Can Hot Weather Compromise Your Oral Health?

June 10, 2024 By Downey Dental Center

As the temperatures rise and the sun shines brightly overhead, many of us eagerly embrace the joys of summer. From beach days to backyard barbecues, summer brings a sense of fun and relaxation. However, amidst all the outdoor activities and sunshine, it's essential to consider the potential impact of hot weather on your oral health. Contrary to popular belief, the scorching summer sun can indeed affect your teeth and gums in various ways. Let ...

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Shining A Light On Oral, Head, and Neck Cancer

April 8, 2024 By Downey Dental Center

April is a month that carries significant importance in the realm of healthcare, particularly for dentists and oral health professionals. It's designated as Oral, Head, and Neck Cancer Awareness Month—a time to raise awareness about these often overlooked yet critical forms of cancer. We feel compelled to shed light on this important topic and emphasize the importance of early detection, prevention, and support for those affected by these diseases. Understanding Oral, Head, and ...

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Embracing Dental Diversity Month: Celebrating Differences in Oral Health

June 18, 2023 By Downey Dental Center

In the world of dentistry, diversity extends far beyond the smiles that we see. Dental Diversity Month, which we celebrate every June, is a time to recognize and appreciate the multifaceted aspects of oral health. It is also a time to reflect on the diverse backgrounds, experiences, and needs of individuals across the globe. Dental Diversity Month serves as a reminder of the importance of embracing and valuing diversity in dental care. When we promote ...

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Flossing Is Essential For Oral Health

March 7, 2023 By Downey Dental Center

There are a lot of things that you know you should do. Balance and rotate your tires periodically. Take your cat for his vaccines. Exercise three times a week. But in the midst of life’s busyness, all too often, these things go undone. Another thing you should do is floss your teeth. And, fortunately, this is one thing that is quick and easy to accomplish. Flossing can help prevent tooth decay and discoloration. It ...

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February is Gum Disease Awareness Month

February 4, 2023 By Downey Dental Center

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is one of the most severe oral health issues plaguing American adults. In fact, the CDC reports that almost half of American adults over age 30 have symptoms of gum disease. With statistics like that, you may have gum disease without even knowing it. During Gum Disease Awareness Month, our goal is to help as many people as possible avoid gum disease. For those who already have it ...

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How Air Pollution Impacts Your Oral Health

December 15, 2022 By Downey Dental Center

On a normal day, you probably don't think about air pollution. You can’t see it, but it’s there, filled with carcinogens, all around us. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), “Ambient (outdoor) air pollution in both cities and rural areas is causing fine particulate matter (PM) which result in strokes, heart diseases, lung cancer, acute and chronic respiratory diseases.” To expand on this, air pollution can also cause dental health issues ...

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8 Products That Could Destroy Your Teeth

October 9, 2022 By Downey Dental Center

Enamel is an incredible part of our body. In fact, tooth enamel is one of the hardest substances in the human body! How is that fun fact? Despite the powerhouse strength of this mineral, teeth are highly susceptible to damage and decay. We all know that eating healthy is important to our bodies, but it is also vital to our teeth. These eight, innocent products are items we consume every day. Clinical studies show the ...

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National Gum Care Month: What You Should Know About Gums, Gum Disease, and Prevention

September 11, 2022 By Downey Dental Center

The goal of dentistry is to help patients achieve a healthy mouth, not just healthy teeth. This includes your gums (aka gingiva). Your gums seal and protect your teeth, teeth roots, and jaw bones, against disease-causing bacteria. Additionally, the gingiva hold your teeth in place. Without gum tissue, your teeth would fall out and bacteria along with food debris would cause serious destruction to your sensitive teeth roots. To recognize National Gum Care Month, we ...

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Learn to Spot Signs of Gum Disease

July 8, 2022 By Downey Dental Center

You would know if you had gum disease, right? Like many other diseases, gum disease (also known as periodontal disease) can be difficult to detect if you aren’t paying attention. And even if you are paying attention, the symptoms may be undetectable by an untrained eye– that’s why visiting a dentist every six months is so important. Dentists use these cleaning and exam appointments to spot signs of periodontal disease in the earliest ...

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It’s Oral Health Month! Here are 5 Oral Health Tips for the Whole Family

June 17, 2022 By Downey Dental Center

The American Dental Association recognizes June as Oral Health Month. This is an opportunity for families to evaluate their oral health habits, get back on track, and create oral health goals. That may sound like a strange thing to do, but if you suffer from chronic gum disease, cavities, or bad breath, your oral health may be affecting your overall health. Additionally, if you don’t love the way your smile looks, it may be ...

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