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Dental Insurance vs. Dental Discount Plan: How Are They Different?

August 23, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — washingtondental @ 4:50 pm
woman weighing pros and cons of dental insurance and dental discount plan

When you started your new job, you forgot about all the hassles that go with making this kind of change. You have to switch dental insurance, which is a huge inconvenience. While you may think that dental insurance is your only option, it isn’t! Many practices offer a discount plan as an alternative to insurance. But which one the best choice for you? Understanding how they work and the advantages and disadvantages of each option can help you make the right decision for you and your family.


When Do I Need a New Toothbrush?

August 10, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — washingtondental @ 2:25 pm
person cleaning their toothbrush

Knowing when it’s time to change your toothbrush may not be something you’ve ever considered. After all, is there really an appropriate time to trade out your current brush for a new, shiny one? Actually, according to dentists and other oral healthcare professionals, yes, there is. In this article, we’ll look at the recommendation provided by dental experts as to when you should plan to swap out your toothbrush and why. You may just realize that in doing so, you’ll keep your mouth healthier for longer.


Am I Brushing My Teeth Too Hard?

July 26, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — washingtondental @ 1:41 pm
man brushing his teeth

Cleaning your teeth shouldn’t cause a cramp to form in your hand. Although your smile needs ample care, it doesn’t require excessive force. So how can you know if you’re brushing your teeth too hard? In this article, we’ll look at a few signs that commonly arise as a result of aggressive scrubbing and what you can do to minimize your risk of damage.


Choosing the Right Toothbrush for Your Mouth

June 3, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — washingtondental @ 6:36 pm
Woman comparing a manual toothbrush with an electric toothbrush.

Of the 6.8 billion people living on the planet, it’s estimated that 4 billion of them use a mobile phone, while only 3.5 billion of them use a toothbrush! That said, you’re hopefully a part of the group that practices good oral hygiene. However, sometimes brushing your teeth can be a little complicated; especially when you consider all the different types of toothbrushes that exist. With so many available options, how are you supposed to know which type is best for your pearly whites? Keep reading to learn more from your dentist about some of the different types of toothbrushes and which one is right for your mouth.


Should I Be Brushing My Teeth Before or After Breakfast?

May 3, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — washingtondental @ 3:41 pm
Woman brushing her teeth after eating breakfast.

You’ve probably been told your whole life that you need to brush your teeth twice a day. Even though these guidelines come directly from the American Dental Association, the specifics are sometimes left out and aren’t exactly common knowledge. How are you supposed to know when exactly to carry out these two daily cleanings? It makes sense to brush once at the end of the day, before bedtime, but what about in the mornings: should you brush your teeth upon waking up and before eating breakfast, or after you’ve eaten? Your dentist thinks you should do it before eating breakfast—keep reading to learn why.


5 Tips for Getting Rid of Coffee Breath

April 28, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — washingtondental @ 1:20 pm
person holding a cup of coffee

There’s no denying how important coffee is in everyday life. For many people, the day can’t start until they’ve had a big cup of the stuff. As tasty and helpful at energizing you as coffee is, it has an unsavory side effect: coffee breath. If you can’t start your day off without a big cup of joe, read on to learn why coffee breath occurs as well as some tips on how to get rid of it.


Why Is Mouth-Breathing Dangerous?

April 6, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — washingtondental @ 12:53 am
person mouth breathing while asleep

When you have a stuffy nose as the result of a cold or other illness, it can be nearly impossible to breathe through it. Underlying issues with the nasal passage such as persistent allergies, overly large tonsils, or a deviated septum can also make it difficult to breathe through the nose. Additionally, certain bite alignment problems may make it difficult for people to close their mouths. All of these reasons may cause people to breathe through their mouths instead. Though this may seem harmless, it can have a negative impact on your oral health. Read on to learn about four ways that mouth breathing is bad for your smile.


4 TikTok Recipes Your Teeth & Tastebuds Approve Of

March 31, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — washingtondental @ 3:06 pm
Woman recreating TikTok recipe in kitchen

TikTok isn’t just for organization inspiration and dance videos – it’s one of the most popular resources for healthy meal ideas! From quick and easy breakfasts to sugar-free desserts, this platform has allowed countless creators to share their delicious masterpieces. But how many do both your tastebuds and your teeth love? Keep reading to learn four TikTok recipes that get a thumbs-up from both.


When to Brush Your Teeth: Before or After Breakfast?

February 17, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — washingtondental @ 6:15 pm
woman brushing her teeth

You’ve been hearing from your dentist and parents since you were a child that it’s important to brush your teeth every morning when you wake up. Even the American Dental Association (ADA) recommends brushing twice each day for two full minutes. But is it necessary to do when you first rise? Discover why brushing teeth before breakfast will lend far greater results than if you opt to wait until afterward.


Is a Vegan Diet Bad for Your Oral Health?

February 8, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — washingtondental @ 9:32 pm
person eating vegan food

Do you follow a meat-free diet? Even if you’re not, you’re probably thinking about making that lifestyle change soon. Veganism is a trend that has been on the rise for years now. There are many reasons why people have decided to follow this plant-based diet, including animal welfare, environmental impact, or lowering cholesterol. Although it may seem like a healthier lifestyle, it can be detrimental to your bone health if you’re not careful. That said, read on to learn more about how a vegan diet can affect oral health.

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