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What do you do when dental injuries occur?

What if you and some friends were playing an informal game of basketball and one of your friends was struck down by a hard jab to the mouth? Could you help?

What if you were the one to fall face down, only to find you were bleeding and had lost a tooth?

Would anyone with you know basic first aid?

It is important to be prepared in case such an accident takes place. The nation’s top dental associations including the Academy for Sports Dentistry (ASD), American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS), American Association of Orthodontists (AAO), and the American Dental Association (ADA), offer the following ...

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Do You Know the Risk Factors for Oral Cancer?

Did you know an estimated 50,000 people are diagnosed with oral cancer every year in the United States, and there is a death from oral cancer once every hour? 

(Source: American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons).

Know Your Risk Factors:

  • Tobacco Use
    • ​Smoking cigarettes, pipes, cigars, or using snuff, chew, or smokeless tobacco
  • ​Alcohol Use​ (especially when you use tobacco at same time)
  • Exposure to Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
  • Physical Trauma
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Poor Oral Hygiene
  • Poor Nutrition

What You Can Do:

  1. Check out this infographic from American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.
  2. Perform monthly self-exams at home. 
    • After removing any dentures, look and feel inside your lips, in front of your gums, tongue, and on the roof of your mouth. Feel for lumps ...

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Do you really need to floss?

Flossing is an important part of your daily oral hygiene regimen.

The short answer is YES

Despite the recent news stories that said flossing wasn't necessary, there are many reasons why flossing is an essential part of your daily oral hygiene regimen.


Eating and drinking sugary foods causes a buildup of plaque on all surfaces of your teeth - including between them. By only brushing, you are missing out on cleaning 40% of your tooth's surface area. YIKES! There are two major impacts all of that plaque has on your mouth. 

1) Plaque can harden over time when minerals from your saliva interact with it. Hardened plaque, or calculus, are irritating to the gums and bone and can cause issues like bad breath, bleeding/puffy ...

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Cavities, Be Gone! The Secret to Keeping the “Sugar Bugs” Away

How to get a cavity free smile:

My #1 recommendation is to avoid rinsing your mouth after toothbrushing. Gasp! I know this comes as a surprise to many, since culturally we have all been raised to believe this is bad and our mouths don’t feel clean unless rinsed. However, there is research to suggest that following a “Spit, Don’t Rinse” regimen can make a big difference in cavity prevention.

“Spit, don’t rinse” is especially important if you are using prescription toothpaste or toothpaste for sensitivity. If you rinse them off right away, there’s not enough time of exposure to achieve any measurable effect.

Other tips to decrease cavity risk:

  • Floss daily. I know people ...

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New Years Resolutions – 6 Habits that Harm Your Teeth

Well, 2015 is a wrap! Thanks for being a continued part of our Orono Dental Care family. We appreciate each and every one of you and look forward to seeing you in the coming year!

With the new year, many people set goals to improve their health and fitness. If you are still searching for a goal, consider whether you suffer from any of the habits below.

1. Nail Biting

  • Why it’s bad: It can chip your teeth and hurt your jaw.
  • How to quit: Consider a bitter tasting nail polish, stress reduction, or wearing gloves to prevent nail biting.

2. Brushing too hard

  • Why it’s bad: Brushing too hard or with too hard of a toothbrush can ...

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Blueberries: Good for your gums and teeth!

Tin pail of blueberries

Did you know that blueberries have many natural health properties?

A recent study published in The Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry found that the naturally occurring polyphenols in blueberries actually act as an anti-bacterial agent against mouth specific bacteria (Fusobacterium nucleatum) found in gum disease. In addition, blueberries are known to be a natural anti-inflammatory.

What does this mean?

It means blueberries could protect your gums and bone from gum/periodontal disease! Pretty neat stuff!

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