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Nail biting and your oral health

Nail biting and your oral health Are you a nail biter? Then you might be suffering from a pathologic grooming condition called onychophagia. People who engage in self-grooming fingernails by using their teeth are called an “onychophagist,” or more commonly, a nail biter. Studies have shown that 26 to 33 percent of children between the

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The dangers of bacteria passing from parent to child

The dangers of bacteria passing from parent to child A kiss, sharing utensils and food with your baby….these are all common practices for parents. As harmless as these activities may seem, many parents are unaware the harm they could cause to their children’s dental health by passing harmful bacteria to them. An adult’s mouth typically

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Time to Get Checked – April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month!

Oral cancer is not as rare as you might have thought. Every April, the dental community comes together to fight against a disease that will affect 45,750 Americans every year. According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, nearly 45,750 Americans will be diagnosed with oral or pharyngeal cancer this year. Out of those 45,750 newly diagnosed,

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The Ultimate Toothpaste Guide for a Healthy Smile

There’s no denying that regularly brushing and flossing your teeth will you help maintain a healthy smile. With so many toothpaste options to choose from, taking a trip down the toothpaste aisle can be overwhelming but we are here to help you make an educated decision. Majority of the time, you pick your toothpaste based

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Sensitive Teeth? Problem Solved

Does the thought of eating cold ice cream or sipping on hot coffee make you cringe? Do you suffer from pain when you eat sweet, sour or acidic foods? Even a breath of cold air could instigate that painful sensation.  This sharp and sudden pain that shoots deep in the nerve ending of your teeth

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When and Why I Should Change my Toothbrush

Your toothbrush plays an important role when it comes to keeping your mouth clean – you use it everyday! Hopefully two times a day, if you follow the recommended minimum. With your toothbrush being used so frequently, it’s vital to keep your toothbrush in tip-top shape. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that consumers replace

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Three Tips to Overcome Dental Anxiety

As dentists, we totally get it – not everyone loves coming into our office. However, it’s important to understand that keeping your mouth healthy is an essential piece of your overall health. Whichever your reason may be: fear of needles, pain or a previous bad experience, it’s important to maintain healthy oral hygiene and visit

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Floss or Die?

Now that we have your attention, we would like to discuss with you in this edition of the Finkelstein Dental Blog Spot the importance of flossing.  What most fail to realize is that flossing is the single most important factor in preventing Gum Disease.  Did you know that the more you floss, the tougher your

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