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South Arlington Dental Care Blog

Exploring the Different Parts of the Mouth and Their Functions

January 11, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — drshah @ 10:49 pm
woman showing the different parts of the mouth

In your quest to maintain the best oral health possible, you may not be sure where to begin. You can start by gaining an understanding of the different parts of the mouth and how they operate. Thus, you’ll get a picture of why excellent dental care is so important. Continue reading to learn about the basic anatomy of your mouth and how to prevent dental issues!

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Naughty or Nice: How These Popular Holiday Foods Affect Teeth

December 10, 2020

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holiday food spread in arlington

It wouldn’t be the holidays without all of the traditional foods and drinks you grew up enjoying. Although they’re nostalgic and delicious, many of them are full of sugar and starch. The good news is, while some goodies can wreak havoc on your teeth, there are some other options that are more smile friendly. Keep reading to hear what your Arlington dentist has to say about which of your holiday favorites land themselves on the naughty or nice list.

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How to Boost Your Immune System by Improving Your Oral Health

July 6, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — drshah @ 9:35 pm
close up of person eating a red apple

Even though your teeth are physically far away from most of your body, the health of your mouth is actually intertwined with your overall health. Failing to take good care of your teeth and gums could even weaken your immune system, which is the last thing you need during a global pandemic. In fact, you’re going to want to strengthen your immune system as much as possible to increase your odds of beating the virus if you end up catching it. Fortunately, a dentist is here with some easy ways to boost your immune system while also improving your oral health.

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Why Your Dental Team Isn’t Wearing Hand Jewelry

May 18, 2020

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Arlington dentist washing their hands without hand jewelry in COVID-19

According to mothers around the world and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, regular handwashing is one of the best ways to protect yourself from germs. Excellent hand hygiene is even more important to keep yourself and others healthy during the coronavirus pandemic. However, washing your hands improperly won’t keep you safe from getting sick! Read on to find out how your dental team is keeping their hands clean during COVID-19 and why your Arlington dentist won’t be wearing any jewelry at your next appointment.

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Staying Healthy: Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Ignore a Toothache

April 21, 2020

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Person with toothache

You’ve had a mild toothache for a day or two and are patiently waiting for it to subside. Since toothaches are relatively common, many people choose to ignore them or opt for at-home treatments instead of being seen by their dentist. However, toothaches can be indicative of other, more advanced dental problems. You may have a dental emergency that you’re not aware of. It’s important to schedule an appointment with your dentist so that they can diagnose you, get you out of pain, and bring you back to full health.

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When Was the Last Time You Replaced Your Toothbrush?

March 22, 2020

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Toothbrush and toothpaste recommended by dentist.Your toothbrush is your first line of defense against preventable issues that can harm your smile, like cavities and gum disease. It’s best to spend at least two minutes twice per day cleaning all surfaces of your teeth and your tongue. Your regular oral hygiene routine will cause wear and tear on your toothbrush, but how often should you replace it? Here’s what you need to know to keep your smile healthy in-between visits to your dentist.

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Does Keeping a Tooth in Milk Really Help?

February 7, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — drshah @ 9:22 pm
Knocked-out tooth in outstretched palm in need of emergency dentist

It’s an alarming situation that can happen to anyone at any time: having a tooth knocked out. The good news is that it can be saved by acting quickly and properly. However, if you store your newly dislodged tooth incorrectly, you drastically reduce your chances of successful reattachment. Here’s why experts recommend keeping it in milk and what you should avoid storing it in until you can reach your emergency dentist.

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Is Nitrous Oxide Sedation Safe?

January 20, 2020

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girl undergoing nitrous oxide sedation

Have you ever avoided seeing your dentist because you were nervous? If so, you’re not alone. It’s estimated that at least 1 in 5 Americans has put off getting needed dental care because they’re scared of the dentist. Whether it’s due to cost, time, or just not liking someone poking around in your mouth, dental anxiety is more common than you might think. For this reason, sedation options like nitrous oxide have been developed. But are they safe? Read this guide on what exactly nitrous oxide is and whether it has any side effects.

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Why is Your Tooth Aching?

December 21, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — drshah @ 1:58 pm
person holding their mouth in pain

Are you experiencing uncomfortable oral pain that’s keeping you up at night and distracting you from work and school? Even though it may seem like a small problem, it’s always important to contact your emergency dentist right away, because it could unfold into something more severe. While you’re waiting to visit your dentist, read on for some common reasons a toothache may occur, and how you can ease your pain at home until you receive professional treatment.

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How to Handle a Holiday Dental Emergency

November 16, 2019

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child and grandparent hugging each other

After weeks of prepping for your big holiday dinner and decorating your home for the season, you’re finally ready to welcome your family in from out of town to celebrate the next couple of days together. Now, you feel as though there’s nothing left to get in your way or ruin the special occasion, so you can finally relax. As you wait on the arrival of your family’s flights, you reach down to snack on some homemade caramel candies you made. As you bite into one, you realize it didn’t set the way you wanted it to, and it was hard as a rock. Not a second later, you notice your mouth feels different, like there’s an extra gap in your smile that wasn’t there before. Read on to learn what to do during this holiday dental disaster.

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