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Industry Spotlight: American Dental Association

ada-2The American Dental Association (ADA) is the largest association of dental professionals in the United States. Since its establishment in 1859, the nonprofit organization has grown to comprise a membership of more than 159,000 dentists and has become the leading source of oral health-related information for both dentists and the general public.

Member Benefits & Professional Development
The ADA provides a wide range of benefits for its dentist members, from college loan refinancing to health and retirement plans. Additionally, the organization supplies a wealth of educational and data resources to help professionals stay current with the latest developments in dentistry. Some of these include online continuing education courses, informative websites like its Center for Professional Success and publications like its award-winning Journal of the American Dental Association. By keeping its members educated and up-to-date, the ADA demonstrates its commitment to promoting professional excellence in the dental field. Continue reading “Industry Spotlight: American Dental Association” »

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Caring for Your Child’s Dental Health

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Set your child up for healthy habits in the future by fostering an early awareness of proper dental hygiene. Photo: American Ratings Corporation (2016)

You’re likely aware of the importance of dental health, but you probably didn’t start out that way. After all, knowledge of proper oral hygiene isn’t innate; rather, it’s something that’s instilled in us over time, beginning from a young age. So, in order to set the stage for long-term dental health, parents of young children need to be proactive about teaching healthy habits early. Here’s a brief overview of how to care for your child’s dental health throughout the seminal phases of childhood:

Infancy
Dental care begins at birth. Even before teeth begin to come in, dentists recommend cleaning an infant’s gums with a wet washcloth or gauze pad following each feeding. Continue reading “Caring for Your Child’s Dental Health” »

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Diamond Certified Experts: Dental Tips

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From orthodontics to cosmetic and restorative dentistry, today’s dental industry encompasses a wide variety of specialization. Photo: Isaac Lin, DDS (2015)

Most of us would like to think maintaining good oral health is as simple as brushing and flossing, but in reality, it’s just the tip of the iceberg. The true complexity of the matter is reflected in the wide range of specialization comprising today’s dental industry, from orthodontics to cosmetic and restorative dentistry. When it comes to navigating such a diverse domain, a little helpful expertise can go a long way, which is why we’ve compiled this sampling of useful tips and essential practices from six Diamond Certified Expert Contributors.

1. Floss first, brush last: Dr. Isaac Lin of Isaac Lin, DDS
To maximize the effectiveness of brushing, make it the final step of your oral hygiene routine. Always floss before you brush—it’ll remove food particles from the spaces between your teeth and allow for better brushing coverage. If you use mouthwash, do so in between flossing and brushing. Ideally, there should be a small amount of toothpaste in your saliva when you go to bed, which will allow its effects to extend beyond the bathroom. Continue reading “Diamond Certified Experts: Dental Tips” »

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Beyond the Brush: 8 Oral Hygiene Hacks

When it comes to oral hygiene, brushing and flossing are the just tip of the iceberg. Photo: Richmond Neighborhood Family Dental (2015)

When it comes to oral hygiene, brushing and flossing are the just tip of the iceberg. Photo: Richmond Neighborhood Family Dental (2015)

From early childhood, the merits of a daily oral hygiene routine are so thoroughly ingrained in our minds that, for most of us, they’ve practically become second nature. However, while brushing and flossing remain the major pillars of dental hygiene, few people are aware that there are a number of additional ways to supplement these standard steps. Read on to learn about eight tips and tricks for a healthier mouth.

1. Rinse with water immediately following a meal. When food particles remain in the mouth, oral bacteria acts upon them to produce acids, which is the root cause of problems like cavities and gum disease. Rinsing with water directly after eating will help remove food residue and prevent bacterial growth. To maximize the effectiveness of rinsing, repeat three times and swish thoroughly to ensure contact with all of your teeth. Continue reading “Beyond the Brush: 8 Oral Hygiene Hacks” »

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