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Thursday, July 11th, 2013
This kind of information could actually be bad for our business, but we want to share it with you anyway.

You see, dental oral hygiene is preventative maintenance for your mouth. The more you practice this, the less you need to come in to see us for painful and costly repairs. We’ve shared this video on our blog before, but we feel it’s important information to know (even if it costs us some business).

Watch this video to see how small daily investments in basic care of your teeth will prevent a lot of pain and expense down the road.
Friday, January 25th, 2013
I’m Dr. Doug Smith, local dentist in Logan Utah. I’d like to discuss with you the best foods for your teeth. Might sound like an odd question to some, but many would like to know what foods are best for teeth. Here is a list of the 7 best foods for your teeth.
Number one on list of best foods would be high fiber fruits and vegetables. The reason high fiber fruits and vegetables are great for teeth is because not only do they scrub the teeth, or in other words, as you chew there is a scrubbing effect on the teeth, but also they stimulate a lot of saliva ... Read more
Tuesday, October 30th, 2012
“In terms of keeping it a healthy holiday, from a parent’s perspective, you have to remember that it is a holiday, and there are some indulgences…” – Jennifer McDaniel of the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics

However, it’s important to establish healthy rules for your child on one of the most candy-filled holiday of the year… Halloween. These tips are mostly directed towards parents, but could be used by anyone.
1. Children’s teeth should be brushed at least twice daily and three times if possible. If in a situation that makes it ... Read more
Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012
Food is necessary for us to survive. Some foods are excellent for our bodies and others are… not so good. This is also true for our teeth. You may not realize it, but our teeth are directly affected by our nutrition choices.

1. Water: You can’t go wrong with water!
2. Fresh or home-canned fruit: Having a high water content helps clean your teeth and gums. Also, fruit has healthier natural sugars if you’re craving something sweet.
3. Milk, cheese & yougurt: Dairy products are high in calcium. Calcium helps to fortify the enamel on your teeth. Also, the live cultures in yogurt help fight off the bad bacteria that causes cavities and infection.
4. Nuts: Chewing nuts can help strengthen your teeth and clean the plaque off your teeth and gums.  Read more
Wednesday, July 11th, 2012
It’s a hot summer day and you are thirsty. You have a choice between soda or water. Which would you choose? A good portion of the population would probably choose soda. You are indulging in a bad habit. And, studies show, bad habits lead to bad teeth and oral hygiene.
Soda’s not the only bad habit to avoid:
  • Vigorous teeth brushing
  • Eating/sucking on lemons or limes
  • Thumb-sucking
  • Using teeth as tools
Thumb-sucking usually starts after the first tooth appears and can continue to age 6. Unfortunately, this “safety blanket” can lead to misaligned teeth and a modified jaw structure.

Vigorous brushing is easily avoided/stopped. Always choose soft bristled brushes and use gentle circular motions. Failure to change may lead to damaged tooth enamel.

Lemons/Limes have a high level of citric acid which can erode tooth enamel. What happens, essentially, is ... Read more