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  Fluoride FAQs Fluoride is often called nature's cavity fighter and for good reason.  Fluoride, a naturally-occurring mineral, helps prevent cavities in children and adults by making the outer surface of your teeth more resistant to the acid attacked cause tooth decay.  At Loveland Family Dentistry, Dr Rhonda Krause often recommends fluoride for patients who have a history of tooth decay or cavities.  Other patients who can benefit from added dental protection include people who enjoy snacking, have poor dental hygiene, follow diets that are high in sugars or carbohydrates and people with bridges, crowns, braces and other restorative procedures.  There is a lot of misinformation in the media about fluoride.  Here are some science based answers to questions that patients have asked Dr Krause. 1.  What does Fluoride do?   Before teeth break through the gums, the fluoride taken in from foods, beverages and dietary supplements makes tooth enamel stronger, making it easier to resist to
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  What Causes Tooth Sensitivity? Tooth sensitivity is all too common for many adults.  Many patients have asked, "Why are my teeth sensitive?  What can I do?"  We hope this guide will provide some good information about some of the most common causes of tooth sensitivity.  Please keep in mind that this is not a substitute for seeing a dentist.  Some of these causes are serious and require immediate treatment, while others are a warning sign that it is time to improve your dental hygiene habits.  Too Much Mouthwash - Some mouthwashes contain alcohol which can harm teeth over time and cause sensitivity.  Limit rinsing to once or twice a day and use an alcohol-free mouthwash. Discuss options with your dentist to learn the best type of mouthwash.    Tooth Whitening Toothpaste and DIY Tooth Whitening - Whitening Toothpaste is abrasive and may be too harsh or aggressive.  Some patients overuse whitening toothpaste.  Home whitening kits and natural treatments such as charcoal brushi
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Worst Foods for Your Teeth Most People realize exercise and diet play an essential role in keeping them healthy.  However, do you realize how important a healthy mouth is for a healthy body? Dr Rhonda Krause of Loveland Family Dentistry (LovelandFamilyDental.com) recommends several foods you should try to avoid for your oral health. 1.  Candy Hard candy takes a long time to dissolve and it releases sugars into your mouth the entire time.  Biting down on a hard candy before it has dissolved can cause a chip, break or crack in your tooth.  2.  Soda Soda ,whether sugar-free or not, contains acid which allows plaque to attack tooth enamel.  If you sip soda all day, you are essentially coating your teeth in acid.  Plus it dries out your mouth, meaning you have less saliva to protect your teeth.  Dark colored soda can also stain your teeth.  Drink unsweetened tea or water instead.  3. Citrus Fruit Oranges, grapefruits, and lemons are tasty as both fruits and juices and are packed with vitami

Staying Healthy In A Viral World!

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Staying Healthy In A Viral World Tips For Staying Healthy During The Coronavirus Pandemic       Nutrition – The best medicine for staying healthy is an “anti-inflammatory” diet consisting of natural foods, minimally altered in preparation.  Avoiding processed, fried, preserved and refined food sources is kay to staying healthy in a viral world.       Weight/Obesity/Diabetes – There are few chronic disorders more destructive than uncontrolled diabetes.  85% of diabetics are overweight.   Controlling weight is a key to staying healthy in a viral world.       Physical Activity – “ If you cannot find the time to exercise, you better find the time to be sick!” – Kenneth Cooper, MD   Simple physical activity such as fast-walking can provide cardiovascular benefits and help to stay healthy in a viral world.           Smoking – Smoke inhalation, nicotine, tar and carbon monoxide increase the risk of heart disease, raises cholesterol levels, increases blood clotting, weakens the immune s
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  April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month Oral Cancer Facts Approximately 53,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral cancer in 2021 The fastest growing segment of the oral/orophyaryngeal cancer population comes from HPV16, a virus that goes unnoticed with no precancerous signs Approximately 1 person every hour of everyday 24/7/365 will die from oral cancer in the US Oral cancer occurs in men 2 to 1 over women and in blacks 2 to 1 over whites  Regular oral cancer examinations performed by your oral health professional remain the best method for detecting oral cancer in its early stages Signs and Symptoms Any Sore or ulceration that does not heal within 14 days A red, white, or black discoloration of the soft tissues of the mouth Any abnormality that bleeds easily when touched A lump or hard spot in the tissue, usually border of the tongue A sore under a denture, which even after adjustment of the denture does not heal A painless, firm, fixated lump felt on the outside of the neck, which

Tooth and Gum Care for Infants and Toddlers!

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                       Tooth and Gum Care for Infants and Toddlers     Our baby’s first smile is a major milestone for so many parents.  A small,  sweet glimpse of who this little bundle of joy is going to be.  Moms and dads can help smiles stay sweet for life by brushing baby’s teeth and                                             gums starting day one!                                                         Brushing for Babies 0-6 Months Even before your child’s teeth come in, you should clean baby’s mouth at least once a day with a clean gauze pad or soft cloth.  Place the cloth over your finger and dip in water so that it is damp but not soaking wet. Wipe baby’s gums gently.                                      Brushing for Babies 6-12 Months When your child’s teeth start coming in, use either a small soft toothbrush or a finger toothbrush to brush their teeth.  Be sure to brush all surfaces of the teeth, including the gums.  It is not necessary to use toothpaste but if you desire,
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               How to Make 2021 Your Healthiest Year Yet! Ha ppy New Year!   After a year filled with many challenges, I am sure you are all ready for a fresh start!   Maybe you are the type of person who made a New Year’s resolution.   Did you know that only 8 percent of us actually succeed in keeping our resolutions?   This year, don’t just resolve-make a promise to yourself or someone else.   What is the difference between a resolution and a promise? A resolution is simply the mindset that you are determined to do something, but a promise is a commitment and an oath to achieving your goals. We want to help you make a promise to make 2021 as happy and healthy as possible by providing “promise cards” from Because I Said I Would , a movement dedicated to the betterment of humanity.   Need suggestions on what to promise yourself?   Here are some ideas: 1.       Eat More Whole Foods One of the easiest and most sustainable ways to improve overall health is to eat more whole foo