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Insurance Benefit

By Dr. Chea Rainford | November 2, 2020

 Time flies! The end of the year will arrive in a flash and, with it, the end of your annual dental insurance benefits. Speaking of which, are you aware that insurance companies make millions of unearned dollars each year, free income derived from patients who forgo necessary and preventive dental care? It’s a little known…

Birth Control Pills Trigger Pregnancy Gingivitis

By Dr. Chea Rainford | November 2, 2020

Being with child can be an exciting transition, but as any mother will tell you, pregnancy is no walk in the park. In order for a women to carry a child to full term, hormonal levels will change in order to help a fetus grow and develop, but those fluctuations can also put her a…

Can Teenagers Get Gum Disease?

By Dr. Chea Rainford | October 1, 2020

  Gum disease might seem like something only adults get, but the truth is it affects people of all ages. In fact, TeenHealth.com reports that 60 percent of 15-year-olds have gingivitis, the early stage of gum disease. Other studies show that teenage girls may be even more vulnerable to gum disease because of hormonal changes. This is…

Why So Sensitive? 5 Reasons Why Your Teeth Hurt

By Dr. Chea Rainford | October 1, 2020

Do your teeth hurt when you drink or eat something hot or cold? Most people think this is normal, but that’s not always the case. When your teeth hurt, they’re trying to tell you something: See your dentist. More often than not, tooth sensitivity is a sign of a dental problem like tooth decay or…

Preventive Dentistry Starts at Home

By Dr. Chea Rainford | October 1, 2020

The main responsibility of preventive care falls on you! In order to reduce your chances of getting a dental disease, you have to take care of yourself. Consider the following points when it comes to your preventive dentistry program: Oral Hygiene — Brushing and flossing removes dental plaque, a film-like substance that is constantly forming…

Sippy Cup: Friend Or Foe?

By Dr. Chea Rainford | September 1, 2020

The sippy cup is a spill proof, lid-covered drinking cup designed to help parents teach their toddlers how to drink without spilling. Children can toss it, drop it and turn it upside down, but they can’t spill its contents. That’s thanks to a valve in the top that releases liquid only when a child puts…

Dental Care Checklist for Adults

By Dr. Chea Rainford | September 1, 2020

Don’t let dental visits slide! Adult life can sometimes be a juggling act and it may feel like you just can’t find the time for a dental visit. But making time for regular dental visits now can help keep you out of the dental office in the future. Brush and floss daily, even if it’s late. You’ve…

Crossbite

By Dr. Chea Rainford | September 1, 2020

The clinical definition for a crossbite is “an abnormal relation of one or more teeth of one arch to the opposing tooth or teeth of the other arch, caused by deviation of tooth position or abnormal jaw position.” But unless you’re a health professional, this definition probably makes you say, “Huh?” In lay terms, a…

Toothpaste and Orange Juice – Not a Good Match

By Dr. Chea Rainford | August 3, 2020

 Ever wonder why orange juice tastes so bad after you brush your teeth? You can thank sodium laureth sulfate, also known as sodium lauryl ether sulfate (SLES), or sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) for ruining your drink, depending on which toothpaste you use. Both of these chemicals are surfactants — wetting agents that lower the surface tension of a liquid —…

Is Oral Piercing Safe?

By Dr. Chea Rainford | August 3, 2020

Oral piercing is a form of body art and self-expression that’s all the rage among teenagers and young adults. While piercings of the tongue, lip or cheek might seem safe because “everyone has them,” that’s not entirely true. The mouth is a moist place, which means it’s a breeding ground for bacteria and infection. And…

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