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I Just Ate a Candy Cane.  Now What?!?

I Just Ate a Candy Cane.  Now What?!? November 28, 2018 It’s the most wonderful time of the year!  It could also be the sweetest.  Are you like Buddy the Elf?  “We elves try to stick to the four main food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corns, and syrup.”  While we love Buddy and that beloved Christmas movie, we’re not so sure about his nutritional advice.  While you and your family are enjoying the sweet treats of the season, keep these tips in mind to ward off “sugar bugs” (the cutesy name we use for the bacteria that cause cavities).
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Are You Brushing the Right Way?

Are You Brushing the Right Way? September 19, 2018 You may remember that old toothbrush commercial that ended with the dramatic phrase: “Brush . . . like a dentist!” The ad implies that if you use this specific brand of toothbrush, then you will automatically brush like a dentist.  The reality is that you can brush like a dentist with any kind of toothbrush. Here are the things you need to know in order to brush like a dentist. Timing When you do brush, it is important that you spend enough time on it to ensure that you are reaching
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What are These Gum Measurements? What is a Pocket?

What are These Gum Measurements?  What is a Pocket? August 29, 2018 The people who come to Prosper Family Dentistry regularly for professional teeth cleanings know that once each year, they will have gum measurements taken by the dental hygienist.  We use terms like “FMP”, “pockets”, and “probing depth”, as well as a long list of numbers. What are Gum Measurements? Gum measurements are a way to evaluate the state of the gums and jawbone around each tooth.  These measurements tell your dental hygienist and dentist whether your gums are healthy or unhealthy. You cannot have a healthy mouth without
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New Year, New Smile

  New Year, New Smile January 2, 2018  It is that time of year when people around the world are resolving to make changes for the better.  A common theme in many New Year’s resolutions is improved health.  One of the great perks of improving your health is that it usually involves improving your appearance, too!  If you are exercising to enhance your health, you may also be losing weight or toning muscles.  If you resolve to get more sleep, you will lose those dark circles under your eyes. The same applies to taking care of your teeth.  The steps
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Flossing

Is Flossing Really That Important? December 27, 2017 Let’s talk about flossing. We know.  No one wants to floss.  Recent statistics show that Americans can be roughly divided into thirds when it comes to flossing habits.  Just under 1/3 of the population floss every day.  Just over 1/3 of the population floss sometimes.  And the rest admit to never flossing.  Never.  That hurts our dentist-hearts. Many of our patients have shared that they feel guilty when we ask about flossing.  We do not ever want to make anyone feel guilty.  We simply want to know where you stand on the
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Caring for Teeth While in Braces

Caring for Teeth While in Braces October 18, 2017 Best Day Ever The day you get your braces off should be the best day ever. After months, maybe even years, of hiding your metal mouth and constantly digging food out of the brackets and wires, you will feel a newfound sense of freedom and won’t be able to pass a mirror without smiling at yourself. The end result of orthodontics is always worth the time, money, and effort you put into it. Not only are straight teeth beautiful; they are actually healthier than crooked teeth. There are two reasons straight
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Back to School

  Back to School! September 6, 2016 For many of our patients, this time of year is more than just back to school. It’s back to a routine, back to bedtimes and alarm clocks, and back to good habits that may have gone by the wayside in the lazy days of summer.  One of the most important good habits we should all have is taking care of our teeth.  There are many things involved in pursuing a healthy mouth.  Here are some tips to getting that oral hygiene routine back on track.
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