Are Permanent Retainers Right for You?

Many people resort to dental braces in order to correct teeth that are out of alignment and need straightening, the closing of gaps, and/or the rectification of crowding. Unfortunately for many patients, teeth tend to gravitate towards their prior positions after the braces are removed. This is why it is common practice for orthodontists to fit their clients with retainers to prevent the issue of unwanted shifting. After all, what is the benefit of spending both the time and cost of wearing braces if your teeth will just go back to their previous conditions? There is a wonderful option that resolves such a setback from occurring and Dr. Skopp is thrilled to explain this contemporary approach called permanent retainers!

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5 Reasons You Need to Be Flossing

We have heard time and time again how crucial it is to floss our teeth. Unfortunately, many of us slack off on performing this easy step on a recurring basis. Flossing our teeth is extremely key to maintaining healthy mouths. Although some swelling, soreness, or bleeding of the gums can occur, particularly after flossing, it is due to the immune system doing its job. As you get into a flossing routine, bleeding will cease and you will reap the oral advantages that flossing regularly rewards. 

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Good Dental Hygiene & Cavities Explained

It’s no surprise that we all want to have the best sets of teeth possible. By practicing good dental hygiene at home, we can take active, productive roles in helping to keep our teeth strong and hinder the development of cavities. Dr. Skopp explains exactly why taking good care of your teeth and maintaining oral health on a daily basis is so very important.

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Straws: Do They Actually Protect Your Teeth?

Most people work hard for their health by watching what they eat and getting enough exercise. Yet, health doesn’t stop at these things, as oral health plays a significant role in your overall well-being. Oral health is just as important since advanced gum diseases can cause pneumonia, cardiovascular disease, and strokes. 

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Guide: How to Reduce Dental Anxiety

One of the most common reasons why people hold off on their dental appointments is dental anxiety. If this describes your situation, know that you’re not the only one. Research has shown that more than 80% of Americans suffer from odontophobia otherwise known as dental phobia. If this problem has been keeping you from treating dental pain or other issues some options can help. Here are some ways to reduce dental anxiety so you can get the treatment that you need. 

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Are Crest Whitestrips Good for Your Teeth?

One of the most popular items on the market for teeth whitening is Crest White Strips. They’re one of many products marketed to consumers that promise an easy way to whiten teeth and brighten smiles. The question is this–do they work? Are they safe products to use, or are they just quick fix that offers no real results? Today, we’ll find out whether these are safe to use. 

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Retainer Cleaner: DIY

Maintaining your oral health is important to your overall health. If you have received a retainer to improve your smile, you likely already know how valuable it is to keep your retainer clean. If you don’t clean your retainer on a routine basis, your retainer can accumulate tartar, bacteria, and germs. Sometimes the best way to clean your retainer is with a safe and healthy DIY cleanser.

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Is Mouthwash Bad?

Brush your teeth, floss, and swish with mouthwash.  This is the system most of us have come to know and stick to care for our teeth and gums.  However, it’s important to question if your mouthwash is helping or hurting your oral health.  Read on to see our take on the matter!

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