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Sensitive Teeth

Is the taste of ice cream or a sip of hot coffee sometimes a painful experience for you? Does brushing or flossing make you wince occasionally? If so, you may have sensitive teeth. Possible causes include: Tooth decay (cavities) Fractured teeth Worn fillings Gum disease Worn tooth enamel Exposed tooth root In healthy teeth, a…

A Look at Forensic Dentistry & How Teeth Are Used to Identify a Person by Rebecca Perez, BSDH

Check out this awesome article by Rebecca Perez, BSDH about Forensic Dentistry! A Look at Forensic Dentistry & How Teeth Are Used to Identify a Person A big part of mainstream media is criminal investigations and law enforcement dramas. Most of the time, these involve missing persons or murder investigations. As a dental hygienist, this…

Retainer: Do's and Don'ts!

A surprising number of people wear retainers these days whether from orthodontic work, medical reasons, etc. Whatever the reason you have for wearing a retainer, here are some do’s and don’ts to follow! The Do’s: 1. Wear them as directed. Your orthodontist may want you to wear your retainer all day long, or just at…

Common Questions During Pregnancy

1. Do I Need to Change My Daily Habits? If you’re already brushing twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and cleaning between your teeth once a day, keep up the good work! If not, there’s no better time to start, as poor habits during pregnancy have been associated with premature delivery, intrauterine growth restriction,…

Natural Teeth Whitening: Fact vs. Fiction

When it comes to teeth whitening, you may see many different methods featured online and in magazines—from oil pulling to charcoal, and even turmeric. It’s no surprise that DIY (do-it-yourself) whitening is top of mind, either. When the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry asked people what they’d most like to improve their smile, the most…

Warning Against New Do It Yourself Trend

A new trend has emerged where children and young adults are attempting “do-it-yourself braces.” Various YouTube videos list out the supplies and instructions for “at-home-orthodontics” which is resulting in irreversible damage to their teeth and overall oral health. If you are interested in braces for yourself or a loved one, Valley Dental offers Complimentary Orthodontic…

Sealants

Brushing and flossing are the best ways to help prevent cavities, but it’s not always easy to clean every nook and cranny of your teeth – especially those back teeth you use to chew (called molars). Molars are rough, uneven and a favorite place for leftover food and cavity-causing bacteria to hide. Still, there’s another…

"Oh I Wish I'd Looked After Me Teeth" - Pam Ayres

Below is a poem written by Pam Ayres titled “Oh I Wish I’d Looked After Me Teeth.” She wrote this poem for National Smile Month which falls in May in the United Kingdom. Oh, I wish I’d looked after me teeth, And spotted the dangers beneath All the toffees I chewed, And the sweet sticky…

Facial Esthetics (Botox & Dermal Fillers)

Facial Esthetics have a very influential role in dentistry. It’s usage in dentistry is growing rapidly; studies have shown patients who received facial esthetic injections experienced significant improvement in pain, function, ability to open their mouth and levels of tenderness to palpation. The most common forms of facial esthetics are Botox and Dermal Fillers. Botox…

April is National Facial Protection Awareness Month!

April is a big month for the dental industry! Not only is it Oral Cancer Awareness Month but it’s also National Facial Protection Awareness Month! This month, the goal is to remind all athletes, young and old, to wear a mouth guard during all competitive and recreational sports. Mouth guards protect teeth from being knocked…

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