Teenagers, Wisdom and Mouthwash

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Just this week, my 18-year-old son asked me to bring home some mouthwash. For years, I brought it home religiously and it just sat on the counter. Now that he is 18, has a girlfriend, and cares about bad breath he has realized just how right I have been. I wonder if this new awareness will carry over into all the other advice I have given him…

Back to mouthwash, many people think it is just good for freshening your breath, but the reality is that mouthwash can help prevent cavities and periodontal disease. Depending on what type you use, it can reduce the amount of plaque and bacteria in your mouth. This is not to say that rinsing twice a day can replace your brushing and flossing. Mouthwash cannot remove plaque and residual food by itself. It is also important to use the right type of mouthwash. Many of them contain ingredients we don’t need or want and some contain ingredients that specifically irritate or exacerbate dry mouth and canker sores.

If you have questions about which mouthwash to use, ask me for a recommendation during your next visit or call us today at 865 524 1265.


Invisable Braces

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Have you ever considered straightening your teeth?  Were you stopped in your tracks by the lingering childhood taunt of “metal mouth”?  I remember those days too. I actually wore braces twice.  Once in high school and once in college; they were taken off weeks before I got married!  I wish Invisalign had been around then.  Today traditional braces still have their place, but more and more people can straighten their teeth without anyone noticing.  Invisalign technology uses plastic retainers that are worn for approximately two week increments over a period of time determined by your dentist.  You take them out to eat, drink, brush and floss, but otherwise you can go about your normal daily life.  My daughter is in Invisalign today.  It is the perfect way to correct her misalignment without interfering with her social life!

If you have any questions about whether it would be right for you, call our office at 865-524-1265.  We are hosting a very special Invisalign Event Day on June 24, 2014 form 8:00- 8:00.  There are only 24 apointments available.  We are offering special pricing and free whitening that day only!This could be the choice that changes your life!images

I know firsthand what a difference straight teeth can make in your life!

Pablo Foncea