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Derek Song, DMD Blog

A Healthy Heart Relies on a Healthy Smile

February 2, 2021

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heart illustration

When you first think about the month of February, you are probably focused on Valentine’s Day, but you have another reason to be thinking about your heart. This month is Heart Health Month! There is no better time for you to be learning about how your cardiovascular and oral health are related. In order to keep your heart in good shape, it is important that you are focused on your oral hygiene. Read on to learn about the relationship between your heart and your smile.

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How Many Bacteria Live in My Mouth?

January 7, 2021

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Oral bacteria under a microscope. You may not want to think about it, but did you know your mouth is home to bacteria? In fact, there are between 500 and 650 different species of oral bacteria in your mouth at any given time. Although the thought might make you cringe, not all bacteria are bad. Some are influential to a healthy smile; however, it’s important to maintain a balance between the beneficial and harmful species in your mouth. Here’s what you need to know to keep your teeth and gums healthy.

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How to Keep Your Child’s Teeth Healthy During Cold and Flu Season

December 30, 2020

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Two children blowing their nose

As a parent, it can be heart-wrenching to see your little one struggling with a stuffy nose, nasty cough, and body aches. However, between cough syrups, relaxed oral hygiene routine, and everything else that comes with a typically sick day, their oral health may take a serious hit. To prevent that from happening, here are a few practices to abide by this cold and flu season!

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How to Combat 4 Common Winter Mouth Issues

November 4, 2020

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Man with chapped lips

Winter is almost here! The weather is getting colder and the days are becoming shorter. While this is a wonderful time for cozying up by the fire with a hot cup of cocoa, many people find themselves dealing with some frustrating winter mouth issues without knowing how to resolve them. Fortunately, your dentist is here to help. Continue reading to learn more about oral health issues that you may experience this winter and what you can do to resolve them.

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It’s Pumpkin Spice Season! How Hot Drinks Affect Your Teeth

October 13, 2020

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Closeup of seasonal hot drinks next to other fall foods

As the year winds down and the weather gets colder, many of us will be staying warm with our favorite seasonal hot drinks. Now is the perfect time to cozy up on the couch with a mug of hot chocolate, warm apple cider, or a pumpkin spice latte. However, have you ever wondered to yourself “Are hot drinks bad for my teeth?” Read on to find out how these delicious fall beverages are affecting your teeth and what you can do to keep your smile healthy and sparkling all throughout pumpkin spice season.

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Can You Put a Knocked-Out Tooth Back in Its Socket Yourself?

September 29, 2020

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man with mouth pain due to knocked-out tooth

An estimated five million people in the United States get a tooth knocked out of their mouth every year, according to the American Association of Endodontists. Whether it happens while tripping, playing sports, or even walking into a glass door, it’s important that you take the proper steps to preserve the tooth so that your dentist has the best chance of saving it. You may have heard that you should store a dislodged tooth in its socket to keep it alive until you can reach your dentist’s office. Is it really possible to put a knocked-out tooth back into its socket by yourself? Keep reading below to find out.

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An Inside Look at the Evolution of 4 Popular Cosmetic Procedures

August 26, 2020

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Woman smiling with white, straight teeth

Today, red-carpet celebrities are often looked at as the trendsetters of crafting picture-perfect smiles. However, using dentistry to take your appearance to the next level is far from an original concept. In fact, experts believe that forms of cosmetic dentistry date back to ancient times! Read on for the evolution of four popular dental procedures.

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Electric vs. Manual Toothbrushes: Which One is Best?

June 4, 2020

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Woman debating between electric and manual toothbrush

Daily brushing is one of the best things that you can do to prevent cavities, gum disease, and other dental issues. However, with so many options, choosing the best toothbrush can be overwhelming. You are often torn between the affordable manual brush and the high-quality electric one with replaceable heads. Read on to learn what your family dentist has to say about manual vs. electric toothbrushes.

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5 Ways Your Dentist Keeps Their Practice Clean in COVID-19

May 18, 2020

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Your Burlington dentist has a clean, safe, & germ-free practice

Did you know that dental practices have always been some of the cleanest places in the country? Dentists adhere to strict sanitation protocols to keep their offices exceptionally clean at all times. During the COVID-19 pandemic, even more precautions are being taken to keep their patients and staff safe and healthy. Here are five dental safety and infection control protocols your Burlington dentist is using to safeguard your wellbeing if you need to come in for dental care during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Benefits of Dental Implants VS Other Tooth Replacement Options

April 16, 2020

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smiling dentist holding model of placed dental implants

Losing one or more permanent teeth can be an overwhelming experience, especially with so many tooth replacement options currently available. However, if you want to fill in those gaps in your smile with the next best thing to natural teeth, dental implants may be for you. This advanced restoration treatment provides numerous benefits that you simply can’t get with dentures or dental bridges. Read on as your local implant dentist explains the key differences that set this modern tooth replacement option above all the rest.

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