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Tooth Decay Is On The Rise In Preschoolers

by Dr. Gemmi on April 27, 2012

A RECENT STORY IN THE NEW YORK TIMES has left parents worrying about their young children's oral health. Why, you ask? Tooth decay is on the rise, especially in toddlers and preschoolers. However, even if you don't have kids this age, or kids at all, you may have grandkids, neighbors, and/or friends with kids that might find this information useful. Spread the word!! More and more, preschoolers are coming in to their bi-yearly checkups with an average of 10 cavities at a time. In fact,...

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Chewing Tobacco Can Harm Your Smile

by Dr. Gemmi on April 19, 2012

LET’S FACE THE FACTS...chewing tobacco may be smokeless, but it’s definitely not harmless! In fact, the effects of chewing tobacco on your teeth and overall health are very serious, so don’t stay in the dark. Smokeless tobacco just isn’t worth it. In fact, the effects it has on your teeth alone should be enough to scare anyone away! Here’s why... Increased Tooth Decay: The sugar that is added to smokeless tobacco may improve its taste, but it can also damage your tooth...

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Regular Floss Or A Waterpik??

by Dr. Gemmi on April 10, 2012

AN OFTEN-ASKED QUESTION here at our orthodontic practice is whether or not to use regular string floss or a waterpik during daily oral care. Its true, flossing with braces can be quite difficult! So, let’s talk a little bit about the pros and cons of each... The pros/cons of regular floss: Dental floss is an effective and inexpensive way to keep your teeth and gums healthy. It is great at reaching those tight spaces in between your teeth, and it has the ability to scrape plaque off the...

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An Invisible Solution To Your Crooked Smile

by Dr. Gemmi on April 3, 2012

WHAT IF, ONE DAY, YOU DISCOVERED A GENIE IN A BOTTLE, willing to grant you three wishes? Would one of your wishes be for magically straight teeth? Many people long for the benefit of a straight smile without having to deal with metal braces. What if we told you that we have a way to straighten your teeth without braces? No need to go searching for a magic genie—our practice offers the next best thing: Invisalign. Invisalign is the “magic way” to straighten your teeth without...

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People Are Putting Tattoos On Their Teeth Now!?

by Dr. Gemmi on March 27, 2012

YOU MAY HAVE HEARD ABOUT THE ODD temporary “teeth tattoos” fad that erupted in the East. Did you know that there are “dental artists” in the United States who design permanent tattoos for your teeth now too? Crazy, but true! Here's how it works... First, you choose your artwork. Then, you decide where in your mouth you want the tattoo to appear. It's up to you whether or not the artwork will be visible to the public without you intentionally showing them. Most people choose to...

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Carefully Clean Your Teeth Around Those Braces!

by Dr. Gemmi on March 19, 2012

DO YOU HAVE BRACES? Underneath all that metal, your beautiful pearly whites are shifting and inching closer each day toward an absolutely fantastic smile! Wouldn’t it be a shame, if once those braces came off, you had a bunch of cavities under there!?  It would be a shame! So, don’t let that happen!  Here at our practice, we care about your smile. All the gadgetry in your mouth—from the springs and the wires to the rubber bands and spacers— attract food AND plaque. It is...

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What’s The Deal With Bad Breath?

by Dr. Gemmi on March 2, 2012

  A COMMON QUESTION WE GET ASKED HERE AT OUR PRACTICE IS, “What causes bad breath?” "How do we help or prevent it?" Of course, we also get asked if braces have anything to do with it. Many times the complaint is not from the offender but from a long suffering family member or friend. There are many causes of bad breath – some serious and some not. And while many people have decided to just hold their and live with it, the good news is diagnosing and treating bad breath is...

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Go Easy On The Sugary Drinks!

by Dr. Gemmi on February 24, 2012

IT'S KNOWN BY MANY DIFFERENT NAMES—pop, soda, soft drinks, soda pop—but when it comes down to its effect on your teeth, it's all the same! Sugary sodas have not only contributed a huge percentage to the nation’s obese population, but the acidic sugar byproducts and acids soften your tooth enamel, contributing to more cavities. Brushing gets even harder when your tooth enamel gets softer, creating an unwanted one/two punch. Some of you may have heard that turning to sugar-free is a...

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Are You Using Mouthwash?

by Dr. Gemmi on February 9, 2012

EVEN THE MOST DILIGENT FLOSSERS AND BRUSHERS sometimes forget about the added benefits of mouthwash. But don't worry—even if you already brush, floss, AND rinse with mouthwash everyday, you’ll find this content useful. The affect that mouthwash has on your oral health is often dependent upon the type of mouthwash you use. So, before we get into the do’s and don’ts of choosing a mouthwash, let’s talk a little bit about why we recommend it. Not only can mouthwashes make our...

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All About Teeth

by Dr. Gemmi on February 3, 2012

HAVE YOU EVER BEEN CURIOUS about all the odd facts orthodontists like our doctors have floating around in their heads all day? Well, it’s your lucky day! Let’s switch things up a bit and devote a post entirely to random dental facts. Sound fun? Did you know... Tooth enamel is the hardest substance in a human’s body. Toothbrush bristles were originally made from cow hair. A shark goes through about 40 SETS of teeth during its lifetime. A person’s teeth set is...

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