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Oral Health and Heart Health: How One Affects the Other

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Your mouth is a window to the health of the rest of your body. An unhealthy mouth can be an indicator that something else is wrong. Taking care of your teeth is about more than having a straight and bright smile. It's also about preventing heart disease and maintaining good overall health.

Your Oral Health Affects Your Heart Health

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What Foods & Drinks Your Children Should Be Consuming

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It's not a secret that some foods and drinks are better for our teeth than others. The same goes for children who are still losing their baby teeth and getting their adult teeth. Providing children with a healthy diet combined with proper oral health care can help ensure that they don't have issues with anything from gingivitis to tooth decay or rot while they develop a beautiful, confident smile that they will carry right into adulthood.

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Pediatric Dentistry: Caring for Your Child's Teeth from the Start

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New parents have a lot of questions, and learning how to care for their child's teeth is no exception. At Rush Creek Dentistry, we care about setting children up for a lifetime of stellar oral health by providing them with quality pediatric dental care. 

How Should I Care for My Child's Baby Teeth?

Even though children lose their baby ...

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Maintaining Good Dental Hygiene For Your Health

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Why It Is Important to Maintain Good Dental Hygiene

Having good dental hygiene is to have good health overall. Problems that arise from poor dental hygiene can be cavities or gum disease both of which can hinder your ability to eat and/or speak properly. These problems can also cause you to have pain and bad breath.

Some people may not realize that poor dental hygiene can also lead to other health problems that are not in the mouth. Studies have shown that some of the bacteria in gum disease can travel to the heart and cause heart disease as well as clogged arteries and even stroke. 

There have been some cases that gum ...

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Fluoride: What It Is and How It Benefits Your Teeth

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Fluoride is a natural substance found in the earth. It is actually a mineral and is usually found occurring in varying amounts in your home's tap water supply and other resources.

Fluoride is commonly associated with dental care and overall oral hygiene. Learn more about fluoride and why this mineral is so beneficial to your dental health.

What is Fluoride Made Of?

Fluoride is a mineral, as mentioned above, and is found in the earth's crust. The mineral is inorganic and is found naturally in many things: the soil, foods you eat daily, the water you drink, and other resources.

Is Fluoride Safe?

The FDA approves three main forms of fluoride for consumption and overall ...

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The Art of the Smile

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Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh once said, "Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy." This lovely adage is actually backed up by science: in 2010, a study found that smiling even when you down have mood-improving benefits. With all the benefits of smiling, it's no surprise how common open mouth smiles are today. However, for much of history, closed mouth smiles or no smiles at all were common in portraits.

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