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What Can You Do About Morning Breath?

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Do you wake up in the morning with a bad breath problem? Most people do to some degree. According to the Academy of General Dentistry, more than 80 million Americans suffer with chronic halitosis, or bad breath, and millions more experience the condition intermittently, most often in the form of breath odor upon waking, or morning breath. Common or not, morning breath is an embarrassing problem, causing many who experience it to forgo morning pleasantries in favor of scurrying to the bathroom to brush their teeth. So what can be done about morning breath?morning-breath

What Causes Morning Breath?

The source of halitosis is most frequently in the mouth, especially in cases where bad breath is present only or primarily upon waking in the morning. The fundamental cause ...

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Should you jump in piles of leaves?

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Should you jump in piles of leaves?

It is just too much to resist. When there is a big pile of leaves on the lawn, you know your kids can’t resist jumping in there. If you have a dog, it probably can’t resist either. And no matter how old you are, if there is a big, tempting pile of leaves on the front lawn, you are probably thinking about jumping in there yourself. The staff at Pat Crawford, DDS certainly doesn’t want to interfere with your fall fun! But you may be wondering: just how safe it is to jump in that pile of leaves? jump in pile of leaves

Bugs

Sure, there may be some stray bugs that wandered into that leaf pile, but experts say that bugs don’t specifically seek out leaf piles for a ...

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Cheek and Jaw Implants

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Dental Implants

Cheek and jaw implants are done to enhance or save certain areas of your face for either cosmetic or dental reasons, but are usually done because of an injury or other facial damages which needconstruction work. For example, you may need a cheek implant if you had an injury which completely shattered your cheekbones to the point of no return, or a jaw implant because you need to have a dental implant placed.

Before you decide whether or not you need cheek or jaw implants, you must speak with your dentist to determine if you are a good candidate. Keep in mind that these implants will not make you look like a different person, but are for the purpose of enhancing or restoring these specific facial features.

The Surgeries

For the lower jaw implant surgery, the implant will be placed ...

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How S’mores Affect Teeth

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camp-fireIt is summertime, which means it is time for camping and campfires — and what would a campfire be without s’mores?

S’mores are that delectable, must-have, summer fun treat that have been around for decades. The Girl Scouts started making them in the 1920s. The name “s’mores” came about because, after tasting just one bite, campers started begging for “s’more”.

Campers make s’mores by sandwiching a campfire-roasted marshmallow and chocolate in between graham crackers. A delicious snack as you tell ghost stories around the fire, but what would your dentist say? Read on for the low-down of how s’mores can affect teeth, compliments of Dr. Pat Crawford!

Marshmallows

A large marshmallow typically used in s’mores has about 4 grams of sugar — that’s a lot for one treat.

Even worse is that, for s’mores, you ...

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How Can Dentists Promote Healthy Living in the Community?

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Dentists are able to provide not only a change to oral health of a community, but also positively impact the general health of the community. Through environmentally friendly practices done within the dental office to lifestyle recommendations to patients that help their teeth and their community, dentists are able to promote general healthy living.

Using digital X-rays

Digital X-rays are thought to be a safer and healthier alternative to traditional dental X-rays. Digital X-rays use about 90 percent less radiation when scanning the mouth, which reduces the risks associated with radiation and radiation poisoning. Additionally, traditionally X-rays require that the photograph of the inside of the patient’s mouth by printed out and then cured using a blend of chemicals. Digital X-rays use no chemicals, as the images of the teeth and jaw are developed digitally on a computer.

Utilizing fewer chemicals

Opting to ...

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