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Can Stress Cause Cavities?

If you’ve ever worried about you or your children developing cavities, you’re not alone. Cavities have a big impact on quality of life and involve unexpected expense and visits to the dentist. You might be surprised to learn about a potential link between psychological stress and the development of cavities.

A recent review of several studies published by Biomed Central: Oral Health showed a correlation between the development of dental caries (cavities) and salivary cortisol in children ages four to 14. Of the six observational and experimental studies reviewed, four supported this finding. Researchers gathered data for the review from databases such as MEDLINE, PsychINFO, and Embase.

Cavities form when food, ...

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How Do Sweets Affect Your Oral Health?

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With the holiday season upon us (especially Halloween), we find ourselves consuming extra treats (and candy) that we usually wouldn't eat. Your dentist in Lafayette wants to share some tips for protecting your family's oral health so you can have a safe and happy Halloween.

How Does Sugar Affect Your Oral Health?

To understand how to protect your oral health, you first must understand how sugar impacts your teeth. Believe it or not, it's not actually sugar that causes tooth decay so much as it is the chain reaction that sugar starts.

When you eat, a sticky white biofilm called plaque forms on your teeth. The bacteria that live inside plaque use sugar as ...

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What Conditions Could Be Causing Your Bad Breath? Here are Three Possibilities.

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It is embarrassing to talk about, but it happens, and it has to be addressed - foul tastes in your mouth.

While this is relatively normal, if you have a lingering bad taste in your mouth, you may be dealing with a more significant condition. Here are three problems that could be causing a yucky taste in your mouth, and how your dentist in Lafayette can help.

Periodontal (Gum) Disease

Gum disease is an infection of your gums and jawbone. It typically results from poor oral hygiene, and chronic bad breath is a telltale sign of gum disease. It can also cause a nasty taste in your mouth.

Catching gum disease in its early ...

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How Does Dental Insurance Work Differently Than Medical Insurance?

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With benefit enrollment time upon us, you may be debating about enrolling in a dental plan. What does it cover? Is it worth the monthly premiums? What if I have an emergency? These are all excellent questions to consider, and it's important to understand that dental insurance is very different than medical insurance, and every dental plan is unique and varies.

Here is a general guide on how dental insurance works so you can make the right decision for your needs.

Dental Insurance 101

Most dental plans use a calendar year system, which means that they begin on January 1 and end on December 31. Your plan will have a yearly maximum amount ...

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What Causes Mouth Ulcers? How Can I Get Rid of Them?

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Mouth ulcers, also known as canker sores, can be very painful and debilitating. They affect how and what you can eat and make your mouth uncomfortable. If you suffer from them, you know how unbearable they can be, and you'd probably love some form of relief! Your dentist in Lafayette, LA has some answers.

What are Mouth Ulcers?

Typically found in the soft tissue area of your cheek or lip, a mouth ulcer is a small lesion or sore that takes a few days or weeks to heal. They are typically painful the first few days, which begins to diminish as they heal.

What Causes Mouth Ulcers?

The causes of canker sores vary widely ...

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At Your Next Cleaning, Ask Your Dentist These 3 Questions

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Achieving and maintaining optimum oral health truly involves a good partnership with your dental team. Your first line of defense against dental issues such as tooth decay and gum disease is your 6-month routine cleaning and checkup. It's also important to understand how you can do your part in protecting your oral health at home. Here is what you should be discussing with your dentist in Lafayette, LA at your next dental visit.

Why Do I Need X-Rays? Are They Safe?

X-rays are an important diagnostic tool that your dentist uses to detect concerns in their earliest stages. Detecting issues early allows you to treat them with less invasive and costly procedures. ...

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Bad Breath? Here's What You Need to Know

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If you’ve been told you have bad breath, once you recovered from the embarrassment of it, you probably have wondered what to do about it.

First you should take a trip to your dentists in Lafayette, LA, Drs. Smith and Domingue, to determine if there is something serious going on. Gum disease can often present as bad breath that just won’t go away—regardless of how many times you brush or how much mouthwash you use.

Once you’ve ruled out gum disease or another oral health issue, here are three steps you can take to make sure your breath is more fresh than foul.

How to Avoid Bad Breath

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