General dentistry

10 Terrific Tooth Tips From Decatur Smiles

In addition to cleanings and checkups, Decatur Smiles in Decatur AL likes to share useful information to help you stay on top of your dental health. So without further introduction, here are some terrific tooth tips: If you have kids and your municipal water supply does not have the recommended level of fluoride, talk to

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Gently Now: Protect Your Gums When You Brush

Everyone wants pearly white teeth, so of course, we should brush more often, right? That may seem logical, but the answer from Decatur Smiles in Decatur AL is simple: no! The problem with brushing too often is that many people wind up brushing too aggressively, leading to gum recession. You don’t want that! Gum recession

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5 Reasons To Choose Cosmetic Dentistry

When was the last time you checked your smile in the mirror? Were you satisfied with what you saw? If the answer is “Not really,” then you may want to review these five great reasons to consider cosmetic dentistry at Decatur Smiles in Decatur AL. A little goes a long way. Some of the most

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Is Tooth Decay Contagious?

This post from Decatur Smiles in Decatur AL is about dental health and tooth decay. Your mouth has a thriving community of bacteria. There are from 200-300 types, but most don’t cause tooth decay. Bacteria that do cause tooth decay are in the mutans streptococcus family. The bacteria mix with sugar to create a powerful

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Does My Dentist Care About My Diet?

In this post from Decatur Smiles in Decatur AL, we are focusing on your dental health. The typical American diet tends to be high in calories. And while this is a good thing, as everyone needs energy, it’s also important to make sure you’re receiving the important nutrients your body needs. When we eat healthy,

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No Cavities? Thank Your Parents

At Decatur Smiles in Decatur AL, we stay on top of new discoveries in the exciting field of dentistry and occasionally share interesting facts with our patients. Today’s post focuses on new findings in a compelling field of research: genetic dentistry. According to Mary L. Marazita, director of the Center for Craniofacial and Dental Genetics

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What Can Decatur Smiles Do For You?

Your dental health is an important part of your overall health, and at Decatur Smiles in Decatur AL we are here to help you maintain it. During checkups, patients are sometimes surprised when we ask questions about their general health. But that dental health-overall health connection is vital, and specific questions about your health history

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Want To Keep Your Enamel Healthy? Avoid Doing These 11 Things

Tooth enamel is the hardest part of the human body, but that doesn’t mean teeth are indestructible. Far from it! To keep them healthy and problem-free, the team at Decatur Smiles in Decatur AL strongly recommends you avoid the following. 1. Chewing on hard foods We’re looking at you, unpopped popcorn kernels and hard candy.

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4 Reasons To Make Sure Your Child Sees A Dentist

Even though baby teeth are going to fall out, they need the same care permanent teeth will need. In this post from Decatur Smiles in Decatur AL, we are going to review four reasons why your youngster’s teeth are worth a dental visit. In most kids, teeth begin to come in around the age of

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Unexplained Headaches Or Jaw Pain?

At Decatur Smiles in Decatur AL, we have been practicing general and cosmetic dentistry for years. Today’s post, however, focuses on TMJ, a common condition that can cause headaches and jaw pain. TMJ is short for temporomandibular joint, which is the scientific name for your jaw joint. As a hinge joint, it can shift up

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