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April 18, 2018

Reasons for Toothaches

Toothaches are a dreadful pain that no one wishes to experience. No matter how conscientious you are about your dental hygiene, at some point in your life, you will probably be faced with dental discomfort. Here are reasons why you could be experiencing a toothache:

Tooth Decay

The most common reason most people go through the agony of a toothache is simply that of tooth decay from improper brushing or flossing. In order for the tooth to feel pain, the decay has to reach the inner layer of the tooth, called the dentin. When decay comes into contact with the dentin, the tooth becomes extremely sensitive and a cavity can develop. Cavities need to be quickly addressed because it can lead to bigger dental issues.

Tooth Abscess

When tooth decay is not properly taken care of, it advances to the point of affecting the root under the tooth. When the root becomes infected, it results in a torturing pain that makes it hard to carry on with your daily life. This is very se

February 8, 2018

The dental community has been developing an awareness over the last several years about just how crucial your oral health is to the systemic health of your body. Research largely suggests that poor dental hygiene can lead to bacteria entering the bloodstream that could link to serious and even life-threatening consequences. Your Charleston dental team at Cannon Park wants you to be informed on the links between oral and bodily health. We believe that a patient’s understanding of this information can lead to better care both in and out of the office. Here’s what we know: The links between oral and overall health are centered around periodontal disease. Research shows that inflammation from periodontal disease increases your risk of vascular disease. A link exists between the pathogens associated with periodontal disease and your vascular system. The research tells us that these pathogens (the disease-causing bacteria) can bind to the cells that make up inner-lining arteries and break them down. This makes it easier for other bacteria to invade the walls of your arteries. As a result of t

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January 3, 2018

A new year is full of new possibilities and new opportunity, a time to put away the old and bring in the new. It can be hard to tackle new challenges when old ones are still holding you back. If bad breath has been a problem for you, check out our tips on how to conquer it!

Eat Your Veggies

A healthy diet that includes vegetables is not only important for the health of your teeth and body, it also helps combat bad breath. Healthy diets reduce the amount of ketones in your stomach which can travel up with your breath and cause odor. Greens help balance your stomach acid which leads to better breath.

Drink Lots of Water

Lower your intake of sugary drinks like sport drinks, soda and juices. Sugar and preservatives in these drinks aren’t good for your teeth and can increase plaque and bacteria that create bad breath. Water naturally washes away these bad breath bacteria. Drinking enough water also keeps your mouth from becoming too dry, which can also cause

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December 18, 2017

The holidays bring with them all sorts of fun activities and traditions. Oftentimes, the food and treats we eat are part of those traditions. At Cannon Park, we don’t want you to miss out on all the yummy fun, but we do recommend taking a closer look at what you eat this season. Check out our list and find out which foods from your holiday spread require an extra brushing and which are safe!

Candy Canes: Naughty

Candy canes are basically all sugar and corn syrup, both of which can damage the enamel of your teeth if they sit on it too long. Pieces of this treat can get easily stuck in your teeth. Be sure to give them a thorough brush after enjoying this classic Christmas treat.

Cheese: Nice

Snacking on cheese is good for your teeth because it promotes the production of saliva, which helps lower the risk of tooth decay and keep enamel healthy. Cheese also contains calcium, hel

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December 7, 2017

In one of our November blogs, we mentioned that 30-40 million Americans avoid the dentist every year because of dental fears, anxieties and phobias. This number is staggering, and at Cannon Park, we believe that everyone should make their oral health a priority. As the new year approaches, consider taking your oral health seriously as a New Year’s resolution. If you are one of these 40 million Americans who has been avoiding the dentist, we hope these tips will help you. Take a look!

Admit Your Fears

The first step to overcoming a fear is admitting you have one. Looking into yourself to understand your fear of the dentist is important. It will help you come to terms with the fear and possibly hel

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November 10, 2017

As a parent, trying to get your children to understand dental health and develop good teeth cleaning habits can be really difficult. After all, it’s estimated that 30-40 million Americans avoid the dentist every year because of dental phobias and anxieties, and those are just the numbers for adults! The best way to ensure your child gets the best dental care starts with building up healthy habits at home. There are some tips and tricks that we at Cannon Park believe have stood the test of time. Here’s 5 easy ways to teach your kids healthy dental habits!

Start Them Young

Your child should have their first dentist appointment no later than 6 months after their first baby tooth has erupted. If you can’t make

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October 6, 2017

You’ve heard it a million times from your mom and your dentist: floss your teeth every night before bed. Yet 1 in 3 Americans adults never floss their teeth. Although you can’t always see the immediate results from flossing, failure to floss can result in serious dental health problems. The following are just a few of the many benefits associated with flossing:

Cleans your entire tooth

Although brushing your teeth is important, even the best of toothbrushes can only clean the front and back of your teeth. Toothbrush bristles never reach the space between your teeth, allowing trapped food and bacteria to fester.

Prevents plaque buildup

Flossing removes

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September 26, 2017

Finding a new dentist can be a long process. Do they accept your insurance provider? Is their location convenient? Are they a reputable business with a license to practice? After searching Google and reading dozens of reviews, you’ve finally picked the perfect place. What should you expect on your first visit?

Plan to arrive early

Be prepared to send your dental records in advance and come 15 minutes early to your appointment to fill out necessary paperwork. If your new dentist isn’t interested in your dental records, that’s a red flag. Keeping track of your history and watching for sudden changes is a huge part of dental care.

New tests may be required

Once your records and paperwork are on file, your new dentist will want to perform a full evaluation. This may include taking new x-rays, screening for oral cancer, and recommending a different treatment plan. However, be wary of a practitioner who claims that you

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September 14, 2017

Let’s face it: Americans are obsessed with a sparkling smile. Countless toothpastes and infomercials promise pearly whites, while advertisements bombard us with blinding grins. Fortunately, picture-perfect teeth are attainable if you take preventative measures against discoloration and treat existing stains. Much of what we eat and drink can cause yellowing, including coffee, tea, acidic fruit, soda, sugar, red and white wine, and certain berries. Other common culprits include smoking and lack of dental hygiene. Here are a few tips to help you treat and prevent stained teeth.

Watch what you eat

Instead of blackberries, blueberries, or pomegranate

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