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Each month we will share a couple of educational articles about dental health. If there are topics you would like us to write about, we invite you to contact us and share your ideas!

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Do Your Teeth Need Protein?
Posted on 6/23/2018 by Michael Westendorf, DDS
If you want to have strong muscles, you need to have an adequate amount of protein in your diet. In fact, protein is even required to maintain a healthy smile. Find out why you need to increase your protein intake in order to support your oral health. What is Protein Used for in the Mouth? Protein serves an important role in the mouth. It is used to make up the tooth structure, and it also plays a role in mucosal and connective tissue development. Plus, protein is crucial when it comes to healthy immune function. Depending on the source, protein can also help with saliva production. For example, cheese is thought to increase saliva, which is important to keep your teeth healthy. Proper amounts of saliva are needed to wash away bacteria and acids before they can damage your teeth....

Do Your Teeth Get Healthier When You Use Mouthwash?
Posted on 6/13/2018 by Michael Westendorf, DDS
Your teeth are made to last a lifetime, so you need to make sure they are healthy and well cared for. Fortunately, mouthwash can help them to stay healthy. By making mouthwash a daily part of your oral hygiene routine, your teeth will be healthier and will look beautiful. Removes Plaque One of the main benefits that mouthwash has to offer your teeth is plaque prevention. Mouthwash can prevent plaque buildup on the gums, the surface of the teeth, and those tough-to-reach spaces between the teeth. However, the use of mouthwash should never become a substitute for brushing. While mouthwash can prevent plaque buildup, it cannot remove existing plaque. Prevents Cavity Formation The regular use of mouthwash can fight cavity formation and decay. Most mouthwashes contain fluoride, which...

Poor Oral Health Can Severely Affect Your Confidence
Posted on 5/25/2018 by Michael Westendorf, DDS
There have been several studies about how poor oral health can severely affect your confidence. From avoiding showing your teeth while speaking, to avoiding social situations altogether, having a mouth that is not healthy is detrimental to your mental health. People who live in developed countries, such as the U.S. and other western nations, have a much better chance of having good oral hygiene habits and access to a dentist. However, many choose to stay away of their own choice for several reasons including fear or cost. Whatever the reason for not visiting a dentist or practicing good habits at home, poor oral health can severely affect your confidence in your everyday life. What is Poor Oral Health? Poor oral health is not only not visiting the dentist for regular checkups. It...

Oral Health Dangers of Getting Too Stressed Out
Posted on 5/15/2018 by Michael Westendorf, DDS
Being stressed out can increase your blood pressure and make certain medical conditions worse, but did you know that it can also affect your oral health? Stress can actually cause some problems with your gums, teeth, and mouth. If you notice any of the following, it could be a sign that you're under more stress than you realize. Canker Sores We've all had those little white spots show up in the mouth. These canker sores often appear for no reason at all, and medical experts don't even know what truly causes them. One thing studies have confirmed, though, is that people who are under a lot of stress tend to get more canker sores than those who aren't. These sores aren't really dangerous, but they're annoying and can hurt. Cold Sores Then there are cold sores. These sores are...

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