Oral Health

Beating Horrible Halitosis

“My neighbor’s bad breath is scaring me.” I’m Doctor Teichmiller with Decatur Smiles. I’d like to take a few minutes to share with you some facts about bad breath. Brushing just the teeth may not remove bits of food between the teeth and up in the gums. Bacteria can grow and stink from hidden floss-only

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Do You Have Periodontal Disease?

Though most Alabama residents are fairly health-conscious, periodontal disease is more common than you might think. At Decatur Smiles, we see patients with gum disease every day. Some patients aren’t even aware they have it until doctor Stephanie Teichmiller diagnoses it. Fortunately, it can be treated with varying degrees of treatment depending on the severity.

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Smart Brushing Trumps Aggressive Brushing

Most people brush their teeth (at least we hope so). However, there are many who brush inadequately but don’t realize that their dental hygiene practices may be contributing to oral problems. They may pride themselves on their diligence, but frequency does not make up for an incorrect approach. One of the most common errors—especially for

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Treat Your Smile To A Healthy Diet

Proper nutrition can benefit you in many ways: increased energy, improved immunity, glowing skin, mental clarity, and a lower risk of heart disease and stroke. At Decatur Smiles in Decatur AL we ask: How often do you consider how your diet affects your dental health? Your diet influences your risk of cavities, enamel health, and

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There’s No Substitute for a Toothbrush and Floss

Many dental patients wonder why, with all the advances in dentistry, we still send you home with a complimentary toothbrush and roll of floss. We at Decatur Smiles in Decatur AL can tell you that there is no substitute for the classic toothbrush and floss. The Most Important Tools to Keep Your Smile Healthy It’s

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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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It Doesn’t Take Long To Beautify Your Smile

At Decatur Smiles in Decatur AL , we can improve your smile with cosmetic dentistry. Possibilities include restoring cracked or discolored teeth, straightening them, or even replacing those that are missing. We all want to have the best possible smiles, but cosmetic dentistry is more than just appearance. Straight teeth are easier to care for,

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Mouthwash Facts In Decatur

In this post from Decatur Smiles in Decatur AL, we’re going to discuss mouthwash. Many people use mouthwash to freshen their breath and help prevent tooth decay. While some mouthwash has cavity-fighting additives, it should never be considered a substitute for brushing your teeth. Good dental health is centered on regular brushing and flossing. It

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Have You Thanked Your Dental Assistant Lately?

Decatur Smiles in Decatur AL would be a very different place if it weren’t for the skilled dental assistants who work here. In this post, we would like to highlight the importance of these specialists who are often not given the credit they deserve. Dental assistants not only make your dental appointment more pleasant, they make

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Beware Of Hidden Sugar

Most of us consume far too much sugar. That isn’t exactly a news flash, but at Decatur Smiles in Decatur AL we want to remind you what sugar does to teeth, and what you can do about it. We get cavities when acids in the mouth attack the enamel and dentin of the teeth. The

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