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  • Transcend the Toothbrush - 3 Things You Should Be Doing to Protect Your Smile

    Transcend the Toothbrush - 3 Things You Should Be Doing to Protect Your Smile I had a frank conversation with my dentist the other day, and he told me something I’d never heard from a dentist before. I was asking him why so much of dentistry seem to be focused around damage control rather than prevention. Most of the well-known dental procedures (filling cavities, root canals, placing crowns) happen quite a bit after something has gone wrong. I’ll never forget what he said next. He...

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  • Moms Hate Talking About Cavities - Here's Why

    Moms Hate Talking About Cavities - Here's Why [[Share]] The news that one of your kids has a cavity always seems to come as a nasty shock. What’s worse, it feels like an indictment of your parenting - after all, only neglected kids with irresponsible moms get cavities, right? Here’s what one mom, Sarah, had to say about her shame and guilt about her kids’ cavities: Today I’m going to share with you something that I’d rather not. If you thought I was a bad parent because my boys w...

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  • “Brush Better” - Why This Tired Old Advice Has Let You Down

    “Brush Better” - Why This Tired Old Advice Has Let You Down [[Share]] More than 90% of adults in America have had at least one cavity in their permanent teeth. I’m going to say that once again, for the people in the back - more than 90% of adults in the United States have had permanent dental damage requiring intervention during their lifetime. If you’re only successful 10% of the time, you might want to reconsider your strategy in the war against tooth decay. Whether you have a f...

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  • My Summer Slip-N-Slide Slip-Up

    My Summer Slip-N-Slide Slip-Up Name Withheld [[PostImage]] [[Share]] I had maybe the worst possible experience you could have with a Slip N’ Slide this last weekend. We invited the whole extended family over for a weekend BBQ. Nothing too fancy, just some burgers and a potluck “bring a side to share” kind of event. I set up the slide in the backyard for the kids, and left the hose running. They were adorable, diving in headfirst. After I finished up at the grill, I noticed that th...

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  • My Constant Cavities Wore Me Down. Here’s How I Gained Control.

    My Constant Cavities Wore Me Down. Here’s How I Gained Control. There’s nothing that’s quite so disheartening to hear while you’re sitting in the dentist’s chair than these five little words: “You need a root canal.” Of course, I was already expecting to hear them when I walked in. The signs are hard to miss, after all - the fierce, stabbing pain on one side of my jaw flaring up whenever I would eat. It’s not the surprise of bad news that’s so frustrating. It’s that no matter how ...

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  • Our 4 Favorite Tools To Clobber Cavities

    Our 4 Favorite Tools To Clobber Cavities You didn’t really think that you were going to ward off cavities just with your old, bent-bristle toothbrush and some bargain-bin toothpaste, did you? If you’re going to beat back cavities for good, you’re going to need to have all the right equipment at hand. Sometimes, recommending the right tools for the job requires a little humility. Here at Epic Dental, we want you to get the best possible results for your smile, even if that means recomm...

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  • Picking Out The Right Xylitol Products For You

    Picking Out The Right Xylitol Products For You If you really want to crush cavities and leave your next dental visit smiling, you need to do more than pick up the first product that says xylitol on the label. Here are some key things to consider when selecting xylitol products: #1 - Dosage Matters - Make Sure There’s Enough Xylitol With all the hype out there around xylitol, there are plenty of products out there that advertise xylitol on the packaging but only use small sprinkles of...

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  • The Hero Your Mouth Needs

    Bash Bacterial Baddies Getting rid of cavities requires much more than simply brushing. Here, we’re going to outline the most valuable tool we’ve found for buffering against acid and combatting cavity-causing bacteria. The true cause of cavities isn’t sugar or poor brushing, but harmful oral bacteria and the tooth-dissolving acid they produce. In most cases, the primary culprit is a particular strain of bacteria that scientists call Streptococcus mutans. These oral health supe...

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  • How To Get Rid of Cavities

    How To Get Rid Of Cavities You’ve probably been told your entire life that the best way to get rid of cavities is to brush, floss, and cross your fingers every time you visit your dentist. If you’re like me, that tired old advice has let you down. No matter how well or often you brush and floss, you’ve probably still found yourself facing the business end of the dentist’s drill. If you’re like other people we know, you even went out and bought a fancy electric toothbrush (the kind ...

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  • You Don't Have To Put Up With Dry Mouth.

    You Don't Have To Put Up With Dry Mouth. Susan lived with dry mouth symptoms for close to a decade before learning that she didn’t have to anymore. Yep, a DECADE. Over that time, it took the combined efforts of 16 different medications to combat Susan’s chronic migraines, but this complex medication cocktail had a number of side effects. The worst of those side effects was that her mouth was left constantly parched. Susan’s doctor recommended a specialty mouthwash and a oral spray ...

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