong>&nbsp;such an important part of maintaining good oral health and hygiene in between dental visits. The best way to ensure that kids make flossing a part of their day is to teach them how! Here are a few tips parents should bear in mind when teaching their children how to floss.<br /><br /></span></p> <h2 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 38.5px; font-size: 22px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Is It Important to Floss Baby Teeth?</span></h2> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">The answer is yes. Just because baby teeth are temporary,&nbsp;<strong>that doesn&rsquo;t mean we can treat them like freebies</strong>. Kids can practice brushing and flossing with baby teeth so that they&rsquo;re masters of good oral health habits by the time their permanent teeth arrive. It&rsquo;s also important to keep baby teeth healthy because of the roles they perform in chewing, learning how to talk, and guiding incoming permanent teeth into place.<br /><br /></span></p> <h2 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 38.5px; font-size: 22px;"><span style="color: #444444;">How Early Should Flossing Begin?</span></h2> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">As soon as kids have teeth that touch, we should start flossing. Small children don&rsquo;t have the kind of hand-eye coordination or dexterity needed to floss effectively, so&nbsp;<strong>it is something parents must do for them at first</strong>. By getting them used to daily flossing when they&rsquo;re little (making sure to be gentle), we&rsquo;re preparing them for continuing daily flossing on their own. The most important factor is consistency, but also make sure to set an example by flossing your teeth too!<br /><br /></span></p> <h2 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 38.5px; font-size: 22px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Motivational Tips for Building a Flossing Habit</span></h2> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Okay, we&rsquo;ve covered why flossing is important and when to start, but the people who really need convincing are the kids!</span></p> <ul style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"> <li><span style="color: #444444;">Even gentle flossing can be uncomfortable and strange for young children, so&nbsp;<strong>explain why flossing is so important to do</strong>.</span></li> <li><span style="color: #444444;"><strong>Emphasize that flossing is something Big Kids do.</strong>&nbsp;Growing children always want to prove that they&rsquo;re very grown-up, so this framing will make flossing into a rite of passage for them, just like tying their own shoes and riding their bikes with no training wheels.</span></li> <li><span style="color: #444444;"><strong>Use flossers or floss picks</strong>&nbsp;if regular floss is too difficult for them.</span><span style="color: #444444;"></span></li> </ul> <br /> <h2 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 38.5px; font-size: 22px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Technique Matters in Effective Flossing</span></h2> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">If you&rsquo;re sticking with regular floss, the technique you teach your kids matters. Show them how to pull out the correct amount of floss (they shouldn&rsquo;t need more than a foot and a half) and secure it around their middle fingers without pulling too tight, leaving an inch or two in between.&nbsp;<strong>Demonstrate how to curve the floss around each side of every tooth in a C-shape</strong>, and how to gently wiggle back and forth without pulling straight down to the gums.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><br />The right technique is great for cleaning, but it&rsquo;s also gentle! Finally, show them how to slide the floss back out and rotate to a clean section of floss for the next tooth so that they will&nbsp;<strong>actually clean their teeth instead of moving the plaque around</strong>!<br /><br /></span></p> <br /> <div class="embed-responsive embed-responsive-16by9" style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px;"><iframe class="embed-responsive-item" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/CQS3EjGL-YQ" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></div> <br /> <h2 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 38.5px; font-size: 22px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><br />Ask the Dentist for Additional Tips!</span></h2> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Hopefully this has been a useful resource to help you get started with teaching your child good flossing habits, but if you still have questions, we&rsquo;re happy to answer them! Flossing is just one of the aspects of dental health we&rsquo;re the experts on!<br /><br /></span></p> <h4 style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 29.75px; letter-spacing: normal; text-align: left; color: #808080 !important;">We love seeing our patients&rsquo; smiling faces!</h4> </div> Your Next Dental Appointment http://www.oakridgedentalarts.comhttps://www.oakridgedentalarts.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=10253 <img class="img-responsive" style="border-width: 0px; margin: 20px;" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/2411/355x355_next_appointment_700jpg.jpg" alt="" width="355" height="355" align="right" /> <div style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><strong>GOING TO THE DENTIST</strong>&nbsp;is something we should all be doing twice a year every year. If you&rsquo;re already in the habit of coming in for regular cleanings, that&rsquo;s wonderful! If not, here&rsquo;s what you can expect from a typical cleaning appointment.<br /><br /></span></p> <h3 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; font-size: 17px; margin: 0px; line-height: 29.75px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><strong>Your Check-Up</strong></span></h3> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">When visiting the dentist for a check-up, there are a few things that will typically happen. If you don&rsquo;t have any existing dental concerns or conditions,&nbsp;<strong>the first step is usually dental X-rays</strong>. Your medical and dental history, your age, and your current oral health will determine how often you need these. Dental X-rays help dentists to find and diagnose tooth decay hiding between the teeth and other places hard to see with the naked eye. They also identify dental and orthodontic issues beneath the gums.<br /><br /></span></p> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Next,&nbsp;<strong>the hygienist will begin cleaning the teeth</strong>. They use a small metal tool called a scaler to scrape away any tartar in between the teeth and around the gumline. Then they&rsquo;ll polish the teeth using a lightly abrasive paste and a polishing tool. This gives your teeth a nice, deep clean and removes any remaining tartar. They finish the cleaning off with flossing.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><br />Once the hygienist is done, it&rsquo;s&nbsp;<a href="https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/basics/dental-visits/dental-visits-the-dentist-visit-and-what-to-expect" target="_blank" rel="noopener" data-hs-link-id="0" style="text-decoration: underline; color: #444444;">the dentist&rsquo;s turn</a>. They&rsquo;ll review your X-rays, check your teeth and gums for signs of decay and gum disease, measure the depth of your gingival pockets, check for swelling and redness, test how well your teeth come together when you bite down, and examine your neck, lymph glands, and mouth for signs of oral cancer. When they finish, they&rsquo;ll discuss treatment for any dental work you need and give you tips on improving your daily dental care routine.<br /><br /></span></p> <br /> <div class="embed-responsive embed-responsive-16by9" style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px;"><iframe class="embed-responsive-item" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/8Pjn8T2vFrw" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></div> <br /> <h3 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; font-size: 17px; margin: 0px; line-height: 29.75px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><strong><br />Why Visiting The Dentist Is Important</strong></span></h3> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Even for people with great oral health habits like brushing twice a day for two minutes and flossing daily, visiting the dentist every six months is crucial to maintaining&nbsp;<a href="https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/dental-exam/about/pac-20393728" target="_blank" rel="noopener" data-hs-link-id="0" style="text-decoration: underline; color: #444444;">good oral health</a>. The reason for this is that&nbsp;<strong>dental problems don&rsquo;t go away on their own</strong>&nbsp;and tend to get worse, which also makes them more difficult (and expensive) to fix. Regular dental checkups catch problems early so that more intense treatment doesn&rsquo;t become necessary.<br /><br /></span></p> <h3 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; font-size: 17px; margin: 0px; line-height: 29.75px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><strong>We Can&rsquo;t Wait To See You!</strong></span></h3> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Whether it&rsquo;s been six months or longer since the last time we saw you, we&rsquo;re looking forward to seeing you again! Schedule your next appointment right away, and we can make sure everything in your mouth is healthy and clean!<br /><br /></span></p> <h4 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">We have the world&rsquo;s best patients!</span></h4> </div> New Year's Resolutions for Your Dental Health http://www.oakridgedentalarts.comhttps://www.oakridgedentalarts.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=10231 <img class="img-responsive" style="border-width: 0px; margin: 20px;" src="https://media.rainpos.com/2411/newyear_dental_resolutions.jpg" alt="" width="355" height="355" align="right" /> <div style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><strong style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">HAPPY NEW YEAR!</strong><span style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;"> We are thankful for your continued support and trust in us to care for all your dental needs during the challenges of 2020. One of the most important lessons of 2020 was how important our overall health is. While you focus on improving your overall health in 2021, we want to remind you that your dental care greatly affects your overall health. We encourage you to add "focusing on your dental care" to your resolution list this year. Here are four dental resolutions you may wish to add to your list this year.<br /></span></div> <div style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><span style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><strong>Dental Resolutions for 2021:</strong></div> <div style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><span style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 20px; letter-spacing: normal; text-align: left; color: #808080 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;">1. Schedule Routine Cleanings</div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;">Routine teeth cleanings are essential to your overall dental health. The COVID-19 pandemic brought many changes in dental visits, one being the office temporarily closing, which caused many patients&rsquo; appointments to be delayed or cancelled. If it's been more than six months since your last visit with us, call and schedule your routine teeth cleaning today.</div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 20px; letter-spacing: normal; text-align: left; color: #808080 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;">2. Treat Yourself to the Smile You&rsquo;ve Always Wanted</div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;">Many of us are unhappy with the way our smiles look. Maybe our teeth aren&rsquo;t as white or as straight as we&rsquo;d like, they have unusual shapes, or they&rsquo;ve suffered some damage like chipping or fractures. At Oak Ridge Dental Arts, we offer <a href="/cosmetic-dentistry.htm" target="_blank">Cosmetic Dentistry</a>,<a href="/braces.htm" target="_blank"> Braces</a>, <a href="/invisalign.htm" target="_blank">Invisalign</a>, <a href="/teeth-whitening.htm" target="_blank">Teeth Whitening</a>, and more to help you achieve the beautiful, confident smile you deserve. Put your smile first this year, and give us a call to start your journey to the smile you&rsquo;ve always wanted.</div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 20px; letter-spacing: normal; text-align: left; color: #808080 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;">3. Complete Any Needed Treatment</div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;">It is important to care for any dental needs when they arise so they don&rsquo;t get worse. If you have been postponing any needed treatment, such as <a href="/fillings.htm" target="_blank">cavity fillings</a>, <a href="/crowns.htm" target="_blank">dental crowns</a>, <a href="/root-canal-therapy.htm" target="_blank">root canal therapy</a>, or <a href="/dental-implants.htm" target="_blank">dental implants</a>, the beginning of the year is the perfect time to prioritize these dental needs. Put your dental health first and give us a call today to schedule any needed treatment.</div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 20px; letter-spacing: normal; text-align: left; color: #808080 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;">4. Maintain Healthy Oral Hygiene at Home</div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;">We all know 2020 was far from &ldquo;normal&rdquo;, and many of us may have fallen off track with our normal daily routines and habits. Maybe we brushed our teeth less often or forgot to floss while staying home during quarantine. Maybe we snacked more often throughout the day, and drank more sugary drinks and less water. Let&rsquo;s get back on track together and focus on getting back in the habit of brushing our teeth twice a day, flossing daily, snacking less and drinking more water. These routines are important for a healthy smile.<br /><br /></div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><strong>We Are Here For You!</strong></div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;">At Oak Ridge Dental Arts, we are committed to helping you achieve your dental health and smile goals. We want you to have the confident smile you deserve. <a href="/contact-us.htm">Call us today </a>and let us help you start your New Year off with a beautiful, healthy smile!</div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 20px; letter-spacing: normal; text-align: left; color: #808080 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;">We hope your new year is full of happiness, health, and many smiles!</div> Don't Let a Toothache Ruin Your Day http://www.oakridgedentalarts.comhttps://www.oakridgedentalarts.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=10172 <img class="img-responsive" style="border-width: 0px; margin: 20px;" src="https://media.rainpos.com/2411/toothache_2020_700.jpg" alt="" width="355" height="355" align="right" /> <div style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><strong>WHAT CAUSES TOOTHACHES?</strong>&nbsp;There are a few different causes, and we want our patients to be familiar with them as well as what they can do about them if a toothache strikes at a time when it&rsquo;s not so easy to make a quick visit to the dentist.<br /><br /></span></p> <h2 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 38.5px; font-size: 22px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Toothache Causes: The Usual Suspects</span></h2> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Tooth decay is the most common cause of toothaches, but it&rsquo;s not the only one. Others include&nbsp;<strong>gum disease, pulp inflammation, and dental abscess</strong>. An injury to the face can also result in a toothache even if the tooth and surrounding gum tissue were perfectly healthy beforehand! Teeth impacted in the jaw can be painful too. There&rsquo;s also tooth sensitivity, and sometimes simple congestion or a sinus infection can feel a lot like a toothache.<br /><br /></span></p> <h2 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 38.5px; font-size: 22px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Can&rsquo;t Get an Appointment Immediately? Here&rsquo;s What to Do.</span></h2> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">We encourage anyone with a toothache to schedule an emergency dental appointment, but&nbsp;<strong>sometimes toothaches aren&rsquo;t polite enough to pop up during the dentist&rsquo;s normal hours</strong>. What then? Fortunately, there are a few things patients can do to manage their pain level until the dentist can see them:</span></p> <ul style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"> <li><span style="color: #444444;">Take over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medicine</span></li> <li><span style="color: #444444;">Apply topical pain relievers</span></li> <li><span style="color: #444444;">Apply a cold compress to the sore area</span></li> <li><span style="color: #444444;">Rinse and spit warm salt water to reduce the inflammation (don&rsquo;t swallow it!)</span></li> </ul> <br /> <div class="embed-responsive embed-responsive-16by9" style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px;"><iframe class="embed-responsive-item" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/8Pjn8T2vFrw" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></div> <br /> <h2 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 38.5px; font-size: 22px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Tips for Preventing Future Toothaches</span></h2> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Toothaches aren&rsquo;t 100% preventable, particularly when sinus infections or injuries are the cause, but keeping up with dental health habits will certainly help your teeth stay in good shape.&nbsp;<strong>Most important among these are daily brushing and flossing</strong>. Make sure to brush twice a day for two full minutes, using a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><br />We can also make toothaches less likely by&nbsp;<strong>cutting down on sugary foods and drinks</strong>&nbsp;(which are what harmful oral bacteria love to eat), and by drinking water afterwards when we do have something sugary.<br /><br /></span></p> <h2 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 38.5px; font-size: 22px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Regular Dentist Appointments Help Prevent Toothaches</span></h2> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Another important way to prevent toothaches before they happen is by keeping up with a regular dental exam schedule. For most patients,&nbsp;<strong>this means coming in twice a year</strong>. These appointments matter because even the most diligent brushing and flossing won&rsquo;t always get all the plaque and tartar. It&rsquo;s also better to catch a problem before it gets bad enough that you actually feel symptoms like a toothache, because then it&rsquo;s easier (and less expensive!) to treat.<br /><br /></span></p> <h2 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 38.5px; font-size: 22px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Let&rsquo;s Keep That Smile Toothache-Free!</span></h2> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Never forget that pain is the body&rsquo;s natural alarm system to let us know when something&rsquo;s wrong. That&rsquo;s why we should never ignore a toothache. It won&rsquo;t go away on its own, and whatever is causing it will likely get worse, so if you have a toothache, make sure to schedule an appointment. The dentist will get to the bottom of it and recommend the right steps to take next.<br /><br /></span></p> <h4 style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 29.75px; letter-spacing: normal; text-align: left; color: #808080 !important;">It&rsquo;s never too soon for preventative dentistry!</h4> </div> What Causes Bleeding Gums? http://www.oakridgedentalarts.comhttps://www.oakridgedentalarts.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=10138 <img class="img-responsive" style="border-width: 0px; margin: 20px;" src="https://media.rainpos.com/2411/bleeding_gums_2020_7002.jpg" alt="" width="355" height="355" align="right" /> <div style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><strong>THERE ARE SEVERAL</strong>&nbsp;reasons gum tissue might end up bleeding, and not just because of gum disease. We know it can be alarming to experience bleeding gums, so we want to help our patients understand the different causes and how we can treat it (when treatment is necessary).<br /><br /></span></p> <h2 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 38.5px; font-size: 22px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Plaque Buildup Leads to Bleeding Gums</span></h2> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that develops on our teeth. As it builds up along the gumline, it can eventually harden into tartar if we aren&rsquo;t thorough enough in our daily brushing and flossing. The more they build up,&nbsp;<strong>plaque and tartar irritate the gum tissue, making it more likely to bleed</strong>.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><br />This is also what causes gingivitis, the earliest stage of gum disease. The more gum disease advances towards periodontitis,&nbsp;<strong>the more it harms the oral tissues and teeth, and the harder it is to reverse</strong>. It can jeopardize the jaw bone, meaning that the teeth don&rsquo;t have as much support, and they can loosen and fall out!<br /><br /></span></p> <h2 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 38.5px; font-size: 22px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Vitamin Deficiencies Impact Gum Health</span></h2> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">One of the causes of bleeding gums that doesn&rsquo;t have to do with gum disease is&nbsp;<strong>not getting enough vitamin C or K</strong>. Great sources of vitamin C include bell peppers, potatoes, strawberries, tomatoes, broccoli, and especially citrus fruits. To get enough vitamin K, make sure to include things like olive oil, soybeans, mustard greens, lettuce, spinach, kale, and watercress in your diet.<br /><br /></span></p> <h2 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 38.5px; font-size: 22px;"><span style="color: #444444;">The Dangers of Overbrushing</span></h2> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">We always encourage our patients to brush for two full minutes twice a day, but only with a soft-bristled toothbrush. That&rsquo;s because&nbsp;<strong>it&rsquo;s actually possible to brush so hard that it damages the gum tissue</strong>&nbsp;&mdash; it can even cause gum recession, not just bleeding! Gentle brushing is enough. A good way to know if you&rsquo;re brushing too hard is if it doesn&rsquo;t take long with a new toothbrush before the bristles are bent outwards.<br /><br /></span></p> <h2 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 38.5px; font-size: 22px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Beginning a Flossing Habit</span></h2> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">If you haven&rsquo;t always been consistent in flossing but you&rsquo;ve recently gotten much better at it, it might make your gums bleed a little at first. Don&rsquo;t stop flossing, though!&nbsp;<strong>The problem could be your technique.</strong>&nbsp;Avoid pulling straight down towards the gums to get the floss between the teeth. Instead, make a C-shape around the top of one tooth and carefully work your way down with back-and-forth motions.<br /><br /></span></p> <br /> <div class="embed-responsive embed-responsive-16by9" style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px;"><iframe class="embed-responsive-item" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/CQS3EjGL-YQ" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></div> <br /> <h2 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 38.5px; font-size: 22px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Irritated Gums? Here&rsquo;s What You Can Do</span></h2> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">If your gums are sore or swollen, make sure to let the dentist know, especially if these symptoms are new. The dentist will determine what&rsquo;s causing the problem and recommend the next steps to take. In the meantime, you can&nbsp;<strong>soothe the tenderness by swishing warm salt water</strong>&nbsp;(don&rsquo;t swallow it, though). Switching to an electric toothbrush may also help, because they&rsquo;re very good at cleaning but harder to overbrush with.<br /><br /></span></p> <h2 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 38.5px; font-size: 22px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Keeping Your Gums Healthy</span></h2> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Aside from daily gentle brushing and good daily flossing technique, what else can you do to keep your gums healthy? Make sure to keep up with your regular twice-yearly dental appointments. No matter how good you are at flossing, some of that plaque and tartar can only be reached by a hygienist with the right training and tools!</span></p> </div> Teaching Kids To Take Care Of Their Smiles http://www.oakridgedentalarts.comhttps://www.oakridgedentalarts.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=10078 <img class="img-responsive" style="border-width: 0px; margin: 20px;" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/2411/355x355_kids_good_habits_700jpg.jpg" alt="" width="355" height="355" align="right" /> <div style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><strong>BEING A PARENT WITH</strong>&nbsp;small children can feel so hectic that there are probably days when it&rsquo;s hard to find time to brush your own teeth, let alone theirs. That&rsquo;s why we&rsquo;re here to help you out with a few tips on how to help your kids develop great oral hygiene habits.<br /><br /></span></p> <h2 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 38.75px; font-size: 22px;"><strong><span style="color: #444444;">Make Healthy Baby Teeth A Priority</span></strong></h2> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.6842em; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; background-color: #ffffff; border: 0px; color: #333333; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Just because your child&rsquo;s baby teeth will be replaced with permanent teeth before long doesn&rsquo;t mean it&rsquo;s okay to slack off on taking good care of them.&nbsp;<strong>Baby teeth are crucial place-holders for adult teeth,</strong>&nbsp;and they allow your child to chew, speak, and smile freely. To keep them healthy, it&rsquo;s important to aim for twice-daily brushing and daily flossing.<br /></span></p> <h2 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 38.75px; font-size: 22px;"><strong><span style="color: #444444;">Start Building Life-Long Habits Early On</span></strong></h2> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.6842em; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; background-color: #ffffff; border: 0px; color: #333333; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Teaching a young child important skills isn&rsquo;t always easy. They have seemingly endless energy and very short attention spans, and a tooth brushing session won&rsquo;t always go as planned. Here are a few things we recommend as you&rsquo;re working on your child&rsquo;s dental health skills:</span></p> <ul style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"> <li><span style="color: #444444;"><strong>Make brushing a priority.</strong>&nbsp;If you act like brushing your child&rsquo;s teeth is an inconvenient chore, that&rsquo;s how they&rsquo;ll view their dental hygiene routine. Show them that this is an important, unskippable part of every morning and evening.</span></li> <li><span style="color: #444444;"><strong>Brushing doesn&rsquo;t have to happen in the bathroom.</strong>&nbsp;As long as you have a toothbrush, you can brush your child&rsquo;s teeth anywhere. On a difficult day, brushing their teeth right where they are you could save both of you a lot of frustration.</span></li> <li><span style="color: #444444;"><strong>Toothpaste isn&rsquo;t as crucial as brushing.</strong>&nbsp;Whether you ran out of toothpaste, can&rsquo;t find it, or your child has been using it to practice their finger-painting skills, it&rsquo;s fine to brush without the toothpaste until you can get more.</span></li> <li><span style="color: #444444;"><strong>Let them pick out their toothbrush.</strong>&nbsp;This will make feel more in control, and they&rsquo;ll be happier to use it.</span></li> <li><span style="color: #444444;"><strong>Brush in front of the mirror.</strong>&nbsp;When they start brushing their own teeth, they&rsquo;ll do it in front of the mirror, so this is the best place for you to brush their teeth for them at first. It will help them feel involved.</span></li> <li><span style="color: #444444;"><strong>Make it fun!</strong>&nbsp;The more you act like brushing is fun, the happier your child will be to cooperate. Keep up a good attitude about it and help them enjoy it by playing fun music to time their two minutes of brushing.</span></li> </ul> <br /> <div class="embed-responsive embed-responsive-16by9" style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px;"><iframe class="embed-responsive-item" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/z1MVn-uYkcM" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></div> <br /> <h2 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 38.75px; font-size: 22px;"><strong><span style="color: #444444;">Take Advantage Of Our Expertise</span></strong></h2> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.6842em; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; background-color: #ffffff; border: 0px; color: #333333; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">We&rsquo;d love to hear about your brushing routine with your child. Are our tips helping you out? Do you have your own strategy that&rsquo;s working really well? Give us a call to let us know, or tell us about it at your child&rsquo;s next appointment! And if you&rsquo;re still having trouble helping your child learn how to brush, we can help with that too!<br /></span></p> <h4 style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 29.75px; letter-spacing: normal; text-align: left; color: #808080 !important;">We love seeing your child&rsquo;s healthy smile!</h4> </div> Have a Mouth-Healthy Halloween http://www.oakridgedentalarts.comhttps://www.oakridgedentalarts.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=10047 <img width="355" height="355" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/2411/355x355_halloween_teeth_2020_700_20201027131356jpg.jpg" class="img-responsive" style="border-width: 0px; margin: 20px;" alt="" align="right" /> <div style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><strong>CAN YOU BELIEVE HALLOWEEN</strong>&nbsp;is coming up so soon? It&rsquo;s always a fun time of year, with the spooky movies, the fun decorations, the costumes, and the tasty treats. We&rsquo;re not here to drop toothbrushes in anyone&rsquo;s candy buckets, but we do want to offer some tips on how our patients can make Halloween as healthy for their teeth as possible.<br /><br /></span></p> <h2 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 38.75px; font-size: 22px;"><strong><span style="color: #444444;">The Worst Halloween Candy for Our Teeth</span></strong></h2> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.6842em; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; background-color: #ffffff; border: 0px; color: #333333; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Hard, sour, and sticky candies are definitely in the bad category. It takes time for hard candy to dissolve,&nbsp;<strong>which means an extended sugar bath for the teeth</strong>. Sticky candy adheres to our teeth and gums, which brings all that sugar directly to the harmful bacteria. Sour candy is acidic as well as sugary, making it doubly harmful.<br /></span></p> <h2 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 38.75px; font-size: 22px;"><strong><span style="color: #444444;">Better Treats for Dental Health</span></strong></h2> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.6842em; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; background-color: #ffffff; border: 0px; color: #333333; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">So what&rsquo;s the good news after all that? Chocolate! It contains compounds like flavonoids and polyphenols, which limit oral bacteria, slow tooth decay, and fight bad breath. However, the more sugar there is in it, the more it cancels out the good effects, which is why&nbsp;<strong>dentists prefer dark chocolate</strong>. If it contains nuts, that&rsquo;s even better, unless you have a nut allergy or orthodontic appliance.<br /></span></p> <div class="embed-responsive embed-responsive-16by9" style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px;"><iframe class="embed-responsive-item" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/vgdKiwZrLf8" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></div> <br /><span style="color: #444444;"></span><br /><span style="color: #444444;"></span> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.6842em; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; background-color: #ffffff; border: 0px; color: #333333; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">The best candy for teeth is&nbsp;<strong>anything sweetened with xylitol instead of sugar</strong>. This sugar-free sweetener is not only inedible to harmful bacteria, it even hurts them! The only problem is that there aren&rsquo;t many xylitol candy options besides sugar-free gum in most candy bowls. Hopefully that will change!<br /></span></p> <h2 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 38.75px; font-size: 22px;"><strong><span style="color: #444444;">Minimizing Sugar&rsquo;s Effects on Your Teeth</span></strong></h2> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.6842em; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; background-color: #ffffff; border: 0px; color: #333333; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">If you have a sweet tooth that won&rsquo;t be denied, there are other ways to fight back against the effect sugar has on teeth, such as:</span></p> <ul> <li style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><strong>Keep the candy consumption to mealtimes.</strong>&nbsp;Snacking on it between meals gives oral bacteria an all-day sugar buffet, but only eating it at mealtimes gives your saliva a chance to wash away traces of sugar and neutralize your oral pH.</span></li> <li style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><strong>Follow the candy with a drink of water.</strong>&nbsp;That will rinse off some of the sugar.</span></li> <li style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><strong>Don&rsquo;t slack on brushing and flossing!</strong>&nbsp;These daily habits are essential to keep sugar from doing lasting harm to tooth enamel.</span></li> </ul> <br /> <h2 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 38.75px; font-size: 22px;"><strong><span style="color: #444444;">Make Use of the Dentist</span></strong></h2> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.6842em; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; background-color: #ffffff; border: 0px; color: #333333; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Another resource you have for keeping your teeth healthy even with all the candy Halloween brings is the dentist. Make sure you&rsquo;re sticking to your usual twice-yearly appointments so the dentist can make sure you don&rsquo;t have any post-Halloween cavities!<br /></span></p> <h4 style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 29.75px; letter-spacing: normal; text-align: left; color: #808080 !important;">Wishing all our patients a healthy, happy Halloween!</h4> </div> Oral pH: The Chemistry of Healthy Mouths http://www.oakridgedentalarts.comhttps://www.oakridgedentalarts.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=10034 <img width="355" height="355" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/2411/355x355_oral_ph_700_1jpg.jpg" class="img-responsive" style="border-width: 0px; margin: 20px;" alt="" align="right" /> <div style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><strong>MOST OF US</strong>&nbsp;learn a little about the pH scale in our science classes as teenagers, but what does that have to do with oral health? A lot, actually, which is why we&rsquo;re going to take this opportunity to give our patients a quick refresher on the basics of pH.<br /><br /></span></p> <h2 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 38.75px; font-size: 22px;"><strong><span style="color: #444444;">What Is pH and What Does It Mean?</span></strong></h2> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.6842em; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; background-color: #ffffff; border: 0px; color: #333333; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">The pH scale measures how acidic or basic something is, from 1 to 14. A pH of 7 is neutral.&nbsp;<strong>Anything lower is increasingly acidic</strong>&nbsp;and anything higher is increasingly basic. For example, stomach acid has a pH of between 1.5 and 2.5, orange juice ranges from 3.3 to 4.2, plain water is neutral at 7, soap tends to be between 9 and 10, and bleach is strongly basic at 12.5. So what about the human mouth?</span></p> <br /> <div class="embed-responsive embed-responsive-16by9" style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px;"><iframe class="embed-responsive-item" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/DupXDD87oHc" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></div> <br /><br /> <h2 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 38.75px; font-size: 22px;"><strong><span style="color: #444444;">The pH of Our Mouths</span></strong></h2> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.6842em; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; background-color: #ffffff; border: 0px; color: #333333; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Different parts of us have different ideal pH levels. Healthy skin should be mildly acidic (around 5.5) while blood should be slightly basic (7.4). For healthy teeth and gums,&nbsp;<strong>our mouths should be as close to neutral as possible</strong>. Unhealthy mouths tend to be more acidic, which is very harmful to tooth enamel. Even though enamel is the hardest substance in the human body, it&rsquo;s very vulnerable to acid erosion. It will begin to erode at a pH of just 5.5!</span></p> <h2 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 38.75px; font-size: 22px;"><strong><span style="color: #444444;">How Mouths Become Acidic</span></strong></h2> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.6842em; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; background-color: #ffffff; border: 0px; color: #333333; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Our teeth can be exposed to acid in many ways. When we eat or drink something sour or tart, that is actually the taste of the acid.&nbsp;<strong>Soda is also highly acidic</strong>&nbsp;(the bubbles come from carbonic acid). Acid exposure can also come indirectly when we consume sugars and starches. Harmful oral bacteria gobble up the leftovers stuck between our teeth after a meal, a snack, or a sip of soda, and they produce acid as waste. Vomiting or acid reflux are other ways acid can reach the teeth.</span></p> <h2 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 38.75px; font-size: 22px;"><strong><span style="color: #444444;">Saliva: Our Natural Defense Mechanism</span></strong></h2> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.6842em; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; background-color: #ffffff; border: 0px; color: #333333; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">So how do we fight back against all those acid attacks? First, we have the built-in defense of saliva. Saliva washes away food particles and neutralizes our oral pH. This essential job is why dry mouth can be so dangerous for oral health.&nbsp;<strong>Without saliva, our teeth are more vulnerable.</strong></span></p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.6842em; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; background-color: #ffffff; border: 0px; color: #333333; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">We should do as much as we can to help our saliva do its job. It&rsquo;s a bad idea to sip on sugary/acidic drinks or eat a lot of snacks, because every time we eat, our saliva has to start neutralizing our oral pH all over again, and the acid has more time to erode our enamel.&nbsp;<strong>If you&rsquo;re going to indulge in occasional treats, keep them to mealtimes.</strong></span></p> <h2 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 38.75px; font-size: 22px;"><strong><span style="color: #444444;">Cut Down on Acidic Foods</span></strong></h2> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.6842em; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; background-color: #ffffff; border: 0px; color: #333333; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Another way we can help our saliva protect our teeth is by cutting down on the acidic foods and drinks and trading them for more alkaline ones. That means eating more fruits and veggies and fewer breads, dairy products, and meats.&nbsp;<strong>We should especially minimize the amount of soda we drink</strong>&nbsp;and sugary treats we eat.</span></p> <h2 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 38.75px; font-size: 22px;"><strong><span style="color: #444444;">We&rsquo;re All Part of the Fight Against Enamel Erosion!</span></strong></h2> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.6842em; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; background-color: #ffffff; border: 0px; color: #333333; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Following all these tips doesn&rsquo;t make it any less important to brush twice a day for two full minutes, floss daily, and keep up with your regular dental appointments! If you want to learn more about how to keep your tooth enamel strong, we&rsquo;d love to answer your questions. We want all of our patients to have the tools to keep their teeth healthy for a lifetime!</span></p> <h4 style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 29.75px; letter-spacing: normal; text-align: left; color: #808080 !important;">We love those healthy smiles!</h4> </div> When To See The Dentist http://www.oakridgedentalarts.comhttps://www.oakridgedentalarts.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=10020 <img class="img-responsive" style="border-width: 0px; margin: 20px;" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/2411/355x355_when_to_see_the_dentist_700jpg.jpg" alt="" width="355" height="355" align="right" /> <div style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><strong>BECAUSE PREVENTION IS</strong>&nbsp;such a major part of good dental care, it&rsquo;s critical to visit the dentist for regular checkups. In most cases, two regular dental cleanings a year will be all you need, but not always. So what are the signs that you shouldn&rsquo;t wait until your next scheduled appointment to come back? For this blog post, we&rsquo;ve listed the top five.<br /><br /></span></p> <h3 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; font-size: 17px; margin: 0px; line-height: 29.75px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><strong>1. Aches Of Any Kind</strong></span></h3> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">If you&rsquo;re experiencing tooth pain, that could mean a cavity has gotten to the point where the dental pulp is getting infected.&nbsp;<strong>Don&rsquo;t tough it out thinking it&rsquo;ll just go away on its own.</strong>&nbsp;Other types of pain you should bring to the dentist are an aching jaw and frequent headaches. These are often connected to oral health issues such as bruxism (teeth-grinding), and the dentist can help!<br /><br /></span></p> <h3 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; font-size: 17px; margin: 0px; line-height: 29.75px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><strong>2. Mouth Sores And Bleeding Gums</strong></span></h3> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Mouth sores usually go away on their own, but they can also be a sign of infection or disease, so it&rsquo;s important to get those looked at when they appear. If you notice that you&rsquo;re bleeding after brushing or flossing, it&rsquo;s time to come see the dentist, particularly if you&rsquo;re already using a soft-bristled toothbrush.&nbsp;<strong>Bleeding gums are one of the first symptoms of gum disease</strong>, so don&rsquo;t ignore the signs!<br /><br /></span></p> <h3 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; font-size: 17px; margin: 0px; line-height: 29.75px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><strong>3. Previous Dental Work</strong></span></h3> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">If you&rsquo;ve had dental work done in the past and there&rsquo;s a problem with it now,&nbsp;<strong>don&rsquo;t wait until a regular appointment to get that fixed</strong>, because it will likely get worse. A cracked or chipped crown needs to be repaired quickly so that infection doesn&rsquo;t set in.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ada.org/~/media/ADA/Publications/Files/patient_52.pdf?la=en" target="_blank" rel="noopener" data-hs-link-id="0" style="text-decoration: underline; color: #444444;">Worn-out fillings</a>&nbsp;need to be replaced to prevent bacteria from thriving in the gaps between the tooth and the filling.<br /><br /></span></p> <h3 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; font-size: 17px; margin: 0px; line-height: 29.75px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><strong>4. Serious Medical Concerns</strong></span></h3> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Serious conditions such as&nbsp;<a href="http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/top-reasons-to-visit-dentist" target="_blank" rel="noopener" data-hs-link-id="0" style="text-decoration: underline; color: #444444;">diabetes</a>, eating disorders, and gum disease affect our oral health more than we realize, and sometimes the treatments have negative impacts too.&nbsp;<strong>Many medications cause dry mouth</strong>, which can seriously jeopardize oral health. That&rsquo;s why if you are diagnosed with a chronic disease and/or have new medications prescribed to you, your dentist needs to know about it.<br /><br /></span></p> <h3 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; font-size: 17px; margin: 0px; line-height: 29.75px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><strong>5. Bad Breath</strong></span></h3> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Few things are as mortifying as being in a social situation and realizing you have bad breath, but did you know that bad breath is sometimes&nbsp;<strong>a symptom of gum disease or other health problems</strong>? If you find yourself having an unusually hard time keeping your breath minty fresh, it&rsquo;s a good idea to visit the dentist so we can discover the underlying cause.<br /><br /></span></p> <br /> <div class="embed-responsive embed-responsive-16by9" style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px;"><iframe class="embed-responsive-item" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/gWhF0WYG7P4" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></div> <br /><br /> <h3 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; font-size: 17px; margin: 0px; line-height: 29.75px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><strong>Keep Up Your Regular Visits!</strong></span></h3> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">While we hope you come to see us right away if you notice any of these signs, we want to reemphasize the importance of scheduling regular appointments. Most dental health problems appear gradually, and an appointment every six months is enough to catch these problems before they become serious. If you haven't been to the dentist in the last six months, or you're experiencing any issues, give us a call and schedule your appointment today.<br /><br /></span></p> <h4 style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 29.75px; letter-spacing: normal; text-align: left; color: #808080 !important;">Thank you for trusting in us to take care of all your dental concerns!</h4> </div> A Healthier Mouth = A Healthier Heart? http://www.oakridgedentalarts.comhttps://www.oakridgedentalarts.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=10004 <img class="img-responsive" style="border-width: 0px; margin: 20px;" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/2411/355x355_hearthealthyjpg.jpg" alt="" width="355" height="355" align="right" /> <div style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.6842em; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; background-color: #ffffff; border: 0px; color: #333333; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><strong>OUR BODIES ARE ECOSYSTEMS</strong>&nbsp;where&nbsp;a change in one area affects other areas. This connection is becoming clearer as scientists continue examining the links between oral health and cardiovascular health.<span>&nbsp;</span><strong><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/jason-tetro/oral-hygiene-heart-disease_b_5578191.html" target="_blank">Recent studies</a></strong><span>&nbsp;</span>suggest that taking care of your gums&nbsp;through great&nbsp;oral hygiene could cut your risk of a heart attack or stroke!</span></p> <h2 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 38.75px; font-size: 22px;"><strong><span style="color: #444444;">Important Links Between Gum Health And Heart Health</span></strong></h2> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.6842em; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; background-color: #ffffff; border: 0px; color: #333333; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Inflammation caused by gum&nbsp;disease could contribute to an increased risk for heart problems. The mouth is the gateway to the body, and <strong>gums that are infected or bleeding provide easy access for bacteria to get into the bloodstream</strong>. Once inside, certain types of bacteria cause&nbsp;low-level inflammation of blood vessels without causing a full-blown blood infection. Because of this, treatment is very difficult once the bacteria have become established. The constant low-level inflammation can induce atherosclerosis&ndash;the hardening of arterial walls&ndash;and lead to blockages.</span></p> <h2 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 38.75px; font-size: 22px;"><strong><span style="color: #444444;">Mom Was Right&mdash;An Ounce of Prevention&hellip;</span></strong></h2> <br /> <div class="embed-responsive embed-responsive-16by9" style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px;"><iframe class="embed-responsive-item" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/W_fEYPOG48Y" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></div> <br /><br /> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.6842em; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; background-color: #ffffff; border: 0px; color: #333333; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Beyond diet and exercise, it&rsquo;s hard to know what to do to prevent heart disease. However, gum disease and tooth decay are completely preventable!</span></p> <ul> <li style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Brush twice daily for two minutes, gently massaging the gums.</span></li> <li style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Floss once daily.</span></li> <li style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Brush or rinse with water after eating or drinking.</span></li> <li style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Don&rsquo;t miss your regular cleanings and check-ups with us.</span></li> </ul> <br /> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.6842em; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; background-color: #ffffff; border: 0px; color: #333333; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">As such studies continue, it&rsquo;s likely more evidence will be found linking gum disease&nbsp;and heart disease. In the meantime, there are already enough reasons to take charge of your oral health! Establishing good dental hygiene habits now and sticking to them will help prevent tooth decay, gum disease and a host of other problems.</span></p> <h2 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 38.75px; font-size: 22px;"><strong><span style="color: #444444;">Stay Healthy For The People You Love</span></strong></h2> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.6842em; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; background-color: #ffffff; border: 0px; color: #333333; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">We&rsquo;re proud to assist you in your pursuit of comprehensive, lasting health. We look forward to seeing you during your next visit.</span></p> <h4 style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 29.75px; letter-spacing: normal; text-align: left; color: #808080 !important;">Thank you for allowing us to be your lifelong health partner. We appreciate you!</h4> </div> Sugar, Its Many Aliases, and Your Teeth http://www.oakridgedentalarts.comhttps://www.oakridgedentalarts.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=9992 <img width="355" height="355" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/2411/355x355_sugar_700_1jpg.jpg" class="img-responsive" style="border-width: 0px; margin: 20px;" alt="" align="right" /> <div style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.6842em; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; background-color: #ffffff; border: 0px; color: #333333; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><strong>WHAT COMES TO MIND</strong>&nbsp;when you hear the word &ldquo;sugar&rdquo;? Probably your favorite type of candy or dessert, maybe your favorite soda. You probably didn&rsquo;t picture barbecue sauce, granola bars, flavored yogurt, or fruit juice, but all of these and plenty more foods you wouldn&rsquo;t suspect are loaded with sugar. That isn&rsquo;t great news for our oral health.</span></p> <h2 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 38.75px; font-size: 22px;"><strong><span style="color: #444444;">Sugar Versus Our Teeth</span></strong></h2> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.6842em; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; background-color: #ffffff; border: 0px; color: #333333; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Why are dental health professionals like us wary of sugar? Simple. The harmful bacteria on our teeth and gums like to eat sugar as much as we do. When they&rsquo;ve enjoyed a tasty meal from the food fragments that remain in your mouth after a sweet treat, they excrete acid onto your teeth. This acid eats away at tooth enamel and irritates the gums, and&nbsp;<strong>if we aren&rsquo;t careful, it can lead to issues like tooth decay and gum disease.</strong></span></p> <br /> <div class="embed-responsive embed-responsive-16by9" style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px;"><iframe class="embed-responsive-item" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/3Bkb2I4dTH8" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></div> <br /><br /> <h2 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 38.75px; font-size: 22px;"><strong><span style="color: #444444;">Learn to Recognize the Many Names of Sugar</span></strong></h2> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.6842em; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; background-color: #ffffff; border: 0px; color: #333333; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">If sugar is showing up in foods we don&rsquo;t think of as sweet, how are we supposed to know? One trick is to check the &ldquo;added sugars&rdquo; line on food labels, but you can also identify it in the ingredients list, where it hides behind many different aliases.<br /></span></p> <h4 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">The Obvious and the Sneaky</span></h4> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.6842em; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; background-color: #ffffff; border: 0px; color: #333333; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Anywhere the word &ldquo;sugar&rdquo; appears, from brown sugar to coconut sugar, from coarse to powdered &mdash; it&rsquo;s all sugar.&nbsp;<strong>The word &ldquo;syrup&rdquo; is another giveaway.</strong>&nbsp;No matter what type of syrup it is, whether high fructose corn syrup or rice syrup, it&rsquo;s still sugar.<br /></span></p> <h4 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">The Deceptive and the Scientific</span></h4> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.6842em; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; background-color: #ffffff; border: 0px; color: #333333; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Some of sugar&rsquo;s disguises are presented to you in a way to fool you into thinking they&rsquo;re healthy. These include agave nectar, honey, fruit juice concentrate, evaporated cane juice, and 100 percent fruit juice. Sugar will also hide behind intimidating, highly scientific-sounding labels, but&nbsp;<strong>a good way to identify them is by the suffix &ldquo;-ose.&rdquo;</strong>&nbsp;Fructose, sucrose, dextrose, lactose, maltose, and glucose are all scientific names for types of sugar molecules.<br /></span></p> <h2 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 38.75px; font-size: 22px;"><strong><span style="color: #444444;">How Much Sugar Is Too Much?</span></strong></h2> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.6842em; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; background-color: #ffffff; border: 0px; color: #333333; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">With added sugars hiding in so many of the things we eat, cutting down on sugar can be a tricky business, but it&rsquo;s definitely worth it both for our oral health and our overall health. The recommendation from the American Heart Association is&nbsp;<strong>that women consume no more than 25 grams (6 teaspoons) per day, and men 36 grams (9 teaspoons).<br /></strong></span></p> <h2 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 38.75px; font-size: 22px;"><strong><span style="color: #444444;">Healthy Sugar Alternatives</span></strong></h2> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.6842em; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; background-color: #ffffff; border: 0px; color: #333333; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">The way we eat our sugar is almost as important as how much we eat. Whole fruit is much better for us than fruit juice, and that&rsquo;s because the sugar in fruit is trapped with a lot of water and fiber, so our bodies have a harder time absorbing it. Whole fruit is also more filling, so it&rsquo;s harder to overdo it than it is drinking OJ with breakfast.&nbsp;<strong>This is the difference between natural sugars and processed sugar.<br /></strong></span></p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.6842em; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; background-color: #ffffff; border: 0px; color: #333333; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">If fruit isn&rsquo;t enough to satisfy your sweet tooth, you can try sugar-free sweeteners like xylitol, Stevia, monk fruit sweetener, and erythritol come in handy. It gets trickier if you want to bake sugar-free, but you can reduce the sugar in your recipes by substituting some or all of the sugar for applesauce, mashed banana, dates, or figs. A<strong> good way to avoid added sugars is by eating more whole foods.<br /></strong></span></p> <h2 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 38.75px; font-size: 22px;"><strong><span style="color: #444444;">How Long Has It Been Since We Last Saw Your Teeth?</span></strong></h2> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.6842em; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; background-color: #ffffff; border: 0px; color: #333333; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Cutting down on sugar is one way we can help out our teeth and gums, but it&rsquo;s not the only way! A great brushing and flossing regimen and regular dental cleanings are key to maintaining good oral health. If we haven&rsquo;t seen you in more than six months, today&rsquo;s a great day to schedule your next appointment!<br /></span></p> <h4 style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 29.75px; letter-spacing: normal; text-align: left; color: #808080 !important;">Our patients are the sweetest!</h4> </div> What Causes Stained Teeth? http://www.oakridgedentalarts.comhttps://www.oakridgedentalarts.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=9972 <img width="355" height="355" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/2411/355x355_teeth_stain_700jpg.jpg" class="img-responsive" style="border-width: 0px; margin: 20px;" alt="" align="right" /> <div style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.6842em; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; background-color: #ffffff; border: 0px; color: #333333; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><strong>WE OFTEN TAKE STEPS</strong><span>&nbsp;</span>to achieve that sparkling white smile when we brush in the morning and before we go to bed. The truth is, what we consume throughout the day is often the largest contributor to whether or not our smile will light up a room.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.6842em; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; background-color: #ffffff; border: 0px; color: #333333; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Although there are several causes for tooth discoloration, we can separate them into three basic categories: intrinsic, extrinsic, and age-related discoloration. Here&rsquo;s how each affects your teeth, and what you can do to ensure a life full of bright, healthy smiles.</span></p> <h2 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 38.75px; font-size: 22px;"><strong><span style="color: #444444;">Food And Drink Are Large Contributors To Surface Stains</span></strong></h2> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.6842em; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; background-color: #ffffff; border: 0px; color: #333333; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Extrinsic tooth discoloration occurs when the enamel&mdash;the outer layer of the tooth&mdash;becomes stained. These stains are caused by pigments, acidic content, and other chemical factors (natural or artificial) present in things we enjoy eating and drinking.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.6842em; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; background-color: #ffffff; border: 0px; color: #333333; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">A few common culprits for tooth discoloration include:</span></p> <ul> <li style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Wine</span></li> <li style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Coffee</span></li> <li style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Tea</span></li> <li style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Cola</span></li> <li style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Sports drinks</span></li> <li style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Hard Candy</span></li> <li style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Berries</span></li> <li style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Tomato Sauce</span></li> </ul> <br /> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.6842em; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; background-color: #ffffff; border: 0px; color: #333333; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Most of these items won&rsquo;t have an immediate affect on the color of your teeth, but over time, they can begin to wear away and cling to enamel causing unsightly stains. Try to consume these in moderation and always remember to drink plenty of water and brush your teeth after meals.</span></p> <h2 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 38.75px; font-size: 22px;"><strong><span style="color: #444444;">Trauma Can Discolor Teeth From The Inside Out</span></strong></h2> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.6842em; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; background-color: #ffffff; border: 0px; color: #333333; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Intrinsic tooth discoloration occurs when the inner structure of the tooth&mdash;the dentin&mdash;begins to darken or develop a yellow tint. This type of discoloration can develop because of a trauma sustained to the tooth. Sometimes when a tooth sustains trauma during childhood, it can damage the developing permanent tooth beneath it, affecting the tooth's color. If a trauma is sustained during adulthood, internal bleeding can potentially discolor the damaged tooth.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.6842em; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; background-color: #ffffff; border: 0px; color: #333333; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Other causes include<span>&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.colgate.com/en/us/oc/oral-health/cosmetic-dentistry/teeth-whitening/article/tooth-discoloration" target="_blank">uses of medication</a><span>&nbsp;</span>at certain stages of life or being born with a rare condition called dentinogenesis imperfecta which can cause gray, amber, or purple discolorations. If you have questions about intrinsic discoloration, come in and see us and we can help answer your questions.</span></p> <h2 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 38.75px; font-size: 22px;"><strong><span style="color: #444444;">Your Smile Can Change Color With Age</span></strong></h2> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.6842em; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; background-color: #ffffff; border: 0px; color: #333333; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Age-related tooth discoloration is a combination of both intrinsic and extrinsic factors. The dentin inside our teeth naturally yellows as we age. Enamel on the outside of teeth also thins as we get older, allowing the yellow pigment of the dentin to show through. A lifetime of consuming certain foods or smoking cigarettes will also contribute to deep-set stains on the enamel&rsquo;s surface.</span></p> <h2 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 38.75px; font-size: 22px;"><strong><span style="color: #444444;">We Can Help Brighten Your Smile</span></strong></h2> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.6842em; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; background-color: #ffffff; border: 0px; color: #333333; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">We know just how important it is to provide our patients with bright, healthy smiles. Each situation is unique and we provide our patients with effective solutions for their unique oral health needs. If you have any questions about your smile&rsquo;s appearance,&nbsp;<a href="/contact-us.htm" target="_blank">give us a call</a> and make an appointment today!</span></p> <h4 style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 29.75px; letter-spacing: normal; text-align: left; color: #808080 !important;">Thank you for continuing to be a part of our Oak Ridge Dental Arts family!</h4> </div> Thumbsucking, Pacifiers, and Kids' Teeth http://www.oakridgedentalarts.comhttps://www.oakridgedentalarts.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=9937 <img class="img-responsive" style="border-width: 0px; margin: 20px;" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/2411/355x355_thumbsucking_700_1jpg.jpg" alt="" width="355" height="355" align="right" /> <div style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.6842em; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; background-color: #ffffff; border: 0px; color: #333333; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><strong>THERE ARE SO</strong>&nbsp;many different aspects to raising a young child. They outgrow their clothes every other month, they learn how to get past all your best child-proofing strategies, and when is it time to try potty-training? We may not be able to help you out with problems like those, but we&rsquo;ve got your back when it comes to how your child&rsquo;s teeth and jaws are developing. That brings us to the effects of continued pacifier use or thumbsucking after the toddler years.</span></p> <h2 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 38.75px; font-size: 22px;"><strong><span style="color: #444444;">Don&rsquo;t Get Us Wrong: Thumbsucking and Pacifiers Are Good!</span></strong></h2> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.6842em; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; background-color: #ffffff; border: 0px; color: #333333; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Sucking on things is a natural reflex for babies.&nbsp;<strong>It feels soothing and comforting to them</strong>, which makes using a pacifier or sucking on their thumb a good way to keep them feeling safe and happy throughout infancy and toddlerhood. Benefits (for the parents as well as the child) include:</span></p> <ul> <li style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">helping Baby (and therefore Mom and Dad) sleep</span></li> <li style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">helping Baby stay calm when separated from parents</span></li> <li style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">reducing the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)</span></li> </ul> <br /> <h2 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 38.75px; font-size: 22px;"><strong><span style="color: #444444;">&hellip;Until They&rsquo;re Not.</span></strong></h2> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.6842em; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; background-color: #ffffff; border: 0px; color: #333333; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Beyond a certain age, a thumbsucking habit or frequent pacifier use begin to have&nbsp;<strong>harmful effects on the way a child&rsquo;s permanent teeth grow in</strong>, as well as the overall shape of their dental arch. Don&rsquo;t get worried about this too soon, though, because most children will grow out of these habits by age four without much help. If they don&rsquo;t, that&rsquo;s when it&rsquo;s time to add some encouragement.</span></p> <h2 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 38.75px; font-size: 22px;"><strong><span style="color: #444444;">Dos and Don&rsquo;ts of Breaking a Thumbsucking Habit</span></strong></h2> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.6842em; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; background-color: #ffffff; border: 0px; color: #333333; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Ending a pacifier habit can be as simple as taking the pacifier away or gradually trimming it down until the child loses interest. Thumbsucking can be trickier, however. We don&rsquo;t recommend trying to stop a young toddler from sucking their thumb,&nbsp;<strong>because they&rsquo;re too young to understand</strong>&nbsp;and will most likely only be distressed. A popular solution is to apply a nasty-tasting topical aid, but these can be ineffective or harmful.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.6842em; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; background-color: #ffffff; border: 0px; color: #333333; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Here are some strategies we recommend:</span></p> <ul> <li style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><strong>Praise success</strong>&nbsp;rather than scolding continued thumbsucking.</span></li> <li style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Give them plenty of activities to&nbsp;<strong>keep both hands occupied</strong>, such as arts and crafts.</span></li> <li style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><strong>Cover their hands with socks</strong>&nbsp;to prevent thumbsucking while they sleep (this may require taping the socks in place).</span></li> </ul> <br /> <div class="embed-responsive embed-responsive-16by9" style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px;"><iframe class="embed-responsive-item" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/xwBKOUaqE0o" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></div> <br /><br /> <h2 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 38.75px; font-size: 22px;"><strong><span style="color: #444444;">We Can Help</span></strong></h2> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.6842em; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; background-color: #ffffff; border: 0px; color: #333333; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">If your little one is getting older and showing no sign of stopping using a pacifier or sucking their thumb on their own, don&rsquo;t hesitate to come to us with your questions and concerns. Together, we can come up with a great strategy to help your child outgrow these habits and keep their dental development on track!</span></p> <h4 style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 29.75px; letter-spacing: normal; text-align: left; color: #808080 !important;">Our top priority is your child&rsquo;s oral health!</h4> </div> Learn The Benefits Of Dental Implants http://www.oakridgedentalarts.comhttps://www.oakridgedentalarts.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=9927 <img width="404" height="269" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/2411/404x269_pexels_nappy_2362887jpg.jpg" class="img-responsive" style="border-width: 0px; margin: 20px;" alt="" align="right" /> <div style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.6842em; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; background-color: #ffffff; border: 0px; color: #333333; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><strong>IF YOU HAVE EXPERIENCED TOOTH LOSS,</strong> you are not alone. In fact, more than<span>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.gotoapro.org/news/facts--figures/">35 million</a> Americans are missing all of their teeth, while 178 million are missing at least one tooth. Here's the good news: there are solutions for you. </span></span></p> <h2 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 38.75px; font-size: 22px;"><strong><span style="color: #444444;">Dental Implants Function Much Like Natural Teeth</span></strong></h2> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.6842em; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; background-color: #ffffff; border: 0px; color: #333333; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">While there are other tooth replacement options, dental implants have many advantages over other treatments. They are called &ldquo;implants&rdquo; because an artificial tooth root is placed, or implanted, in your jawbone. It is then covered by a natural-looking tooth replacement. <strong>Implants are the only tooth replacement option that incorporate an artificial root,</strong> allowing them to function much like natural teeth. </span></p> <h2 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 38.75px; font-size: 22px;"><strong><span style="color: #444444;">There Are Many Benefits To Choosing Implants</span></strong></h2> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.6842em; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; background-color: #ffffff; border: 0px; color: #333333; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Here are <strong>five major benefits</strong> to consider when deciding between dental implants and other tooth restoration options: </span></p> <ul> <li style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><strong>#1: Dental implants are convenient and long-lasting.</strong><br />Unlike dentures, you don&rsquo;t need to take them out to eat or clean and there&rsquo;s no need to reapply them with adhesive. Implants also provide a permanent solution to tooth loss&ndash;they are built to last a lifetime if they are well taken care of.</span></li> <li style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><strong>#2: Get the look, feel and function of your natural teeth.</strong><br />Dental implants are virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth so you can look and feel your best. They also function like real teeth, meaning you can bite naturally and eat the foods you love without hesitation. Implants also don&rsquo;t interfere with speech like some other replacement options.</span></li> <li style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><strong>#3: Oral hygiene isn&rsquo;t complicated by implants.</strong><br />You can take care of your teeth as usual, flossing once a day and brushing twice daily. With implants, it&rsquo;s easy to maintain that bright, beautiful smile!</span></li> <li style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><strong>#4: Implants prevent bone deterioration and loss.</strong><br />When you lose teeth the jawbone deteriorates, causing your face to appear sunken over time. Implants act as an artificial tooth root, stimulating the jawbone and promoting bone growth. This helps maintain the natural shape of your face and jaw.</span></li> <li style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><strong>#5: Leave your natural teeth unaltered.</strong><br />Some treatment options, like a dental bridge, require grinding down other healthy teeth to support the bridge. Implants replace lost teeth but do not require any alteration of your existing healthy teeth.</span></li> </ul> <h2 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 38.75px; font-size: 22px;"><strong><span style="color: #444444;">Here&rsquo;s A Behind-the-scenes Look At How Implants Are Made</span></strong></h2> <br /> <div class="embed-responsive embed-responsive-16by9" style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px;"><iframe class="embed-responsive-item" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/_v7AncbtMK0" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></div> <br /> <h2 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 38.75px; font-size: 22px;"><strong><span style="color: #444444;">Don&rsquo;t Let Tooth Loss Keep You From Smiling</span></strong></h2> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.6842em; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; background-color: #ffffff; border: 0px; color: #333333; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">You should never let tooth loss keep you from a healthy, beautiful smile. <strong>If you have experienced tooth loss, come and talk with us today.</strong> We will consult about what tooth restoration options will be best for you, your lifestyle and health. </span></p> <h4 style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 29.75px; letter-spacing: normal; text-align: left; color: #808080 !important;">Our patients&rsquo; smiles make it all worthwhile!</h4> </div> Conquering Dental Anxiety http://www.oakridgedentalarts.comhttps://www.oakridgedentalarts.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=9915 <img class="img-responsive" style="border-width: 0px; margin: 20px;" src="https://media.rainpos.com/2411/pexels_andrea_piacquadio_3881145_1.jpg" alt="" width="355" height="355" align="right" /> <div style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.6842em; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; background-color: #ffffff; border: 0px; color: #333333; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><strong>EVEN THOUGH WE</strong>&nbsp;know, logically, that going to the dentist is a safe, normal, and important part of staying healthy, many of us don&rsquo;t find it particularly fun to lie flat on our backs while someone pokes around our teeth and gums. For some people, the very thought of visiting the dentist fills them with anxiety, and it could even be a full-blown phobia. That&rsquo;s why we&rsquo;d like to put our focus on helping our patients overcome their dental anxieties and fears.<br /></span></p> <h2 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 38.75px; font-size: 22px;"><strong><span style="color: #444444;">Dental Anxiety Statistics: You Are Not Alone</span></strong></h2> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.6842em; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; background-color: #ffffff; border: 0px; color: #333333; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Fear of going to the dentist is fairly common, with an&nbsp;<a href="https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/basics/dental-visits/what-is-dental-anxiety-and-phobia" target="_blank" rel="noopener" data-hs-link-id="0" style="text-decoration: underline; color: #444444;">estimated</a><strong> 9 to 15 percent of Americans completely avoiding visiting the dentist</strong>&nbsp;because of anxiety and fear. That means up to 40 million Americans are taking a serious gamble with their dental health. Putting off a basic twice-a-year cleaning out of fear leaves patients much more susceptible to tooth decay and painful infection. It&rsquo;s always better (for your wallet as well as your health) to view dental care as preventative, not just reactive.<br /></span></p> <h2 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 38.75px; font-size: 22px;"><strong><span style="color: #444444;">Why Does Dental Anxiety Happen?</span></strong></h2> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.6842em; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; background-color: #ffffff; border: 0px; color: #333333; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">A lot of people who avoid the dentist due to dental anxiety or fear do so because of a previous negative experience they had that soured them on the concept of dentistry altogether. The feeling of not being in control is another reason people might be nervous. We understand this, and&nbsp;<strong>we&rsquo;re dedicated to helping our patients feel comfortable</strong>&nbsp;so that they can move forward with the right professional oral health care to keep their teeth strong and healthy for life.<br /></span></p> <h2 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 38.75px; font-size: 22px;"><strong><span style="color: #444444;">History and Pop Culture Skew Versus Modern Dentistry</span></strong></h2> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.6842em; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; background-color: #ffffff; border: 0px; color: #333333; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">If you&rsquo;re worried about going to the dentist, that might be because history and pop culture have given you the wrong idea. Before World War II made anesthetics the norm, dental procedures were uncomfortable, to say the least. The field has come a long way since then, even though movies and TV haven&rsquo;t done much to update cultural expectations.&nbsp;<strong>Modern dental offices maintain a high standard of comfort and care for patients.<br /></strong></span></p> <h2 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 38.75px; font-size: 22px;"><strong><span style="color: #444444;">Tips for Overcoming Dental Anxiety</span></strong></h2> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.6842em; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; background-color: #ffffff; border: 0px; color: #333333; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">There are a few things you can do to reduce your dental anxiety.</span></p> <ul> <li style="color: #606060; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Come visit our practice before your appointment, especially if this is your first time coming in. Familiarize yourself with our space and members of our staff so that it doesn&rsquo;t seem so foreign on appointment day. You might even want to&nbsp;<strong>bring someone you trust</strong>&nbsp;along with you.</span></li> <li style="color: #606060; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Learn as much as you can about what happens in a typical dental appointment.&nbsp;<strong>If you take away the mystery, it will help you regain a sense of control.</strong></span></li> <li style="color: #606060; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><strong>Talk to us</strong>&nbsp;about your anxiety. When we know this is something you struggle with, there&rsquo;s more we can do to help you.</span></li> <li style="color: #606060; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><strong>Bring a distraction</strong>&nbsp;like headphones and a playlist of relaxing music to your appointment.</span></li> </ul> <br /> <div class="embed-responsive embed-responsive-16by9" style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px;"><iframe class="embed-responsive-item" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/QOKb5ATwEWA" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></div> <br /> <h2 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 38.75px; font-size: 22px;"><strong><span style="color: #444444;">Your Friendly Neighborhood Dental Professionals</span></strong></h2> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.6842em; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; background-color: #ffffff; border: 0px; color: #333333; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Your care and comfort are our top priorities. If you or someone in your family struggles with dental anxiety and it&rsquo;s interfering with getting needed dental care, we are here for them. Our friendly team is dedicated to providing a gentle, positive experience.&nbsp;<a href="/contact-us.htm" target="_blank">Give us a call</a> or&nbsp;<a href="/request-appointment-at-oak-ridge-dental-arts.htm" target="_blank">request an appointment</a> on our website today and see why so many families in your neighborhood trust Oak Ridge Dental Arts with all their dental needs.<br /></span></p> <h4 style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 29.75px; letter-spacing: normal; text-align: left; color: #808080 !important;">We hope to see you soon!</h4> </div> Snacking Tips To Keep Your Child's Smile Healthy http://www.oakridgedentalarts.comhttps://www.oakridgedentalarts.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=9903 <img class="img-responsive" style="border-width: 0px; margin: 20px;" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/2411/355x355_kidssnackingdentalhealth_700jpg.jpg" alt="" width="355" height="355" align="right" /> <div style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.6842em; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; background-color: #ffffff; border: 0px; color: #333333; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><strong>GOOD NUTRITION IS ESSENTIAL</strong> for a child&rsquo;s healthy growth and development. It&rsquo;s also important for their dental health! A good diet can help your child build strong, healthy teeth, while poor eating habits put your child at a higher risk of tooth decay.<br /> <br /><strong>You may understand how important nutritious meals are,</strong> but snack time is just as important. Here are our best tips on how to make sure your child&rsquo;s snack time is tooth-friendly!</span></p> <h2 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 38.75px; font-size: 22px;"><strong><span style="color: #444444;">Not All Snacks Are Created Equal</span></strong></h2> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.6842em; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; background-color: #ffffff; border: 0px; color: #333333; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Stay away from starchy, sticky or sugary foods during snack time, like dried fruit, crackers, chips and cookies.<strong> These types of snacks can stick to the teeth for long periods of time, potentially causing cavities.</strong> For snack time it&rsquo;s best to opt for fruits, vegetables, nuts, yogurt and cheese.</span></p> <br /> <div class="embed-responsive embed-responsive-16by9" style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px;"><iframe class="embed-responsive-item" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/QOKb5ATwEWA" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></div> <br /><br /> <h2 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 38.75px; font-size: 22px;"><strong><span style="color: #444444;">If You Indulge, Do It During Mealtime</span></strong></h2> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.6842em; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; background-color: #ffffff; border: 0px; color: #333333; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Don&rsquo;t worry, we don&rsquo;t expect you or your child to never eat sweets or starches. There is a better time to eat them than at snack time, however, and that is during meals! <strong>That&rsquo;s because it&rsquo;s not just important what you eat, but when you eat.</strong> At mealtime, there is an increased amount of saliva in the mouth that can help wash away those starches or sugary treats, counteract acid-producing bacteria and remineralize teeth.</span></p> <h2 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 38.75px; font-size: 22px;"><strong><span style="color: #444444;">Watch Out For Added Sugars</span></strong></h2> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.6842em; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; background-color: #ffffff; border: 0px; color: #333333; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Almost all foods have some type of sugar in them. Naturally occurring sugars&ndash;like those found in milk and vegetables&ndash;are less worrisome, since these choices are healthy overall. <strong>What you want to keep an eye out for when choosing snacks are added sugars.</strong><br /><br />According to the American Dental Association, added sugar consumption should be limited to less than 10 percent of total energy intake, ideally less than five percent. To put things in perspective, <strong>one can of soda is equivalent to three times the daily recommended sugar intake of a child!</strong></span></p> <h2 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 38.75px; font-size: 22px;"><strong><span style="color: #444444;">Choose Beverages Wisely</span></strong></h2> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.6842em; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; background-color: #ffffff; border: 0px; color: #333333; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">On that note, we&rsquo;d like to advise parents to choose their children&rsquo;s beverages wisely. <strong>Soda and juice may be your child&rsquo;s preferred drinks, but milk and water are much healthier choices.</strong> Good sources of calcium, like milk, aid in building strong teeth and bones and water helps wash away food particles that may be clinging to teeth, thus protecting against decay.</span></p> <h2 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 38.75px; font-size: 22px;"><strong><span style="color: #444444;">Sip All Day, Get Decay</span></strong></h2> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.6842em; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; background-color: #ffffff; border: 0px; color: #333333; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Whether your child is drinking milk, juice or soda, don&rsquo;t let them sip it throughout the day. Constant consumption of either food or drink is harmful for teeth, because <strong>not only are you feeding yourself, you&rsquo;re also feeding the cavity-causing bacteria that reside in your mouth.</strong> Limit snacking to once or twice a day and have your child sip on water. If they drink anything that contains sugar, have them drink it during mealtimes or all at once.</span></p> <h2 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 38.75px; font-size: 22px;"><strong><span style="color: #444444;">Your Family&rsquo;s Health Is Our Priority</span></strong></h2> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.6842em; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; background-color: #ffffff; border: 0px; color: #333333; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><strong>At our practice, we care about the health of your whole family.</strong> Proper nutrition, especially at snack time, will ensure healthy smiles for you and your children for a lifetime!<br /></span></p> <h4 style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 29.75px; letter-spacing: normal; text-align: left; color: #808080 !important;">Thank you for being part of our Oak Ridge Dental Arts family!</h4> </div> Get the Most out of Your Toothbrush http://www.oakridgedentalarts.comhttps://www.oakridgedentalarts.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=9896 <img class="img-responsive" style="border-width: 0px; margin: 20px;" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/2411/best_toothbrush_use_700.webp" alt="" width="355" height="355" align="right" /> <div style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.6842em; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; background-color: #ffffff; border: 0px; color: #333333; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><strong>AN IMPORTANT PART</strong>&nbsp;of keeping your teeth and gums healthy is your toothbrush. That might seem so obvious that it&rsquo;s not worth saying, but you&rsquo;d be surprised how many basic mistakes people make when it comes to their toothbrushes. We want to make sure our patients will get the most out of their best teeth-cleaning tools!</span></p> <h2 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 38.75px; font-size: 22px;"><strong><span style="color: #444444;">1. Replace Your Toothbrush Regularly</span></strong></h2> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.6842em; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; background-color: #ffffff; border: 0px; color: #333333; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Look at your toothbrush. Are the bristles frayed or bent? Are some missing?&nbsp;<strong>You might be well overdue for a replacement toothbrush.</strong>&nbsp;The American Dental Association recommends that we replace our toothbrushes at least three times a year, because old, worn-out bristles can&rsquo;t do a very effective job of cleaning teeth.</span></p> <h2 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 38.75px; font-size: 22px;"><strong><span style="color: #444444;">2. Take Your Time When You Brush</span></strong></h2> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.6842em; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; background-color: #ffffff; border: 0px; color: #333333; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">As often as dentists everywhere remind patients to brush for two full minutes, the average is only about 45 seconds. This simply isn&rsquo;t long enough to get the full cleaning effect.&nbsp;<strong>The repeated motions are what clear plaque and food particles away</strong>, and we shouldn&rsquo;t be skimping on that. We encourage our patients to help move that average closer to the recommended two minutes! Playing a song or setting a timer are great ways to keep track of the time.</span></p> <h2 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 38.75px; font-size: 22px;"><strong><span style="color: #444444;">3. Brush Gently (and Use a Gentle Brush)</span></strong></h2> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.6842em; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; background-color: #ffffff; border: 0px; color: #333333; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">When we&rsquo;re cleaning grout out of the tiles in the kitchen, it often requires a little elbow grease. We understand how some people might get the idea that it&rsquo;s the same with teeth and gums, but that&rsquo;s simply not true. Brushing hard or using a firm-bristled brush can actually result in gum recession over time.&nbsp;<strong>We recommend soft bristles and a gentle hand.</strong>&nbsp;Brushing harder does not mean brushing better!</span></p> <br /> <div class="embed-responsive embed-responsive-16by9" style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px;"><iframe class="embed-responsive-item" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/eYm-VxLkRdM?start=3" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></div> <br /><br /> <h2 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 38.75px; font-size: 22px;"><strong><span style="color: #444444;">4. Wait 30 Minutes After Eating Before Brushing</span></strong></h2> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.6842em; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; background-color: #ffffff; border: 0px; color: #333333; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">One of the most common mistakes people make with brushing is to do so immediately after a meal. This isn&rsquo;t a great idea, because the acids in our food and drink temporarily weaken our tooth enamel. If we brush then, we can accidentally cause enamel erosion. That&rsquo;s why&nbsp;<strong>waiting at least half an hour to brush is a good idea</strong>; it gives our saliva enough time to neutralize the acid and begin the remineralization process.</span></p> <h2 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 38.75px; font-size: 22px;"><strong><span style="color: #444444;">5. Store Your Toothbrush Properly</span></strong></h2> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.6842em; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; background-color: #ffffff; border: 0px; color: #333333; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">If your toothbrush carries a funky smell, it could be because you aren&rsquo;t giving it a chance to fully dry between uses. To keep a toothbrush fresh and devoid of moisture-loving bacteria, we should always&nbsp;<strong>store our toothbrushes upright and give them enough air flow to dry out</strong>. No more toothbrush covers! (And also keep them as far from the toilet as possible.)</span></p> <h2 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 38.75px; font-size: 22px;"><strong><span style="color: #444444;">6. How&rsquo;s Your Brushing Technique?</span></strong></h2> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.6842em; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; background-color: #ffffff; border: 0px; color: #333333; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Even brushing twice a day for the full two minutes with a soft-bristled brush that you store correctly won&rsquo;t be able to fully offset poor brushing technique. Keep in mind that the goal is to get plaque and food particles out of the gumline. Hold the brush at a 45&deg; angle to your gums and gently sweep it in circular motions.&nbsp;<strong>Get each area of the mouth at least fifteen times</strong>, both on the outside and the tongue side, as well as the chewing surfaces.</span></p> <h2 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 38.75px; font-size: 22px;"><strong><span style="color: #444444;">Bring Us All Your Toothbrush Questions!</span></strong></h2> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.6842em; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; background-color: #ffffff; border: 0px; color: #333333; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">If you&rsquo;d like any more tips about how to get the most out of your toothbrush, whether you&rsquo;re looking for technique pointers or recommendations on the best toothbrush for you, we&rsquo;re happy to help. And don&rsquo;t forget to floss each day too!</span></p> <h4 style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 29.75px; letter-spacing: normal; text-align: left; color: #808080 !important;">Make sure you&rsquo;re also keeping up with your regular appointments!</h4> </div> What Your Dentist Can Tell By Looking In Your Mouth http://www.oakridgedentalarts.comhttps://www.oakridgedentalarts.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=9866 <img class="img-responsive" style="border-width: 0px; margin: 20px;" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/2411/384x384_lookinginmouth_700jpg.jpg" alt="" width="355" height="355" align="right" /> <div style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><strong>DENTISTS AREN&rsquo;T JUST</strong>&nbsp;looking for cavities at your routine checkup. A quick examination of your mouth can reveal a lot more about your oral and overall health than you think. The dentist may even discover some of your quirky habits!<br /><br />Here are a few things dentists may notice when they look inside your mouth:<br /><br /></span></p> <h2 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 38.75px; font-size: 22px;"><strong><span style="color: #444444;">#1: You Haven&rsquo;t Been Flossing Regularly</span></strong></h2> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">That quick flossing session right before your appointment may make it more apparent to your dentist that you haven&rsquo;t been flossing on a regular basis. When you only floss right before your dental checkup, your gums may still be bleeding and usually look damaged and inflamed. Healthy gums, on the other hand, appear tight and pink.<br /><br /></span></p> <h2 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 38.75px; font-size: 22px;"><strong><span style="color: #444444;">#2: You Have A Sinus Infection</span></strong></h2> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Sinus infections are known for causing pain and pressure in your sinus cavity, but sometimes even you can feel it in your upper teeth! Are you unsure whether you have a toothache or a sinus infection? Luckily, your dentist can tell the difference! A simple home test is to bend over and touch your toes. If the pressure or pain increases upon bending over, it is most likely not a toothache!<br /><br /></span></p> <h2 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 38.75px; font-size: 22px;"><strong><span style="color: #444444;">#3: You Bite Your Nails</span></strong></h2> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Here&rsquo;s one of those quirky habits that you can&rsquo;t hide from your dentist! Nail biters have leveled off, flat front teeth. This is because of the grinding that occurs between the top and bottom teeth.<br /></span></p> <br /> <div class="embed-responsive embed-responsive-16by9" style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px;"><iframe class="embed-responsive-item" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/U-dBmYqh68A" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></div> <br /><br /> <h2 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 38.75px; font-size: 22px;"><strong><span style="color: #444444;">#4: You Have A Vitamin Deficiency</span></strong></h2> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Dentists look at more than just your teeth&mdash;they examine the health of your whole mouth! Vitamin deficiencies in particular can manifest themselves in your mouth in various ways. Here are some examples:<br /><br /></span></p> <ul> <li style="color: #606060; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Sores</span></li> <li style="color: #606060; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Changes in the tongue</span></li> <li style="color: #606060; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Tissue sloughing off</span></li> <li style="color: #606060; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Delayed healing</span></li> <li style="color: #606060; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Easily bleeding gums</span></li> <li style="color: #606060; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Burning tongue syndrome<br /></span></li> </ul> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><br />Dentists are often the first to discover a vitamin deficiency and can help get you back on track.<br /><br /></span></p> <h2 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 38.75px; font-size: 22px;"><strong><span style="color: #444444;">#5: You Used To Suck Your Thumb</span></strong></h2> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">If you had the habit of sucking your thumb or finger past the age of seven, there will be significant changes in your bite and the position of your teeth. Telltale signs may remain but these can be fixed through orthodontic treatment.<br /><br /></span></p> <h2 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 38.75px; font-size: 22px;"><strong><span style="color: #444444;">#6: You Have Another Serious Health Issue</span></strong></h2> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Serious maladies such as oral cancer, diabetes, and heart disease show symptoms in the mouth.<br /><br />Oral cancer, for example, is characterized by unexplained bleeding, discolored patches, swelling, bumps, or even eroded areas on the lips, gums, or other areas inside the mouth. Diabetes and heart disease visibly affect the health of the gums, shown by increased swelling, bleeding and sensitivity.<br /><br /></span></p> <h2 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 38.75px; font-size: 22px;"><strong><span style="color: #444444;">We Provide More Than Just A Cleaning</span></strong></h2> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Your dental appointment is much more than just a cleaning! Beyond being able to tell that you bite your nails or don&rsquo;t floss as often as you should, we can also detect other, more serious health problems and help you get your health back on track.<br /><br />Your overall health is important to us. We&rsquo;re here to detect any problems and help you stay healthy and happy!<br /><br /></span></p> <h4 style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 29.75px; letter-spacing: normal; text-align: left; color: #808080 !important;">Thank you for placing your trust in Oak Ridge Dental Arts!</h4> </div> Staying Active Is Good for My Teeth? http://www.oakridgedentalarts.comhttps://www.oakridgedentalarts.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=9851 <img width="384" height="384" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/2411/384x384_fitness_and_teeth_700jpg.jpg" class="img-responsive" style="margin: 20px;" alt="" align="right" /> <div style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><strong>WE ALL KNOW</strong>&nbsp;how important regular dental visits and good daily brushing and flossing routines are to keeping our mouths healthy, but they aren&rsquo;t the only factors. It might seem strange, but maintaining a healthy weight and staying active also have an effect on the health of our teeth and gums.<br /><br /></span></p> <h2 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 38.5px; font-size: 22px;"><span style="color: #444444;">The Link Between Weight and Oral Health</span></h2> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">A major factor that connects overall health and oral health is blood glucose. Sugar (which is made up of sucrose, a molecule that contains glucose) is the favorite food of oral bacteria.&nbsp;<strong>When we eat or drink anything sugary, it makes our blood glucose go up.</strong>&nbsp;We can keep our blood glucose at healthy levels by keeping our sugar intake to a minimum. Doing this also decreases our risk of developing type 2 diabetes, a disease that makes it much harder to regulate blood sugar and fight back against oral bacteria.<br /><br /></span></p> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Staying active and maintaining a healthy weight also helps minimize inflammation in the body and keeps our bones strong and dense.&nbsp;<strong>That includes our teeth and jaws!</strong>&nbsp;Less inflammation and stronger bones means lower risk of gum disease and tooth decay.<br /><br /></span></p> <h2 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 38.5px; font-size: 22px;"><span style="color: #444444;">The Oral Health Dangers of Crash Dieting</span></h2> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Eating healthy foods and getting regular exercise are things we highly recommend, but crash or fad diets may do more harm than good. We understand the desire for fast, noticeable results, and we know how tantalizing personal success stories from friends or people on the internet can sound. However,&nbsp;<strong>sometimes these can lead to trouble for teeth and gums, such as the grapefruit diet</strong>, which exposes the teeth to a lot of strong acid. Other &ldquo;easy&rdquo; weight loss solutions like weight loss pills can lead to destructive teeth grinding habits.<br /><br /></span></p> <h2 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 38.5px; font-size: 22px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Eating Right for Your Health and Your Teeth</span></h2> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">A good diet is one that&rsquo;s good for the whole body, including teeth and gums. Unlike a diet based around grapefruit, one that encourages eating a range of whole foods and reducing the intake of added sugars will ensure that your body gets the nutrients it needs without coming at the expense of tooth enamel.&nbsp;<strong>Proteins, fruits, vegetables, and healthy fats are all important for good oral health</strong>&nbsp;with strong gums and healthy oral tissues. And, of course, make sure to include good calcium sources for strong teeth!<br /><br /></span></p> <h2 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 38.5px; font-size: 22px;"><span style="color: #444444;">We&rsquo;re Rooting for Our Patients&rsquo; Health!</span></h2> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">We encourage all of our patients to stay active (whether that means a gym membership, calisthenics at home, or walking or biking around the neighborhood) and eat healthy, but make sure you don&rsquo;t neglect the basic oral health habits like brushing, flossing, and making regular dental visits in the process!<br /><br /></span></p> <h2 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 38.5px; font-size: 22px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Let&rsquo;s all work towards some healthy goals!</span></h2> </div> Diet and Oral Health http://www.oakridgedentalarts.comhttps://www.oakridgedentalarts.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=9829 <img width="384" height="384" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/2411/384x384_diet_and_teeth_700jpg.jpg" class="img-responsive" style="margin: 20px;" alt="" align="right" /> <div style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><strong>WHAT WE EAT</strong>&nbsp;and drink obviously plays a big role in our overall health, but in a way, it affects our oral health twice. Food and drink affect teeth and gums directly while we&rsquo;re consuming them, and then again indirectly after they&rsquo;ve been digested.<br /><br /></span></p> <h2 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 38.5px; font-size: 22px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Food and Drink&rsquo;s Direct Effects on Teeth and Gums</span></h2> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">A lot of the tastiest things we eat and drink can be pretty bad for our oral health.&nbsp;<strong>Harmful bacteria love to snack on any leftover traces of sugar</strong>&nbsp;when we eat empty-calorie foods like candy, cookies, cakes, or muffins. The more of these things we eat, the more the harmful bacteria are able to multiply and release acids onto our teeth, increasing the risk of decay.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><br />Sugary drinks and sodas are especially harmful, especially when we sip them throughout the day, because&nbsp;<strong>that leaves our teeth constantly bathed in sugar and acid.<br /><br /></strong></span></p> <h2 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 38.5px; font-size: 22px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Better Foods to Choose for Our Mouths</span></h2> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">On the other hand, some foods are actually good for our teeth, such as&nbsp;<strong>cheese, milk, plain yogurt, leafy greens, and almonds</strong>. These foods contain a lot of calcium and other important nutrients. Foods high in protein like&nbsp;<strong>milk, fish, poultry, and eggs</strong>&nbsp;are also great sources of phosphorous, which, alongside calcium, is crucial for rebuilding tooth enamel.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><br />Even though&nbsp;<strong>whole fruits do contain sugar, they&rsquo;re still a much healthier choice than</strong>&nbsp;fruit juice or dried fruits, because their high water and fiber content help to balance the sugar and clean the teeth. When we eat fruits and vegetables, they stimulate saliva production, which washes away food particles and neutralizes acids. We also get vitamins C and A from produce, and these are important for gum health and tooth enamel, respectively.<br /><br /></span></p> <h2 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 38.5px; font-size: 22px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Snacks Versus Our Teeth</span></h2> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">When we eat is almost as important as what we eat. This is because<strong>&nbsp;every time we eat, it resets the clock on our saliva neutralizing the acids</strong>&nbsp;in our mouths, increasing the amount of time our teeth are vulnerable. We recommend limiting eating and drinking (unless it&rsquo;s water) to mealtimes. If you simply must snack, we encourage you to select something nutritious like cheese, yogurt, fruits, vegetables, or nuts.<br /><br /></span></p> <h2 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 38.5px; font-size: 22px;"><span style="color: #444444;">4 Quick Tips for Lowering the Risk of Cavities</span></h2> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">To summarize, here are&nbsp;<strong>four important takeaways</strong>&nbsp;for keeping your teeth strong and healthy:</span></p> <ol style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"> <li><span style="color: #444444;">Brush twice a day for two minutes to remove sugars and food particles</span></li> <li><span style="color: #444444;">Keep the snacks to a minimum and choose mouth-healthy snacks</span></li> <li><span style="color: #444444;">Avoid foods and drinks that are high in added sugars.</span></li> <li><span style="color: #444444;">Include plenty of produce, dairy, and water in your diet.</span><span style="color: #444444;"></span></li> </ol><br /> <div class="embed-responsive embed-responsive-16by9" style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px;"><iframe class="embed-responsive-item" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/0Ja0-Tln7VY" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></div> <br /><br /> <h2 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 38.5px; font-size: 22px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Ask Us for More Nutrition-Related Dental Health Tips!</span></h2> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">We&rsquo;re always here to answer our patients&rsquo; questions about dental health, including its relationship with what we eat and drink. We want our patients to have all the information they need to make great, mouth-healthy choices!<br /><br /></span></p> <h2 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 38.5px; font-size: 22px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Give your teeth and gums plenty of love from us!</span></h2> </div> Summer Orthodontic Special- Brace Yourself! http://www.oakridgedentalarts.comhttps://www.oakridgedentalarts.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=9685 <div style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><img width="419" height="193" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/2411/413x199_oak_ridge_dental_arts_summer_orthodontic_specialpng.png" class="img-responsive" style="padding-left: 20px; margin: 20px;" alt="" align="right" /> <h3 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; font-size: 17px; margin: 0px; line-height: 29.75px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><strong>We are Here to Help You Achieve the Confident Smile You Deserve!</strong></span></h3> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Do you want a straighter, more confident smile? This summer is the perfect time to start your journey to the smile you deserve. Receive up to <strong>$300 OFF</strong>&nbsp;<a href="/braces.htm" target="_blank">braces</a> or&nbsp;<a href="/invisalign.htm" target="_blank">Invisalign&reg;</a> this summer at the office nearest you! <br /><br /></span></p> <h3 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; font-size: 17px; margin: 0px; line-height: 29.75px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><strong>Who Needs Braces or Invisalign?</strong></span></h3> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">While anyone who wants to improve the look of their smile can get orthodontics (braces or Invisalign) to help misaligned or crooked teeth, they are also a great solution for correcting underbites, malocclusions, overbites, cross bites, deep bites and various other flaws of the teeth and jaw.<br /><br />If you're not sure if you need braces or Invisalign, call and schedule an Orthodontic Consultation today and your Dentist will discuss your options for improving your smile and oral health.<br /><br /></span></p> <h3 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; font-size: 17px; margin: 0px; line-height: 29.75px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><strong>Braces Aren't Just for Children and Teenagers! </strong></span></h3> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">It&rsquo;s never too late to start your journey to a straighter, more confident smile. Even if you missed out on orthodontic treatment as a child, you can still get the smile of your dreams. 25% of patients in orthodontic treatment are adults, and many of those are in traditional braces. If the thought of people being able to see metal brackets in your mouth is holding you back from getting the smile you&rsquo;ve always wanted, we have a solution for you. We offer Invisalign treatment and traditional braces in our offices. Invisalign trays are nearly invisible, allowing you to go throughout your daily activities with most people being unaware that you are undergoing orthodontic treatment! We want to help you get a straighter, healthier smile with the treatment that is most convenient to your lifestyle. Schedule an Orthodontic Consultation today and see which orthodontic treatment would be best for you.<br /><br /></span></p> <h3 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; font-size: 17px; margin: 0px; line-height: 29.75px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><strong>Start Your Journey to the Smile You Deserve!</strong></span></h3> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><a href="/contact-us.htm" target="_blank">Call today</a>&nbsp;or&nbsp;<a href="/request-appointment-at-oak-ridge-dental-arts.htm" target="_blank">Request an Appointment</a> below to schedule your Orthodontic Consultation and start your journey to a straighter, more confident smile! When requesting an appointment with our team, make sure to mention the "Summer Orthodontic Special".<br /><br /><em>*Details of this offer vary by location. Please call the office nearest you to find out more.</em></span></p> <br /><br /><br /> <h4 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; text-align: center; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Patients Must Qualify | Restrictions Apply&nbsp;| <a href="/contact-us.htm" target="_blank">Call for Details</a></span></h4> </div> Straight Teeth for a Better Life http://www.oakridgedentalarts.comhttps://www.oakridgedentalarts.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=9655 <img width="405" height="405" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/2411/405x405_health_benefits_of_straight_teeth_700jpg.jpg" class="img-responsive" style="margin: 20px;" alt="" align="right" /> <div style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><strong>TO SOME, IT MIGHT</strong> seem like the benefits of having straight teeth are purely cosmetic. And those benefits certainly do exist.&nbsp;<a href="https://us.dental-tribune.com/news/people-with-straight-teeth-considered-happier-healthier-and-smarter/" target="_blank" rel="noopener" data-hs-link-id="0" style="text-decoration: underline; color: #444444;">Studies have shown</a> that people tend to perceive someone with straight teeth as wealthier, happier, and more dateable than someone with crooked teeth. But there are plenty of other important benefits as well.<br /><br /></span></p> <h3 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; font-size: 17px; margin: 0px; line-height: 29.75px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><strong>Consequences Of Crooked Teeth</strong></span></h3> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">There are many different ways crooked, crowded, or misaligned teeth can negatively impact a person&rsquo;s health and quality of life. Let&rsquo;s take a look at a few of the big ones.</span></p> <ul> <li style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><strong>Difficult To Clean </strong><br />When teeth overlap each other in ways they aren&rsquo;t meant to, they can be&nbsp;<strong>much harder to clean</strong>&nbsp;with brushing and flossing than straight teeth. If teeth aren&rsquo;t getting cleaned as effectively, then they become more vulnerable to tooth decay.</span></li> <li style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><strong>Impede Clear Speech</strong><br />Underbites, severe overbites, and other teeth alignment problems can interfere with a person&rsquo;s ability to speak clearly, leading to lisps and other distortions in articulation.</span></li> <li style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><strong>Interfere With Healthy Digestion</strong><br />Chewing is a critical part of the digestion process. Our saliva begins to break food down on a chemical level while our teeth break it apart into more manageable pieces. Crooked teeth can make it difficult or even impossible to chew food enough, which forces the rest of the digestive system to pick up the slack. This can lead to a number of&nbsp;<a href="https://health.usnews.com/health-news/blogs/eat-run/2015/03/10/5-reasons-you-should-chew-your-food" target="_blank" rel="noopener" data-hs-link-id="0" style="text-decoration: underline; color: #444444;">unpleasant GI consequences</a>, and it&nbsp;<strong>can even make it harder to lose weight!<br /></strong></span></li> <li style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><strong>Can Interfere With Healthy Breathing</strong> <br />If your teeth don&rsquo;t fit comfortably together, you might keep them apart instead of closing your jaws when resting. This can lead to&nbsp;<a href="https://www.healthline.com/health/mouth-breathing#symptoms" target="_blank" rel="noopener" data-hs-link-id="0" style="text-decoration: underline; color: #444444;">mouth breathing</a>, which has many negative health effects. The two most connected to oral health concerns are&nbsp;<strong>chronic bad breath and dry mouth</strong>.</span></li> <li style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><strong>Can Cause Jaw Problems</strong><br />If there&rsquo;s something wrong with your bite, that can result in&nbsp;<strong>temporomandibular joint (TMJ) syndrome</strong>.&nbsp;<a href="https://www.express.co.uk/life-style/health/681589/Arthritis-Crooked-teeth-health-problems" target="_blank" rel="noopener" data-hs-link-id="0" style="text-decoration: underline; color: #444444;">Symptoms include</a>&nbsp;a clicking jaw joint, jaw pain, and frequent headaches.<br /></span></li> </ul> <br /> <h3 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; font-size: 17px; margin: 0px; line-height: 29.75px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><strong>Do Your Teeth Need Straightening?</strong></span></h3> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Having straight teeth eliminates or greatly reduces all of these problems. This, paired with the cosmetic advantages and the boost in confidence, makes orthodontic treatment a very worthwhile investment. At our offices, we provide <a href="/braces.htm" target="_blank">Traditional Braces </a>and&nbsp;<a href="/invisalign.htm" target="_blank">Invisalign</a> treatment to straighten smiles. If you think you could benefit from orthodontic treatment,&nbsp;<a href="/contact-us.htm" target="_blank">contact us today</a> to schedule an orthodontic consultation. One of our amazing dentists will access the condition of your teeth and help get you started on your journey to the healthy and beautiful smile you deserve! In the meantime, keep brushing, flossing, and scheduling your regular dental appointments!<br /><br /></span></p> <h4 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">You deserve the best for your teeth!</span></h4> </div> Ongoing Personal Coronavirus Precautions http://www.oakridgedentalarts.comhttps://www.oakridgedentalarts.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=9602 <img width="384" height="384" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/2411/384x384_coronavirus_precautionsjpg.jpg" class="img-responsive" style="margin: 20px;" alt="" align="right" /> <div style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><strong>ACROSS THE COUNTRY,</strong>&nbsp;some states and cities are starting to reopen, but that doesn&rsquo;t mean we should immediately stop all precautionary measures and go straight back to life as usual. Every little bit we can do helps ensure that hospitals don&rsquo;t get more new cases than they can handle, so let&rsquo;s quickly review the basics.<br /><br /></span></p> <h2 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 38.5px; font-size: 22px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Social Distancing</span></h2> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Basically, social distancing means staying at home and avoiding physical contact with other people as much as possible,&nbsp;<strong>remaining at least six feet apart&nbsp;</strong>and keeping errands and outings to a minimum. The more people do this, the fewer chances the virus will have to spread.<br /><br /></span></p> <h2 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 38.5px; font-size: 22px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Hand Washing</span></h2> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">COVID-19 is spread through person-to-person contact or by touching things an infected person has touched. Scrubbing with ordinary soap is an excellent way to kill germs, especially coronavirus, but&nbsp;<strong>it&rsquo;s important to wash every part of our hands to get the full benefit</strong>. It also helps to keep our nails trimmed, because germs can flourish under them, where they are very difficult to reach.<br /><br /></span></p> <h2 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 38.5px; font-size: 22px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Minimizing Hand-to-Face Contact</span></h2> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Any time we touch our faces, we transfer germs from our hands to our mouths and eyes.&nbsp;<strong>Resist the urge to rub itchy eyes or poke at a stuck piece of food with your finger!</strong>&nbsp;Keep some 70% alcohol hand sanitizer nearby or wash your hands first for the times when touching your face can&rsquo;t be avoided.<br /><br /></span></p> <h2 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 38.5px; font-size: 22px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Sanitizing Surfaces and Devices</span></h2> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">No amount of hand washing can keep the germs at bay forever if the surfaces we touch throughout the day remain dirty. Regular wipe-downs of frequently touched surfaces with alcohol or bleach-based cleaners keeps germs from spreading! This includes things we might not typically think to clean, like&nbsp;<strong>doorknobs, steering wheels, light switches, and, of course, our electronic devices</strong>!<br /><br /></span></p> <h2 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 38.5px; font-size: 22px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Using Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)</span></h2> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">When we go out in public, especially to places where social distancing is harder to do, it&rsquo;s a good idea to wear cloth face masks.&nbsp;<strong>Simple cloth face coverings are great for running essential weekly errands</strong>, and they can be fashioned from common materials most of us have around the house.&nbsp;<a href="https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/how-to-make-cloth-face-covering.html">The CDC&rsquo;s website</a> offers easy instructions for a few different ways to make cloth masks, including a no-sew version.<br /><br /></span></p> <br /> <div class="embed-responsive embed-responsive-16by9" style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px;"><iframe class="embed-responsive-item" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/_6UcIDaxfqk" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></div> <br /><br /><br /> <h2 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 38.5px; font-size: 22px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Just As Important: Staying Informed</span></h2> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">As we continue to follow safety and sanitation guidelines, we also need to stay current with accurate information about the pandemic. A great source of information is&nbsp;<a href="https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html" data-hs-link-id="0" target="_blank" style="text-decoration: underline; color: #444444;">the CDC&rsquo;s website</a>, which is regularly updated with new data and recommendations for how we can keep ourselves safe and slow the spread of coronavirus.<br /><br /></span></p> <h2 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 38.5px; font-size: 22px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Let&rsquo;s all keep up the good work! We&rsquo;ve got this!</span></h2> </div> Practice Updates Regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19) http://www.oakridgedentalarts.comhttps://www.oakridgedentalarts.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=9540 <div style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><strong>WE'RE PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE</strong>&nbsp;that we are beginning to reopen our practice for regular appointments. We want to reassure you that the health and safety of our patients and staff is our number one priority, as always. In addition to our normal safety protocols, we have implemented increased safety precautions in compliance with ADA and CDC guidelines for the comfort and safety of our patients and staff.<br /><br /></span></p> <h2 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 38.5px; font-size: 22px;"><span style="color: #444444;">COVID-19 Precautions</span></h2> <ul style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"> <li><span style="color: #444444;"><strong>Proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE):</strong>&nbsp;N95 masks, Face shields, Surgical Gowns, Gloves</span></li> <li><span style="color: #444444;"><strong>Mobile Check-In:</strong>&nbsp;Upon arrival, please call our office to let our receptionist know you have arrived. We ask that you please wait in the comfort and safety of your car until you receive another call from our receptionist letting you know you may come in for your appointment. </span> <ul> <li><span style="color: #444444;">We are also asking that only the patient come into the office for the appointment- please have any family members or guests wait in the car throughout the appointment to promote social distancing</span></li> <li><span style="color: #444444;">Children who have appointments may have only one parent come into the office with them for their appointment</span></li> </ul> </li> <li><span style="color: #444444;"><strong>Social Distancing: </strong>Proper Spacing of People- We are ensuring social distancing by implementing our mobile check-in policy to minimize the number of people in the waiting room and common areas</span></li> <li><span style="color: #444444;"><strong>Physical Protective Barriers,</strong> also known as &ldquo;Sneeze Guards&rdquo;, have been installed at the front desk and check-out counters</span></li> <li><span style="color: #444444;">Availability of <strong>Hand Sanitizer</strong> and <strong>Disinfectant Hand Soap</strong> throughout the office</span></li> <li><span style="color: #444444;"><strong>Online Paperwork Options: </strong>Prior to your appointment, we are requesting patients to download and complete the Patient Health Update form and either email it to our office before coming in, or print the form and bring it with you to your appointment. Please&nbsp;<a href="/patient-forms.htm" target="_blank">CLICK HERE</a> to download these forms</span></li> <li><span style="color: #444444;"><strong>Deep Sterilization and Disinfecting</strong> of operatories and common areas</span></li> <li><span style="color: #444444;"><strong>Patient and Staff Screenings for Your Safety:</strong> We will be asking screening questions upon your arrival, as well as taking temperatures of each staff member and each patient to ensure the safety of everyone</span></li> </ul> <br /> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">We are excited to see your smiles again and take care of all your dental needs!<br /><br /> Please give us a&nbsp;<a href="/contact-us.htm" target="_blank">call today</a> to schedule your appointment. We look forward to seeing you soon.<br /><br /></span></p> <h2 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 38.5px; font-size: 22px;"><span style="color: #444444;">We are here for you!</span></h2> <br /><br /> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">*Reopening Date varies by office location. Please&nbsp;<a href="/contact-us.htm" target="_blank">contact location nearest you</a> for reopening date.<br /><br /></span></p> </div> Preparing Your Smile For The Big Day http://www.oakridgedentalarts.comhttps://www.oakridgedentalarts.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=9206 <img class="img-responsive" style="margin: 20px;" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/2411/366x366_preparing_your_smile_for_the_big_day_700jpg.jpg" alt="" width="366" height="366" align="right" /> <div style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><strong>YOU&rsquo;VE DREAMED OF THIS</strong> day your whole life. You have the ring and the fianc&eacute;, the planning is going well, and you&rsquo;re down to the last few details. Bridals are coming up, and then the wedding itself. You realize there&rsquo;s something you need to do before you have hundreds of pictures taken of you: perfect your smile!<br /><br /></span></p> <h2 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 38.5px; font-size: 22px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Whitening: Home Versus Professional</span></h2> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><br />When it comes to teeth whitening,<strong> strips, toothpastes, and rinses</strong> are the most cost-effective options. They&rsquo;re cheap and you can do them yourself, but the results won&rsquo;t be as good as with professional whitening. It&rsquo;s critical to start the whitening strips at least one to two weeks in advance, and at least a month in advance if you go with toothpastes and rinses.<br /><br />Another option is<strong> <a href="/teeth-whitening.htm" target="_blank">take-home custom whitening trays</a>, </strong>which we offer in our offices. These trays do cost more, but they result in better whitening as long as you follow the instructions carefully. We recommend starting whitening trays about one month before the wedding or any important photoshoots.<br /><br /> The highest quality, safest, and fastest route you could choose is <strong><a href="http://www.cosmopolitan.com/style-beauty/beauty/a40036/wedding-beauty-treatment-timeline/" target="_blank">professional</a> whitening</strong>. Whitening sessions will take place at the dental office and can be pricier than take-home options, but the great results are worth it!<br /><br /></span></p> <br /> <div class="embed-responsive embed-responsive-16by9" style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px;"><iframe class="embed-responsive-item" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/U0whBFt3D7g" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></div> <br /><br /><br /> <h2 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 38.5px; font-size: 22px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Straightening That Smile</span></h2> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><br />Whitening alone will make a beautiful difference to any smile, but sometimes there are other issues to take care of before the big day, such as orthodontics.&nbsp;<a href="https://www.angieslist.com/articles/how-much-do-adult-braces-cost.htm" target="_blank"><strong>Orthodontic appliances</strong></a> can be expensive, but the results are life-changing.&nbsp;Having straight teeth and a healthy bite are a <strong>huge confidence-booster</strong>, in addition to providing health benefits and looking great.<br /><br />Unlike whitening, which can be done in the last couple of months leading up to the wedding,&nbsp;<a href="/braces.htm" target="_blank">braces</a> or <a href="/invisalign.htm" target="_blank">invisible aligners </a>generally require at least a year, so <strong>don&rsquo;t wait too long</strong> to schedule a consultation if you hear wedding bells in your future!<br /><br /></span></p> <h2 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 38.5px; font-size: 22px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Repairs For Chips And Cavities</span></h2> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><br />One of the factors that determines our oral health is genetics. Unfortunately, that means that sometimes, even the most diligent brushing, flossing, and avoidance of sugary treats aren&rsquo;t enough to keep cavities at bay. And even when we&rsquo;re being careful, accidents happen, and a tooth might end up chipped.<br /><br />If you find yourself facing one of these setbacks before your wedding,<strong>veneers</strong> and <strong>bonding</strong> are both great options to consider. Veneers are <a href="http://www.colgate.com/en/us/oc/oral-health/cosmetic-dentistry/bonding/article/are-there-other-alternatives-for-improving-my-smile" target="_blank">color-matched</a> to blend in with your natural teeth, resulting in a beautiful, natural-looking smile.<br /><br /><a href="http://www.colgate.com/en/us/oc/oral-health/cosmetic-dentistry/bonding/article/how-long-does-tooth-bonding-last-1015" target="_blank">Tooth bonding</a> is a process that covers damaged or discolored teeth with plastic resin. These don&rsquo;t last as long as veneers, but they can be applied in just one visit. On the other hand, it takes one or two weeks after taking the impression of your teeth to receive your custom veneers.<br /><br /></span></p> <h2 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 38.5px; font-size: 22px;"><span style="color: #444444;">We&rsquo;re Here To Help Make Your Special Day Perfect!</span></h2> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><br />We know how hectic it can be to plan a wedding, so we want to make things easier for you by helping you prepare your smile. Whether that&rsquo;s as simple as a regular cleaning appointment or something more involved, you can count on our practice!&nbsp;<a href="/contact-us.htm" target="_blank"><strong>Contact us today</strong></a> to start your journey towards the perfect wedding day smile.<br /><br /></span></p> <h4 style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 29.75px; letter-spacing: normal; text-align: left; color: #808080 !important;">Wishing our patients all the happiness in the world!</h4> </div> Cold and Flu Season and Oral Health http://www.oakridgedentalarts.comhttps://www.oakridgedentalarts.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=9173 <img width="315" height="315" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/2411/315x315_flu_and_oral_health_700jpg.jpg" class="img-responsive" style="margin: 20px;" alt="" align="right" /> <div style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><strong>COMING DOWN WITH</strong>&nbsp;the flu is never any fun, but it&rsquo;s still no time to let up on your oral hygiene routine. The same applies if you get a cold. With it being flu and cold season, we thought this was a good time to share some tips for maintaining good oral health through one of these common illnesses.<br /><br /></span></p> <h2 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 38.5px; font-size: 22px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Brushing and Flossing Can Help You Feel Better</span></h2> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><br />As well as you can while sick, try to remember to brush and floss as usual. It&rsquo;s not just about the comfort of maintaining some part of your normal routine, or about getting some small sense of accomplishment out of it &mdash; no,&nbsp;<strong>brushing and flossing can actually make you feel better!</strong></span></p> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><br />Keeping your mouth as clean as possible is a real boost to your overall sense of well-being.&nbsp;<strong>A clean mouth helps you feel rejuvenated and refreshed</strong>, so don&rsquo;t let the simple habits of brushing and flossing fall by the wayside while you&rsquo;re sick. Getting rid of oral bacteria can only help while you&rsquo;re fighting a cold or the flu! Also, remember to change out your toothbrush after being sick.<br /><br /></span></p> <h2 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 38.5px; font-size: 22px;"><span style="color: #444444;">A Stuffy Nose Leads to Dry Mouth</span></h2> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><br />If you can&rsquo;t breathe out of your nose because of congestion, then obviously your only option is to breathe through your mouth. That&rsquo;s never great for oral health, because it tends to dry things out. We need our saliva to fend off bacteria and wash away food debris, and&nbsp;<strong>dry mouth significantly increases the risk of tooth decay</strong>.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><br />Sometimes the medicine we take to help with a cold or the flu (such as antihistamines, pain relievers, and decongestants) can actually make the dry mouth situation worse. Keep this in mind and&nbsp;<strong>make sure to drink plenty of water</strong>&nbsp;and, when possible, breathe through your nose.<br /><br /></span></p> <h2 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 38.5px; font-size: 22px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Congestion and Bad Breath</span></h2> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><br />Have you ever noticed a snotty taste when you have a cold? Well, it can also be a smell, in the form of bad breath.&nbsp;<strong>This happens because of post nasal drip, or excess mucus leaking down the back of the throat.</strong>&nbsp;It&rsquo;s easy for bacteria to multiply in this situation, which leads to unpleasant smells &mdash; yet another reason why brushing and flossing are just as important when we&rsquo;re sick!<br /><br /></span></p> <div class="embed-responsive embed-responsive-16by9" style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px;"><iframe class="embed-responsive-item" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/RkCgyLknlBo" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></div> <h2 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 38.5px; font-size: 22px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><br />Cut Down on Sugar</span></h2> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><br />The bad bacteria in our mouths love when we eat sugar, even when it comes in the form of a cough drop. Sucking on a sugary cough drop is just as bad for our teeth as sucking on a hard candy, which is why&nbsp;<strong>it&rsquo;s a good idea to choose a sugar free cough drop for your throat-soothing needs.<br /><br /></strong></span></p> <h2 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 38.5px; font-size: 22px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Rehydrate with Water</span></h2> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><br />We tend to reach for beverages like orange juice, sports drinks, or sweetened tea when we&rsquo;re sick. If we do, we should remember to&nbsp;<strong>rinse with water afterward to wash away any leftover sugar</strong>, but we should really be drinking water more than anything else. It will make up for the fluids lost due to flu or cold symptoms, and particularly if it&rsquo;s the stomach flu, it helps to protect the teeth from the damaging effects of stomach acid from frequent vomiting.<br /><br /></span></p> <h2 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 38.5px; font-size: 22px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Have Questions About Oral Health?</span></h2> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><br />If there&rsquo;s anything else you&rsquo;d like to know about the relationship between oral health and common illnesses like colds or the flu, just give us a call! We want all of our patients to have the tools they need to stay as healthy as possible in addition to specifically having good oral health.<br /><br /></span></p> <h2 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 38.5px; font-size: 22px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Feel better soon!</span></h2> </div> Sleep Apnea And Dental Health http://www.oakridgedentalarts.comhttps://www.oakridgedentalarts.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=9151 <img class="img-responsive" style="margin: 20px;" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/2411/321x321_sleep_apnea_700jpg.jpg" alt="" width="335" height="335" align="right" /> <div style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><strong>IN JUST THE UNITED STATES,</strong>&nbsp;sleep apnea affects over 18 million adults and up to 20 percent of children who habitually snore. Sleep apnea is a disorder involving brief, repeated interruptions to normal breathing during sleep. In addition to being potentially life-threatening, this disorder can be very harmful to oral health.<br /><br /></span></p> <h2 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 38.5px; font-size: 22px;"><span style="color: #444444;">The Different Types of Sleep Apnea</span></h2> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><br />There are different ways sleep apnea can occur.&nbsp;<strong>The most common is obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), caused by a blocked airway</strong>&nbsp;&mdash; typically the tongue collapsing against the soft palate, which then collapses against the back of the throat, leaving no space for air to get through. A rarer form is central sleep apnea, in which the brain fails to signal the respiratory muscles to keep breathing. Some people experience a combination of the two, which is called complex sleep apnea.<br /><br /></span></p> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">In any type of sleep apnea, the brain reacts with alarm to the lack of air and forces the person to wake up and take a breath. Even though this process is over in seconds and they usually remember nothing,&nbsp;<strong>it can happen hundreds of times in a single night</strong>. We need uninterrupted sleep in order to be fully rested, so even tiny interruptions can have a very detrimental impact on quality of sleep.<br /><br /></span></p> <div class="embed-responsive embed-responsive-16by9" style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px;"><iframe class="embed-responsive-item" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/_shMGanKHfo" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></div> <h2 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 38.5px; font-size: 22px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><br />Okay, But How Does That Affect Oral Health?</span></h2> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><br />On top of struggling with the effects of sleep deprivation like exhaustion, morning headaches, and trouble concentrating, sleep apnea affects oral health in a number of ways. People with OSA are&nbsp;<strong>more likely to struggle with moderate to severe periodontitis</strong>&nbsp;(gum disease), but they are&nbsp;<strong>even more likely to develop temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD)</strong>.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">A sleep apnea episode happens when the throat relaxes, and studies have shown that the jaw tends to reflexively clench in an effort to keep the airway open.&nbsp;<strong>This TMD issue leads to other problems</strong>, including pain when chewing, chronic headaches, neck and shoulder pain, and even damaged teeth.<br /><br /></span></p> <h2 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 38.5px; font-size: 22px;"><span style="color: #444444;">The Dentist Is Your Best Ally</span></h2> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><br />Dental side-effects are so common in sleep apnea cases that&nbsp;<strong>the dentist is often the first one to recognize the signs and diagnose it</strong>. That&rsquo;s only one way keeping up with your regularly scheduled dental appointments can benefit your overall health, not just your oral health. Common treatment options for sleep apnea patients include nighttime dental devices that push the tongue or lower jaw forward and CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machines.<br /><br /></span></p> <h2 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 38.5px; font-size: 22px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Sleep Healthy, Smile Healthy!</span></h2> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><br />We all need good sleep in order to feel our best, so if you&rsquo;ve been living with sleep apnea symptoms, your next dental appointment could change your life. Stop by our practice today or give us a call to schedule a dental exam, and we&rsquo;ll be able to discover if sleep apnea is the cause. Then you&rsquo;ll be on the path to a better night&rsquo;s sleep and a healthier smile!<br /><br /></span></p> <h2 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 38.5px; font-size: 22px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Sleep tight, wonderful patients!</span></h2> </div> What Are Tongue Ties and Lip Ties? http://www.oakridgedentalarts.comhttps://www.oakridgedentalarts.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=9135 <img width="346" height="231" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/2411/346x231_tonguetiedjpg.jpg" class="img-responsive" style="margin: 20px;" alt="" align="right" /> <div style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><strong>BEING &ldquo;TONGUE-TIED&rdquo;</strong>&nbsp;is a common expression in the English language, but it&rsquo;s also a real medical condition. Being lip-tied is another, and both are caused by thin pieces of tissue called frenula. One frenulum connects the upper lip to the upper gums, and another connects the tongue to the floor of the mouth. We have other frenula, but these are the two we&rsquo;re going to focus on.<br /><br /></span></p> <h2 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 38.5px; font-size: 22px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Normal and Abnormal Frenula</span></h2> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><br />For most people, these frenula are thin and very stretchy, allowing plenty of mobility for the lips and tongue. This is important, because it lets us talk, chew, and swallow normally. Sometimes, however, the upper lip or tongue frenulum is unusually thick or tight, restricting movement. This is what we call a tongue tie or a lip tie.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><strong><br />Tongue ties can make it impossible to lift the tongue to touch the roof of the mouth</strong>, which creates significant difficulties for pronouncing words and being able to properly chew and swallow food. Lip ties can cause a large gap between the upper front teeth, increase the risk of gum recession, and even prevent an infant from latching effectively while breastfeeding.<br /><br /></span></p> <h2 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 38.5px; font-size: 22px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Treating Lip and Tongue Ties</span></h2> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><br />There is an easy solution to the problems of lip and tongue ties: a simple surgery called a frenectomy, which removes or reduces an abnormal frenulum. The procedure is definitely worth considering in cases of restricted lip or tongue movement, especially if it&rsquo;s causing discomfort or pain.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><strong><br />A frenectomy can be done quickly and the recovery time is short.</strong>&nbsp;Typically, they are performed by periodontists and oral surgeons. The doctor numbs the area and makes a small incision in the frenulum in question in order to make it smaller or simply remove it. Sometimes the doctor uses laser surgery to remove it, which shortens recovery time and reduces the (already small) risk of complications. Be sure to follow any post-operation instructions carefully to ensure the best results and quickest recovery.<br /><br /></span></p> <div class="embed-responsive embed-responsive-16by9" style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px;"><iframe class="embed-responsive-item" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Su8-KR0xI5E" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></div> <h2 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 38.5px; font-size: 22px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><br />The Dentist Can Diagnose a Tongue or Lip Tie</span></h2> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><br />Most of us will never have to think about our frenula because they are thin and elastic enough never to be in the way, but if you think yours or your child&rsquo;s might be unusual and causing difficulties, schedule a dental appointment to find out. The dentist can take a look and determine if a frenectomy is necessary and recommend the best next steps.<br /><br /></span></p> <h2 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 38.5px; font-size: 22px;"><span style="color: #444444;">We love taking care of our patients&rsquo; smiles!</span></h2> </div> Teaching Good Daily Flossing Habits http://www.oakridgedentalarts.comhttps://www.oakridgedentalarts.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=9125 <img width="333" height="333" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/2411/349x349_kids_floss_700jpg.jpg" class="img-responsive" style="margin: 20px;" alt="" align="right" /> <div style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><strong>HAVING HEALTHY SMILES</strong>&nbsp;isn&rsquo;t just about brushing twice a day. It&rsquo;s also about flossing, and the best time to build a lifelong daily flossing habit is in childhood. This is where parents come in, but where we come in is to give parents a few tips to keep in mind when teaching kids how to floss.<br /><br /></span></p> <h3 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; font-size: 17px; margin: 0px; line-height: 29.75px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><strong>Why Floss Baby Teeth?</strong></span></h3> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><br />Many parents mistakenly think that because baby teeth are only there for a few years, it&rsquo;s not important to try very hard to keep them cavity-free. Yes, baby teeth will eventually be replaced with permanent teeth, but&nbsp;<strong>healthy baby teeth are better for chewing, talking, and guiding the permanent teeth into place</strong>&nbsp;than cavity-filled baby teeth. It takes brushing AND flossing to keep baby teeth healthy.<br /><br /></span></p> <h3 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; font-size: 17px; margin: 0px; line-height: 29.75px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><strong>When Is the Right Time to Start Flossing?</strong></span></h3> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><br />Kids take a while to develop the dexterity and hand-eye coordination they need to be able to floss their own teeth, but&nbsp;<strong>we shouldn&rsquo;t wait until then to teach them or set an example</strong>. Parents demonstrating good brushing and flossing habits is an essential part of kids growing up with those habits. Another is to floss their teeth for them, and age two and a half is generally a good time to start.<br /><br /></span></p> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">More than anything else,&nbsp;<strong>consistency is key</strong>. Children who are comfortable with the idea of flossing as part of their day are much more likely to keep it up once they&rsquo;re doing it for themselves.<br /><br /></span></p> <h3 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; font-size: 17px; margin: 0px; line-height: 29.75px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><strong>Flossing Tips and Tricks</strong></span></h3> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><br />When teaching kids how to floss, there are a few things you can do to help get them engaged and motivated.</span></p> <ul style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"> <li><span style="color: #444444;"><strong>Explain why flossing is important.</strong>&nbsp;When kids know why flossing matters, they&rsquo;ll be more willing to do it.</span></li> <li><span style="color: #444444;"><strong>Make sure they know that Big Kids floss.</strong>&nbsp;Children are eager for ways to prove how grown up they are, whether it&rsquo;s riding a bike without training wheels, tying their own shoes, or flossing!</span></li> <li><span style="color: #444444;">If regular floss is too tricky,&nbsp;<strong>try flossers or floss picks.</strong></span></li> </ul> <br /> <h3 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; font-size: 17px; margin: 0px; line-height: 29.75px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><strong>Good Flossing Technique</strong></span></h3> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><br />For parents who stick to traditional floss, technique is key. You&rsquo;ll want to show your child how to pull out the right amount of floss (about a foot and a half) and loosely secure it around their middle fingers with just an inch or two to slide between the teeth. Take that inch or two and&nbsp;<strong>carefully curve it around a tooth in a C-shape and wiggle back and forth instead of pulling straight down to the gums</strong>, which can be dangerous.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><br />After gently cleaning in both directions between two teeth, slide the floss back out and shift to a clean section of floss for the next spot.&nbsp;<strong>It&rsquo;s important to use clean floss each time</strong>, or you&rsquo;re basically just moving plaque from one area to another instead of getting rid of it!<br /><br /></span></p> <div class="embed-responsive embed-responsive-16by9" style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px;"><iframe class="embed-responsive-item" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/_MA1xHooi8c" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></div> <h3 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; font-size: 17px; margin: 0px; line-height: 29.75px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><strong><br />The Dentist Can Help!</strong></span></h3> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><br />If you have any questions about good flossing technique or how to pass a daily flossing habit on to your kids, just let us know! We&rsquo;re experts in dental health, and that includes flossing and helping kids become experts in taking care of their own teeth as they get older.<br /><br /></span></p> <h4 style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 29.75px; letter-spacing: normal; text-align: left; color: #808080 !important;">We look forward to seeing your smile again!</h4> </div> We Are Pleased To Announce The Opening Of Our Sherrills Ford Office http://www.oakridgedentalarts.comhttps://www.oakridgedentalarts.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=9105 <div style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><img class="img-responsive" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/2411/2019_office_slide_sherrills_ford_2_cropped_20200123081349.jpg" alt="" width="707" height="416" align="" /><br /> <h3 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; font-size: 17px; margin: 0px; line-height: 29.75px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><strong>Now Open In Sherrills Ford!</strong></span></h3> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><br />We are excited to announce the opening of our new, state-of-the-art office in Sherrills Ford, North Carolina. We at Oak Ridge Dental Arts have enjoyed caring for the surrounding communities for the past twelve years. Our patients have enjoyed &ldquo;a warm and friendly staff&rdquo;, &ldquo;caring dentists&rdquo;, and &ldquo;a topnotch dental office&rdquo;. We are very excited to join a closely-knit community like Sherrills Ford.<br /> <br />At Oak Ridge Dental Arts, we bring a love for helping others as well as years of dental experience to serve you, your family and your friends at our new, state-of-the-art dental office. With the latest technology and expertise, we are able to create a comfortable and caring dental experience for your entire family (including children). Our team is committed to providing a gentle, positive dental experience, as we understand many patients may feel uneasy about their dental visits. We genuinely care about you and your health!<br /> <br />We are now accepting new patients, and invite you to come visit our new state-of-the-art dental office. Our new dental office is located at 7856 Village Center North, #100, Sherrills Ford, NC 28673, located in The Village at Sherrills Ford. The Village at Sherrills Ford is located along NC Highway 150 West and Slanting Bridge Road. Our office is located on the corner of Slanting Bridge Road and Village Center North, across the street from Publix.<br /> <br />If you haven&rsquo;t been to the dentist in the past six months or you are interested in enhancing your smile, give us a call and let us show you why so many families in your neighborhood trust Oak Ridge Dental Arts with all their dental needs. Please give our Sherrills Ford office a call at (828) 435-3840 to schedule your dental appointment and we will be happy to answer any questions you may have.<br /><br /></span></p> <h4 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">We look forward to meeting you and caring for all your family&rsquo;s dental needs!</span></h4> </div> How Your Oral And Overall Health Are Linked http://www.oakridgedentalarts.comhttps://www.oakridgedentalarts.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=9076 <img class="img-responsive" style="margin: 20px;" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/2411/351x351_oral_and_overal_health_linked_2017_700jpg.jpg" alt="" width="351" height="351" align="right" /> <div style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><strong>WE&rsquo;VE SAID IT BEFORE AND WE&rsquo;LL SAY IT AGAIN&hellip; </strong>&nbsp;taking care of your teeth and mouth is more than just about cosmetics, it&rsquo;s about your health! When you think of being healthy, your mouth probably isn&rsquo;t the first thing that comes to mind. But your oral and overall health are more intertwined than you think.<br /><br /></span></p> <h3 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; font-size: 17px; margin: 0px; line-height: 29.75px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><strong>Your Mouth Is The Gateway To The Rest Of Your Body</strong></span></h3> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><br />According to the U.S. Surgeon General&rsquo;s&nbsp;<a href="https://www.nidcr.nih.gov/research/data-statistics/surgeon-general" target="_blank">2000</a> report, &ldquo;Oral health and general health should not be interpreted as separate entities. &hellip; As the gateway of the body, the mouth senses and responds to the external world and at the same time reflects what is happening deep inside the body. &hellip; You cannot be healthy without oral health.&rdquo;<br /><br /></span></p> <h3 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; font-size: 17px; margin: 0px; line-height: 29.75px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><strong>Periodontal Disease And Its Connection To Chronic Diseases</strong></span></h3> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><br />Not only can many illnesses and medications have a direct effect on your mouth, your oral health can also affect your body. This is especially true of periodontal or &ldquo;gum&rdquo; disease.</span></p> <br /><br /> <h4 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Diabetes</span></h4> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><br />Not only can many illnesses and medications have a direct effect on your mouth, your oral health can also affect your body. This is especially true of periodontal or &ldquo;gum&rdquo; disease.</span></p> <br /><br /> <h4 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Heart Disease</span></h4> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><br />While health care professionals aren&rsquo;t completely sure as to why, heart and gum disease often go hand in hand. In fact, up to&nbsp;<a href="https://www.webmd.com/oral-health/features/oral-health-the-mouth-body-connection#1" target="_blank">91 percent</a> of patients with heart disease have gum disease. It is believed that the link between these two conditions is inflammation.</span></p> <br /><br /> <h4 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Cancer</span></h4> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><br />These&nbsp;<a href="https://www.perio.org/consumer/gum-disease-and-other-diseases" target="_blank">statistics</a> may surprise you, but researchers have found that men with gum disease were 54 percent more likely to develop pancreatic cancer, 49 percent more likely to develop kidney cancer and 30 percent more likely to develop blood cancers.<br /><br />What&rsquo;s more, cancer treatments often have oral manifestations. Chemotherapy and radiation can cause sores in the mouth, sensitive gums, jaw and facial pain and dry mouth.<br /><br /></span></p> <div class="embed-responsive embed-responsive-16by9" style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px;"><iframe class="embed-responsive-item" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/xdMIfEHArWs" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></div> <h4 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><br />Other Complications</span></h4> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><br />Gum disease has also been linked with stroke, kidney disease, osteoporosis, certain lung conditions and rheumatoid arthritis. Pregnant women with gum disease are more likely to have preterm births and low birth-weight babies.</span></p> <br /><span style="color: #444444;"></span><br /><span style="color: #444444;"></span> <h3 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; font-size: 17px; margin: 0px; line-height: 29.75px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><strong>The Health Of Your Mouth Is In Your Hands</strong></span></h3> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><br />As you can see, there is a strong connection between oral and overall health. That&rsquo;s why it&rsquo;s important to make your dentist a part of your health care team by going to your regular dental appointments and updating them on your medical history. We care about your whole body health!<br /><br />The good news is that, for the most part, dental disease is entirely preventable. Brushing twice a day and flossing daily can keep gum disease at bay and protect you from cavities. Your oral health is in your hands, so choose to be mouth-healthy!<br /><br /></span></p> <h4 style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 29.75px; letter-spacing: normal; text-align: left; color: #808080 !important;">Thanks for your trust in our practice. We appreciate you!</h4> </div> Stocking Stuffers For Healthy Teeth http://www.oakridgedentalarts.comhttps://www.oakridgedentalarts.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=9038 <img width="404" height="404" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/2411/404x404_stockings_700jpg.jpg" class="img-responsive" style="margin: 20px;" alt="" align="right" /> <div style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><strong>THE HOLIDAYS ARE</strong>&nbsp;approaching, and that means it&rsquo;s time to shop for treats and presents for the people we love! Often times, these treats aren&rsquo;t the healthiest choices for our teeth, which is why we&rsquo;ve put together some suggestions for more dental-friendly goodies to stuff in those stockings &mdash; as well as some things to avoid.<br /><br /></span></p> <h3 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; font-size: 17px; margin: 0px; line-height: 29.75px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><strong>Stocking Stuffer No-Nos</strong></span></h3> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><br />Everyone gets a sweet tooth around the holidays, even Santa! However, an abundance of Christmas candy and sugary treats isn&rsquo;t healthy for your teeth. When shopping for stocking stuffers this year, you may want to avoid things like chewy candy, hard candy, sour candy and sticky foods.<br /><br />Anything hard, sticky, or sour is going to be bad for your teeth. Hard candy takes a while to dissolve, which means your teeth are exposed to sugar for a long time. Hard candy could also cause chips or fractures in teeth.<strong>Sticky candy is like breakfast in bed for bacteria,</strong> adhering to the teeth and pushing the sugar right up against the enamel and gum tissue. Sour candy contains acid as well as sugar, so it&rsquo;s doubly bad for teeth.<br /><br /></span></p> <h3 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; font-size: 17px; margin: 0px; line-height: 29.75px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><strong>The Dentist&rsquo;s Picks</strong></span></h3> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><br />Not all candy is awful for oral health. <strong>Chocolate is on the good end of the oral health spectrum, and the darker, the better.</strong> Chocolate contains flavonoids and polyphenols, compounds that limit oral bacteria, fight bad breath, and slow tooth decay. Dark chocolate has more of these compounds and their benefits are less offset by sugar than in sweeter milk chocolate.<br /><br /> The best candy option for your teeth, unsurprisingly, is sugar-free gum sweetened with xylitol. Other types of candy that use xylitol aren&rsquo;t very common (yet), so you might not find much of it, but xylitol gum is a great sweet treat to add to the stocking. <strong>Xylitol not only doesn&rsquo;t feed oral bacteria, it actually hurts it!</strong><br /><br />Of course, another option would be to <strong>avoid edible stocking stuffers altogether</strong>. If you&rsquo;re looking for an idea for a little one in your family, a character toothbrush would be a great idea. Character toothbrushes can help children get excited about brushing their teeth and help make their oral-health routine more fun. Electric toothbrushes could be a great gift for your older children and even adults. If you have a tech-savvy person in your family, there are electric toothbrushes that have Bluetooth capability. A few other dental-friendly stocking stuffers include fun toothbrush holders, floss, or a certificate for a professional-strength whitening kit from the dentist. We are also in favor of small toys and games that will take your children&rsquo;s minds completely off their sweet tooth cravings.</span></p> <br /><br /> <div class="embed-responsive embed-responsive-16by9" style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px;"><iframe class="embed-responsive-item" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/nRfyHIRdEcY" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></div> <h3 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; font-size: 17px; margin: 0px; line-height: 29.75px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><strong><br />Wishing All Our Patients A Happy, Healthy Holiday Season!</strong></span></h3> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><br />No matter what goes in those stockings, don&rsquo;t forget to keep up with all those good brushing and flossing habits through the holiday season. We look forward to seeing you at your next cleaning appointments! Call and schedule your appointment with us today!<br /><br /></span></p> <h4 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Thank you for being part of our Oak Ridge Dental Arts family!</span></h4> </div> Grinding Bruxism To A Halt http://www.oakridgedentalarts.comhttps://www.oakridgedentalarts.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=8991 <img class="img-responsive" style="margin: 20px;" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/2411/333x333_bruxismjpg.jpg" alt="" width="333" height="333" align="right" /> <div style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><strong>GRINDING OR CLENCHING YOUR</strong>&nbsp;teeth is a pretty normal thing to do when you&rsquo;re annoyed or stressed, and that&rsquo;s nothing to worry about. However, if you grind your teeth on a more regular basis, whether asleep or awake, it can become a serious problem. This kind of chronic teeth-grinding is known as bruxism.<br /><br /></span></p> <h3 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; font-size: 17px; margin: 0px; line-height: 29.75px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><strong>Why Does Bruxism Happen?</strong></span></h3> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><br />Sleep bruxism, also called nocturnal bruxism, is sometimes the&nbsp;<strong>side-effect of sleep apnea or snoring</strong>, while awake bruxism (diurnal bruxism) can be a&nbsp;<strong>side-effect of stress</strong>. However, not everyone with bruxism is dealing with a sleep disorder or stress, and everyone with a sleep disorder or a lot of stress in their lives will have bruxism.&nbsp;<strong>Improperly aligned teeth can also cause bruxism.<br /></strong></span><span style="color: #444444;"></span><br /><span style="color: #444444;"></span></p> <h3 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; font-size: 17px; margin: 0px; line-height: 29.75px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><strong>Bruxism Symptoms</strong></span></h3> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><br />Treatment for bruxism can sometimes be tricky because there isn&rsquo;t a single clear cause, so the focus tends to be on reducing symptoms and minimizing the damage. You might not be consciously aware of a teeth-grinding habit, but if you experience at least some of the following symptoms, it could be because of bruxism:<br /><br /></span></p> <ul style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"> <li><span style="color: #444444;"><strong>Sore jaw</strong>&nbsp;(with sleep bruxism, your jaw will be most sore in the morning, whereas with awake bruxism, it&rsquo;ll be most sore in the evening)</span></li> <li><span style="color: #444444;"><strong>Frequent headaches</strong>&nbsp;from the constant strain</span></li> <li><span style="color: #444444;"><strong>Overdeveloped jaw muscles</strong>&nbsp;(because you&rsquo;re giving them a major workout!)</span></li> <li><span style="color: #444444;"><strong>Shifting teeth</strong></span></li> <li><span style="color: #444444;"><strong>Flattened chewing surfaces</strong>&nbsp;of teeth</span></li> <li><span style="color: #444444;"><strong>Exposed dentin</strong>&nbsp;and increased tooth sensitivity</span></li> <li><span style="color: #444444;"><strong>Chipped, cracked, or split teeth</strong></span></li> <li><span style="color: #444444;"><strong>Tooth loss</strong></span></li> </ul> <br /><br /> <div class="embed-responsive embed-responsive-16by9" style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px;"><iframe class="embed-responsive-item" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/e1X3sTgQm9w" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></div> <h3 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; font-size: 17px; margin: 0px; line-height: 29.75px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><strong><br />Bruxism Treatment</strong></span></h3> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><br />There are a variety of treatments or approaches to either reduce the grinding or the damage it causes, depending on the type of bruxism you have.<br /><br /></span></p> <h4 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Behavioral Therapy</span></h4> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">You can become more aware of your clenching/grinding habits with behavioral therapy or habit-reversal techniques and consciously work to stop. Because it&rsquo;s much harder to control what your jaw muscles do in your sleep, this option tends to work better for awake bruxism.<br /><br /></span></p> <h4 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Relaxation</span></h4> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Relaxation techniques such as yoga, deep breathing exercises, massages, warm baths, calming music, and a full night&rsquo;s sleep can help you de-stress and stop grinding if your bruxism is stress-related.<br /><br /></span></p> <h4 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Prescribed Medication</span></h4> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Medicine is rarely used to treat bruxism, especially if other treatments are helping, but muscle relaxant medication prescribed by your doctor might help you unclench while you sleep.<br /><br /></span></p> <h3 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; font-size: 17px; margin: 0px; line-height: 29.75px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><strong>We Can Help You Stop The Grind!</strong></span></h3> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><br />Schedule an appointment with us if you&rsquo;re experiencing any of the above symptoms. It may be due to bruxism, and we can make a plan for how to address it. You don&rsquo;t want to leave it untreated until it gets to the point where it&rsquo;s damaging your teeth.<br /><br /></span></p> <h4 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Help us help you keep your teeth healthy!</span></h4> <!--EndFragment--></div> Teeth Are An Important Part Of Digestion http://www.oakridgedentalarts.comhttps://www.oakridgedentalarts.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=8945 <img width="328" height="492" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/2411/328x492_man_holding_bread_2304125jpg.jpg" class="img-responsive" style="margin: 20px;" alt="" align="right" /> <div style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #606060; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #606060;"><strong>CHEWING IS THE FIRST STEP </strong>in digestion! But chewing our food only enough to swallow it down doesn&rsquo;t count. If you&rsquo;re rushing proper chewing&mdash;especially if it&rsquo;s due to dental distress&mdash;you&rsquo;re robbing yourself of some important benefits!<br /><br /></span></p> <h3 style="color: #606060; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; font-size: 17px; margin: 0px; line-height: 29.75px;"><span style="color: #606060;"><strong>Chewing Helps Retain Energy And Absorb Nutrients</strong></span></h3> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #606060; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #606060;"><br />Chewing our food does more than simply give us time to taste flavors. The more we chew our food, the more it&rsquo;s broken down into elements we can absorb and use. When we swallow minimally chewed food, some of the nutrients and energy remains locked in&mdash;making it more difficult to enter our bodies.<br /><br /></span></p> <h3 style="color: #606060; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; font-size: 17px; margin: 0px; line-height: 29.75px;"><span style="color: #606060;"><strong>Chewing Aids Digestion</strong></span></h3> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #606060; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #606060;"><br />When saliva mixes with the foods we eat, we begin to digest it before we even swallow it. This is because saliva contains digestive enzymes that begin breaking our food down right away. In addition, un-chewed pieces of food can cause digestive discomfort.<br /><br /></span></p> <h3 style="color: #606060; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; font-size: 17px; margin: 0px; line-height: 29.75px;"><span style="color: #606060;"><strong>Chewing Gives Us Time To Notice We&rsquo;re Full</strong></span></h3> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #606060; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #606060;"><br />Often, especially when we&rsquo;re wolfing down our food, we eat more than we should before our body is able to give us the &ldquo;full&rdquo; notification. Eating slower can help us control our portions and feel more satisfied.<br /><br /></span></p> <h3 style="color: #606060; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; font-size: 17px; margin: 0px; line-height: 29.75px;"><span style="color: #606060;"><strong>If Your Bite Is To Blame, Let&rsquo;s Visit</strong></span><span style="color: #606060;"></span><br /><span style="color: #606060;"></span></h3> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #606060; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #606060;"><br />If you&rsquo;re not chewing your food properly, are your teeth to blame? Malocclusion (an uneven bite), tooth sensitivity, missing teeth, or poorly fitting dentures can all cause minimal chewing. You might swallow food down earlier because chewing is uncomfortable. You might even avoid certain healthy foods just because they require more chewing.<br /><br /></span></p> <div class="embed-responsive embed-responsive-16by9" style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><iframe class="embed-responsive-item" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/hYdZd_UKT-o" width="562" height="316" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></div> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #606060; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #606060;"><br /><strong>Breakdowns in our oral health start to affect our overall health.</strong> If your teeth aren&rsquo;t doing their job helping you chew, digest, and absorb nutrition from your food, <strong>don&rsquo;t ignore the problem.</strong> Talk with us about it. We can get your teeth back into shape so they can better do their job.</span></p> <h4 style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 29.75px; letter-spacing: normal; text-align: left; color: #808080 !important;"><br />Thanks for your trust in our practice. We appreciate you!</h4> </div> Flossing Is Essential To Your Oral Hygiene http://www.oakridgedentalarts.comhttps://www.oakridgedentalarts.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=8920 <img class="img-responsive" style="margin: 20px;" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/2411/318x318_importanceofflossing_700_2jpg.jpg" alt="" width="318" height="318" align="right" /> <div style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #606060; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #606060;"><strong>WE&rsquo;VE MENTIONED IT TIME AND TIME AGAIN</strong>&hellip; Flossing is an essential part of good oral hygiene. Many people don&rsquo;t see the need for flossing when they already brush their teeth; others simply hate the task. We understand that it can be tedious! <strong>But as your trusted dental professionals, we want to assure you that flossing will greatly benefit your dental and overall health.</strong><br /><br /></span></p> <h3 style="color: #606060; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; font-size: 17px; margin: 0px; line-height: 29.75px;"><span style="color: #606060;"><strong>So, How Does Flossing Benefit My Health?</strong></span></h3> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #606060; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #606060;"><br />Did you know that when you don&rsquo;t floss, you miss cleaning&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/oralb/status/412588238465802240" target="_blank">35 percent of tooth surfaces</a> in your mouth? That&rsquo;s because <strong>brushing simply cannot get into those hard-to-reach spaces between your teeth. Unfortunately, however, bacteria can!</strong> Flossing completes brushing by cleaning the spaces your toothbrush can&rsquo;t.<br /><br />Regular flossing can:<br /><br /></span></p> <ul style="color: #606060; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;"> <li style="text-size-adjust: 100%;"><strong>Prevent cavities.</strong><span>&nbsp;</span>Have you ever flossed, even after brushing your teeth, and were surprised to find a remnant of your last meal? Flossing removes food debris and plaque, preventing cavity formation between the teeth, a common place for tooth decay.</li> <li style="text-size-adjust: 100%;"><strong>Fight bad breath.</strong><span>&nbsp;</span>If food or plaque are left in between teeth, they will eventually release a bad smell. Yuck!</li> <li style="text-size-adjust: 100%;"><strong>Inhibit tartar buildup and gum disease.</strong><span>&nbsp;</span>If left on teeth for too long, plaque hardens into tartar, which can only be removed by a dental professional. The presence of tartar can lead to gum disease and tooth loss. Gum disease is associated with other systemic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes and stroke.</li> <li style="text-size-adjust: 100%;"><strong>Improve your appearance.</strong><span>&nbsp;</span>Food debris and plaque make teeth look more yellow and gritty. Clean, healthy teeth always appear whiter and brighter!<span style="color: #606060;"></span><br /><span style="color: #606060;"></span></li> </ul> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #606060; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #606060;"> From years of experience, we can confidently say that flossing makes a big difference in your oral and overall health.<br /><br /></span></p> <h3 style="color: #606060; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; font-size: 17px; margin: 0px; line-height: 29.75px;"><span style="color: #606060;"><strong>For Flossing To Work, It Has To Be Done Correctly</strong></span></h3> <br style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;" /><br /> <div class="embed-responsive embed-responsive-16by9" style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><iframe class="embed-responsive-item" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/HhdoPXNKNm4" width="562" height="316" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></div> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #606060; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #606060;"><br />To reap the benefits of flossing, it has to be done correctly. In a 2006 study, researchers wanted to see whether flossing at home had the same benefits as having daily flossing done by professionals. The study showed that participants who were flossed professionally had a&nbsp;<a href="https://www.nature.com/articles/6400425" target="_blank">40 percent decrease</a> in their risk of cavities than their at-home flossing counterparts. The researchers concluded that <strong>flossing, when done properly, has a substantial, positive effect on oral health.</strong><br /><br /></span></p> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #606060; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #606060;">Many people simply snap the floss in between their teeth and pull it back out. The correct way, however, is to curve the floss around the tooth, as if the floss were hugging it. Still curved around the tooth, move the floss up and down to scrape the plaque. Do the same on the other tooth.<br /><br /></span></p> <h3 style="color: #606060; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; font-size: 17px; margin: 0px; line-height: 29.75px;"><span style="color: #606060;"><strong>Take The Flossing Challenge</strong></span><span style="color: #606060;"></span><br /><span style="color: #606060;"></span></h3> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #606060; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #606060;"><br />We&rsquo;d like to challenge you to make daily flossing a part of your oral healthcare routine. We promise you&rsquo;ll feel the difference! <strong>If you still have questions about flossing, call or come in to see us.<br /></strong></span></p> <h4 style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 29.75px; letter-spacing: normal; text-align: left; color: #808080 !important;"><br />Seeing our patients is the best part of our day!</h4> </div> Teeth, Gums, And Diabetes http://www.oakridgedentalarts.comhttps://www.oakridgedentalarts.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=8890 <img class="img-responsive" style="margin: 20px;" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/2411/330x290_diabetes_700_20191107125629jpg.jpg" alt="" width="330" height="290" align="right" /> <div style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><strong>IT MIGHT SEEM LIKE</strong> diabetes and oral health have little to do with each other, but this is unfortunately not the case. One of the most common effects of diabetes is, in fact, gum disease, and the two conditions can actually make each other harder to deal with. This is why we want to make sure all of our patients have the information they need about the relationship between diabetes and oral health problems.<br /><br /></span></p> <h3 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; font-size: 17px; margin: 0px; line-height: 29.75px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><strong>The Basics Of Diabetes</strong></span></h3> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><br />Diabetes is a chronic disease that affects how the body makes and uses insulin, a crucial hormone that regulates blood glucose levels. When the pancreas can&rsquo;t produce insulin (type 1 diabetes) or the body can&rsquo;t use it properly (type 2 and gestational diabetes), this leads to hyperglycemia. What does this mean for the teeth and gums? Well, high blood sugar both weakens the immune system and feeds bad oral bacteria,&nbsp;<strong>leaving diabetics vulnerable to oral inflammation and decay.<br /><br /></strong></span></p> <h3 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; font-size: 17px; margin: 0px; line-height: 29.75px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><strong>How Diabetes Affects Oral Health</strong></span></h3> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><br />By this point, it shouldn&rsquo;t come as a surprise that&nbsp;<a href="http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/d/diabetes" target="_blank" rel="noopener" data-hs-link-id="0" style="color: #444444;">22 percent of diabetics</a>&nbsp;suffer from gum disease, ranging from gingivitis (inflammation) to periodontitis (advanced gum disease), which&nbsp;<strong>threatens the health of the teeth, gums, and even the underlying bone</strong>. Bacteria from gum disease can also endanger overall health if it reaches the bloodstream, making blood sugar even harder to regulate.<br /><br /></span></p> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Some of the symptoms to watch out for include&nbsp;<strong>red, swollen, or bleeding gums, gum recession, bad breath, and loosened teeth</strong>.&nbsp;<a href="https://www.colgateprofessional.com/education/patient-education/topics/systemic/diabetes-and-oral-health" target="_blank" rel="noopener" data-hs-link-id="0" style="color: #444444;">Another diabetic symptom</a>&nbsp;that increases the risk of developing gum disease is dry mouth, because saliva is crucial for regulating the mouth&rsquo;s pH and washing away bacteria and food particles.<br /><br /></span></p> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">While we&rsquo;re focusing on gum disease, uncontrolled diabetes can also lead to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ada.org/en/member-center/oral-health-topics/diabetes" target="_blank" rel="noopener" data-hs-link-id="0" style="color: #444444;">a variety of other oral health problems</a>, including dry mouth, impaired or slower healing, burning mouth syndrome, salivary gland enlargement, more frequent and severe infections, and fungal infections.<br /><br /></span></p> <h3 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; font-size: 17px; margin: 0px; line-height: 29.75px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><strong>Fighting Back Against Diabetes</strong></span></h3> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><br />The good news for our patients who struggle with diabetes is that&nbsp;<strong>good oral health is still within your grasp</strong>, and keeping your mouth healthy will also make your diabetes easier to control! By brushing twice a day for two minutes with a soft-bristled brush and fluoride toothpaste, flossing daily, avoiding smoking, and being careful with your sugar intake, you can keep your teeth and gums healthy.<br /><br /> </span></p> <div class="embed-responsive embed-responsive-16by9" style="text-align: left;"><iframe class="embed-responsive-item" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/to8uSqrDMMU" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe><br /><br /></div> <h3 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; font-size: 17px; margin: 0px; line-height: 29.75px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><strong><br />The Role Of The Dentist</strong></span></h3> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><br />Just as crucial as your brushing and flossing routine is making regular trips to the dentist, and that might mean more than the standard two appointments a year. To play it safe, we recommend three or four yearly visits for diabetic patients. It is also essential that your doctor and your dental health care provider have the right information to be able to work as a team to keep you, your teeth, and your gums healthy.<br /><br /></span></p> <h4 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">We&rsquo;re here to help you in your fight for good oral health!</span></h4> </div> Charcoal Toothpaste: Science Versus Fads http://www.oakridgedentalarts.comhttps://www.oakridgedentalarts.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=8856 <div style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><strong>IF GIVEN THE CHANCE</strong>&nbsp;to change something about their smiles, most people would choose to have whiter teeth, and quite a few are willing to try just about anything for it, including something as counterintuitive as scrubbing them with toothpaste made of charcoal.<br /><br /></span></p> <h3 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; font-size: 17px; margin: 0px; line-height: 29.75px;"><span style="color: #444444;">The History of Charcoal as a Remedy</span></h3> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><br />The activated charcoal-based dental and skin care products that have been popping up everywhere over the last couple of years aren&rsquo;t entirely a new idea. Hippocrates of ancient Greece (originator of the Hippocratic Oath and often described as the Father of Medicine) recommended using charcoal to treat black gums and bad breath, and ancient Romans made mouthwashes and tooth powders out of burnt goat hooves.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><br />Charcoal and teeth didn&rsquo;t mix much from then until charcoal products began popping back up in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In the 1930s, charcoal dental cream and gum were advertised as a way to get fresher breath and remove tobacco stains. However,&nbsp;<strong>the American Dental Association raised safety concerns&nbsp;</strong>that led to the discontinuation of such products.<br /><br /></span></p> <h3 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; font-size: 17px; margin: 0px; line-height: 29.75px;"><span style="color: #444444;">The Incomplete Logic of Charcoal in Toothpaste</span><span style="color: #444444;"></span><br /><span style="color: #444444;"></span></h3> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><br />Activated charcoal is actually extremely good at absorbing toxins, so the logic is to put that property to work cleaning teeth. It&rsquo;s a nice theory, but it misses an important part of the picture.&nbsp;<strong>Charcoal is a highly abrasive substance</strong>, so even while it absorbs harmful compounds and maybe even helps break up surface stains on teeth,&nbsp;<strong>it&rsquo;s also scraping up the enamel and eroding it away.</strong><br /><br /></span></p> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><strong>Furthermore, it doesn&rsquo;t only absorb bad stuff:<br /></strong><br /></span></p> <div class="embed-responsive embed-responsive-16by9" style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px;"><br /><iframe class="embed-responsive-item" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/DjTkwpEyiyo" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe><br /><br /><br /></div> <div style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"> <h3 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; font-size: 17px; margin: 0px; line-height: 29.75px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><br />The Lack of Data to Support Charcoal</span></h3> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><br />Many charcoal-based products boast of the amazing effects they can have on tooth whiteness and breath freshness, but no studies have substantiated any of these claims. On the contrary,&nbsp;<a href="http://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1742-6596/884/1/012002" target="_blank" rel="noopener" data-hs-link-id="0" style="color: #444444;">one study</a>&nbsp;has shown that&nbsp;<strong>tooth surfaces became significantly rougher after just a month of using charcoal toothpaste</strong>&nbsp;compared to regular toothpaste. Yikes!</span></p> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><br />That roughened texture is enamel loss.&nbsp;<strong>Once enamel is gone, it&rsquo;s gone for good</strong>, exposing the softer, more yellow dentin underneath and leaving the teeth much more vulnerable to&nbsp;<a href="https://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/w/natural-teeth-whitening" target="_blank" rel="noopener" data-hs-link-id="0" style="color: #444444;">decay</a>. A temporarily whiter smile isn&rsquo;t worth the long-term effects.<br /><br /></span></p> <h3 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; font-size: 17px; margin: 0px; line-height: 29.75px;"><span style="color: #444444;">&ldquo;Natural&rdquo; Isn&rsquo;t Always Better&hellip;or Safer</span></h3> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><br />Charcoal toothpaste is one of many dubious products riding the tide of today&rsquo;s &ldquo;natural&rdquo; remedies craze. Even though dozens &mdash; perhaps hundreds &mdash; of charcoal-based dental products now exist,&nbsp;<strong>not a single one of them has the backing of the ADA or the FDA</strong>. We encourage our patients to wait for the ADA&rsquo;s approval on any dental health product, charcoal-based or otherwise.<br /><br /></span></p> <h3 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; font-size: 17px; margin: 0px; line-height: 29.75px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Trust Whitening to the Experts</span></h3> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><br />If you are one of the countless people who would love a whiter smile, there are safe, controlled ways to get it, i<span style="color: #444444;">nstead of looking to trendy YouTubers for ideas</span>. At Oak Ridge Dental Arts, we provide <a href="/teeth-whitening.htm" target="_blank">in-office whitening or a professional strength take home whitening kit</a>. Talk to your dentist today with any questions you may have about teeth whitening treatment. We will help you find out which whitening treatment is best for you and start your journey to a brighter, whiter smile.<br /><br /></span></p> <h4 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Your dental health is our number one priority!</span></h4> </div> </div> Love Pumpkin? Your Smile Does Too! http://www.oakridgedentalarts.comhttps://www.oakridgedentalarts.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=8825 <div style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><strong>&lsquo;TIS THE SEASON FOR</strong>&nbsp;everything pumpkin. As the poster child of fall, pumpkin doesn&rsquo;t just star in our autumnal decorations, it shows up on our menus too. And as far as we&rsquo;re concerned, that&rsquo;s a good thing. Pumpkin is great for your oral and overall health!<br /><br /></span></p> <h3 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; font-size: 17px; margin: 0px; line-height: 29.75px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><strong>Pumpkin: Fall&rsquo;s Super-food</strong></span></h3> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><br />We&rsquo;re glad pumpkin has so many health benefits because it sure is delicious!&nbsp;<strong>Pumpkins are high in fiber and are a great source of beta-carotene</strong>, which are both important for our health in various ways. They&rsquo;re also full of potassium which can help lower blood pressure. But the reason we dentists love pumpkin is that it&rsquo;s great for your smile!<br /><br /></span></p> <div class="embed-responsive embed-responsive-16by9" style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px;"><br /><iframe class="embed-responsive-item" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/cqklBTTxDR8" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></div> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><strong><br />Pumpkins benefit your oral health because they are:</strong></span></p> <ul style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"> <li><span style="color: #444444;"><strong>A great source of zinc.</strong>&nbsp;Zinc is considered an anti-plaque agent and is often added to toothpaste to prevent buildup. It also strengthens teeth and bones and boosts gum health.</span></li> <li><span style="color: #444444;"><strong>Rich in vitamins.</strong>&nbsp;Vitamin A found in pumpkin aids in the flow of saliva, keeping your teeth clean and protecting them from decay. Pumpkin&rsquo;s vitamin C contributes to a healthy immune system, helping you to fight off oral infections.</span></li> <li><span style="color: #444444;"><strong>High in magnesium.</strong>&nbsp;In tandem with calcium, magnesium strengthens tooth enamel and prevents decay. Without magnesium, our enamel would be much weaker and more susceptible to cavity-causing bacteria.</span></li> </ul> <br /> <h3 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; font-size: 17px; margin: 0px; line-height: 29.75px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><strong>Not All Pumpkin Treats Are Good For You</strong></span></h3> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><br />Now before you go running off to Starbucks for that pumpkin spice latte or the bakery for a batch of pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, there are a few things you should know.&nbsp;<strong>Not&nbsp;<em>everything</em>&nbsp;you encounter with pumpkin in it is going to benefit your health.</strong></span></p> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><br />A lot of the most popular pumpkin snacks&ndash;pumpkin pie, bread and cake, in addition to the aforementioned treats&ndash;should actually be considered desserts because of their&nbsp;<strong>high sugar content</strong>. So when it comes to these sugar-filled pumpkin treats, consume them in moderation.<br /><br /></span></p> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><strong>Here are some healthier ways to satisfy your pumpkin cravings this fall:</strong></span></p> <ul style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"> <li><span style="color: #444444;">Baked pumpkin seeds&ndash;a guilt-free, vitamin-filled snack</span></li> <li><span style="color: #444444;">Pumpkin smoothie&ndash;perfect for breakfast or as a dessert substitute</span></li> <li><span style="color: #444444;">Pumpkin soup&ndash;a great way to warm up in the colder autumn weather</span></li> <li><span style="color: #444444;">Roasted pumpkin&ndash;make it the main course, use it as a side dish, or throw it in a salad</span></li> </ul> <br /> <h3 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; font-size: 17px; margin: 0px; line-height: 29.75px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><strong>Enjoy The Fall Season</strong></span></h3> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><br />Nothing says autumn more than the big orange fruit. When you&rsquo;re eating all that pumpkin this fall, remember that you&rsquo;re not only satisfying your tastebuds, but you&rsquo;re also boosting your oral and overall health! So go ahead, eat more pumpkin.<br /><br /></span></p> <h4 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Wishing a wonderful autumn to all our patients.</span></h4> </div> Some Of History's Fun And Bizarre Dental Stories http://www.oakridgedentalarts.comhttps://www.oakridgedentalarts.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=8816 <div style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><strong>HISTORY IS FULL</strong>&nbsp;of outrageous tales about teeth! How many of these dental facts have you heard before?</span></p> <br style="color: #444444;" /> <h3 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; font-size: 17px; margin: 0px; line-height: 29.75px;"><span style="color: #444444;">The Dental Woes That Won the Battle Of Yorktown?<br /></span></h3> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><br />During the Revolutionary War, <strong> George Washington</strong> wrote a letter to his dentist requesting some dental cleaning tools to be sent to New York, noting that the American forces wouldn&rsquo;t be in Philadelphia any time soon. The correspondence was intercepted by the British, making them think that Washington would not move his army to Yorktown. When the Americans attacked Yorktown anyway, the British were caught unawares and the battle was ultimately won.<br /><br /><strong> Check out the video below to learn more about George Washington&rsquo;s teeth and dentures!<br /><br /></strong></span></p> <div class="embed-responsive embed-responsive-16by9" style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px;"><br /><iframe class="embed-responsive-item" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/cwqeH557c70" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe><br /><br /></div> <h3 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; font-size: 17px; margin: 0px; line-height: 29.75px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><br />The Power Of A Tooth<br /></span></h3> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><br /><span style="color: #444444;">In Sri Lanka, the Temple of the Tooth is home to <strong> Buddha&rsquo;s</strong> left canine. After Buddha&rsquo;s death, this tooth played a major role in politics&ndash;whoever was in possession of the tooth had the right to rule the country. The tooth was passed down from monarch to monarch for generations as a symbol of power and authority to govern. Talk about strong teeth!</span></p> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">&nbsp;</span></p> <h3 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; font-size: 17px; margin: 0px; line-height: 29.75px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Cotton Candy And A Good Laugh<br /></span></h3> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><br />Some dentists throughout history put their names on the map as inventors.<strong>William Morrison</strong> may have been a dentist, but he is best known for developing the cotton candy machine! We think it was his history as a dentist that inspired him to first call cotton candy &ldquo;fairy floss.&rdquo;<br /><br /></span></p> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Another dentist named <strong>Horace Wells</strong> saw a public demonstration of the effects of nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and recognized its medical possibilities. He asked a colleague to pull one of his teeth out while he was under the influence of laughing gas and said he didn&rsquo;t feel a thing, effectively introducing general anesthesia to dentistry. Now that&rsquo;s dedication!<br /></span><span style="color: #444444;"></span><br /><span style="color: #444444;"></span></p> <h3 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; font-size: 17px; margin: 0px; line-height: 29.75px;"><span style="color: #444444;">The $31,000 Tooth<br /></span></h3> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><br />After getting a tooth extracted, <strong>John Lennon</strong> gave it to his housekeeper whose daughter was a huge Beatles fan. The tooth stayed in the family for over 40 years until it was sold at an auction for approximately 31,000 dollars!<br /></span><span style="color: #444444;"></span><br /><span style="color: #444444;"></span></p> <h3 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; font-size: 17px; margin: 0px; line-height: 29.75px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Sir, You Have Spinach In Your Teeth&hellip;<br /></span></h3> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><br />The famous frontman for the Rolling Stones, <strong>Mick Jagger</strong>, added some flare to his smile by putting an emerald chip in one of his teeth. Unfortunately, most people thought it was a piece of spinach. He changed it to a ruby but got tired of people telling him it was a drop of blood. He finally settled on a diamond instead.<br /></span><span style="color: #444444;"></span><br /><span style="color: #444444;"></span></p> <h3 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; font-size: 17px; margin: 0px; line-height: 29.75px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Floss Your Way To Freedom?<br /></span></h3> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><br />In 1994, an inmate escaped from a West Virginia prison by braiding dental floss into a rope and scaling the prison wall! We recommend just using floss to clean out those hard-to-reach spaces between your teeth.<br /></span><span style="color: #444444;"></span><br /><span style="color: #444444;"></span></p> <h3 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; font-size: 17px; margin: 0px; line-height: 29.75px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Getting Into Character<br /></span></h3> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><br />Some actors are really devoted to their craft! For his role as Captain Jack Sparrow in &ldquo;Pirates of the Caribbean,&rdquo; <strong>Johnny Depp</strong> had gold caps put on his teeth. He wore them until after the filming of the third film!<br /><br />In the comedy &ldquo;The Hangover,&rdquo; <strong>Ed Helms&rsquo;</strong> character loses a tooth after getting punched by the boxing legend, Mike Tyson. Well, guess what? His toothless grin is real! When Helms&rsquo; permanent tooth never grew in, he decided to get a dental implant to improve the appearance of his smile. For the film, he had his implant taken out so the tooth loss would be authentic!<br /></span><span style="color: #444444;"></span><br /><span style="color: #444444;"></span></p> <h3 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; font-size: 17px; margin: 0px; line-height: 29.75px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Know Any More Interesting Stories?<br /></span></h3> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><br />There are plenty of other crazy dental facts and tales out there. Which ones did we miss? Let us know in the comments on our Facebook page!<br /><br /></span></p> <h4 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Thank you for being our valued patients and friends.</span></h4> </div> How To Prepare For A Dental Emergency http://www.oakridgedentalarts.comhttps://www.oakridgedentalarts.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=8772 <div style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><strong>EMERGENCIES ARE SO MUCH</strong>&nbsp;easier to deal with if we&rsquo;ve prepared for them in advance, and that includes dental emergencies. You might be wondering what you can do to prepare for something like an unexpected tooth injury or dental health issue. It&rsquo;s true that a dental emergency isn&rsquo;t quite the same as a food shortage or a flat tire, but we can still make plans for what to do.</span></p> <br style="color: #444444;" /> <h3 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; font-size: 17px; margin: 0px; line-height: 29.75px;"><span style="color: #444444;">If A Tooth Gets Broken&hellip;<br /></span></h3> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><br />In the event of a cracked, chipped, or broken tooth, get straight to a dentist. The sooner treatment happens, the better. What you can do beforehand is&nbsp;<strong>find the broken tooth fragments and place them in cold milk</strong>&nbsp;to preserve them. You can also rinse your mouth out with water.<br /><strong><br />Never ignore a crack or chip</strong>, because if the damage is deep enough to expose the dental pulp, the tooth is in danger of infection, which can lead to the death of the pulp, a painful dental abscess, bone loss, and worse.<br /><br /></span></p> <h3 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; font-size: 17px; margin: 0px; line-height: 29.75px;"><span style="color: #444444;">If A Baby Tooth Gets Knocked Out&hellip;<br /></span></h3> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;">&nbsp;<br /><span style="color: #444444;">Call the dentist right away if your child loses a baby tooth in an accident,&nbsp;<strong>especially if it wasn&rsquo;t loose beforehand</strong>. In most cases, we won&rsquo;t put the tooth back in because it could create problems for the incoming permanent tooth. Since that tooth will be replaced eventually anyway, this might not seem like a big deal, but there may be other, less obvious damage.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">&nbsp;</span></p> <h3 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; font-size: 17px; margin: 0px; line-height: 29.75px;"><span style="color: #444444;">If An Adult Tooth Gets Knocked Out&hellip;<br /></span></h3> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><br />If an entire permanent tooth is knocked out, get to the dentist as fast as you safely can, because the clock is ticking on the fate of that tooth.&nbsp;<strong>If the dentist sees you within an hour of the accident, the tooth can usually be saved.</strong>&nbsp;You can improve the tooth&rsquo;s chances by putting it back in the socket and holding it in place with clean gauze or a washcloth. If it won&rsquo;t go back in, storing it in cold milk will also help.<br /><br /></span></p> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Do NOT handle a knocked out tooth by the root. Do NOT let it dry out. Do NOT scrub it clean or use any soap, alcohol, or peroxide on this.&nbsp;<strong>Doing any of these things will kill the root</strong>, and then it will be much harder or even impossible to successfully replant.<br /><br /></span></p> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><strong>It&rsquo;s too bad we can&rsquo;t just regrow adult teeth, isn&rsquo;t it?<br /><br /></strong></span></p> <div class="embed-responsive embed-responsive-16by9" style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px;"><br /><iframe class="embed-responsive-item" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/ZMThW10wQa0" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe><br /><br /></div> <h3 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; font-size: 17px; margin: 0px; line-height: 29.75px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><br />We&rsquo;re Ready To Help In Case Of Emergencies!<br /></span></h3> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><br />In addition to being familiar with common types of dental emergencies, it&rsquo;s essential to know where you&rsquo;re going to go for help! Our practice is ready to help any patient with an unexpected dental problem. We hope that you&rsquo;ll never need to use this information and that the only time we&rsquo;ll see you will be for regular appointments, but it&rsquo;s always good to be prepared!<br /><br /></span></p> <h4 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">You can rely on Oak Ridge Dental Arts!</span></h4> </div> Dental Scaling And Root Planing: The Basics http://www.oakridgedentalarts.comhttps://www.oakridgedentalarts.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=8752 <div style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><strong>ROUTINE PROFESSIONAL DENTAL</strong>&nbsp;cleanings by your dental hygienist include scaling, or the careful removal of plaque and tartar from around the gumline. Tartar in particular can only be removed at a professional cleaning, as brushing and flossing alone can&rsquo;t do the trick. However, if you have symptoms of gum disease, your teeth may need an even more advanced cleaning called dental scaling and root planing.<br /><br /></span></p> <h3 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; font-size: 17px; margin: 0px; line-height: 29.75px;"><span style="color: #444444;">The Effects Of Gum Disease</span></h3> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><br />Healthy gums fit snugly around the teeth, providing a barrier that keeps bacteria away from the roots.&nbsp;<strong>When gums become diseased, they begin to pull away from the teeth</strong>, forming deeper pockets where bacteria can grow. That&rsquo;s how plaque and tartar can build up beneath the gumline.<br /><br /></span></p> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><strong>Check out this video for the warning signs of gum disease:</strong></span></p> </div> <div class="embed-responsive embed-responsive-16by9" style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><br /><iframe class="embed-responsive-item" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/I1QIn9FIhVk" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></div> <div style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"> <div style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #ff0201;"><strong>&nbsp;</strong></span></div> <h3 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; font-size: 17px; margin: 0px; line-height: 29.75px;"><span style="color: #444444;">What Is Dental Scaling And Root Planing?</span></h3> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><br />When you brush your teeth, you&rsquo;re cleaning the visible surfaces.&nbsp;<a href="https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/conditions/gum-disease/what-dentists-do-when-root-planing-and-scaling-teeth-0215" target="_blank" rel="noopener" data-hs-link-id="0" style="color: #444444;">Dental scaling</a>&nbsp;and root planing is a deeper cleaning.&nbsp;<strong>Dental scaling gets rid of all plaque and tartar above and below the gumline</strong>, and root planing smooths out any uneven areas on the surfaces of tooth roots so that bacteria will have a harder time sticking and gum tissue will be able to heal effectively.<br /><br /></span></p> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">This kind of deep cleaning has been described as&nbsp;<strong>the gold standard of treatment for patients with gum disease</strong>. To get the gums healthy again, all that gunk needs to be cleaned out, which is what dental scaling and root planing does. While routine scaling helps prevent gum disease, scaling and root planing is a non-surgical treatment for existing gum disease. In cases of severe periodontitis, it may be recommended before gum surgery.<br /><br /></span></p> <h3 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; font-size: 17px; margin: 0px; line-height: 29.75px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Removing Tartar Is Like Pulling A Splinter</span></h3> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><br />If you&rsquo;ve ever had a splinter in your finger, you know that getting it out isn&rsquo;t very comfortable, but as soon as it&rsquo;s gone, you feel instant relief. Dental scaling and root planing is the same way. It may require multiple appointments and a local anesthetic to eliminate discomfort, but&nbsp;<strong>it leaves your teeth and gums feeling wonderful</strong>.<br /><br /></span></p> <h3 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; font-size: 17px; margin: 0px; line-height: 29.75px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Afterward: Taking Care Of Your Gums</span></h3> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><strong><br />Getting your gums healthy again is a process, and the dentist is your best resource.</strong>&nbsp;After your periodontal treatment, whether it&rsquo;s surgical or just scaling and root planing, we&rsquo;ll want to pay close attention to your gums through regular maintenance visits. Every two to four months, you&rsquo;ll come in for routine cleanings and examinations where we check the pocket depth of your gums.<br /><br /></span></p> <h3 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; font-size: 17px; margin: 0px; line-height: 29.75px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Getting Your Healthy Smile Back &mdash; And Keeping It!</span></h3> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><br />The best treatment for gum disease is prevention, whether you&rsquo;ve had it before or not. A good oral hygiene routine is critical, so make sure you&rsquo;re brushing the inside, outside, and chewing surfaces of your teeth twice a day, flossing daily, replacing worn out toothbrushes, and scheduling regular appointments with us. Avoiding smoking will also help you keep your gums healthy.<br /><br /></span></p> <h4 style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="color: #444444;">A healthy life starts with healthy gums and teeth!</span></h4> </div> Care After Wisdom Teeth Removal http://www.oakridgedentalarts.comhttps://www.oakridgedentalarts.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=8661 <div style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><strong style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">WE ARE OFTEN ASKED</strong><span style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;"><span>&nbsp;</span>questions about wisdom tooth extraction and how to best care for your teeth and mouth after surgery. As your trusted dental practice, we&rsquo;re here to calm your fears and address your concerns!</span><br style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;" /><br style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;" /> <h3 style="margin: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; padding-right: 20px;"><strong><strong>Steps To Take To Promote Healing</strong></strong></h3> <br style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;" /><span style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">There are several reasons why people may need to get their wisdom teeth removed. Here are some things you can do after the procedure to facilitate healing:</span> <ul style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;"> <li style="text-size-adjust: 100%;"><strong>Rest:</strong><span>&nbsp;</span>Rest for the remainder of the day after surgery and as needed after that. Avoid strenuous activity for at least a week.</li> <li style="text-size-adjust: 100%;"><strong>Eat soft foods:</strong><span>&nbsp;</span>For the first 24 hours, eat only soft foods such as yogurt, ice cream, or applesauce. Broth-based soups without many chunks are good to eat 1 to 2 days after the procedure. Avoid spicy, chewy or hard foods for 1 to 2 weeks.</li> <li style="text-size-adjust: 100%;"><strong>Drink water:</strong><span>&nbsp;</span>Drink plenty of water and avoid alcoholic, caffeinated, and hot beverages in the first 24 to 48 hours.</li> </ul> <span style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;"><span style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">You will most likely experience one or more of the following symptoms: minor pain, swelling, bruising, and limitation in opening or closing your mouth, pain in jaw or ear, sore throat. It is important to listen to your body and take it easy. <strong>No heavy lifting, spitting, sucking through a straw, alcohol or smoking</strong> after the procedure.<br /></span></span> <h4 style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 20px; letter-spacing: normal; text-align: left; color: #808080 !important;"><br />Oral Hygiene</h4> <br /><span style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">Brush gently. A gentle, lukewarm salt water rinse can be used to freshen your mouth. But again, do not spit; just let the fluid passively empty. The corners of your mouth may become cracked and dry so make sure to moisturize frequently.</span><span style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;"><span style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;"><strong style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;"><br /><br /></strong></span></span> <h4 style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 20px; letter-spacing: normal; text-align: left; color: #808080 !important;">Swelling</h4> <span style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;"><strong style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;"><br /></strong></span><span style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">If you experience swelling, apply cold compresses to affected area for ten minute intervals for the first 24 hours to minimize swelling. Any swelling that occurs usually begins to diminish within 72 hours; call the office if there is no change after 72 hours.<br /></span><br /> <h4 style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 20px; letter-spacing: normal; text-align: left; color: #808080 !important;">Bleeding</h4> <br /><span style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">Some oozing of blood is normal for the first 12-24 hours. Put a hand towel on your pillow as some drooling can occur when you are numb. If you experience excessive bleeding, apply firm pressure with 1-2 folded gauze pads or a damp tea bag on the affected area for 30-60 minutes and keep your head elevated. Call the office if bleeding does not subside.</span><br style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;" /><br style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;" /> <h3 style="margin: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; padding-right: 20px;"><strong><strong>Prevent Dry Socket</strong></strong></h3> <span style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;"><br />After wisdom teeth removal, preventing dry socket is important. When a tooth is extracted, a blood clot forms to protect the bones and nerves underneath. Dry socket occurs when the blood clot is dislodged, exposing the bone and nerves. This condition can be avoided if the proper precautions are taken after tooth extraction.<br /></span><br style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;" /><br /> <div class="embed-responsive embed-responsive-16by9" style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><iframe class="embed-responsive-item" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/w82Xn88E3CY" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></div> <h3 style="margin: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important;"><strong><br /><strong>We're Here For You</strong><br /></strong></h3> <br style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;" /><span style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">Our job is to make the healing process easy and comfortable for you. Call us or set up an appointment if you have any questions about wisdom teeth removal or would like to discuss your options!<span>&nbsp;</span></span><strong style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">We are here for YOU.</strong><br style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;" /><br style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;" /> <h4 style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 20px; letter-spacing: normal; text-align: left; color: #808080 !important;"><strong style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;"><span style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;"><strong>If you experience anything not addressed in this blog post,</strong> have questions or any post-surgical problems, please call the office as soon as possible.</span></strong></h4> <h4 style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 20px; letter-spacing: normal; text-align: left; color: #808080 !important;"><br /><br />We love our patients!<br /><br /></h4> </div> What To Expect At Your Next Dental Checkup http://www.oakridgedentalarts.comhttps://www.oakridgedentalarts.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=8639 <div style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><strong style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">VISITING YOUR DENTIST</strong><span style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">&nbsp;every six months is an important part of maintaining your oral health. Not only does it keep your smile clean, but it can help you keep an eye on your overall health too!</span><br /> <p style="margin: 1em 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left;">For some, it may have been a while since your last visit or you or a loved one may be apprehensive about visiting the dentist. Knowing what to expect can help relieve much of this anxiety, so today we want to explain the basics of what happens during your bi-annual cleaning and how you can prepare for your next appointment!</p> <h3 style="margin: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; padding-right: 20px;"><strong>Gather Necessary Information Beforehand</strong></h3> <p style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left;">Discussing your family history may not be the first thing you think of when scheduling your dental appointment, but being familiar with your family&rsquo;s medical history allows us to better care for your oral and overall health.</p> <p style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left;">Like many other conditions such as heart disease and certain forms of cancer, periodontal disease has strong genetic ties that can run in your family. Knowing your family&rsquo;s medical history can help your dentist keep an eye out for oral health issues such as gum disease or other conditions, which present symptoms in the mouth, such as diabetes.</p> <p style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left;">Aside from gathering any relevant personal or family medical information, be sure to review your dental insurance benefits as you prepare for your appointment. Knowing your level of coverage will help you understand what costs will be associated with your care. If you have any questions about using your dental insurance in our practice or if you would like information about paying for care without insurance, give us a call!</p> <h3 style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important;"><strong>What Happens During Your Appointment?</strong></h3> <p style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left;">Although this varies from patient to patient based on their individual needs, a dental check-up generally consists of a professional cleaning, a comprehensive dental examination, and potentially X-rays.</p> <h4 style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 20px; letter-spacing: normal; text-align: left; color: #808080 !important;">Dental X-Rays</h4> <p style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left;">How frequently you need dental X-rays relies largely on your medical and dental history, your age, and your current oral health. New-patient examinations often include X-rays as well.</p> <p style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left;">If required, dental X-rays are generally taken at the beginning of your dental appointment. Dental X-rays allow us to detect and diagnose tooth decay between teeth, on hard-to-reach surfaces, and under existing dental work. X-rays can even be helpful in identifying dental and orthodontic issues that exist beneath the gum line.</p> <h4 style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 20px; letter-spacing: normal; text-align: left; color: #808080 !important;">Dental Cleaning</h4> <p style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left;">Once it&rsquo;s time for your cleaning, your dentist or hygienist uses a small metal instrument known as a scaler to scrape off tartar above and below the gum line and in between teeth. Next, they polish your teeth using a polishing tool and a lightly abrasive paste to deep clean your pearly whites and remove any tartar left behind after the previous step. Last but not least, they&rsquo;ll finish your cleaning with a thorough flossing.</p> <h4 style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 20px; letter-spacing: normal; text-align: left; color: #808080 !important;">Comprehensive Exam</h4> <p style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left;">After your teeth are clean, your dentist will perform a comprehensive oral examination to ensure your oral health is in tip-top shape. They will:</p> <ul> <li style="text-size-adjust: 100%;">examine your teeth for signs of decay</li> <li style="text-size-adjust: 100%;">check for gum swelling and redness, and measure the depth of your gingival pockets to check for signs of periodontal disease</li> <li style="text-size-adjust: 100%;">test how your top and bottom teeth come together and check for signs of teeth grinding or other potential orthodontic issues</li> <li style="text-size-adjust: 100%;">examine your neck, lymph glands, and oral cavity for signs of oral cancer</li> </ul> <p style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left;">Based on your exam, we&rsquo;ll discuss any necessary treatment recommendations and offer helpful tips on how to improve your oral hygiene before your next appointment.</p> <p style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left;"><strong>Check out the video below for more information on the importance of regular dental exams!</strong><br /><br /></p> <div class="embed-responsive embed-responsive-16by9" style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><iframe class="embed-responsive-item" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/HitDhdMxoy0" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></div> <h3 style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important;"><strong><br />What Should You Do After Your Appointment?</strong></h3> <p style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left;">Whether your next appointment is in 6 months or even sooner, we&rsquo;re looking forward to seeing your smile! Be sure to maintain a good oral hygiene routine and follow any additional instructions provided by your dentist before your next visit. If you have any questions about what to expect from a visit in our office, let us know!</p> <h4 style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 20px; letter-spacing: normal; text-align: left; color: #808080 !important;">We love our patients!</h4> </div> After-School Snacks For Healthy Teeth http://www.oakridgedentalarts.comhttps://www.oakridgedentalarts.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=8627 <div style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><strong style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">GROWING BODIES NEED</strong><span style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">&nbsp;a lot of fuel, and that means a lot of after-school snacks. The nature of those snacks can have a big impact on a child&rsquo;s oral health during this critical period when they&rsquo;re losing baby teeth and growing in their permanent set. So which snacks are the best ones if you&rsquo;re trying to watch out for your children&rsquo;s oral health?</span></div> <div style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><span style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><strong>Snacks To Avoid</strong></div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;">Most children would eat cookies and candy and drink soda pop all day if they could, but these tasty treats aren&rsquo;t just bad for their health, they&rsquo;re bad for their teeth. Many types of bacteria live in our mouths, some good for us, some bad.&nbsp;<strong>Sugar happens to be the bad bacteria&rsquo;s favorite food</strong>, and after they eat it, they excrete acid onto our teeth as a waste product, which can dissolve our enamel and lead to tooth decay. Carbonated drinks contain acids that can harm our teeth too, and most fruit juice has as much sugar as soda does.</div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;">Now, we know it&rsquo;s unreasonable to suggest that you forbid your child from all sugary foods and drinks forever. However, a great way to reduce your child&rsquo;s risk of developing cavities is&nbsp;<strong>limiting their consumption of these kinds of treats to special occasions</strong>, instead of using them as daily snacks.</div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><strong>The Right Snacks</strong></div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;">If sugary foods and drinks are the wrong kinds of snacks for healthy teeth, then what are the right ones? You can&rsquo;t go wrong with&nbsp;<strong>fresh fruits and vegetables</strong>, and&nbsp;<strong>cheese and nuts</strong>&nbsp;are great snacks too! Foods like apples and strawberries can actually scrub our teeth clean as we eat them.</div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;">If your child is picky about eating fruits and veggies, then try some&nbsp;<a href="https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/basics/nutrition-and-oral-health/smart-snacks-for-healthy-teeth" rel="noopener" target="_blank" style="overflow-wrap: break-word; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #458fc0; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: underline;">yogurt with berries mixed in</a>&nbsp;or hummus dip to go with the carrots and celery sticks. And don&rsquo;t forget to wash those snacks down with a refreshing glass of milk or water! Beyond being a good source of calcium, milk is&nbsp;<a href="https://www.parents.com/health/dental/smile-savers/" rel="noopener" target="_blank" style="overflow-wrap: break-word; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #458fc0; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: underline;">a mild base</a>&nbsp;and can reduce the impact of eating acidic foods.</div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><strong>Looking for some creative snack ideas? Check out this video:<br /><span style="color: #ff0000;"></span></strong></div> <div class="embed-responsive embed-responsive-16by9" style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><iframe class="embed-responsive-item" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/kJ6jFJpu9sY" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></div> <h3 style="margin: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding: 0px 20px 0px 20px;"><strong><br />Timing Matters Too</strong></h3> <p style="margin: 1em 0px; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding: 0px 20px 0px 20px;">After we eat, it takes about&nbsp;<a href="https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/basics/nutrition-and-oral-health/tasty-dental-care-for-kids-seven-healthy-snacks-for-healthy-teeth-1013" rel="noopener" target="_blank" style="overflow-wrap: break-word; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #458fc0; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: underline;">half an hour</a>&nbsp;for saliva to neutralize any leftover acids and wash away any remaining food particles from our latest meal or snack. However, if we constantly snack throughout the day, our saliva won&rsquo;t be able to do its job. This is why it&rsquo;s better for our children&rsquo;s oral health if they&nbsp;<strong>stick to designated snack times</strong>&nbsp;instead of always having something to munch on throughout the day &mdash; even when the snacks in question are healthy ones.</p> <h3 style="margin: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding: 0px 20px 0px 20px;">Snacks Are One Part Of The Equation</h3> <p style="margin: 1em 0px; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding: 0px 20px 0px 20px;">Making sure your children eat healthy after-school snacks is an important part of keeping their teeth healthy and teaching them good dental habits for life, just like brushing their teeth twice a day, flossing, and coming to see the dentist every six months are. We look forward to seeing them again soon, and make sure to bring any questions you have about healthy snacks when you bring them in!</p> <h4 style="margin: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 20px; letter-spacing: normal; color: #808080 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding: 0px 20px 0px 20px;">We love having you in our Oak Ridge Dental Arts family!</h4> Supernumerary Teeth http://www.oakridgedentalarts.comhttps://www.oakridgedentalarts.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=8581 <div style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><strong style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;"> MOST PEOPLE WILL</strong><span style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;"> develop a total of twenty baby teeth that are gradually replaced by a total of thirty-two adult teeth. Sometimes those teeth don't all appear, a condition called hypodontia. In even rarer cases, all the normal teeth will be present, plus at least one extra! These extra teeth are <strong>supernumerary teeth</strong>, and the condition is called hyperdontia.</span></div> <div style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><span style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><strong>Why Do Extra Teeth Form?</strong></div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;">There are two main competing theories about what causes supernumerary teeth. One possibility is that an individual tooth bud might divide abnormally and result in two teeth instead of one. Another is that extra teeth could result from hyperactivity in the&nbsp;<a href="https://www.identalhub.com/blog/740/causes-and-treatment-of-supernumerary-teeth" rel="noopener" target="_blank" style="overflow-wrap: break-word; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #458fc0; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: underline;">dental lamina</a>&nbsp;(the tissue in our jaws that forms tooth buds).&nbsp;<strong>Heredity</strong> might also play a role.</div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;">Supernumerary teeth can come in various forms. They might be conical (peg-shaped), tuberculate (with multiple cusps), supplemental (duplicates of normal teeth), or odontoma (a mass of dental tissue that doesn&rsquo;t quite form a tooth).</div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><strong>Who&rsquo;s Most Likely To Have Them?</strong></div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding: 0px 20px 0px 20px;">Hyperdontia affects far&nbsp;<strong>more men than it does women</strong>. One study done in&nbsp;<a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/3476247" rel="noopener" target="_blank" style="overflow-wrap: break-word; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #458fc0; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: underline;">southern China</a>&nbsp;showed that only 2.7 percent of children had supernumerary teeth, with a ratio of 6.5 affected boys for every 1 affected girl. They&rsquo;re also more common in permanent teeth than baby teeth. Several developmental conditions increase the likelihood of having at least one extra tooth, such as cleft lip or palate and Gardner syndrome, but there&rsquo;s still a lot of debate about what actually causes hyperdontia.</div> <div style="margin: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding: 0px 20px 0px 20px;"><strong>How Do These Teeth Affect Oral Health?</strong></div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding: 0px 20px 0px 20px;">The most obvious effect of a supernumerary tooth is on the appearance of the person&rsquo;s smile, but not all of the concerns are cosmetic. They often remain impacted in the gum line and can&nbsp;<strong>cause crowding and alignment problems</strong>&nbsp;for the normal series of teeth, sometimes making it harder for them to erupt. In serious cases, they can cause root resorption in the surrounding teeth.</div> <div> <div class="embed-responsive embed-responsive-16by9" style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><iframe class="embed-responsive-item" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Q8TpunaFnpo" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></div> </div> <div style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><span style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><strong>Treatment For Hyperdontia</strong></div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding: 0px 20px 0px 20px;">Sometimes, an extra tooth won&rsquo;t cause any problems for the rest of the teeth, in which case it can remain where it is. If it is causing problems, however, the typical treatment is simply to&nbsp;<strong>extract the extra tooth</strong>&nbsp;or teeth so that the normal teeth will have enough room.</div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><strong>Let Us Take Care Of You</strong></div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding: 0px 20px 0px 20px;">If you or someone you know is experiencing oral health problems because of supernumerary teeth, give us a call! We&rsquo;ll be happy to take a look and determine whether or not extraction is necessary. In the meantime, keep on brushing and flossing to keep your teeth healthy, no matter how many you have!</div> <div style="margin: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 20px; letter-spacing: normal; text-align: left; color: #808080 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding: 0px 20px 0px 20px;"><br /> Remember to smile! It&rsquo;s contagious!</div> Don't Let Dental Anxiety Keep You From A Healthy Smile http://www.oakridgedentalarts.comhttps://www.oakridgedentalarts.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=8565 <div style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><strong style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;"> HAS IT BEEN A WHILE</strong><span style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;"> since you visited the dentist? Does anxiety or worry about discomfort account for your absence? If fear is preventing you from enjoying the health benefits of regular dental appointments, here&rsquo;s our plea: <strong> give us a chance to change your mind!</strong></span></div> <div style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><span style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><strong> Let Us Help You Stop The Cycle</strong></div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;">Far too many of us get caught in a terrible cycle. Out of fear, we procrastinate visiting the dentist until tooth pain or discomfort is severe. That procrastination results in tooth decay or gum disease. Faced with the prospect of restorative treatment, we once again avoid care,<strong> which leads to further decay and disease.</strong></div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;">Wouldn&rsquo;t it be nice to have simple, easy checkups&mdash;and dental health peace of mind after each visit?</div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><strong> We&rsquo;ve worked successfully to restore the health of many anxious patients, </strong> and we can help you too!</div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><strong>At Our Practice, We Prioritize Your Comfort</strong> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px;">At Oak Ridge Dental Arts, we understand that many patients feel anxious or nervous when they need to have dental work done. We are dedicated to caring for your family as we care for our own families. Being relaxed and trusting the people who perform your dental work can go a long way to relieving your anxiety.</div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px;">However, in the event you need additional help to relax, we offer the use of nitrous oxide, and in more extreme cases of anxiety, the use of pharmaceuticals. Make sure to mention your concerns to the dentist and the staff, so we can tailor a solution that will best suit your needs. We want you to have as positive an experience as possible.</div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px;"><strong>Don&rsquo;t Be Embarrassed; Dental Anxiety Is Normal</strong></div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px;">If you struggle with a fear of the dentist, it is nothing to feel embarrassed about. Between nine and fifteen percent of Americans are so nervous about the idea of going to the dentist, they avoid it completely! However, just because it isn&rsquo;t uncommon doesn&rsquo;t mean it&rsquo;s healthy. Preventing serious dental problems through regular, twice-a-year cleaning appointments is always better than allowing those problems to develop further.</div> <div class="embed-responsive embed-responsive-16by9" style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px;"><iframe class="embed-responsive-item" src=" https://www.youtube.com/embed/H-RlN5Bfzww" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></div> <br /> <div style="margin: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px;"><strong> Get To Know Our Team! </strong></div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px;">If you or someone you care about struggles with dental anxiety, feel free to schedule a time to come to our practice, meet our team members, and get used to the facility. You can also get to know our team by reading about each of our team members before coming into our office. Just click on the office location page closest to you, scroll to the &ldquo;Meet our Team&rdquo; section on the page, and click the &ldquo;Read Bios&rdquo; button. We want you to feel safe and comfortable when you&rsquo;re with us, and we&rsquo;ll answer any questions you may have!</div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px;"><strong> Find Your Happy Place At Our Dental Office</strong></div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px;">We know it may sound too simple to be true, but we believe that you should enjoy your visits with us! We are committed to creating a gentle, positive experience, as we understand many patients may feel uneasy about their dental visits. We&rsquo;ll work with you and plan a way to help you feel comfortable with your dental care. Give us a call, or share this message with a friend. You&rsquo;ll quickly see why so many families in your neighborhood trust Oak Ridge Dental Arts with all their dental needs.</div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 20px; letter-spacing: normal; text-align: left; color: #808080 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px;"><br /> We look forward to caring for you!</div> </div> Why You Shouldn't Wait To Treat A Cavity http://www.oakridgedentalarts.comhttps://www.oakridgedentalarts.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=8543 <div style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><strong style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">MANY OF US HAVE HAD </strong><span style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">at least one cavity in our lives, and if we don&rsquo;t keep up on our oral hygiene, it's likely that we'll get a couple more as time goes by.</span></div> <div style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><span style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><span style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">While cavities may be inconvenient, it&rsquo;s imperative that we get them treated immediately. Early treatment of cavities prevents long-term damage to our teeth and is essential to maintaining a beautiful, healthy smile!<br /><br /></span></div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><strong>Cavities Are A Sign Of Tooth Decay</strong></div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;">A cavity is a small hole that develops on your tooth when it begins to decay. Harmful bacteria is contained in the plaque that sticks to our teeth. This bacteria produces acid that eats away at our teeth and causes cavities if the plaque is not removed. If left untreated, the cavity can grow larger and cause permanent damage to the tooth. <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px;"><span style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;"></span>Letting cavities fester is more common than you think. <strong>Approximately 28 percent</strong> of adults are living with untreated cavities. Because cavities are so commonplace, some may think they can leave them untreated, either to save money or spare themselves a filling. It is important to remember, however, that a cavity is considered an infection that requires prompt treatment.</div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px;"><strong>Cavities Will Continue To Grow If Left Untreated</strong></div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px;">Cavities can only get worse with time. Once that harmful bacteria creates a cavity, it will continue to grow if not repaired with a filling. To further understand the damage a cavity can do to your tooth, let&rsquo;s go over some tooth anatomy.<br /><br />Cavities can only get worse with time. Once that harmful bacteria creates a cavity, it will continue to grow if not repaired with a filling. To further understand the damage a cavity can do to your tooth, let&rsquo;s go over some tooth anatomy.<br /> <div style="margin: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px;"><strong><br />A tooth consists of three parts:<br /></strong></div> <div style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><span style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">&nbsp;</span></div> <ol style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px; list-style-type: undefined;"> <li><span style="color: #444444;">The hard and protective outer layer called the enamel</span></li> <li><span style="color: #444444;">The middle layer called dentin</span></li> <li><span style="color: #444444;">The inner layer called the pulp, which contains the tooth&rsquo;s blood vessels and nerves</span></li> </ol></div> <div style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px;"><span style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">The enamel is the tooth&rsquo;s first line of defense against cavity-causing bacteria. If treatment is postponed, the bacteria will eventually get through the enamel and enter into the layer of dentin, and eventually, the pulp.<br /><br />If cavity-causing bacteria is allowed to reach the dental pulp, it can lead to a condition known as pulpitis, or inflammation of the pulp. If treated quickly, pulpitis can be treated with a simple filling. If left to progress, more serious measures may need to be taken such as a root canal or tooth extraction.<br /><br /></span></div> <div class="embed-responsive embed-responsive-16by9" style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px;"><iframe class="embed-responsive-item" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Ln6xjspBa7g" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe><br /><br /></div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px;"><strong><br />Your Health And Comfort Are Our Priority<br /></strong><span style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;"><br />In the end, the ideal option is to prevent cavities before they even occur! At our practice, your health and comfort are our priority. We are your partners in helping you maintain a cavity-free, beautiful smile!<br /></span><br /><span style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;"></span> <div style="margin: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 20px; letter-spacing: normal; text-align: left; color: #808080 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px;">Thank you for continuing to be part of our Oak Ridge Dental Arts family!</div> </div> </div> Swimmer's Ear? More Like Swimmer's Tooth! http://www.oakridgedentalarts.comhttps://www.oakridgedentalarts.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=8529 <div style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><strong style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">HAVE YOUR TEETH </strong><span style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">ever felt extra sensitive after a swim at the pool? That&rsquo;s no coincidence, although it can take quite a lot of swimming before the effects become noticeable. What is it about the water in swimming pools that damages teeth?</span></div> <div style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><span style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><strong>Chlorine: Good For Sanitation, Bad For Teeth</strong></div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;">That&rsquo;s right: the same chemical that kills many of the germs that love swimming in fresh water as much as we do can also be pretty hard on our teeth if the pool&rsquo;s pH isn&rsquo;t carefully regulated. The proper pH for pool water is 7.2-7.8, but it can easily become acidic because of the chlorine.</div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><strong>Swimmer&rsquo;s Calculus: A Risk For Serious Swimmers</strong> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px;">Swimmer&rsquo;s Calculus isn&rsquo;t the name of an underwater math class; it&rsquo;s what happens to tooth enamel after prolonged exposure to acidic chlorine ions. The pH of saliva in a healthy mouth is very close to neutral. It&rsquo;s the perfect pH to keep your teeth strong (as long as we&rsquo;re also brushing and flossing).</div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px;">Acid, like the diluted hydrochloric acid that forms in pools with chlorine, will erode more tooth enamel the longer we swim. This can lead to &ldquo;swimmer&rsquo;s calculus,&rdquo; or yellow and brown stains on our teeth. It can also make our teeth extra sensitive after swimming, because erosion of the enamel exposes the more vulnerable dentin underneath.</div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px;"><strong>Other Underwater Tooth Problems</strong></div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px;">Maybe you&rsquo;re not a huge fan of the public pool, but you love snorkeling and diving in natural bodies of water. While you probably won&rsquo;t have to worry about swimmer&rsquo;s calculus, those activities come with their own set of tooth-threatening problems.</div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px;"><strong>Scuba Diving And Tooth Squeeze</strong></div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px;">Diving in the deep end of a pool is enough to make us feel the water pressure in our ears, but did you know that when you dive deep enough, you might feel it in your teeth? Barodontalgia, or tooth squeeze, is what happens when tiny air bubbles trapped in cracks, crevices, and holes in our teeth change size due to pressure. This can cause significant tooth pain and it can even fracture teeth. The best way to prevent it is to visit the dentist before diving season begins.</div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px;"><strong>Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome (TMJ)</strong></div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px;">Most divers know the inconvenience of the mouthpiece design, but you might not know all the specific ways it&rsquo;s bad for your teeth. The shape has been described as &ldquo;one size fits none&rdquo; because it&rsquo;s too small and doesn&rsquo;t really fit most divers&rsquo; teeth. Despite the less-than-ideal size and shape, we still have to grip it between our teeth the entire time we dive.</div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px;">Clenching our jaws for so long, especially when the pressure is mostly on the front teeth, can lead to Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome (TMJ), which causes jaw pain, headaches, and difficulty chewing. A good solution, particularly for a frequent diver, is to get a custom-fitted molded mouthpiece.</div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 20px; letter-spacing: normal; text-align: left; color: #808080 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px;">To learn more about TMJ and the treatment options available, watch the video below:<br /><br /></div> <div class="embed-responsive embed-responsive-16by9" style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px;"><iframe class="embed-responsive-item" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/QTvDdtTd0jg" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></div> <br /> <div style="margin: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px;"><strong>We&rsquo;ll Help You Prepare Your Teeth For The Water!</strong></div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px;">We want to make sure you have a great summer enjoying all of your favorite water activities without fear for your teeth. Schedule an appointment so that we can come up with the best plan to help you avoid these common underwater tooth problems!</div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 20px; letter-spacing: normal; text-align: left; color: #808080 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px;"><br />Thank you for being part of our Oak Ridge Dental Arts family!</div> </div> Don't Take A Vacation From Oral Hygiene! http://www.oakridgedentalarts.comhttps://www.oakridgedentalarts.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=8485 <div style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><strong style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">WITH THE ARRIVAL OF SUMMER</strong><span style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;"> comes the season of family vacations and exciting trips to new places. We&rsquo;re as excited for it as our patients, but before everyone leaves to explore parts unknown, we want to give you a few tips and reminders about taking care of your teeth while you&rsquo;re away from home.</span></div> <div style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><span style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><strong>Before You Go, See The Dentist</strong></div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;">The last thing anyone wants while relaxing on a beach or enjoying the rides at a theme park is for their fun to be interrupted by a toothache or dental emergency. Depending where you go on your vacation, it might be hard to get proper dental treatment. You&rsquo;ll<strong> save yourself a major potential hassle by simply scheduling a dental appointment before you leave!</strong></div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;">A simple dental checkup will ensure that your teeth are clean and cavity-free when you start your trip. It's especially important to get any restorations (e.g. crowns and fillings) checked in case they're becoming loose, and untreated cavities and weakened dental work can become painful due to the pressure changes on flights.</div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><strong>Don't Get Too Carried Away With Vacation Food</strong> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px;">We can probably all agree that the food is often one of the best parts of any vacation, but that can make it easy to overdo it. Try to avoid eating too many sweet treats and snacks, and maybe keep a pack of sugar free gum handy to help prevent cavities.</div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px;"><strong>Don&rsquo;t Slack On Brushing And Flossing</strong></div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px;">When we&rsquo;re at home, it's easy to go through daily routines like brushing in the morning and brushing and flossing in the evening. Make sure to pack your toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss when you go, and quickly establish these routines in your new location.</div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px;">One important thing to remember is that bacteria grows fast on a toothbrush that is damp and in an enclosed space, such as in luggage. Give your brush time to dry before you pack it, and store it somewhere it can get plenty of ventilation between uses.</div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px;"><strong>Instead of leaving your toothbrush out on a hotel counter, try a simple solution like this:</strong></div> <div class="embed-responsive embed-responsive-16by9" style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px;"><iframe class="embed-responsive-item" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Wns_XhVq1pA" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></div> <br /> <div style="margin: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px;"><strong>Have A Great Vacation!</strong></div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px;">Following these tips will help you keep your teeth strong and healthy while you&rsquo;re away from home. That should make it easier to flash a big, bright smile for the camera during your adventures! Have a wonderful time! We look forward to seeing you again soon!</div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 20px; letter-spacing: normal; text-align: left; color: #808080 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px;"><br />Thank you for trusting Oak Ridge Dental Arts with your dental health!</div> </div> Repeat After Us: Teeth Are Not Tools http://www.oakridgedentalarts.comhttps://www.oakridgedentalarts.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=8467 <div style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><strong style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">OUR TEETH ARE</strong><span style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;"> pretty amazing, and there&rsquo;s a lot they can do. They chew our food, they provide structural support for the lower third of our faces, they help us speak clearly, and they give us our beautiful smiles. However, many people also find other uses for their teeth, which can be very dangerous. Teeth are not tools, and shouldn&rsquo;t be used in place of them.</span></div> <div style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><span style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><strong>Teeth Are Not Bottle-Openers</strong></div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;">Tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the human body, so it might seem like that makes teeth perfect to use when you don&rsquo;t have a bottle opener handy, right? Wrong. Tooth enamel isn&rsquo;t just hard, it's brittle, and it is not designed to win a fight against materials like metal and glass.</div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;">Using your teeth as a bottle opener can easily chip, crack, or break them, as well as risking damage to the soft tissues of the lips and gums if you slip. Doing it over and over again can even cause your teeth to shift out of their proper alignment and wear down unevenly. It isn't worth it.</div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><strong>Teeth Are Not Nutcrackers</strong> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px;">Like with trying to open a bottle, trying to crack a hard walnut, pecan, or even pistachio shells and popcorn kernels between your teeth risks chipping or cracking the teeth instead. Teeth that are already weaker due to decay or a filling are at even greater risk of damage.</div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px;"><strong>Teeth Are Not An Extra Hand</strong></div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px;">When your hands are busy, it can be very convenient to hold a pencil, sewing pins, or maybe a few nails between your teeth. However, making a habit out of doing this can have a number of consequences. If you trip, the items in your mouth could cause a serious injury. If a yawn or hiccup catches you by surprise, you might even end up swallowing or choking on the object. And over time, you can wear down your enamel. Pencils would be better off behind your ear, pins in a cushion, and nails in a utility belt until you're ready to use them.</div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px;"><strong>Teeth Are Not Scissors (Or Nail Clippers)</strong></div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px;">A particularly common way people use their teeth as tools is to bite through packing tape instead of using scissors, and some people even try to use their teeth to cut through wire. It takes much greater biting pressure to cut through non-food items than it does to chew food, and cutting things requires grinding the teeth together. This wears down the chewing surfaces and risks chipping and fracturing.</div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px;">A nail-biting habit is particularly bad, both for the teeth and for the nails. The germs from the nails increase the risk of tooth decay, teeth will become worn down more quickly and shift out of alignment, and pieces of fingernail can damage the gum tissue, all while the nails themselves are left ragged and misshapen.</div> <div class="embed-responsive embed-responsive-16by9" style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px;"><iframe class="embed-responsive-item" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/KvjFis9CNb8" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></div> <br /> <div style="margin: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px;"><strong>Protect Your Teeth By Using Them Right</strong></div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px;">Cracked and fractured teeth are the third highest cause of tooth loss. Don&rsquo;t take risks with your teeth by using them as tools. Save yourself an expensive emergency dental visit; use your teeth only for what they are meant for and continue your daily brushing and flossing routine to keep them healthy.</div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 20px; letter-spacing: normal; text-align: left; color: #808080 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px;"><br />We love to see our patients&rsquo; smiles!</div> </div> Plaque, Tartar, And Your Teeth http://www.oakridgedentalarts.comhttps://www.oakridgedentalarts.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=8457 <div style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><strong>PLAQUE AND TARTAR</strong>&nbsp;are two words that you probably hear a lot when you come in for a dental cleaning. You might already know that they cause tooth decay and gum disease, but do you know what they are? Let&rsquo;s take a closer look at these two substances that are a constant threat to our oral health.<br /><br /></span></div> <div style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; font-size: 17px; margin: 0px; line-height: 1.75; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><strong><span style="color: #444444;">Stage 1: Plaque</span></strong></div> <div style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><a href="https://oralb.com/en-us/oral-health/conditions/tartar-plaque/tooth-plaque-dental-tartar" target="_blank" rel="noopener" data-hs-link-id="0" style="color: #444444;">Dental plaque</a>&nbsp;is a soft, sticky, colorless biofilm composed of bacteria, food particles, and saliva.&nbsp;<strong>It builds up on and between our teeth and beneath our gums every day.</strong>&nbsp;If you&rsquo;ve ever forgotten to brush in the morning or at night, you&rsquo;ve probably felt that unpleasant texture with your tongue.<br /><br /></span></div> <div style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><span style="color: #444444;">Plaque contains millions of bacteria, and this bacteria digests leftover sugars and starches from the food we eat, then excretes acid onto our teeth.&nbsp;<strong>Because plaque is soft, it can be removed with simple brushing and flossing,</strong>&nbsp;but we have to be thorough and diligent to get as much of it as possible.<br /><br /></span></div> <div style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; font-size: 17px; margin: 0px; line-height: 1.75; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><strong><span style="color: #444444;">Stage 2: Tartar</span></strong></div> <div style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><span style="color: #444444;">The reason it&rsquo;s so important to scrub away the plaque is that when plaque is allowed to sit on the teeth too long, it becomes tartar.&nbsp;<strong>Tartar is a hard, yellow or brown substance that bonds to tooth enamel</strong>&nbsp;and can only be removed at a professional cleaning appointment.<br /><br /></span></div> <div style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><span style="color: #444444;"><a href="https://crest.com/en-us/oral-health/conditions/tartar-plaque/plaque-tartar-causes-prevention-removal" target="_blank" rel="noopener" data-hs-link-id="0" style="color: #444444;">How</a>&nbsp;does this transformation happen? When the acid excreted by oral bacteria comes into contact with minerals in our saliva, it causes a chemical reaction that hardens the plaque into tartar. The risk of tartar buildup is higher for people with braces, dry mouth, crowded teeth, or a smoking habit, and it also increases with age.<br /><br /></span></div> <div class="embed-responsive embed-responsive-16by9" style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px;"><iframe class="embed-responsive-item" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/ipgsSmU6K88" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></div> <div style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; font-size: 17px; margin: 0px; line-height: 1.75; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><strong><span style="color: #444444;"><br />Keeping Plaque And Tartar Under Control</span></strong></div> <div style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><span style="color: #444444;">A rigorous oral hygiene routine, paired with regular professional cleanings, is the best way to control the plaque in your mouth and prevent it from hardening into tartar. Here are some of the things a good routine should include:<br /><br /></span></div> <div style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"> <ul style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"> <li><span style="color: #444444;"><strong>Brush twice a day for two minutes,</strong>&nbsp;making sure to brush all surfaces of the teeth and paying special attention to the gum line.</span></li> <li><span style="color: #444444;"><strong>Floss or use a water flosser daily</strong>&nbsp;to clean the plaque and food debris left in those hard-to-reach spots between the teeth.</span></li> <li><span style="color: #444444;"><strong>Choose an anti-plaque toothpaste.</strong></span></li> <li><span style="color: #444444;"><strong>Consider getting an electric toothbrush</strong>&nbsp;for more effective plaque removal, and replace your toothbrush (or the head of your electric toothbrush) regularly.</span></li> <li><span style="color: #444444;">Give oral bacteria less fuel by&nbsp;<strong>cutting down on sugary foods and drinks.</strong></span></li> <li><span style="color: #444444;"><strong>Avoid smoking,</strong>&nbsp;which increases plaque and tartar.</span></li> <li><span style="color: #444444;"><strong>Schedule dental cleanings</strong>&nbsp;once every six months.</span><span style="color: #444444;"></span></li> </ul> </div> <div style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; font-size: 17px; margin: 0px; line-height: 1.75; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><strong><span style="color: #444444;">Win The Battle For Your Dental Health</span></strong></div> <div style="margin: 0px; color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><span style="color: #444444;">It might seem discouraging to think that plaque will creep back up throughout the day even after you brush and floss thoroughly. A better perspective is that it only takes a few minutes each morning and night to win the daily battle against plaque and tartar, and you can improve the odds for your teeth even more with regular dental visits!<br /><br /></span></div> <div style="color: #23496d; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin: 0px; line-height: 1.75; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><strong><span style="color: #444444;">Together, we can keep those teeth plaque and tartar free!</span></strong></div> It's Time To Kick That Ice-Chewing Habit http://www.oakridgedentalarts.comhttps://www.oakridgedentalarts.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=8397 <div style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><strong style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">CHEWING ICE MIGHT SEEM</strong><span style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;"><span style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;"> refreshing in the moment, but it&rsquo;s not doing any favors for your teeth in the long run. Today we&rsquo;re going to take a look at why ice chewing is such a common habit despite the dangers it poses, as well as what someone with this habit can do to stop.<br /><br /></span></span> <div style="margin: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px;">Compulsive Ice Eating</div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px;">The scientific name for compulsive ice eating is pagophagia. This goes beyond a simple habit and enters the territory of a mental disorder. Getting cravings for ice can be a sign of an eating disorder called pica, which involves a compulsion to eat things with no nutritional value, such as ice, clay, hair, and dirt.&nbsp;<strong>Pica is often the result of a nutritional deficiency.</strong></div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px;">Iron Deficiency Anemia</div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px;">Studies have shown a&nbsp;<strong>correlation between compulsive ice eating and iron deficiency anemia,</strong>&nbsp;which is pretty common, with 20 percent of women, 50 percent of pregnant women, and 3 percent of men being&nbsp;<a href="https://www.healthline.com/health/eating-ice#causes" target="_blank" rel="noopener" data-hs-link-id="0" style="text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #444444;">iron deficient</a>. Without enough iron in the blood, the red blood cells can&rsquo;t effectively do their job of carrying oxygen throughout the body.</div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px;">What does iron have to do with ice? Well, researchers theorize that chewing ice sends more blood to the brain, temporarily improving alertness and clarity of thought.&nbsp;<strong>This feels good, and so they keep doing it even when it causes dental problems.<br /></strong></div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px;">Ice Versus Your Teeth</div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px;"><span style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">Our teeth are not designed to crunch against solid ice, and they are particularly not designed to chew through several trays of ice cubes a day.&nbsp;<strong>Doing this can destroy tooth enamel over time,</strong>&nbsp;not just because ice is hard but because it&rsquo;s cold. The enamel expands and contracts due to these extreme temperature changes, creating tiny cracks in it and making it much weaker, just like pavement in snowy climates. All of this leaves the teeth painfully sensitive to hot and cold and far more vulnerable to cavities.</span></div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px;"><span style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">The texture of the ice can also cause injuries to gum tissue, which you may not even notice because of the numbing effect of the cold, and&nbsp;<strong>sometimes the ice can actually chip or break a tooth!<br /><br /></strong></span></div> <div class="embed-responsive embed-responsive-16by9" style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px;"><iframe class="embed-responsive-item" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/EZLASf9B0eI" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px;"><br />Breaking The Ice Eating Habit</div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px;"><strong>The first step to kicking the ice eating habit is to find out what&rsquo;s causing it.</strong>&nbsp;If the ice chewing is a symptom of anemia, getting iron supplements may eliminate the cravings, so it will be much easier to stop. If it&rsquo;s pica, there are interventions to explore such as therapy and medication.</div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px;">There&rsquo;s also plenty you can do&nbsp;<a href="https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/life-stages/adult-oral-care/ada-07-chew-on-this" target="_blank" rel="noopener" data-hs-link-id="0" style="text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #444444;">on your own</a>. You can <strong>replace the crunchy texture of ice with baby carrots or apple chunks.</strong>&nbsp;If you struggle to give up the ice altogether, try letting slivers of ice melt on your tongue like candy rather than crunching on them. This will spare your teeth and gums from the damage of chewing the ice.</div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px;">Your Dental And Health Care Professionals Can Help</div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px;">If ice chewing is something you struggle with, make sure to schedule appointments with your doctor and dentist. Iron deficiency can cause a number of other problems besides triggering ice cravings, and it&rsquo;s important to get diagnosed and treated before it gets worse, particularly for pregnant women.</div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 20px; letter-spacing: normal; text-align: left; color: #808080 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px;">Now go put that ice-chewing habit on ice!</div> </div> Taking Care Of Your Pet's Teeth http://www.oakridgedentalarts.comhttps://www.oakridgedentalarts.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=8372 <div style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><strong style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">IT&rsquo;S EASY TO ASSUME</strong><span style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;"><span style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">&nbsp;that our pets don&rsquo;t need dental care like we do. After all, wild animals can&rsquo;t exactly brush their teeth, and that doesn&rsquo;t seem to be a problem for them. However, it turns out that our pets&rsquo; teeth have a very different situation than the teeth of wild animals, and they do need our help to stay healthy.<br /><br /></span></span> <div style="margin: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px;">Animal Teeth In The Wild</div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px;">There are two main reasons wild animals don&rsquo;t need dental care. The first is diet. Unlike us and our pets (particularly cats and dogs),&nbsp;<strong>wild animals don&rsquo;t consume a lot of sugar or carbs, which is what feeds the bacteria that causes tooth decay</strong>. Wild animals are more likely to wear their teeth down than they are to get cavities.</div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px;">The second reason wild animals don&rsquo;t seem to get tooth decay as often is that their teeth essentially outlive them.&nbsp;<strong>Their lifespans aren&rsquo;t long enough for their teeth to rot before they die.</strong>&nbsp;If an animal&rsquo;s teeth do rot, it won&rsquo;t survive much longer in the wild, because unlike domesticated animals, it doesn&rsquo;t have a friendly human to feed it after it can no longer eat its usual food.</div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px;">What Dental Problems Are Pets At Risk For?</div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px;"><span style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">Our puppies and kitties might have teeth that look a lot different from ours, but they can get&nbsp;<a href="http://www.vetstreet.com/care/dental-cleaning-for-dogs-and-cats" target="_blank" rel="noopener" data-hs-link-id="0" style="text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #444444;">cavities and gum disease</a>&nbsp;just like we can. In fact,&nbsp;<strong>a whopping 85 percent of dogs and cats get gum disease by age three.</strong>Keep an eye out for symptoms like difficulty chewing, tooth loss, and bad breath, as well as loose teeth, swollen or bleeding gums, and loss of appetite.</span></div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px;"><span style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">In a way, dental problems are even more serious for our pets than they are for us. We can take care of our own teeth, and we can describe what our teeth and gums feel like to our dentists. Our pets can&rsquo;t do any of that, so when a problem happens, it&rsquo;s more likely to get worse.</span> <div style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><span style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px;">Tips For Pet Dental Care</div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px;"><span style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">Don&rsquo;t wait for your pet to start showing symptoms of dental problems to begin a dental hygiene routine for them. Whether you&rsquo;re keeping their teeth healthy or helping fight back against existing problems,&nbsp;<strong>you&rsquo;ll be making your furry friend&rsquo;s life so much better.</strong>&nbsp;Here are a&nbsp;<a href="https://www.petmd.com/blogs/thedailyvet/pmahaney/2012/feb/top_three_tips_for_pet_dental_care-12949" target="_blank" rel="noopener" data-hs-link-id="0" style="text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #444444;">few things</a><span>&nbsp;</span>you can do:<br /><br /></span> <div style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"> <ul style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"> <li style="text-size-adjust: 100%;">Brush their teeth daily.</li> <li style="text-size-adjust: 100%;"><strong>Only use veterinary toothpaste</strong>, if any. (Your toothpaste will make them sick.)</li> <li style="text-size-adjust: 100%;">Give them vet-approved dental treats to help clean their teeth.</li> <li style="text-size-adjust: 100%;"><strong>Get their teeth professionally cleaned!</strong>&nbsp;Some vets offer dental services, but if your vet doesn&rsquo;t, they can probably recommend a veterinary dental specialist in the area.</li> </ul> <span style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;"><span style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;"><br /></span></span> <div class="embed-responsive embed-responsive-16by9" style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px;"><iframe class="embed-responsive-item" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/sE0hTlByhYI" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px;"><br />Do It For Those Happy Doggy And Kitty Smiles!</div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px;">As a pet owner, there&rsquo;s nothing better than seeing them happy and full of life, and taking good care of their teeth is a great way to make that happen. If you have any questions about what to do for your pet&rsquo;s teeth or if you&rsquo;re having trouble getting them used to a dental hygiene routine, make use of resources like our practice and your veterinarian.<br /><br /></div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 20px; letter-spacing: normal; text-align: left; color: #808080 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px;">We look forward to seeing you at our practice!</div> </div> </div> </div> </div> Defeating Bad Breath http://www.oakridgedentalarts.comhttps://www.oakridgedentalarts.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=8357 <div style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><strong style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">WE&rsquo;VE ALL BEEN THERE BEFORE</strong><span style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;"> - sitting in the middle of a job interview or a first date and realizing that our breath is far from minty fresh. Even when everything else is going perfectly, bad breath can be enough to ruin your confidence and turn a good experience sour. Why do we get bad breath, and what can we do to stop it?</span></div> <div style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><span style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;">Oral Bacteria And The Food We Eat</div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;">In order to effectively fight bad breath, it&rsquo;s important to figure out what&rsquo;s causing it. The simplest and most common cause is leftover food particles stuck between our teeth after a meal. The bacteria in our mouths break down these particles, and the result doesn&rsquo;t smell good.&nbsp;<strong>We can combat this with a good daily hygiene routine,</strong>&nbsp;including daily flossing, brushing twice daily, scraping our tongues clean, and chewing sugar-free gum.</div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;">Causes Of Chronic Bad Breath</div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><span style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">Chronic cases of bad breath (also called halitosis) might not be solved by good oral hygiene practices alone. Halitosis may be caused by one of the following:</span></div> <div style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"> <ul style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"> <li style="text-size-adjust: 100%;"><strong>Chronic conditions.</strong>&nbsp;Sometimes, bad breath is linked to conditions that you wouldn&rsquo;t think are connected to oral hygiene, such as diabetes, liver or kidney disease, and acid reflux.</li> </ul> <ul style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"> <li style="text-size-adjust: 100%;"><strong>Medications.</strong>&nbsp;A common side effect of medications is dry mouth. Without saliva to wash away food particles and neutralize acid, the mouth is vulnerable to problems like bad breath.</li> </ul> <ul style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"> <li style="text-size-adjust: 100%;"><strong>Mouth-breathing.</strong>&nbsp;Whether it happens by habit or because breathing through the nose is difficult, mouth-breathing tends to dry out the mouth, leading to the same problems as described above.</li> </ul> <ul style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"> <li style="text-size-adjust: 100%;"><strong>Mouth, nose, and throat infections.</strong>&nbsp;Bad breath can be the result of increased mucus when we have a cold or a sinus infection.</li> </ul> <ul style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"> <li style="text-size-adjust: 100%;"><strong>Pregnancy.</strong>&nbsp;Symptoms such as morning sickness and nausea can cause bad breath, because of the extra acid in the mouth. This is also a problem for people struggling with bulimia.</li> </ul> <ul style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"> <li style="text-size-adjust: 100%;"><strong>Tobacco products.</strong>&nbsp;Tobacco in any form leaves smelly chemicals in the mouth and can dry it out. In addition, it increases the risk of oral cancer and gum disease, which negatively impact breath as well.</li> </ul> <ul style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"> <li style="text-size-adjust: 100%;"><strong>Tooth decay and gum disease.</strong>&nbsp;Poor dental health often goes hand-in-hand with chronic bad breath because the same bacteria that produce those nasty smelling chemicals cause cavities and periodontitis.</li> </ul> </div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;">Keeping Your Breath Fresh</div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;">Even if strict oral hygiene isn&rsquo;t enough to keep the bad breath completely at bay, it will help to manage it, and&nbsp;<strong>treating the underlying cause may be able to eliminate it.</strong>&nbsp;If you are a habitual mouth-breather, try breathing through your nose more. Quitting smoking will eliminate a major cause of bad breath. If dry mouth is the problem, chew sugar-free gum and mints to stimulate saliva production, sip water, and use a humidifier to help keep up the moisture.</div> <div class="embed-responsive embed-responsive-16by9" style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px;"><iframe class="embed-responsive-item" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/mqKzVeUHCg4" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><br />Your Dentist Can Help</div> <p style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;">Discovering the underlying cause of bad breath is a crucial step in fighting back, and the dentist is your best ally here. Schedule an appointment at Oak Ridge Dental Arts today so you can get the answers you need to fight bad breath the best way.</p> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 20px; letter-spacing: normal; text-align: left; color: #808080 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;">We want all our patients at Oak Ridge Dental Arts to feel confident about their breath!</div> Why Are My Teeth So Sensitive? http://www.oakridgedentalarts.comhttps://www.oakridgedentalarts.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=8323 <div style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><strong style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">IS A SIMPLE SPOONFUL</strong><span style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">&nbsp;of ice cream enough to make you cringe because of the pain in your teeth? Do you have to be careful when you drink hot coffee that none of it touches your chompers? If you know the feeling, then you&rsquo;re one of millions who experience tooth sensitivity. Let&rsquo;s take a closer look at what causes tooth sensitivity and what can we do about it.</span></div> <div style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><span style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;">How We Feel Sensation In Our Teeth</div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;">Each of our teeth is covered in a layer of protective enamel. Underneath this is dentin, which is a lot like bone. Dentin contains&nbsp;<strong>thousands of microscopic tubules</strong>&nbsp;that run through it from the inside of the tooth out to the enamel. At the core of each tooth is the pulp chamber, which contains nerves and blood vessels. Because of those tubules, the nerves inside the tooth can detect what&rsquo;s happening on the tooth&rsquo;s surface.</div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;">Common Causes Of Tooth Sensitivity</div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;">If the enamel wears away, the tubules become exposed and the nerves in the dental pulp suddenly get much more stimulation than they like.&nbsp;<strong>This is what makes enamel erosion one of the main causes of tooth sensitivity.</strong>&nbsp;Without enamel, the nerves get a nasty shock whenever anything too hot or cold, or even too sweet or sour, touches the outside of the tooth.</div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;">Root exposure from gum recession also leads to sensitivity.&nbsp;<strong>The enamel only covers the crown of the tooth</strong>, not the roots. Those are protected by the gums. If the gums recede (sometimes as the result of teeth grinding or improper brushing over time), it exposes the roots.</div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><strong>Cavities and tooth injuries</strong>&nbsp;can cause sensitivity as well, even if you&rsquo;ve been taking great care of your gums and enamel.</div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;">Use The Right Tools To Protect Your Teeth</div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;">Fortunately for all of us, there are ways to fight back, even if our teeth are already sensitive.&nbsp;<strong>Using a soft-bristled brush</strong>&nbsp;will help prevent further enamel erosion or gum recession. There is also special toothpaste formulated for sensitive teeth. Avoiding sugary and acidic foods and drinks (particularly soda) is another way to help your teeth.</div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;">We Can Help You Fight Tooth Sensitivity</div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;">Your best ally in the fight against tooth sensitivity is the dentist! Schedule a dental appointment as soon as you notice a change in your sensitivity level, or if you&rsquo;ve been struggling with it for a while. The dentist can help protect your teeth with a fluoride varnish, perform restoration work to combat enamel erosion, and may recommend a gum graft for receding gums or prescribe a toothpaste to help with sensitivity.</div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 20px; letter-spacing: normal; text-align: left; color: #808080 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;">Together, we&rsquo;ll keep your smile happy and healthy!</div> A Closer Look At Our Teeth http://www.oakridgedentalarts.comhttps://www.oakridgedentalarts.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=8271 <div style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><strong style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">WE USE OUR TEETH</strong><span style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">&nbsp;all day, every day, for chewing, talking, and flashing big smiles at friends and family. What are the structures that allow our teeth to do so much? Let&rsquo;s take a look at what our teeth are made of.</span></div> <div style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><span style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;">Layer 1: Tooth Enamel</div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;">The portion of each tooth that we can see above our gum tissue is the crown, and it has three different layers.&nbsp;<strong>On the outside is a protective layer of enamel, the hardest substance in our entire bodies.</strong>&nbsp;It has to be so that we can chew our food effectively. Unlike bone, enamel isn&rsquo;t made of living cells, so it can&rsquo;t repair itself as easily. It&rsquo;s also vulnerable to acid erosion. We can protect it with regular brushing and flossing, dental visits, and by cutting down on acidic and sugary foods and drinks.</div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;">Layer 2: Dentin</div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;">Underneath that hard layer of enamel is&nbsp;<strong>dentin, which is softer and more yellowish</strong>. Like bone, dentin is calcified living tissue. Microscopic tubules run through it from the pulp to the enamel, which is how we are able to feel temperature in our teeth. If you&rsquo;re experiencing tooth sensitivity, your enamel might have worn down enough to expose these tubules.</div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;">Layer 3: Dental Pulp</div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;">At the very core of each tooth is a chamber containing dental pulp, tissue consisting of nerves and blood vessels that keep the tooth alive and give sensation.&nbsp;<strong>This includes pain receptors that warn us when something is wrong with the tooth</strong>, such as tooth decay reaching the pulp.</div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;">Getting Down To The Roots</div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;">Like with icebergs, there&rsquo;s more to teeth than we can see on the surface. The root extends deep into the jawbone, held in place by tiny periodontal ligaments and supported by gum tissue. The roots themselves are hollow. Nerves and blood vessels run through canals in the roots up to the pulp chamber in the crown.<br /><br /></div> <div class="embed-responsive embed-responsive-16by9" style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px;"><iframe class="embed-responsive-item" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/OodDZ-WgwTI" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;">Unlike the crown, the root of the tooth isn&rsquo;t protected by enamel. Instead, it&rsquo;s covered in a slightly softer substance called cementum.&nbsp;<strong>Cementum and healthy gum tissue work together to protect the root, </strong>but gum recession can leave it vulnerable.</div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;">Taking Care Of The Whole Tooth</div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;">We need all of these components for our teeth to stay strong and healthy, which is why we should keep oral health and hygiene as a high priority. Regular dental appointments and good brushing and flossing habits are essential for taking care of the outside of our teeth, and good nutrition helps keep them strong from the inside out! Call us today to schedule your routine dental appointment to keep your teeth healthy.</div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 20px; letter-spacing: normal; text-align: left; color: #808080 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;">Thank you for being part of our Oak Ridge Dental Arts family!</div> What To Do When You Have A Toothache http://www.oakridgedentalarts.comhttps://www.oakridgedentalarts.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=8255 <div style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><strong style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">A TOOTHACHE IS</strong><span style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">&nbsp;never fun to deal with, and they can happen for a variety of reasons. Do you know what to do when one strikes, especially if it happens over the holidays or at the beginning of the weekend and you can&rsquo;t get quick access to professional dental care?<br /></span></div> <div style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"></div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><strong>Toothache Causes</strong></div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;">The&nbsp;<a href="https://www.verywellhealth.com/why-does-my-tooth-hurt-1059322" rel="noopener" target="_blank" style="overflow-wrap: break-word; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #458fc0; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: underline;">most common reason</a>&nbsp;a tooth might initially feel painful is tooth decay, but it isn&rsquo;t the only reason.&nbsp;<strong>Tooth pain can also be the result of pulp inflammation, a dental abscess, a cracked tooth, or even gum disease.</strong>&nbsp;Impacted teeth (teeth that are blocked from coming in where they should by bone, gum tissue, or other teeth) can also be painful. Tooth sensitivity can lead to discomfort as well, and sometimes the cause is merely a sinus infection or congestion.</div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><strong>Reducing Dental Pain Before Your Appointment</strong></div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;">The best thing to do when you have a toothache is to come see us right away. If for some reason that isn&rsquo;t possible, a few things you can do to manage your dental pain in the meantime include:</div> <div style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"> <ul style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;"> <li style="text-size-adjust: 100%;"><strong>Rinse and spit with warm saltwater</strong>&nbsp;to reduce inflammation</li> <li style="text-size-adjust: 100%;"><strong>Apply a cold compress</strong>&nbsp;to the cheek near the sore area</li> <li style="text-size-adjust: 100%;">Take&nbsp;<strong>anti-inflammatory medication</strong></li> <li style="text-size-adjust: 100%;">Use an&nbsp;<strong>over-the-counter topical medication</strong></li> </ul> </div> <div class="embed-responsive embed-responsive-16by9" style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px;"><iframe class="embed-responsive-item" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/l-MjUan_gZU" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></div> <div style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><span style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><strong>Preventing Future Toothaches</strong></div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;">If you&rsquo;ve had or currently have a toothache, you probably want it to be your last. Obviously some of the causes can&rsquo;t be prevented, such as sinus infections and a tooth being damaged in an accident, but&nbsp;<strong>there&rsquo;s a lot you can do to protect your teeth from the aches and pains that come from poor dental health.</strong></div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;">Brushing twice a day for two minutes with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste, flossing daily, and scheduling regular dental appointments will keep your teeth healthy. You can also help your teeth out by cutting down on sugary foods and drinks.</div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><strong>Bring Your Tooth Pain To Us As Soon As You Can</strong></div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;">Pain is the body&rsquo;s alert system to let us know when there&rsquo;s a problem, and it&rsquo;s important not to ignore it. No matter what you think might be causing your toothache, schedule an appointment with us to get it taken care of before the underlying problem has a chance to get worse. We&rsquo;ll be able to take a look and get your tooth the treatment it needs!</div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 20px; letter-spacing: normal; text-align: left; color: #808080 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;">Let&rsquo;s fight that toothache together!</div> An Intro To Veneers http://www.oakridgedentalarts.comhttps://www.oakridgedentalarts.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=8235 <div style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><strong style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">MANY OF US ARE</strong><span style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">&nbsp;unhappy with the way our smiles look. Maybe our teeth aren&rsquo;t as white as we&rsquo;d like, they have unusual shapes, or they&rsquo;ve suffered some damage like chipping or fractures. Veneers are a great, long-lasting solution we can use to fix these problems and get the smiles of our dreams.</span></div> <div style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><span style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><strong>How Do Veneers Work?</strong></div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><a href="https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/cosmetic-dentistry/veneers/what-are-veneers-and-how-should-you-care-for-them-0814" rel="noopener" target="_blank" style="overflow-wrap: break-word; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #458fc0; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: underline;">Veneers</a>&nbsp;are&nbsp;<strong>thin, tooth-colored porcelain or composite resin shells that cover the natural teeth.</strong>&nbsp;Because they are as resilient as tooth enamel, they protect the teeth from damage and can last many years. Veneers are custom-made to the contour of the patient&rsquo;s teeth and bonded to the enamel over the course of one or two in-office procedures.</div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><strong>The Veneer Placement Process</strong></div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;">Veneer placement follows these steps:</div> <div style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><ol style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"> <li style="text-size-adjust: 100%;">If the patient&rsquo;s teeth are particularly sensitive, local anesthetic may be used, but it usually isn&rsquo;t necessary. The dentist cleans the tooth and determines the ideal shade, then removes a thin layer of enamel to make room for the veneer.</li> <li style="text-size-adjust: 100%;">The dentist takes an impression of the tooth and places a temporary veneer.</li> <li style="text-size-adjust: 100%;">Once the custom veneer has been delivered, the tooth is cleaned and the veneer is etched, rinsed, and dried, and finally cemented onto the tooth.</li> <li style="text-size-adjust: 100%;">A curing light helps harden the adhesive to attach the veneer to the tooth. The dentist polishes the veneer and removes any excess material.</li> </ol></div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><strong>Are Veneers Right For You?</strong></div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;">Veneers are a fantastic option to address&nbsp;<a href="https://www.dentistryiq.com/articles/wdj/print/volume-2/issue-9/focus-on-orthodontics/orthodontics-unmasking-veneers.html" rel="noopener" target="_blank" style="overflow-wrap: break-word; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #458fc0; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: underline;">certain esthetic issues</a>&nbsp;with one or more teeth, but they are not the best solution for every dental problem, as they can be pricey and some amount of natural enamel must be scraped away to make room for them.&nbsp;<strong>The best candidates for veneers are patients with chipped, broken, badly discolored, or worn teeth.</strong>For patients with alignment issues or less severe discoloration, orthodontic and whitening treatment will usually be preferable to veneers.<br /><br /> <div class="embed-responsive embed-responsive-16by9" style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px;"><iframe class="embed-responsive-item" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/id2gwVt3T1M" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></div> <br /> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><strong>Taking Care Of Your Veneers</strong></div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;">It&rsquo;s important to take good care of your veneers once you have them so that they will last as long as they should before they need replacement. This mainly consists of the same good brushing and flossing habits you maintain for your natural teeth, and you can&nbsp;<strong>minimize the risk of the veneers becoming stained by avoiding foods and drinks that stain</strong>, such as coffee and red wine.</div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><strong>Bring Us Your Questions About Veneers!</strong></div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;">If you&rsquo;re considering veneers, we&rsquo;re sure you have plenty of questions. Just give us a call or stop by to set up an appointment. We can tell you everything you need to know and make a plan to get you the smile you&rsquo;ve always wanted!</div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 20px; letter-spacing: normal; text-align: left; color: #808080 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;">We love when our patients love their smiles!</div> </div> Are Sports and Energy Drinks Damaging Your Teeth? http://www.oakridgedentalarts.comhttps://www.oakridgedentalarts.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=8220 <div style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><strong style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">DRINKING ENERGY AND SPORTS DRINKS</strong><span style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;"><span>&nbsp;</span>on a regular basis is becoming increasingly popular, especially among young people. But did you know that these drinks can be extremely damaging to your teeth?</span><br style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;" /><br style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;" /><strong style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">Sports and Energy Drinks Are Highly Acidic</strong><br style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;" /><br style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;" /><span style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">It&rsquo;s important to remember the purposes of each of these drinks so as not to consume them more often than you should. Energy drinks may provide a pick-me-up during a long day at work, but<span>&nbsp;</span></span><strong style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">drinking one or more energy drinks everyday can damage your teeth in the long run.</strong><br style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;" /><br style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;" /><span style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">Sports drinks were made to keep your body hydrated and energized during bouts of intense exercise. While they may be beneficial during a good workout,<span>&nbsp;</span></span><strong style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">these drinks should never take the place of water and should not be consumed casually or on a daily basis.</strong><br style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;" /><br style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;" /><span style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">The reason for this is that both energy and sports drinks are highly acidic.<span>&nbsp;</span></span><strong style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">Regularly consuming food or drink with high acidity levels wears away your tooth enamel.</strong><span style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;"><span>&nbsp;</span>This makes teeth more susceptible to cavities, tooth discoloration, and sensitivity.</span><br style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;" /> <br style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;" /> <strong style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">The Combination of Sugar and Acid Packs a Mean Punch</strong><br style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;" /><br style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;" /><span style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">Energy and sports drinks launch a twofold attack on your teeth:</span><strong style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;"><span>&nbsp;</span>while acid weakens the enamel, sugar feeds cavity-causing bacteria and contributes to decay.</strong><span style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;"><span>&nbsp;</span>Not a good combo! While sugar-free options are available, the majority of these types of drinks are chock full of sugar. Unfortunately, even the sugar-free versions are still as acidic as their sweet counterparts.</span><br style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;" /><br style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;" /><strong style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">Consume Acidic And Sugary Beverages Wisely</strong><br style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;" /><br style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;" /><span style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">Here are some tips to protect your teeth if you are drinking energy and sports drinks:<br /><br /></span><ol style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;"> <li style="text-size-adjust: 100%;"><strong>Don't make it a daily habit.</strong><span>&nbsp;</span>Drink sports drinks only during high intensity workouts, not on a regular basis, and minimize the amount of energy drinks you consume.</li> <li style="text-size-adjust: 100%;"><strong>Drink it all at once</strong><span>&nbsp;</span>instead of sipping throughout the day.</li> <li style="text-size-adjust: 100%;"><strong>Rinse out your mouth or chew sugarless gum afterward.</strong><span>&nbsp;</span>This will help increase saliva production and counteract acidity.</li> </ol><br style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;" /><strong style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">Know The Facts, Protect Your Smile</strong><br style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;" /><br style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;" /><span style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">Believe it or not, the adverse effects these drinks have on teeth isn&rsquo;t widely known. With<span>&nbsp;</span></span><strong style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">30 to 50 percent of U.S. teens consuming energy drinks, and as many as 62 percent consuming at least one sports drink per day,</strong><span style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;"><span>&nbsp;</span>it&rsquo;s important that people understand how damaging they can be to teeth.</span><br style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;" /><br style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;" /><span style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">If you have more questions about sports or energy drinks or want to schedule an appointment, give us a call.</span><br style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;" /><br style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;" /><strong style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">We&rsquo;re always happy to hear from our patients!</strong></div> Straight Teeth: Not Just About Looks http://www.oakridgedentalarts.comhttps://www.oakridgedentalarts.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=8209 <div style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><strong style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">THE MOST OBVIOUS</strong><span style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">&nbsp;impact of orthodontic treatment is a straighter, more attractive smile. While it is true that we tend to perceive people with properly aligned teeth as happier and more successful, the benefits aren&rsquo;t just superficial.</span></div> <div style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><span style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;">Clearer Speech</div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;">Do you remember the lisp you had between losing your two front teeth and the adult ones growing in? Based on that, it shouldn&rsquo;t be much of a surprise that our teeth are a crucial component to our ability to speak and enunciate clearly.</div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;">In order to make the right sounds, our lips and tongues have to maneuver around our teeth. When teeth are properly aligned, this is simple,&nbsp;<strong>but crooked teeth can result in a lisp, slurring, or difficulty making certain sounds</strong>&nbsp;that require tongue-to-tooth contact, such as the &ldquo;t,&rdquo; &ldquo;s,&rdquo; and &ldquo;ch&rdquo; sounds. Orthodontic treatment can solve these problems by moving the teeth into their proper positions.</div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;">Healthier Digestion</div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;">We don&rsquo;t give our teeth enough credit for the role they play in&nbsp;<a href="https://www.forbes.com/sites/quora/2018/01/26/a-simple-way-to-improve-your-digestion-chew-food-more/#77b191af7b9f" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="overflow-wrap: break-word; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #458fc0; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: underline;">good digestion</a>. Chewing is a very important part of the process. It doesn&rsquo;t just chop the food into small enough pieces to fit down the esophagus, it mixes the food with saliva, which begins the chemical digestion process.</div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;">When we wolf down our food without much chewing &mdash;&nbsp;<strong>or when we chew with misaligned teeth that don&rsquo;t do the job effectively</strong>&nbsp;&mdash; it forces our stomachs to work harder than they should. If you already have straight teeth, put them to good use by chewing each mouthful for longer. If you don&rsquo;t, your digestive system will thank you for getting orthodontic treatment.</div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;">Better Breathing</div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;">Having poorly aligned teeth can make it difficult or even impossible to comfortably close your jaws when you aren&rsquo;t moving them, which can lead to habitual&nbsp;<a href="https://www.healthline.com/health/mouth-breathing#causes" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="overflow-wrap: break-word; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #458fc0; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: underline;">mouth breathing</a>. Mouth breathing has a number of&nbsp;<strong>negative effects, including dry mouth, bad breath, snoring, chronic fatigue, and brain fog.</strong>&nbsp;The effects are an even bigger problem for kids, sometimes going as far as changing the development of their facial bone structure.<br /><br /></div> <div class="embed-responsive embed-responsive-16by9" style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px;"><iframe class="embed-responsive-item" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/NA82k3a4rsM" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><br />Straight Teeth For A Better Life</div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;">Not only do straight teeth make it easier to speak, eat, and breathe properly, they&rsquo;re also easier to clean! Maybe you&rsquo;ve been avoiding orthodontic treatment because you&rsquo;re happy with the way your smile looks, but the many benefits of straight teeth are worth considering. At Oak Ridge Dental Arts, we offer both traditional&nbsp;<a href="/braces.htm" target="_blank">braces</a> and <a href="/invisalign.htm" target="_blank">Invisalign</a> to help you achieve a straighter smile. If you are interested in straightening your smile, give us a call today!</div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 20px; letter-spacing: normal; text-align: left; color: #808080 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;">Straight teeth lead to better oral health and better overall health!</div> The Effects Of Pregnancy On Oral Health http://www.oakridgedentalarts.comhttps://www.oakridgedentalarts.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=8176 <div style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><strong>YOU CAN ALWAYS</strong>&nbsp;expect your body to go through a lot of changes when you&rsquo;re expecting, but did you know that some of those changes are to your oral health? The changing hormone levels of pregnancy actually put expecting mothers at greater risk of developing a variety of oral health issues, including gum disease, enamel erosion, and unusual swellings in the gums.</div> <div style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><strong>Pregnancy Gingivitis</strong></div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;">There&rsquo;s so much to do in the months leading up to the arrival of a new baby, but that&rsquo;s no reason to leave brushing and flossing on the back burner, because&nbsp;<strong>pregnancy hormones can lead to the tender, swollen gums of gingivitis.</strong></div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;">Around&nbsp;<a href="http://www.acog.org/Resources-And-Publications/Committee-Opinions/Committee-on-Health-Care-for-Underserved-Women/Oral-Health-Care-During-Pregnancy-and-Through-the-Lifespan" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="overflow-wrap: break-word; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #458fc0; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: underline;">40 percent</a>&nbsp;of pregnant woman have some form of gum disease, and studies have linked pregnancy gingivitis to premature delivery and lower birth weights. Make sure to brush with a soft-bristled toothbrush and floss daily to keep the plaque away from your vulnerable gums.</div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><strong>Morning Sickness And Enamel Erosion</strong></div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;">While hormones cause problems for an expectant mom&rsquo;s gums,&nbsp;<strong>morning sickness can cause problems for her teeth.</strong>&nbsp;Stomach acid from frequent vomiting, heartburn, or acid reflux eats away at the hard, protective enamel on each tooth. The best way to minimize this effect is to swish with baking soda and water after a bout of morning sickness. This will neutralize any acid left in your mouth before you brush.</div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><strong>Pyogenic Granuloma</strong></div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;">Perhaps the weirdest oral health change a pregnant woman can experience is&nbsp;<a href="https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/life-stages/oral-care-during-pregnancy/four-things-to-know-about-oral-health-and-pregnancy-1014" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="overflow-wrap: break-word; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #458fc0; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: underline;">pyogenic granuloma</a>, or &ldquo;pregnancy tumors.&rdquo; The name might sound scary, but these swellings (which often resemble raspberries between the teeth) are not malignant. They most often appear in the second trimester. The dentist can remove them if they&rsquo;re uncomfortable, but&nbsp;<strong>they usually vanish after the baby is born.</strong></div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><strong>Protecting Your Teeth &mdash; And Your Baby&rsquo;s!</strong></div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;">In addition to your daily brushing and flossing, what you eat can play a big role in keeping your teeth healthy.&nbsp;<strong>Cut back on sugary treats and load up on essential nutrients.</strong>&nbsp;Your baby&rsquo;s teeth start developing in the second trimester, and they need plenty of protein, calcium, phosphorous, and vitamins A, C, and D to grow strong.<br /><br /></div> <div class="embed-responsive embed-responsive-16by9" style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px;"><iframe class="embed-responsive-item" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/xYAPSoZEtUI" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><strong><br />Your Dentist Is Your Greatest Resource</strong></div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;">One of the best things you can do to protect your oral health during your pregnancy is to visit the dentist. Routine cleanings and checkups are crucial for combating pregnancy gingivitis and making sure everything is staying healthy. If it&rsquo;s been a while since your last appointment or you expect to be expecting soon, get proactive and schedule your next checkup today!</div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 20px; letter-spacing: normal; text-align: left; color: #808080 !important; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;">We have the world&rsquo;s best patients!</div> Root Canal Myths: Busted http://www.oakridgedentalarts.comhttps://www.oakridgedentalarts.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=8155 <div style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><strong style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">HAVE YOU EVER HEARD</strong><span style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">&nbsp;someone begin a sentence &ldquo;I&rsquo;d rather have a root canal than&hellip;&rdquo;? The negative portrayal of root canal treatment in our culture isn&rsquo;t just a clich&eacute;; it&rsquo;s a myth! That&rsquo;s why we&rsquo;re using this post to knock down some of the most common root canal myths out there.</span></div> <div style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><span style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><strong>Myth 1: &ldquo;Root Canal Treatment Is Painful&rdquo;</strong></div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;">Many adults struggle with dental anxiety. The prospect of going to the dentist may fill them with dread, even for a simple cleaning appointment, so we understand why a patient might expect something horrible and painful when they get the news that they need root canal treatment. However, thanks to modern technology and anesthetics,&nbsp;<strong>root canal treatment can be performed quickly and comfortably.</strong>&nbsp;The best part is that the pain of your infected tooth will be gone!</div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><strong>Myth 2: &ldquo;If My Tooth Doesn&rsquo;t Hurt, I Don&rsquo;t Need Root Canal Treatment&rdquo;</strong></div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;">A common assumption people make is that if their teeth don&rsquo;t hurt, they&rsquo;re healthy. This isn&rsquo;t always true. In some cases, the tooth may already have died, but&nbsp;<strong>it still needs root canal therapy to prevent a dangerous infection.</strong></div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><strong>Myth 3: &ldquo;Root Canal Treatment Is Only A Temporary Fix&rdquo;</strong></div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;">Some patients are skeptical of root canal treatment because they think the benefits won&rsquo;t last very long. This is not true. A tooth does become brittle after root canal treatment, and the grinding forces from chewing and talking may cause the crown on the tooth to break, but&nbsp;<strong>this is only a problem with the restoration, not the root canal itself.</strong></div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><strong>Myth 4: &ldquo;It&rsquo;s Better to Just Pull The Tooth&rdquo;</strong></div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;">It might technically be easier to yank a problem tooth than to carefully remove infected pulp, fill in the root, and place a new crown, but&nbsp;<a href="https://www.aae.org/patients/root-canal-treatment/myths-root-canals/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="overflow-wrap: break-word; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #458fc0; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: underline;">that doesn&rsquo;t mean it&rsquo;s better</a>.&nbsp;<strong>Our natural teeth are nearly always preferable to any kind of false teeth.</strong>&nbsp;They look and work better, while an extracted tooth may result in future problems for the surrounding teeth, in addition to a lengthy replacement process.</div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><strong>To learn about the steps of root canal treatment, check out this video:<br /><br /></strong></div> <div class="embed-responsive embed-responsive-16by9" style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px;"><iframe class="embed-responsive-item" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/o_Tb2Muk6SM" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><strong><br />The Root Canal Reality</strong></div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;">The truth is that root canal therapy is a great way to save a tooth, and modern dentistry has made the process comfortable and pain-free. If you&rsquo;ve been avoiding root canal treatment because of one of these myths, do the best thing for your tooth and schedule a dental appointment today!</div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 20px; letter-spacing: normal; text-align: left; color: #808080 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;">We love our patients&rsquo; healthy smiles!</div> Getting Your Child Ready For The Dentist http://www.oakridgedentalarts.comhttps://www.oakridgedentalarts.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=8128 <div style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><strong style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">AS PARENTS, THERE IS</strong><span style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">&nbsp;nothing better in the world than our children&rsquo;s smiles. However, while it is easy for adults to understand the role the dentist plays in keeping those smiles healthy, a little boy or girl doesn&rsquo;t always know why it&rsquo;s important to go to a strange place where an unfamiliar grown-up is going to poke around in their mouth.&nbsp;That&rsquo;s why it&rsquo;s important to prepare your child for their first visit ahead of time!</span></div> <div style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><span style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><strong>Dental Anxiety Is Common For Children And Adults</strong></div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;">There are&nbsp;<strong>several reasons your child might be nervous about going to the dentist</strong>&nbsp;for the first time. New things are often scary. Sometimes their peers at school might tell them alarming stories, and sometimes family members are guilty of deliberately scaring them. Children are also very observant, so if you are afraid of the dentist, they can probably tell and they&rsquo;ll think they should be afraid too.</div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><strong>Helping Your Child Look Forward To The Dentist</strong></div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;">No matter what is causing your child&rsquo;s dental anxiety, there are plenty of ways you can help!</div> <div style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"> <ul style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"> <li style="text-size-adjust: 100%;"><strong>Start early.</strong>&nbsp;Ideally, the first dental visit should happen around when the first tooth erupts. If you make dental visits routine early on, your child will be able to build a&nbsp;<a href="https://www.parents.com/health/dental/kids-overcome-fear-dentists/?slideId=slide_fccd0ca1-52e0-4a85-80e1-aa319fe68d6e#slide_fccd0ca1-52e0-4a85-80e1-aa319fe68d6e" rel="noopener" target="_blank" style="overflow-wrap: break-word; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #458fc0; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: underline;">trusting relationship</a>&nbsp;with the dentist and grow up with a good perspective on dental care that can last a lifetime.</li> <li style="text-size-adjust: 100%;"><strong>Play pretend!</strong>&nbsp;For younger children, the best way to explain something complicated or new can often be role play. You can play the part of the dentist and give them an idea of what to expect and why it can be fun rather than scary.</li> <li style="text-size-adjust: 100%;"><strong>Explain.</strong>&nbsp;Your child will be much happier if they know what&rsquo;s going to happen ahead of time. If your child is old enough, explain a little about what their visit will be like.</li> <li style="text-size-adjust: 100%;"><strong>Meet the dentist.</strong>&nbsp;One of the main sources of stress for your child is that the dentist is someone unfamiliar, and you can fix that by doing a meet-and-greet ahead of time.</li> <li style="text-size-adjust: 100%;"><strong>Be there for them.</strong>&nbsp;All the information won&rsquo;t make up for the comforting presence of an adult your child knows and loves, so be there for them as much as they need you during their first few visits.</li> <li style="text-size-adjust: 100%;"><strong>Teach them about dental hygiene.</strong>&nbsp;Understanding the value of good oral hygiene and being proud of their healthy smiles will help your child understand why going to the dentist is important.</li> </ul> <div class="embed-responsive embed-responsive-16by9" style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px;"><iframe class="embed-responsive-item" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/kuLxz5IrZ6Y" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></div> <div style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><span style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px;"><strong>Our Team Can Help!</strong></div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px;">If you need help preparing your child for the dentist, we&rsquo;ve got your back. We want to ensure they have a happy, healthy smile for life, and we can work with you and your child to ensure their experience at the dentist is a good one. If you have any questions about what you can do to prepare for your child&rsquo;s first visit, just let us know and we will be delighted to help!</div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 20px; letter-spacing: normal; text-align: left; color: #808080 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px;">We can&rsquo;t wait to meet you and your child!</div> </div> Relief For A Burned Mouth http://www.oakridgedentalarts.comhttps://www.oakridgedentalarts.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=8120 <div style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><strong style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">HAVE YOU EVER SAT</strong><span style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">&nbsp;down to a plate of lasagna from your favorite Italian place and immediately taken a huge bite without waiting for it to cool down? Or taken a swig of hot chocolate too fast? Maybe it wasn&rsquo;t lasagna or hot chocolate for you, but we&rsquo;ve all burned our tongues on foods or drinks we love, and we&rsquo;ll all probably do it again. We want to make sure you know what to do for your mouth when that happens.</span></div> <div style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><span style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><strong>Step 1: Sip Cold Water</strong></div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;">What you do immediately after burning your tongue will determine how quickly you recover, so instead of persevering with your hot food or drink,&nbsp;<strong>drink a glass of cold water.</strong>&nbsp;Not only will it help the burn feel better, but it will keep you hydrated so that your mouth can produce enough saliva to protect the burned area from bacteria.</div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><strong>Step 2: Keep Things Cool</strong></div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;">Soft, cold foods will help to numb the sting of the burn, so open up the fridge and&nbsp;<strong>grab a yogurt, fruit cup, or applesauce.</strong>&nbsp;It might even be a good reason to spring for a smoothie or some frozen yogurt, and make sure to keep drinking cool water as well.</div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><strong>Step 3: Salt Water Swish</strong></div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;">You might have learned from your grandma to gargle salt water when you have a sore throat. Well, she was right! Swishing or gargling salt water is also a great remedy if you have sore gums, have recently had a dental procedure, or even if you burned your tongue.</div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;">When we&nbsp;<a href="https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/conditions/mouth-sores-and-infections/how-salt-water-mouth-rinse-benefits-oral-health-1214" rel="noopener" target="_blank" style="overflow-wrap: break-word; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #458fc0; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: underline;">swish salt water</a>, it temporarily makes our mouths more alkaline, which makes life difficult for harmful oral bacteria. To make your salt water rinse, just add half a teaspoon of salt to a cup of warm water and stir.&nbsp;<strong>Swish it around your mouth for about thirty seconds, spit, and repeat!</strong></div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><strong>Step 4: Tasty Relief</strong></div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;">Another way to speed up the healing process for your burned tongue is to&nbsp;<strong>apply sugar or honey directly to the tender area.</strong>&nbsp;This is another remedy that predates modern medicine. Sugar is a quick source of energy for the cells that are trying to heal, and&nbsp;<a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17708384" rel="noopener" target="_blank" style="overflow-wrap: break-word; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #458fc0; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: underline;">studies have shown</a>&nbsp;that honey is even more effective at promoting healing than sugar. Just make sure to drink some water afterward to rinse away any sweet residue.</div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><strong>Step 5: Pain Medication</strong></div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;">For particularly bad mouth burns, these measures might not be sufficient to relieve the pain. At that point, it becomes a job for over-the-counter pain relievers like acetaminophen or ibuprofen. Luckily,&nbsp;<strong>oral tissues heal more quickly than any other part of the body,</strong>&nbsp;so even a particularly painful burn to the tongue should be gone within a few days.</div> <div class="embed-responsive embed-responsive-16by9" style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><iframe class="embed-responsive-item" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/BMyB5p1enc0" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><strong><br />Burning Tongue Syndrome And Your Dentist</strong></div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;">Some people feel like they have a burned tongue even when there is no actual burn, a chronic condition known as burning tongue syndrome. If you&rsquo;re feeling the burn for no apparent reason, schedule a dental appointment. Otherwise, follow these steps to get your burned tongue feeling good as new as soon as possible!</div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 20px; letter-spacing: normal; text-align: left; color: #808080 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;">We look forward to seeing you at your next appointment!</div> Nitrous Oxide In Dentistry http://www.oakridgedentalarts.comhttps://www.oakridgedentalarts.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=8095 <div style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><strong style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">MOST OF US HAVE</strong><span style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">&nbsp;at least heard of laughing gas, the whimsically-nicknamed sedation method used by dentists, even if we haven&rsquo;t had it ourselves. But what exactly is laughing gas, and why is it so closely associated with dentistry?</span></div> <div style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><span style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><strong>Nitrous Oxide From Discovery To Dentistry</strong></div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;">Nitrous oxide (laughing gas) is a colorless, odorless gas. It consists of two nitrogen atoms and one oxygen atom bonded together. Studies indicate that&nbsp;<strong>it reduces a patient&rsquo;s perception of pain and increases the release of dopamine.</strong></div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;">In 1772,&nbsp;<a href="https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S152168960190165X" rel="noopener" target="_blank" style="overflow-wrap: break-word; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #458fc0; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: underline;">Joseph Priestly</a>&nbsp;first isolated the compound nitrous oxide. It wasn&rsquo;t until 1799 that Humphry Davy discovered the relaxing, euphoria-inducing effects that earned it the name laughing gas. Several decades later, in the 1860s in Germany, nitrous oxide found its place in dentistry, and we still use it today.</div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><strong>Is Laughing Gas Safe?</strong></div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;">The nitrous oxide used in a medical setting is very safe, because exposure is&nbsp;<a href="https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/procedures/anesthesia/what-does-laughing-gas-do-0117" rel="noopener" target="_blank" style="overflow-wrap: break-word; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #458fc0; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: underline;">carefully controlled</a>. The masks dentists use to administer the gas first delivers pure oxygen, followed by a mixture of oxygen and nitrous oxide. The&nbsp;<strong>limited exposure produces temporary effects that reduce pain and help the patient relax during a procedure.</strong>&nbsp;In rare cases, it may cause side effects like headaches, shivering, sweating, nausea, or fatigue.</div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><a href="https://adf.org.au/drug-facts/nitrous-oxide/" rel="noopener" target="_blank" style="overflow-wrap: break-word; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #458fc0; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: underline;">Recreational use</a>&nbsp;of nitrous oxide, on the other hand, is no laughing matter because&nbsp;<strong>few to none of the factors that make it safe in a medical context are present.</strong>&nbsp;The gas is kept cold enough to cause frostbite to the mouth, nose, and throat if inhaled directly, and it is stored at such high pressure that it can damage the lungs. Outside of a medical professional&rsquo;s hands, laughing gas can also cause asphyxiation because it isn&rsquo;t properly mixed with oxygen.</div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><strong>Laughing Gas Versus Dental Anxiety</strong></div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;">For patients who suffer from dental anxiety, laughing gas can be especially helpful. Foregoing dental treatment because of anxiety and fear will only give the problem time to become worse.&nbsp;<strong>Laughing gas is one option to help anxious patients relax and feel comfortable during a dental procedure</strong>, or even during a routine dental appointment.</div> <br /> <div class="embed-responsive embed-responsive-16by9" style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><iframe class="embed-responsive-item" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/do0iAxDcPqM" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><strong><br />Still Have Questions About Laughing Gas? Just Ask!</strong></div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;">If you&rsquo;d like to know more about the effects of laughing gas and its uses in dentistry, we are happy to answer your questions! Give us a call or schedule an appointment so that we can discuss this and any other dental health concerns you may have.</div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 20px; letter-spacing: normal; text-align: left; color: #808080 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;">Our patients&rsquo; comfort is one of our highest priorities!</div> The Top 3 Best Drinks For Your Teeth http://www.oakridgedentalarts.comhttps://www.oakridgedentalarts.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=8077 <div style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><strong style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">MANY OF THE THINGS</strong><span style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">&nbsp;we drink are actually pretty bad for our teeth, especially soda, fruit juice, and coffee. What options does that leave for the dental health conscious to quench their thirst? Fortunately, there are a few drinks that are much less likely to cause stains or contribute to enamel erosion and decay, which makes them much better for our teeth!</span></div> <div style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><span style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><strong>3. Milk</strong></div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><strong>Milk is an important source of calcium</strong>, which is essential for&nbsp;<a href="https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/basics/nutrition-and-oral-health/say-no-to-soda-healthy-drinks-for-kids-0315" rel="noopener" target="_blank" style="overflow-wrap: break-word; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #458fc0; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: underline;">healthy teeth and bones</a>. A certain amount of enamel remineralization is possible if your body has the right building blocks available, so getting plenty of calcium is a great way to stock up on those building blocks to keep your teeth strong. If you are lactose intolerant, you don&rsquo;t have to miss out on this either, because&nbsp;<strong>calcium-fortified soy milk is another great option</strong>.</div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;">One thing to be aware of, however, is that milk does have natural sugars in it, which is why&nbsp;<strong>it&rsquo;s a bad idea to leave a child with a bottle of milk over a long period of time</strong>. The longer the sugars in milk are left on the teeth, the more they feed oral bacteria, contributing to tooth decay. This is how a condition commonly known as &ldquo;bottle rot&rdquo; can happen for babies and toddlers.</div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><strong>2. Green And Herbal Tea</strong></div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;">While black tea, much like coffee and red wine, is prone to leaving stains on teeth, green tea and herbal teas do not carry this drawback. In fact, like milk, they actually have dental health benefits.&nbsp;<strong>Tea contains compounds called polyphenols, which help fight bacteria.</strong>&nbsp;Just make sure not to load your tea with sugar or even honey, as that would cancel out the benefits of the polyphenols. If you can enjoy it plain, that&rsquo;s great, but you can also use sugar-free sweeteners.</div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><strong>1. Water</strong></div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;">It might seem boring to include water on a list of mouth-healthy drinks, but it is absolutely essential to our overall health that we stay well hydrated &mdash; and specifically to our oral health! If we aren&rsquo;t drinking enough water, we may not have enough fluid to produce saliva, which is&nbsp;<strong>the mouth&rsquo;s first line of defense against acids and bacteria</strong>. The act of drinking water itself will also flush out remnants of food and sugary or acidic drinks, helping to keep our teeth clean until the next time we can brush.</div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><strong>Watch this video for some tips on mouth-healthy foods:</strong></div> <div class="embed-responsive embed-responsive-16by9" style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><iframe class="embed-responsive-item" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/oO3fP5sljTo" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><strong><br />What We Drink Is Only Part Of The Equation</strong></div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;">Cutting back on some of the less healthy drinks in favor of drinking more water, milk, and green or herbal tea can make a big difference in our oral health, but it isn't a substitute for other oral health habits. Make sure you're also keeping up with your twice-daily brushing, daily flossing, and dental appointments every six months!</div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 20px; letter-spacing: normal; text-align: left; color: #808080 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;">We're here to help you keep those teeth happy and healthy!</div> New Year, New Resolutions! http://www.oakridgedentalarts.comhttps://www.oakridgedentalarts.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=8032 <div style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><strong style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">A NEW YEAR IS A NEW BEGINNING,</strong><span style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;"> which is why so many of us make New Year&rsquo;s resolutions. If there&rsquo;s something we want to change or to accomplish, a fresh year seems like the perfect time to start. When writing your resolution list, remember to include your dental health goals! Here are 5 New Year&rsquo;s Resolutions you may wish to add to your list this year.</span></div> <div><span style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><strong>1. Daily Dental Care</strong></div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;">One resolution you may have on your list is to improve your at-home dental care. Daily dental care is extremely important to your oral health and overall health. The ADA suggests you brush your teeth for two minutes, twice a day and to floss your teeth once a day. These steps may be hard to remember, but making it a goal to brush and floss every day will pay off in the end. Daily at-home dental care will help keep your teeth and gums healthy and help prevent tooth decay and other oral health problems. Try to create the habit of brushing and flossing your teeth right before you go to sleep and brushing your teeth right when you wake up. This will make your daily dental care routine easier to remember and lead to the healthy smile you deserve.</div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><strong>2. New Year, New Smile</strong></div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;">If you are looking to enhance your smile this year, we are here to help! Whether you want a brighter, straighter, or restored smile, we at Oak Ridge Dental Arts can help you achieve your smile goals. If a brighter, whiter smile is your goal, we provide in-office teeth whitening or a custom take-home whitening kit. At Oak Ridge Dental Arts, we can help you achieve a straighter smile with traditional braces or invisalign. If you have a chipped, missing or broken tooth, our cosmetic treatment, dental implants, and other comprehensive services can help restore your smile and achieve the smile you deserve. A new smile not only enhances your appearance, it also builds your confidence to show the world your beautiful smile. Come in and consult with one of our experienced doctors to see what treatment options are best to achieve your dental goals this year.</div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><strong>3. Healthy Diet </strong></div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;">Whether your resolution is to lose weight, or live a healthier lifestyle, a healthy diet also leads to a healthy smile! Foods high in sugar and carbs feed the harmful bacteria living in your mouth and acidic drinks erode tooth enamel. Avoiding some of these foods will help, but there are also plenty of foods you can eat that are actually good for your teeth. Foods high in calcium and protein help prevent tooth decay and protect your tooth enamel. Vegetables, fruits, proteins, and healthy fats are all crucial to having good oral health!</div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><strong>4. Smile More</strong></div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;">While we generally think of smiling as the result of feeling happy, smiling, even when we don&rsquo;t feel like it, smiling can actually improve our mood and emotional disposition. In other words, pasting a smile on your face, even if you&rsquo;re faking it, can make you feel happier! Smiling also reduces stress and strengthens your immune system. Keep smiling all year long for a happier, healthier life!</div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><strong>5. Routine Dental Visits</strong></div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;">Visiting your dentist every six months is an important part of maintaining your oral health. Not only does it keep your smile clean, but it can help you keep an eye on your overall health too! Dental problems don&rsquo;t go away on their own and tend to get worse, which also makes them more difficult (and expensive) to fix. Regular dental checkups catch problems early so that more intense treatment doesn&rsquo;t become necessary. Whether it&rsquo;s been six months or longer since the last time we saw you, we&rsquo;re looking forward to seeing you again. Schedule your appointment today and we will help you maintain a healthy, beautiful smile!<br /><br /><strong style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">Need a bit of help keeping your New Year's resolutions? Check out the video below!</strong></div> <div class="embed-responsive embed-responsive-16by9" style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><iframe class="embed-responsive-item" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/xH9gmmOkZV8" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></div> <div style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><span style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;"><span style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;"><span style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;"><strong style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;"><br />REMEMBER, WE ARE HERE TO HELP YOU </strong><span style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;"> achieve your dental health and smile goals. We want you to have the smile you deserve. Call us today and let us help you start your New Year off with a beautiful, healthy smile!</span></span></span></span> <div style="margin: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 20px; letter-spacing: normal; color: #808080 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px;"><br />We at Oak Ridge Dental Arts wish all our patients a wonderful year!</div> </div> The Top 3 Worst Drinks For Your Teeth http://www.oakridgedentalarts.comhttps://www.oakridgedentalarts.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=7983 <div style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><strong style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">ONE OF LIFE'S CRUELEST</strong><span style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;"> ironies is that so many of the foods and drinks we enjoy the most aren&rsquo;t good for us at all. Naturally, as dental professionals, we&rsquo;re particularly concerned about the ones that are bad for our teeth. That&rsquo;s why we&rsquo;re giving our patients a heads up about the three drinks that have the worst impact on oral health.</span></div> <div><span style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><strong>1. Soda</strong></div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><strong>Two of the most harmful things for our teeth are sugar and acid</strong>, and carbonated beverages are full of both. Sugar is harmful because the bad bacteria in our mouths eat it and excrete acid on our teeth, and when we drink something acidic, we&rsquo;re essentially cutting out the middle man and applying the acid to our teeth ourselves. Tooth enamel begins to dissolve&nbsp;<a href="https://www.ada.org/en/~/media/ADA/Public%20Programs/Files/JADA_The%20pH%20of%20beverages%20in%20the%20United%20States" rel="noopener" target="_blank" style="overflow-wrap: break-word; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #458fc0; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: underline;">at a pH of 5.5</a>, and soft drinks range in acidity from RC Cola at a pH of 2.32 to Canada Dry Club Soda at 5.24. Even diet soda isn&rsquo;t much less acidic than its sugar-loaded counterpart.</div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><strong>2. Sports Drinks</strong></div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;">We all enjoy a refreshing drink to go along with a hard workout, but those sports drinks we use to replenish our electrolytes have a down side.&nbsp;<strong>Like soda, they are often full of sugar and highly acidic.</strong>&nbsp;<a href="https://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20687551,00.html?_ga=2.81316433.794230921.1544115092-1679475579.1541188301" rel="noopener" target="_blank" style="overflow-wrap: break-word; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #458fc0; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: underline;">One study</a>&nbsp;showed that lemon-lime Gatorade dissolved the most tooth enamel compared to any other drink, including Coke.<br /><br /></div> <div class="embed-responsive embed-responsive-16by9" style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><iframe class="embed-responsive-item" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/-IyBgTL1Lso" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><strong><br />3. Fruit Juice</strong></div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;">By this point, you probably already know what we&rsquo;re going to say. Fruit is a very healthy snack and can even be good for your teeth, but&nbsp;<strong>when we drink the juice on its own, we&rsquo;re bathing our teeth in the sugar and acid content of many servings of fruit</strong>, without the filter of whole fruit&rsquo;s healthy fiber. In the end, it&rsquo;s not much better for our teeth than soda.</div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><strong>Honorable Mentions: Coffee, Black Tea, And Alcohol</strong></div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;">Soda, sports drinks, and fruit juice&nbsp;<a href="https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/basics/threats-to-dental-health/what-is-the-worst-drink-for-your-teeth-avoid-these-five-1215" rel="noopener" target="_blank" style="overflow-wrap: break-word; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #458fc0; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: underline;">aren&rsquo;t the only drinks</a>&nbsp;that are bad for our teeth. Coffee, black tea, and alcohol are too, particularly the dark ones, which can leave stains. We also tend to add sugar to our coffee and tea, and alcohol can dry out the mouth, leaving it vulnerable to bacteria.</div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><strong>Keeping Our Teeth Healthy</strong></div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;">While we aren&rsquo;t going to insist that our patients give up these drinks forever, we definitely recommend cutting back and counteracting the negative effects by drinking more water, maintaining good oral hygiene habits, and scheduling regular dental appointments.</div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 20px; letter-spacing: normal; color: #808080 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;">We love our patients&rsquo; smiles!</div> How Stress Can Affect Your Oral Health http://www.oakridgedentalarts.comhttps://www.oakridgedentalarts.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=7938 <div style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><strong style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">DID YOU KNOW THAT STRESS</strong><span style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;"> can have an effect on your oral health? As if you needed any more on your plate! Knowing how stress and oral health are connected can help you combat any problems that might arise.</span></div> <div style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><span style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><strong>Stress May Contribute to Teeth Grinding</strong></div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;">Bruxism is the technical term for habitual teeth grinding and jaw clenching. For some people, clenching and grinding are natural responses to stress and frustration. Teeth grinding, however, usually occurs during sleep, meaning that <strong>people are often unaware of the problem</strong>. Flatter tips of the teeth and a sore jaw are common signs of bruxism.</div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><strong>Stress Can Worsen Symptoms of TMD</strong></div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;">TMD, or temporomandibular joint disorder, affects the jaw joint and associated muscles used in moving the jaw and neck. Similar to bruxism, stress is thought to be a contributing factor in TMD, causing <strong>jaw clenching, joint pain, headaches and even popping and clicking of the jaw.</strong></div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><strong>Your Immune System Is Weakened During Times of Stress</strong></div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;">Stress can actually compromise your immune system, increasing your risk of oral infections. <strong>Some people experience dry mouth, putting them at a higher risk of developing cavities.</strong> Others contract canker sores when stressed. Stress can even increase your chances of experiencing gum disease</div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><strong>Maintain Good Oral Hygiene and Health, Even During Difficult Times</strong></div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;">Keeping your oral health routine in tip-top shape, especially when you are stressed, is essential! Continue to practice good oral hygiene and you will protect your mouth from infection and decay. For most people, it&rsquo;s difficult to see the effects of stress on their bodies until something happens. That&rsquo;s why <strong>it&rsquo;s important to visit your dentist regularly</strong>, as he or she can detect the telltale signs of stress in your mouth and help you to remedy any problems.<br /><br /> <div class="embed-responsive embed-responsive-16by9" style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><iframe class="embed-responsive-item" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/a-igubcZnWs" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px;"><strong><br />We Want To Make Life Easier For You</strong></div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px;">When you&rsquo;re under a lot of pressure or life gets tough, the last thing you think about is your oral health. We want to make things easier for you by helping you to avoid any oral health issues not only when you&rsquo;re stressed out, but all the time!<br /><br /><strong>Learning to deal with the inevitable stresses of life in a positive way will boost your oral and overall health. </strong>However, if you do feel you are experiencing any symptoms of bruxism, TMD or other oral health problems, call us and schedule an appointment. We have solutions for you! <br /><br /> <div style="margin: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 20px; letter-spacing: normal; text-align: left; color: #808080 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px;"><strong>Keeping our patients happy and healthy is our priority!</strong></div> </div> </div> Reasons To Be Thankful For The Dentist http://www.oakridgedentalarts.comhttps://www.oakridgedentalarts.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=7915 <div style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><strong style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">WE'RE ALMOST AT</strong><span style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">&nbsp;the end of another year, and one of the best parts of the holiday season is getting some time to take stock of all the things we&rsquo;re grateful for. From our families to our careers, our homes to our country, those lists can be pretty long, and one more great thing to add to your list is your dentist!</span></div> <div style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><span style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><strong>We Owe Our Smiles To Our Dentists</strong></div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;">You might think it's silly to include your dentist on the list of things you&rsquo;re thankful for, but we can give you a few great reasons why they should make the cut. Between their advice on how to take care of our teeth and their treatment of dental problems that arise, dentists do a lot to keep us healthy and happy.</div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><strong>Thanks to dentists, we know&hellip;</strong></div> <div style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"> <ul style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"> <li style="text-size-adjust: 100%;"><strong>&hellip;the right way to brush our teeth.</strong>&nbsp;Brushing too little leads to plaque buildup, cavities and gum disease. Brushing too hard contributes to gum recession and strips away enamel. Thanks to our dentists, we know to brush twice a day for two minutes with soft-bristle brushes.</li> <li style="text-size-adjust: 100%;"><strong>&hellip;how often to floss.</strong>&nbsp;When we don&rsquo;t floss, plaque can build up between our teeth even when we brush the rest away from the outer surfaces. Daily flossing like the dentist tells us to keeps the in-between spaces just as clean as the rest!</li> <li style="text-size-adjust: 100%;"><strong>&hellip;tricks for beating bad breath.</strong>&nbsp;While bad breath can have a variety of causes, good habits like daily brushing and flossing, making sure to clean our tongues, and breathing through our noses instead of our mouths can really help!</li> <li style="text-size-adjust: 100%;"><strong>&hellip;how important dental check-ups are.</strong>&nbsp;One of the best things we can do to keep our teeth and gums healthy is to schedule twice-yearly dental visits. It&rsquo;s always better (and cheaper) to catch dental problems early on than to suffer through the pain and have to get more intense treatment later on!</li> <li style="text-size-adjust: 100%;"><strong>&hellip;what to eat (and avoid) to reduce tooth decay.</strong>&nbsp;Cutting down on sugary foods and drinks means giving less food to the bad bacteria in our mouths, which means our teeth and gums are healthier. We can replace them with fruits, vegetables, and sugar-free treats.</li> </ul> <div class="embed-responsive embed-responsive-16by9" style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><iframe class="embed-responsive-item" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/oO3fP5sljTo" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></div> <div style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><span style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px;"><strong>And We're Just As Thankful For Our Patients!</strong></div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px;">We love helping our patients keep their smiles healthy, which is why we love nothing better than getting to see you when you come in for your appointments. You make our days and our lives brighter! We hope to see your smiling faces again soon!</div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 20px; letter-spacing: normal; text-align: left; color: #808080 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px;">Make the end of this year wonderful!</div> </div> Rescue Your Tooth With Root Canal Therapy http://www.oakridgedentalarts.comhttps://www.oakridgedentalarts.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=7895 <div style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><strong style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">TEETH ARE ALIVE</strong><span style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">, just like every other part of the body. That means they are susceptible to infection. Whenever an infection becomes severe enough, the tainted part has to go or else all the surrounding tissue will be compromised as well and the patient&rsquo;s life will be at risk! That&rsquo;s where a root canal comes in.<br /></span></div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><strong><br />What Is A Root Canal?</strong></div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><a href="http://askthedentist.com/root-canals-know-before-you-go/" style="overflow-wrap: break-word; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #458fc0; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: underline;">Root canals</a>&nbsp;are a way of getting rid of the infection in a tooth without getting rid of the actual tooth. A root canal won&rsquo;t save your tooth&mdash;by the time you need one, it&rsquo;s too late for that, but it will allow you to keep it.</div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;">A dentist or endodontist will drill into the tooth to reach the infected pulp at its core. Next, the pulp is removed, leaving the tooth hollow. After the space is flushed out, the root is filled with sealer and the crown with cement, and the whole tooth is capped off with an artificial crown.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/tooth-abscess/multimedia/root-canal/sls-20076717?s=6" style="overflow-wrap: break-word; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #458fc0; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: underline;">This procedure</a>&nbsp;ensures that no more bacteria can get inside the tooth and minimizes the chances of the tooth breaking.</div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><strong>To get a better understanding of what&rsquo;s involved in&nbsp;root canal treatment, check out the video below:<br /></strong></div> <div class="embed-responsive embed-responsive-16by9" style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><iframe class="embed-responsive-item" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/U9XzvnUzJJY" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><strong><br />When Do You Need One?</strong></div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;">The way teeth become infected is through decay, cavities, or cracks from an injury, which means it&rsquo;s usually an avoidable problem. If you&rsquo;re brushing and flossing properly, your teeth are unlikely to reach a level of decay that allows bacteria to reach the living dental pulp inside them. However, some people are genetically more susceptible to tooth decay.</div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;">Infection can lead to an abscess at the tooth&rsquo;s root or death of the pulp. If you have tooth decay extensive enough to require a root canal, you&rsquo;ll probably be experiencing significant pain in and around the infected tooth. With an abscess, there will also be swelling and inflammation. Tooth pain alone isn&rsquo;t always a sign of an infection, but it&rsquo;s always worth checking out to make sure.</div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><a href="http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/tooth-abscess/symptoms-causes/dxc-20185944" style="overflow-wrap: break-word; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #458fc0; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: underline;">Other symptoms</a>&nbsp;of tooth infection include:</div> <div style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"> <ul style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"> <li style="text-size-adjust: 100%;">Temperature sensitivity</li> <li style="text-size-adjust: 100%;">Sensitivity to pressure (particularly when chewing)</li> <li style="text-size-adjust: 100%;">Fever</li> <li style="text-size-adjust: 100%;">Swollen lymph nodes under jaw</li> <li style="text-size-adjust: 100%;">Rush of foul-tasting fluid and pain relief if abscess drains</li> </ul> </div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><strong>Keep Those Teeth Healthy!</strong></div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;">Remember that preventing the problem is always better than needing a solution! Healthy teeth don&rsquo;t need root canals, so keep brushing twice a day and flossing daily and cut back on sugary drinks so that your teeth will stay healthy! If you believe you need <a href="/root-canal-therapy.htm">Root Canal Therapy</a>, please give us a call today and schedule your appointment!</div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 20px; letter-spacing: normal; text-align: left; color: #808080 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><strong>We love our patients! Thank you for choosing Oak Ridge Dental Arts!<br /></strong></div> What To Look For In A Toothbrush http://www.oakridgedentalarts.comhttps://www.oakridgedentalarts.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=7870 <div style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><strong style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">ON THE SURFACE,&nbsp;</strong><span style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">a toothbrush seems like just another item on the grocery list, but choosing the best one for you can be tricky. There are several factors to take into account, such as bristle softness, grip feel, head size, and whether to stick with manual or go electric. That&rsquo;s why we&rsquo;re here to help make your selection process easier!</span></div> <div style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><span style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><strong>Toothbrush Qualities To Look For</strong></div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;">Have you ever noticed that the toothbrushes you bring home from dentist appointments have very soft bristles? This is no accident. Hard bristles might seem like they&rsquo;re better equipped to clean away plaque, but they could be damaging your teeth and gums while they&rsquo;re at it.&nbsp;<strong>We recommend choosing a toothbrush with&nbsp;<a href="https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/basics/selecting-dental-products/choosing-the-right-toothbrush" rel="noopener" target="_blank" style="overflow-wrap: break-word; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #458fc0; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: underline;">soft bristles</a>.</strong>&nbsp;This is particularly important for anyone with sensitive teeth or gums.</div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;">The next thing to look for is the&nbsp;<a href="https://www.1800dentist.com/at-home-dental-tips/how-to-pick-a-toothbrush/" rel="noopener" target="_blank" style="overflow-wrap: break-word; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #458fc0; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: underline;">size of the brush head</a>. Mouths and teeth come in different sizes depending on age and genetics, which is why toothbrush heads have a range of sizes available.&nbsp;<strong>Find the toothbrush that matches the size of your mouth.</strong>&nbsp;Just like bristle hardness isn&rsquo;t an indication of effectiveness, having more bristles doesn&rsquo;t make the brush better if it won&rsquo;t fit easily around your teeth.</div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;">You might think that a toothbrush&rsquo;s handle is its least important part, but a toothbrush with the wrong kind of handle is a difficult toothbrush to use. Is your toothbrush comfortable to hold and easy to maneuver, or does it slip in your hand?&nbsp;<strong>The better you are able to hold your toothbrush, the better it can clean your teeth.</strong>&nbsp;This is a particularly crucial consideration for people with arthritis or other conditions that make it difficult to grip objects.<br /><br /> <div class="embed-responsive embed-responsive-16by9" style="text-align: left;"><iframe class="embed-responsive-item" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/aeR7bQRce6M" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px;"><strong><br />Manual Or Electric?</strong></div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px;">This is one of the biggest debates when it comes to choosing a new toothbrush. A lot of people swear by their electric brushes while others claim manual ones are better.&nbsp;<strong>Some electric toothbrushes can do a better job of removing plaque,</strong>&nbsp;but it&rsquo;s up to you to decide if that is worth the increased price tag.&nbsp;<a href="https://www.ada.org/en/member-center/oral-health-topics/toothbrushes" rel="noopener" target="_blank" style="overflow-wrap: break-word; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #458fc0; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: underline;">Electric toothbrushes</a>&nbsp;can be particularly beneficial to orthodontic patients who have to brush around braces, people with dexterity problems, and even children!</div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px;"><strong>Out With The Old Toothbrush, In With The New</strong></div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px;">Regardless of what type of toothbrush you have, remember to always replace it between three and six months, and store it upright somewhere it can fully dry between uses. If you still have questions about what to look for in a toothbrush, just ask us! We want to make sure all our patients have the best tools for keeping their teeth healthy and clean.</div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 20px; letter-spacing: normal; text-align: left; color: #808080 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px;">Put that new toothbrush to good use!</div> </div> Making Halloween Healthy For Your Teeth http://www.oakridgedentalarts.comhttps://www.oakridgedentalarts.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=7851 <div style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><strong style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">HALLOWEEN IS ONE OF</strong><span style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">&nbsp;the most highly anticipated holidays of the year, and it&rsquo;s almost here! This holiday sees kids, teens, and even adults consuming far more sugar than they would any other time, coming in second only to Easter. The problem with this is that sugar is the favorite food of the harmful bacteria living in our mouths, which means eating all these treats is very bad for our oral health.</span></div> <div style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><span style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><strong>Halloween Treats Versus Our Teeth</strong></div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;">Any time we consume sugar, that bacteria in our mouths gets a big tasty meal, after which it excretes acid onto our teeth. If you&rsquo;ve ever noticed an unpleasant sour taste or gritty feeling a little while after eating dessert, that&rsquo;s why. The acid can do a lot of damage to our tooth enamel, because&nbsp;<strong>even though enamel is the hardest substance in our entire bodies, it is very vulnerable to acid erosion</strong>.</div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><strong>Fight Back Against The Sugar Attack</strong></div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;">We can, of course, do things to minimize the harmful effects of sugar on our teeth. If we eat small amounts of candy throughout the day, then we aren&rsquo;t giving our saliva time to neutralize the acids and wash away the sugar, so&nbsp;<strong>it&rsquo;s actually better for our teeth to eat all the candy we want in one go</strong>.</div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;">Drinking water can help get rid of leftover sugars after eating a treat, and there are also other foods that work as natural cleaners and oral health boosters.&nbsp;<strong>Apples, bananas, vegetables, and even dark chocolate</strong>&nbsp;help scrub teeth clean and also supply important vitamins and minerals such as calcium, phosphorus, and vitamins C and D!</div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;">Another essential component of the battle against enamel erosion is&nbsp;<strong>a good brushing and flossing habit</strong>. Just make sure to wait half an hour after eating candy to brush, so that your saliva has time to neutralize all that acid first.</div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><strong>5 Delicious, Healthy, And Spooky Alternatives</strong></div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;">Just because there are ways to minimize the effects of sugar on your teeth doesn&rsquo;t mean it isn&rsquo;t still better to choose healthier options for your spooky treats to begin with. Here are a few of our favorite options:</div> <div style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><ol style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"> <li style="text-size-adjust: 100%;"><strong><a href="https://www.everydayhealth.com/healthy-halloween-treats-for-kids.aspx#02" rel="noopener" target="_blank" style="overflow-wrap: break-word; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #458fc0; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: underline;">Colby Jack-o&rsquo;-Lanterns</a>.</strong>&nbsp;The cut-out jack-o&rsquo;-lantern face in the bread and the yummy, calcium-rich cheese in the middle make this one a great, healthy snack!</li> <li style="text-size-adjust: 100%;"><strong><a href="https://www.heb.com/recipe/recipe-item/monster-apple-bites/1398283378923" rel="noopener" target="_blank" style="overflow-wrap: break-word; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #458fc0; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: underline;">Monster Apple Bites</a>.</strong>&nbsp;Apples are full of fiber and water that help clean our teeth as we eat them, so why not make your apple slices look spooky for Halloween?</li> <li style="text-size-adjust: 100%;"><strong><a href="https://www.livescience.com/40786-kids-healthy-halloween-tips.html" rel="noopener" target="_blank" style="overflow-wrap: break-word; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #458fc0; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: underline;">Boo-nana</a>.</strong>&nbsp;This one is easy. All you need are a few chocolate chips (preferably dark chocolate) and a banana. Bananas are good for the teeth because they are loaded with potassium and magnesium, which help keep teeth and gums strong.</li> <li style="text-size-adjust: 100%;"><strong><a href="https://www.beachbodyondemand.com/blog/13-healthy-halloween-treats" rel="noopener" target="_blank" style="overflow-wrap: break-word; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #458fc0; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: underline;">Spooky Spider Eggs</a>.</strong>&nbsp;Eggs are great sources of vitamin D and our teeth need it to absorb calcium in order to stay strong.</li> <li style="text-size-adjust: 100%;"><strong><a href="http://www.listotic.com/64-non-candy-halloween-snack-ideas/11/" rel="noopener" target="_blank" style="overflow-wrap: break-word; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #458fc0; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: underline;">Clementine Pumpkins</a>.</strong>&nbsp;Simply peel the fruit and add a stem! Clementines have a lot of vitamin C, which promotes good gum health.</li> </ol> <div class="embed-responsive embed-responsive-16by9" style="text-align: left;"><iframe class="embed-responsive-item" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/poiZBaAlvvU" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></div> <div style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><span style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px;"><strong>We Can Help You Protect Your Teeth!</strong></div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px;">We hope every member of our practice family has a great Halloween filled with sweets and scares, but oral health should always be a priority. After you finish eating all your healthy treats and brushing and flossing your teeth, another great way to protect your teeth is to bring them in for their six-month checkup! We look forward to seeing you!</div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 20px; letter-spacing: normal; text-align: left; color: #808080 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px;">Wishing all our patients a happy Halloween!</div> </div> It's Time To Put On Pink For Breast Cancer! http://www.oakridgedentalarts.comhttps://www.oakridgedentalarts.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=7845 <strong style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">OCTOBER IS HERE,</strong><span style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">&nbsp;and that means it&rsquo;s time to Put on Pink for breast cancer awareness! With your help, our practice will be raising funds to&nbsp;support breast cancer research.</span><br style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;" /><span style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">&nbsp;</span> <h3 style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;"><strong>Breast Cancer Statistics</strong></h3> <p style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">With&nbsp;<a href="https://www.cancer.org/healthy/find-cancer-early/womens-health/cancer-facts-for-women.html" rel="noopener" target="_blank" style="overflow-wrap: break-word; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #458fc0; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: underline;">one in eight</a>&nbsp;being diagnosed during their lifetime, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women. By the end of the year, it&rsquo;s estimated that over&nbsp;<a href="http://www.breastcancer.org/symptoms/understand_bc/statistics" rel="noopener" target="_blank" style="overflow-wrap: break-word; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #458fc0; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: underline;">260,000</a>&nbsp;more women will have been diagnosed with breast cancer in the United States alone, and over 40,000 women will have succumbed&nbsp;to the disease.</p> <p style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">Although it&rsquo;s more rare, men are sometimes diagnosed with breast cancer as well, with an estimated 2,550 cases being&nbsp;diagnosed this year.</p> <h3 style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;"><strong>Medical Advancements Bring Hope</strong></h3> <p style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">The diagnosis and death statistics for breast cancer are still far too high, but thanks to improvements in early detection, advancements in treatment, and increased awareness, survival rates been going up steadily&nbsp;<a href="https://www.cancer.org/healthy/find-cancer-early/womens-health/cancer-facts-for-women.html" rel="noopener" target="_blank" style="overflow-wrap: break-word; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #458fc0; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: underline;">since 1989</a>.</p> <h3 style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;"><strong>We Donate When You Put On Pink!</strong></h3> <p style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">When our patients show support for breast cancer research, so can we! There are three different ways you can participate in this campaign!</p> <p style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;"><strong>Option 1:&nbsp;</strong>Follow/Like our social media accounts. We will donate $1.00 to the Susan G. Komen Foundation for each like/follow during the month of October. <span style="color: #000000; font-family: 'Open Sans', Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;"><br /></span></p> <p style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;"><strong>Option 2:&nbsp;</strong>Check in on Facebook at our practice. We will donate $1.00 to the Susan G Komen Foundation for each Facebook Check in during October.</p> <p style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;"><strong>Option 3:&nbsp;</strong> Post a photo in our fun Pink Props at our practice and tag us! We will donate $2.00 for each tagged photo wearing pink during the month of October!</p> <p style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;"><strong>For each interaction, we will make a contribution to breast cancer research! You can do just one of them or you can do all three!</strong></p> <h3 style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;"><strong>We Can Make A Difference Together!</strong></h3> <p style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">We&rsquo;re excited about this opportunity to work with you, our wonderful patients and friends, to raise awareness during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.</p> <p style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;"><strong>As your trusted, lifelong health partner, we&rsquo;re determined to do anything we can to keep you and your loved ones as healthy as possible.</strong>&nbsp;If you have questions about breast cancer, feel free to reach out to us&nbsp;and we&rsquo;ll be able to direct you to the information and resources you need. And don&rsquo;t forget&hellip;</p> <h4 style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 20px; letter-spacing: normal; text-align: left; color: #808080 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">Put On Pink to show your support!</h4> Side-Effects: Medications And Oral Health http://www.oakridgedentalarts.comhttps://www.oakridgedentalarts.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=7823 <div style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><strong style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">MEDICAL PROBLEMS ARE&nbsp;</strong><span style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">things none of us ask for but many of us have, and with medical problems come medications. Unfortunately, along with medications come side-effects, and these often have a negative impact on oral health.</span></div> <div style="text-align: left; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><span style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;"><strong>The Delicate Balance Of Our Mouths</strong></div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;">Our oral health does best when our mouths can stay close to a neutral pH &mdash; neither acidic nor basic. The food and drink we consume tends to&nbsp;<strong>temporarily disrupt this pH balance</strong>, and so does medicine. When children eat chewable vitamins or drink syrupy medicine that contains sugar, it feeds their oral bacteria, which excrete acid onto their teeth. This acid wears away at their tooth enamel.</div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; padding-right: 20px; padding-left: 20px;">Another common problem with children&rsquo;s medication comes from asthma inhalers, which can lead to the development of oral thrush (white fungus patches in the mouth). The easiest way to avoid any of these issues is to&nbsp;<strong>encourage our children to rinse with water</strong>&nbsp;after eating vitamins, using their inhalers, or drinking cough syrup.</div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-st