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Until your next routine dental visit, you can do plenty to have a healthy mouth.

8 Tips for a Healthy Mouth During the COVID-19 Outbreak

It’s more important than ever to keep your immune system strong, and your oral health is crucial. Until you can schedule routine visits with your dentist and dental hygienist again, here are some of the best things you can do to maintain a healthy mouth and minimize the risk of a dental emergency.

We're here for you during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Our COVID-19 Response

As you know, we have always been committed to your health. Our hygiene practices are stringent at all times. We are doing everything we can to assist with the containment of the COVID-19 virus.

For certain health conditions---even some that appear unrelated to your child’s teeth---a dentist may offer solutions to fix the source of the problems.

Why Your Child Should See a Pediatrician AND a Dentist For Some Health Conditions

Your child’s health is a priority. Along with making sure your little one gets enough rest, exercise, and good nutrition, it’s important to schedule regular medical and dental checkups. If you’re concerned that your child may have certain health conditions, your first call will almost certainly be to your child’s pediatrician, who usually can provide a medical solution or a referral to another medical professional. But for certain health issues—even some that appear to have nothing to do with your child’s teeth—a dentist may have the solutions that will fix the source of the problem or problems.

Diagram showing how obstructive sleep affects the mouth, nose, and throat

Sleep Apnea: Five Important Facts

Individuals with sleep apnea stop breathing repeatedly while they sleep. In severe cases, this may occur up to 30 times an hour. Severe health problems can result from untreated sleep apnea; are you at risk? Here’s what you need to know.

Young child flexing tongue over upper gum. Photo credit: Chayene Rafaela on Unsplash

The Complete Guide to Keeping Your Child in Great Oral Health at Every Age

With your supervision and good example, your child can begin the path to a lifetime of good oral health during the earliest stages of childhood. All oral habits—including tooth brushing and flossing, thumb-sucking, biting and chewing, nutrition, protection during sports, and even breathing—affect the way young children’s faces, jaws, teeth, and overall health develop. And as children become teens, good oral habits and care expand to include avoiding smoking, vaping, and oral piercings. Here are answers to the most common questions you may have about your children’s oral health habits at various points in their lives.

Our Care to Share program is a win-win for you and your friend!

Show Your Friends You Care—Share!

If you’re a satisfied Winchester Dental patient, tell your friends about us for the win! Care to Share is an easy way to save money on your dental visits.

Sweet or sour candy can introduce acid to your mouth and promote tooth decay.

The Dangers of Tooth Decay and How to Protect Yourself

Did you know that tooth decay is the most prevalent chronic health condition in children? For adults, only the common cold occurs more frequently than tooth decay. However, unlike a common cold, which quickly produces noticeable symptoms, tooth decay often begins and develops unnoticed. By the time you realize there’s a problem, your teeth are already breaking down—and worse, you’re in pain. Here’s what to know so you can protect your teeth.

Keep plaque away by caring for your smile the right way!

What to Know About Dental Plaque

Dental plaque is an issue we can avoid through cleaning our teeth properly. But exactly what is it, how does it develop, and what happens if we don’t get rid of it? Here are the sticky facts.

It's easy to maintain wellness by following some simple guidelines.

Three Tips to Maximize Your Holiday Wellness

Your wellness is always important, and holiday hustle and bustle can especially affect it. Here are three tips to help you maximize your mind and body health (including your oral health!) during this busy time of year.

Is it a canker sore or a cold sore? Symptoms can be similar.

Canker Sore or Cold Sore? Here’s the Difference

At one time or another, many of us have experienced a painful canker sore or cold sore. Sometimes, the appearance and symptoms of each are similar, making it difficult to know how to treat the symptoms most effectively. If you develop a sore in or on your mouth, here’s how to tell what’s happening.

Kelly Richardson, DDS has recently completed a year-long fellowship on dental implants.

Dr. Richardson Completes Dental Implants Fellowship

As part of her commitment to continuing education, Kelly Richardson, DDS has recently completed a year-long implant fellowship with the NYU School of Dentistry and online dental education site Dental XP. “I don’t want patients to be scared when they hear the word implants,” she says. “Implant placement is certainly a process, but if you have missing teeth, it’s the best way to replace your teeth for proper function and good quality of oral health afterwards.”

Closeup photo of toothbrush with toothpaste

Use Your Toothbrush Like a Champion with These 11 Tips

What’s the best way to hold your toothbrush? Is an electric toothbrush more effective than a regular one? How long should you brush? These are all great questions! Here are the best practices of toothbrushing.

Coconut oil contains anti-microbial agents that are an important part of oil pulling.

Is Oil Pulling Good for Your Teeth?

Oil pulling is a traditional oral health practice with origins in ancient India. In recent years, this practice has received significant media coverage regarding its reported health benefits—among them, removal of harmful bacteria from the mouth. Are the health claims true? Just what does oil pulling involve? Should you try it? Here’s what you’ll want to know.

A colorful vegan feast including potato casserole with broccoli and carrot, fresh tomato, tofu, onion, and mushrooms.

How to Protect Your Teeth If You’re Vegan

Whether your diet is vegan, vegetarian, or includes meat, science shows that eating plenty of plant-based foods is necessary for optimal health. But if you follow a vegan diet (or are considering doing so), which nutrients could you be missing? What do you need for a healthy mouth and teeth? Here’s what to know—and do.

Dental corwns can help you smil in style!

September Special on Dental Crowns!

Students are back in school, and it’s a great time to focus on YOU. We can help! From now until September 30, 2019, get $100 off any crown at Winchester Dental.

Vaping is bad for health. Illustration of an electronic cigarette behind a red "prohibited" symbol.

Is Vaping Bad for Me?

While vaping was once believed to be an acceptable alternative to smoking regular tobacco cigarettes, there is new evidence that this practice presents its own serious health risks. Moreover, in August 2019, the CDC confirmed the first-ever death caused by vaping.

All your teen’s oral health habits---both helpful and harmful---play a role in determining her oral and overall health.

Your Teen’s Oral Health Habits: Helpful or Harmful?

Your teen’s oral health habits play a major role when it comes to a great smile, a healthy mouth, and overall health. Daily flossing and twice-daily brushing are a great start—and as always, there’s much more you should know.

Chewing ice can harm your teeth, and may be a sign of iron deficiency anemia.

Love Chewing Ice? Why You Should Stop, AND See Your Doctor Promptly

If you love chewing ice, you’re not alone. Many people find that chewing ice helps them to deal with stress, ease the effects of dry mouth, lose weight, or stop smoking. Chewing ice might seem to be an acceptable coping method, but it can harm your teeth in other ways, and ice cravings may also be a symptom of a more serious health issue.