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Regular dental visits are important because they can help spot oral health problems early on when treatment is likely to be simpler and more affordable. They also help prevent many oral problems from developing in the first place. 

If I bite my tongue or lip,

how do I treat it?


​If you bite your tongue or lip, clean the area gently with water and apply a cold compress. See your dentist or go to the emergency room if there is excessive bleeding, the bleeding won't stop or you are in a lot of pain.

Diet and Dental Health

** You can get around this by cutting the food, such as corn off the cob or rib meat off the bone, or slicing apples and chopping carrots or apples into small, bite-size pieces. 







ou may also experience problems eating after your braces are tightened–teeth may feel sore. The first few days are the worst, so try eating softer foods like those listed below until the soreness passes:
Scrambled eggs, Oatmeal
Soup with soft vegetables or pureed or cream soups
Soft cheeses, including cottage cheese
Smoothies and milkshakes
Pudding and custard
Meatloaf and mashed potatoes
Sorbet and frozen yogurt, Tortillas, Yogurt

**Braces are delicate, and any foods that are sticky, chewy or hard can easily cause them to break, including:


  • ​Ice, Nuts, Popcorn, Hard candy
  • Gum, Chewy candy like caramel or gummi bears.
  • Whole hard fruit like apples and pears and hard, raw veggies like carrots
  • Corn on the cob
  • Hard pretzels
  • Peanut brittle
  • Pizza crust
  • Hard rolls or bagels
  • ​Ribs.

For good dental health, keep these tips in mind when choosing your meals and snacks:

Drink plenty of water.

Eat a variety of foods from each of the five major food groups, including:

  • Whole grains.
  • Fruits.
  • Vegetables.
  • Lean souces of protein such as lean beef, skinless poultry

       and fish; dry beans, peas and other legumes.

  • Llow-fat and fat-free dairy foods.


Visiting the dentist can be stressful for parents and babies alike. Find out how best to handle that beautiful set of teeth from a trusted source.

Creating good dental habits has been a struggle as old as dentistry. We have some proven tips and suggestions to help you and your kids develop good dental hygiene.

It all starts when your baby's first teeth start coming on. Do you need to bring them to the dentist? The answer, is YES and as early as 12 months old. Setup and appointment and get the answers you need.

What do I do if my child knocks out a tooth?

If the tooth is a baby tooth, the best thing to do is find the tooth, keep it moist and get to a dentist. Your dentist can see whether the entire tooth, or just part of it, came out. Your dentist can also determine whether to implant it again.

 What do I do if I knock out my tooth?

For a knocked-out permanent or adult tooth, keep it moist at all times. If you can, try placing the tooth back in the socket without touching the root. If that’s not possible, place it in between your cheek and gums, in milk, or use a tooth preservation product that has the ADA Seal of Acceptance. Then, get to your dentist’s office right away.

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