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Flossing with Braces: Four Tools That Make Life Easier

Flossing with Braces: Four Tools That Make Life Easier

In a previous blog post we looked at why flossing is so important for your oral and overall health. It’s always important to floss, but it’s especially for people with braces to floss to make sure they’re keeping their mouth free from food particles and plaque...

Flossing: Simple Task, Major Impact

Flossing: Simple Task, Major Impact

Did you know that a little piece of string is powerful enough to save your teeth, and maybe even your life? Sounds crazy, but it’s true. I’m talking, of course, about dental floss. Though we all know by now that we’re supposed to floss daily, many of us still skip...

Snoring or Sleep Apnea?

Snoring or Sleep Apnea?

You have a partner or a child who snores. Is it just snoring, or is it sleep apnea? Is it a big deal, or should you just ignore it? Here’s what you should know about snoring and sleep apnea. How to Tell the Difference We’re all familiar with snoring. Snoring is simply...

Mouth Emergencies… and What Can Wait

Mouth Emergencies… and What Can Wait

There are few things that constitute true emergencies when it comes to oral and dental health. Most things, like broken or lost retainers, poking wires from braces, and sore gums, can be addressed within a few days and don’t require immediate attention. But there are...

Removing Baby Teeth vs. Permanent Teeth

Removing Baby Teeth vs. Permanent Teeth

Nobody likes having a tooth removed, but sometimes it’s necessary. This might happen when there’s not enough room in the mouth or when permanent teeth are growing in at an angle. However, it matters whether it’s a baby tooth or a permanent tooth removed. There are...

Your Gums Are The Tires Of Your Mouth

Your Gums Are The Tires Of Your Mouth

My practice is outside Detroit, aka The Motor City or The Automotive Capital of the World. Because of that, I tend to use car analogies to explain orthodontic issues to my patients so they can more easily understand where I’m coming from. That’s why I say the gums are...

Do You Make Good Mouth Investments?

Do You Make Good Mouth Investments?

An investment is something you put money into that you expect to get a return on over time. Stocks that pay dividends or real estate that grows in value are the classic examples. You spend money up front, but you know that money is well spent because you’ll be...

The Do’s and Don’ts of Braces

The Do’s and Don’ts of Braces

Despite all the advancements in orthodontic treatment, traditional metal braces still have their place. They are great at straightening teeth and correcting bites and can be effective in cases where other treatment solutions, like Invisalign, aren’t advised.   As...

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