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How to Care for Your Toothbrush So It Cares for You

Toothbrush | Dental Cleanings in Lafayette

Toothbrush storage is something most of us don't think much about. You've finished brushing your teeth, and you immediately drop your toothbrush into the holder that sits on your bathroom counter next to your sink. No big deal, you've probably been storing your toothbrush this way for years without thinking twice about it. However, you should be thinking twice - here's why.

Toothbrushes and Toilets

If your toothbrush is sitting on your bathroom counter, whether it's laying there or stored in a holder, it is likely contaminated. Why? Because when you flush your toilet contaminated water droplets can reach your toothbrush covering it with bacteria and even traces of feces. Storing your ...

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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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What Can My Dentist Find Just By Looking in Your Mouth?

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Just as your eyes are windows to your soul, your mouth is the gateway to your overall health and well being. Believe it or not, there are a lot of things that your dentist can tell about your overall health during their six-month examination of your teeth and mouth.

Oral Cancer

Oral cancer is defined as cancer of your neck, mouth, and throat and is responsible for one death every hour of the day. The statistics on oral cancer haven't improved much over the years because this type of cancer is hard to detect on your own and most cases are diagnosed in the later stages, leaving patients with a poor prognosis. ...

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What Are the Signs I Need My Wisdom Teeth Out?

Gentle Wisdom Tooth Extractions in Lafayette | Fake Model of Teeth

While you may not be excited about the idea of having a tooth extracted, it is very common for your dentist to recommend that your wisdom teeth be removed it helps to protect your oral health. Here are three reasons that wisdom teeth may need to be extracted.

You Can't Properly Clean Them

Wisdom teeth also called third molars, come in far back in your mouth behind your second set of molars. Because of their position, they may be harder to brush and floss properly. If you can't keep them clean, it increases your risk of developing issues like tooth decay, cavities, and gum disease.

They are Crowding Other Teeth

Many people have completed ...

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What's the Difference Between a Simple Extraction and Surgical Extraction?

Dental Extractions in Lafayette

You are afraid that your tooth has been damaged beyond repair, and you may be facing an extraction. This idea scares you and has you feeling anxious about going to your dentist.

The first thing you should know is that you're not alone! No one wants to hear that they need a tooth extracted; however, sometimes it's what's best for your oral health and well being. Next, you should know that extractions are probably not as bad as you're thinking thanks to modern dentistry and advanced technology.

Fear and anticipation of the unknown are the worst, so it also helps if you understand a bit more about the procedure you're going to ...

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Here's How Nail Biting Can Impact Your Teeth

General Dentistry in Lafayette

Do you inevitably chew on your fingernails when you feel nervous or stressed? Perhaps you don't even notice you're doing it. While it may not seem like a big deal, biting your nails has many consequences that affect your oral health.

An Increased Risk for Bruxism

Bruxism, or grinding your teeth often occurs at night while you sleep, and it causes a host of issues including excessive wear to your teeth and painful issues with your jaw joint. Recent information tells us that patients who bite their nails are often at a greater risk for bruxism. Wearing a night guard can help protect your teeth from the damage that bruxism causes.

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How Does Sugar Cause Cavities?

Anatomy of a Tooth | Top Dentist in Lafayette

We all know that sugar is a major culprit when it comes to causing cavities in our teeth, but do you know how it actually works?

Sugar is the Fuel

Sugar itself does not cause tooth decay, but rather it is the fuel for the bacteria that causes cavities. Here's how it works: When you eat a meal, plaque begins to build up on your teeth. If it isn't removed with brushing or flossing, bacteria begins to grow within the plaque. Sugar is the fuel for that bacteria to live and produce their byproduct, which is acid. It is the acid that eats away at tooth enamel and causes cavities.   

Neutralizing the Acids

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