Pregnancy and Your Dental Health

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Pregnancy can affect nearly every aspect of your life and that includes your dental health.  It’s especially important to take care of your mouth and teeth during your pregnancy and to have an understanding of the common dental conditions that can occur during your pregnancy.     Connect with Mainstream Dental If you’re planning on becoming pregnant it’s a good idea to visit with Dr. Jeffrey Fortna beforehand so you address any dental issues that may be affected – or … Read More

Flossing 101

  Flossing is an important part of oral hygiene.  Some plaque is not removed from brushing and, when left on your teeth, this plaque can lead to cavities or gum disease.  Flossing once a day can help to remove plaque and it can help you to avoid future dental problems.     How to Floss   Starting with about 18 inches of floss, wrap the floss around your middle fingers so you can use your thumbs and forefingers to move … Read More

Don’t Let Treats Become Tricks!

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  Halloween is a fun time of year when children across the country get to load up their bags and pails with endless, sugary delights!  While everyone – regardless of their age – likes to enjoy some sweets now and then, it’s important to keep your children (and yourself!) from constantly grabbing those Halloween candies. Some important ways to make sure those treats don’t lead to unwanted tricks on your teeth is to closely monitor the level of consumption, eat … Read More

Meet Your Teeth: Types of Teeth

Humans get two sets of teeth in their lifetime.  The first set – the primary dentition – are typically referred to as your “baby teeth.”  These teeth come in around 6 months old and eventually being to fall out around 6 years of age to make room for the second set – or the secondary dentition.  This set comprises your permanent teeth (or adult teeth). Adults can develop up to 32 teeth with 8 teeth in each quarter of the … Read More

Meet Your Teeth: Parts of a Tooth

  Teeth are fascinating parts of our body!  Each tooth is composed of different parts that help humans to use them correctly, and to help dentists to monitor – and care for – your teeth.   Crown:  Simply put, the crown of your tooth is top, visible part.  It’s what you SEE when you look at a given tooth. Neck:  The neck of a tooth is the constricted area between the crown and the root. Root: The part of the tooth … Read More