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How Your Tongue Speaks to Your Health

Tongues are used for tasting, speaking, and even for kissing. But did you know that your tongue can actually give you clues about your health? It’s true! Your tongue can actually help speak to your ongoing oral (and overall) health! It all depends on your tongue’s hue, texture, and feeling or sensation. Here’s what it…

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The Worst Foods for Your Teeth

Think about all you eat in a day: Your teeth go through a lot, don’t they? Breakfast, lunch, dinner, midnight snack (or two!)—there’s a bunch of stuff your teeth are breaking down, biting, and chewing into. And let’s be honest, probably a bit of that food isn’t too good for you. The same is true…

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What Is Tongue Scraping, and Why Is It Beneficial?

We’re all familiar with brushing and flossing. However, even after a particularly aggressive oral hygiene session, you might still notice bad breath. Before you go for a swish and gargle with an abrasive mouthwash, it might be better to opt for a tongue scraper. Tongue scraping helps bad breath at the source without introducing chemicals…

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Mouthwash Can Actually Harm Your Oral Health: Here’s How

Commercial mouthwash isn’t all that it claims to be. In fact, it can actually do more harm than good. For instance, your mouth is teeming with beneficial bacteria that commercial mouthwashes wipe out, along with bad breath. This beneficial bacteria helps keep bad bacteria out and you and your mouth healthy. But this isn’t the…

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Mouth Microbiome

It’s hard to think about bacteria being all over your body, let alone in your mouth—but it is, in both cases. And it’s actually beneficial that some bacteria is there, at least if it’s the right kind. Mouth, or oral, microbiome live in different places in the mouth—and refers to a collection of bacteria that…

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Easy Ways to Whiten Your Teeth at Home

Each year, Americans spend billions of dollars on teeth whitening solutions and over one billion dollars on at-home remedies for whiter teeth. There are plenty of at-home solutions out there, but not all are built the same.  Some remedies use bleach to whiten teeth which can be a health concern for some individuals; others simply…

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How to Stop Grinding Your Teeth

Bruxism, jaw clenching, and teeth grinding can occur while you are awake (awake bruxism) and while you’re sleeping (nocturnal bruxism). There can be several underlying causes of bruxism, one of the most common being stress.  Talking to your dentist or doctor about bruxism is the best way to ease your symptoms and stop bruxism in…

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Here’s Why Your Gums Hurt During a Cleaning

Oral pain of any kind can be disconcerting. It’s hard to know why you have pain, and there could be multiple factors at play.  Sore gums after a dental cleaning are normal. In fact, sometimes they can be a good sign.  Sore Gums? Don’t Panic  If you have ever experienced soreness in your gums after…

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Do Hot Drinks Cause Oral Health Problems?

We’re in the thick of winter here in Alabama. For most people, this means heavy coats, wool socks, and maybe even a toboggan with your favorite team’s logo. Although our winters may not be the harshest in the country, we still have our favorite ways of staying warm, including enjoying our favorite hot beverage.  Whether…

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Do You Have Cracked Teeth Because of the Pandemic?

American stress levels reached an all-time high this past year. The pandemic introduced us to a new way of life and, for some of us, we had to find new ways of managing the increased stress in our daily lives.  According to a recent New York Times report, migraines, sensitive teeth, and jaw pain were…

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