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  • Not A Perfect Flosser? Don’t Get Strung Out About It.

    Not A Perfect Flosser? Don’t Get Strung Out About It. We love being the best. We adore Olympic gold medalists, Guinness World Record holders, box-office smashers, lottery winners, and Superbowl champions. Unfortunately, our celebration of the best is a philosophy that leaves almost everyone coming up short. By definition, only one person can come in first place. Coming in second or third only awards a small pittance of the glory of taking first, even though the difference in skil...

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  • Let’s Bust Some Dental Health Myths

    Let’s Bust Some Dental Health Myths Here at Epic Dental, we’re all about what works, even if it means going against the grain. One thing we’re learned is that conventional wisdom is often more convention than wisdom. That goes for oral health, too. So to help you get the oral health results you deserve, we think it’s time to take a deep dive into the most pervasive oral health myths out there, helping you sort out what’s real from what’s not. Myth #1: Sugar is the Big Bad ...

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  • A Personalized Approach to Your Oral Health

    A Personalized Approach to Your Oral Health How close would you be willing to let this gizmo get to your teeth? If your answer is something approximating “Oh $&#@ no!,” you’re not alone. In the old days, terrifying gadgets like this were the best option available for “treating” cavities. You’d pay someone to latch this thing around your aching tooth and yank it out. Boom, no more cavity. Of course, there’s no more tooth, either, but at least the pain went away after a while....

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  • The Science on Cavity-Crushing Xylitol Has Been In For Decades. Why Hasn’t Big Oral Health Noticed?

    The Science on Cavity-Crushing Xylitol Has Been In For Decades. Why Hasn’t Big Oral Health Noticed? The big oral health companies are behind the times. The oral health benefits of xylitol have been known to scientists for over half a century. The first xylitol-sweetened chewing gum was created and sold in the United States in 1975. Since then, xylitol gum has become popular and widespread throughout Europe and Asia. Dental schools in the United States have really started to take noti...

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  • The Simple Guide to Cavity-Free Kids

    The Simple Guide to Cavity-Free Kids [[Share]] We know that parenting properly is a lot of hard work. Between soccer games, violin recitals, and, more recently, trying to figure out how to manage school from home the odds are good that, if you’re parenting, you’ve got a lot on your plate right now. When you’ve been run that ragged, it’s far too easy to let some of the most important things slide on by without notice. Every parent has been there: sometimes, you’re simply so exhaus...

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  • How Brushing Your Teeth Is Like Playing Little League

    How Brushing Your Teeth Is Like Playing Little League [[Share]] A good friend of mine is a longtime little league coach. If you ask him, he’ll tell you that the best way to teach kids how to play sports is to start with the fundamentals. Running, catching, throwing, all the really basic stuff. If they decide to stick with it, the kids will pick up the fancy plays and techniques later on. You’ve got to start with the basics, because anything more complicated is just out of their l...

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  • How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love the Dentist

    How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love the Dentist By Matt Richards [[Share]] There was one event that never failed to inspire absolute gut-wrenching terror in my 9-year-old mind: Going to the dentist. Surprisingly, it was never the threat of the drill or the inevitable flossing lecture that truly terrified me. Instead, what haunted my dental nightmares was those little foam trays for fluoride. To this day, just thinking about them gives me the willies. Something about those foa...

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  • Protecting Your Grandkids From Cavities, The Sneaky Way

    Protecting Your Grandkids From Cavities, The Sneaky Way [[PostImage]] [[Share]] You know what the best part of being a grandparent is? You no longer have to be the bad guy. You’ve already taken your turn as the Nighttime Hall Monitor and Toothbrush Inspector. Now that you’ve graduated to grandparent status, it’s time to enjoy your retirement! Of course, that’s not to say that you don’t want the absolute best for your grandkids. Far from it - you want them to be as healthy and happ...

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  • 3 Money-Saving Questions to Ask Your Dentist at Your Next Visit

    3 Money-Saving Questions to Ask Your Dentist at Your Next Visit [[Share]] Raindrops on roses Whiskers on kittens Bright copper kettles And sitting directly under a bright light while a total stranger puts her fingers and various sharp objects in my mouth to check for cavities... Ok, I think we all know why that last one didn’t make the list of our favorite things. Look, nobody likes going to the dentist office. Not even the dentists like it - there’s a reason they always end up on t...

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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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