Chewing Gum: A Replacement for Brushing and Flossing?

Most people have probably heard at one point that chewing gum after a mean can remove plaque. Is there any truth to this? Why bother brushing and flossing if chewing gum can keep your teeth clean? According to Delta Dental, chewing gum can be beneficial, but it depends on what type of gum. As you may have expected, chewing gum containing sugar is advised against as it could lead to a cavity. However, that is not the case for sugar-free gum. Chewing sugar-free gum after a meal can help by neutralizing acids that can be released by bacteria. This bacteria results from plaque that builds up – so the saying is true, it can help control plaque. But did you know that it can do more than that? Chew

All About Toothbrushes

Quite possibly the most instrumental tool in keeping your teeth clean and healthy is a toothbrush. There are two main types of toothbrushes – traditional and electric. Is one better than the other? How often should I replace my toothbrush? You can find them at any grocery store and they come in all different colors, but the size and shapes typically remain the same. Though most toothbrushes are alike, two things to keep in consideration when making a purchase are bristle stiffness and the size/shape of the head. First, the bristles should be softer. If the bristles are too hard and stiff, they may end up damaging your teeth. In terms of the size of the head of the toothbrush, a smaller and m

HealthLink Welcomes New Appointments to Board of Directors

HealthLink Dental Clinic announces the election of two new members to its Board of Directors. The newly appointed board members are Michael J. Motte and Jo Ann Allen Nyquist. Raquel Braemer, Executive Director of HealthLink, announced, “I am pleased to welcome these two newest members to the Board of Directors of our free dental clinic. They both have backgrounds and experiences that will make them assets to the Board and to the organization as a whole.” Michael J. Motte joins the Board with decades of healthcare management experience. Previously the CEO of St. Alexius Hospital in St Louis, Motte moved to the area in June and now oversees the Lower Bucks Hospital located in Bristol. Over

The Difference Between DDS and DMD

Two titles that are granted to graduate dentists are DDS and DMD. Have you ever wondered what the difference was? Is one degree held in a higher regard than the other? What do they mean in general? First, the difference is actually just in the title. DDS and DMD are essentially the same exact title, just with different names. Because of this, they are equivalent. Both dentists with a DDS and a DMD are able to practice the same dentistry, and have passed the same curriculum. First off, what do they stand for? DDS stands for Doctor of Dental Surgery while DMD stands for Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry. While you may initially believe that the former deals with surgery while the latter deals wi

Why Should You Have Your Teeth Cleaned?

Good oral hygiene has many facets, each of which can contribute to your overall dental health. With that being said, one of the major and most obvious forms of care that you can take to ensure proper dental hygiene is by scheduling routine teeth cleanings with your dentist. Not only will it ensure that your teeth are clean, but it will also help contribute to a cleaner smile. That alone is worth the effort of making that appointment! First of all, a routine teeth cleaning acts as both a cleaning and a check-up. While your teeth are being cleaned, your dentist also has the opportunity to inspect for possible flaws. For example, your dentist will be able to detect if you have or are currently

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