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Aligning Misaligned Teeth

The condition of misaligned teeth, or malocclusion, can seem like a cosmetic issue, but there’s more to it than that. Misaligned teeth do not function properly, because they aren’t lined up with the teeth to the side and opposite them as intended. For example, your upper teeth should overlap the bottom teeth, just slightly, so that the molars on upper and lower fit together. These teeth grind your food. They’re vital for proper nutrition and development.

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Since your mouth has 32 teeth, and every one of them has a specific use and shape, they also have a specific location. They are aligned in order to optimize functionality (chew food), and to protect your tongue, cheeks, and lips from getting bitten. Your teeth also help you to speak properly, forming sounds together with your tongue and lips.

The different types of misalignment include:

  • Crowded teeth
  • Cross-bite
  • Overbite
  • Under-bite
  • Open-bite

Signs of Malocclusion

You may notice, even in young children, the beginning of misalignment, though dentists don’t begin correcting it until children reach the teen years. Some signs to look for that indicate misalignment include:

  • Obvious improper alignment of teeth
  • Frequent biting of the cheeks or tongue
  • Discomfort while chewing or biting
  • Speech problems (including a developmental list)
  • Breathing through the mouth only

Causes can range from deformities, injuries, tumors, poor dental care, and excessive or prolonged use of pacifiers, bottles, or thumb-sucking. If you have any of these risk factors, and frequently feel pain when chewing, you may be experiencing misalignment. This is something that your family dentist can tell you for certain, and given you meet the criteria, can begin the process of correction.


At Legacy Hill Dentistry we specialize in general dentistry, as well as cosmetic dentistry. Our experience with Invisalign has been nothing but positive, and we’re proud to offer this product to our patients who experience misalignment. What was once a wholly negative experience for both children and adults, is now a great one. Invisalign has made the bulky metal braces of the past obsolete, and now teens and adults can benefit from this lightweight, invisible, and effective system of alignment.

  1. Get started with your smile assessment.
  2. Schedule a consultation with your trusted dentist.
  3. Your dentist scans or makes a manual impression of your bite in order to formulate your treatment plan. You should even get to see an image of your smile at the end of treatment!
  4. Receive your invisible aligners and wear them 20-22 hours per day, taking them out only to eat, brush teeth, and floss.
  5. Your dentist will monitor progress, and give you new aligners to wear as you progress. This process allows your teeth to slowly and gently shift and align.
  6. Enjoy your new smile!

Invisalign is appropriate for teens! It boosts their self esteem and is virtually invisible. They are comparable to braces in price, but better in every other way you can imagine.

If you’d like to schedule your free consultation for yourself or your teen, call and make an appointment with Legacy Hill Dentistry at 615-459-8050.

Recognizing Certain Reasons For Bad Breath

Nothing can put a strain on your job, your relationship, and your self image like bad breath. Despite popular opinion, it is not just a morning problem. Individuals who struggle with bad breath, or halitosis, struggle with it throughout the day. Whether at work, school, or on a hot date – it’s always a problem. However, diagnosis and treatment depends a lot on how frequent it occurs. Halitosis can be a chronic problem or an occasional one. Many individuals don’t think it’s enough to warrant a visit to the dentist.

Reasons For Bad Breath Image - Smyrna TN - Legacy Hill DentistryCauses For Bad Breath

There are many reasons that someone can develop bad breath, from your spicy dinner to more serious gum disease. Since it can mean a serious problem, you should see a dentist if bad breath persists for more than two weeks!

  • Food Particles.
    Certain foods, like garlic or other strong spices, can leave behind smells. If food pieces become stuck between teeth, or in crevices or cavities, the food can take on a foul smell as well.
  • Dry Mouth.
    Dry mouth can be caused from tobacco use, certain medications, and health conditions. When your mouth doesn’t produce enough saliva, the bacteria and acids aren’t neutralized as they should be, causing bad breath. If your dry mouth is caused by a medication or health condition, your doctor might have offered recommendations. Sipping on water throughout the day can help rinse a dry mouth.
  • Gum Disease and Tooth Decay.
    Persistent halitosis is reason enough to make a dental appointment and have an exam. Tooth decay and gum disease creates space in the mouth where food particles and bacteria can hide and cause bad breath, as well as more decay. A good indicator of a bigger problem is if mints and chewing gum only mask the problem for a short time.
  • Medical Conditions.
    Bad breath, especially in children, indicates an illness. It often means a sinus or throat infection, but can also mean a yeast infection. According to the American Dental Association (ADA) it can also mean acid re-flux, liver or kidney disease, and even diabetes.

Don’t Ignore The Symptoms

It’s important to be aware of your symptoms and document them. Additionally, make sure to notify your dental staff at your exam. The best way to prevent occurrences such as bad breath, bleeding gums, tooth infection, and more? Maintain your dental health! This means keeping up with routine exams, too. Your dentist can discuss a schedule with you, find your insurance, and your personal health needs. You should have periodic cleanings and annual exams to determine problems with your teeth and gums. When a tooth infection isn’t caught, it can cause bad breath, pain, decay, and even tooth and bone loss if ignored.

Remember that persistent bad breath is not healthy! So, if it’s happening to you for more than two weeks, is affecting your day-to-day life, or interfering with jobs and relationships – you should check it out. Your dentist can quickly assess and treat your teeth and gums, as well as make home care recommendations.

Are you experiencing bad breath? Whether with pain, or not, call Legacy Hill Dentistry today! 615-459-8050

Signs You Might Need A Tooth Filling

Tooth fillings are the standard treatment for cavities. Cavities, or tooth decay, is a term used to identify the destruction of your tooth enamel. They appear as holes or dark places on your teeth. Also, they can be a major problem for children. Having said this, however, cavities commonly occur throughout life. Like most health issues, cavities are more easily prevented than treated. Your mouth is most healthy when your teeth are healthy and original teeth are intact. Fillings allow for treatment of the cavity, while allowing the tooth itself to remain in the mouth.

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If you haven’t had your dental checkup in several years, you may need fillings and not even realize it. This is actually a common issue among young people between 20 and 30. Until a cavity reaches the pulp of the tooth, it may not even cause pain. What’s the best way for cavities to be caught and treated? Scheduling routine dental checkups and annual cleanings recommended by the American Dentistry Association (ADA)! If you have missed your recent visits, or are in between visits, there are signs that can determine if you need a filling:

  • You’ve recently broken a tooth.
  • Your frequently have sensitivity or pain around teeth or gums.
  • It hurts to chew when subject to hot or cold temperatures.
  • You can see a hole or discoloration on your tooth.
  • Your tooth feels rough or your bite feels different.
  • An existing filling has fallen out or become chipped.
  • You frequently get food stuck between or in certain teeth.
  • Floss tears when you floss certain teeth, but not others.

Determining What Type of Filling

There are two types of fillings commonly used. Amalgam fillings are a mercury amalgam that is a dark silver color. Nowadays, though, many patients are shying away from amalgam fillings. This is not only because of the color, but because of recent studies regarding amalgam fillings and their affect on mental health. For this reason there is another option. At Legacy Hill Dentistry we offer tooth-colored fillings! In fact, many of our patients actually request to have amalgam fillings removed and replaced with tooth-colored fillings.

Tooth-colored fillings are commonly made of durable composite resin, but can also be made of porcelain or microscopic glass placed in an acrylic base. The cavity, or hole, in your tooth is filled and the tooth and filings are sealed with a dental sealant. The cavity is completely filled and invisible, restoring your smile to its original brilliance. Tooth-colored fillings are the more expensive option, so there are still many patients who opt for amalgam, and we use that as well. First and foremost, it’s our goal to preserve the smile, and prevent further decay.

Learn more about preventing tooth decay here, or discuss your dental health with a dental professional at Legacy Hill by scheduling your appointment today! Call 615-459-8050 or contact us online using our online contact form.

Importance of Scheduling Dental Checkups

There is a reason that your dental insurance requires routine visits, for cleaning and oral examinations. Even your primary care physician will recommend dental checkups beginning at 18 months old! Your dental health is nothing to neglect. When you schedule regular dental checkups you are investing in your future.

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When you schedule your dental checkup, you should mark it down in your calendar. Also, be sure to double check your insurance coverage! There’s nothing worse than an unexpected cost, even if it’s a necessary expense.

  • X-rays
    If you’re a new patient, your dental office will probably order X-rays. This in order to identify and diagnose problem areas that need attention. If you’re a returning patient, your dentist will have your dental records on file, including X-rays.
  • Cleaning
    Your dentist or dental hygienist will begin by cleaning and flossing your teeth. He or she will scrape away tarter and plaque, identify and measure the severity of cavities and decay, and finish with a refreshing polish.
  • Oral Examination
    Your dentist will perform an oral exam to identify tooth decay and gum disease, as well as check your bite and jaw for alignment problems.
  • Cancer Screening
    If you are at risk for oral cancers, you may opt for a cancer screening, but it is usually included in your dental checkup. During the oral cancer screening, your dentist or dental hygienist will assess the surfaces of your mouth, including the gums and tongue, feel the areas beneath your jaw, neck, and the insides of your lips and cheek. This is an important part of your dental checkup, especially if you are a tobacco user. If you are a tobacco user, you should tell your dentist and physician, so that they pay close attention to your oral health.

Prevention is Key

There is an old saying “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” This is true of home maintenance, housekeeping, auto maintenance, and your physical health! It may cost you a minimal amount to visit your dentist regularly, but the dental cleaning is vital for cavity prevention. The exam is essential for early detection, and the cancer screening can save your life. If your dental problems are overlooked, or your oral health is neglected, you can end up paying an arm and a leg for drastic treatments to prevent pain, preserve your smile, or even save your jaw (in drastic cases).

You should begin to instill good oral health and dental hygiene in your children when they start using their teeth! Today is the day to make dental checkups a priority so that you don’t suffer in the future. You do not have to have dentures when you’re a senior. You don’t have to have new cavities at every checkup. While this is a common occurrence, prevention can save your smile, and your wallet. For more about dental checkups and how you can benefit from them, click here.

At Legacy Hill Dentistry in Smyrna, Tennessee, we take preventative care seriously. We know that preserving your smile is easier than restoring it. It’s better for your overall health, and much easier on your wallet.

The Effects of Poor Dental Health

Just as you would expect some short-term and long-term affects with poor physical health, you can expect the same with poor dental health. Just as you should visit your primary physician for routine check-ups, you should also visit your dentist for regular cleanings and exams. This is the type of preventative care that makes a lasting difference when combined with healthy habits!

The Affects of Poor Dental Health Image - Smyrna TN - Legacy Hill DentistryHow to Keep Your Mouth Healthy

  • Regular Dental Visits.
    The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends regular dental visits at intervals determined by a dentist. If your dental insurance specifies how often you should see the dentist, you should follow this recommendation to maintain your coverage. However, your dentist will schedule your routine appointments according to your needs. It’s at these regular cleanings and exams that changes will be noted, and early-detection can prevent tooth decay and loss.
  • Brushing and Flossing.
    You should brush twice-daily and floss once-daily. This is the physical cleaning of your teeth, gums, and tongue. Brushing and flossing removes plaque from the surfaces and crevices of the teeth that would otherwise sit, turn to bacteria, and corrode the enamel, not to mention causing possible infection and pain. It also helps you to avoid bad breath.
  • Healthy Diet and Nutrition.
    What you put into your mouth affects your teeth. Snacking through the day can be harder on your teeth and gums than a diet high in sugar. If you prefer to snack, make sure it’s not bread-heavy foods that get stuck in the teeth easily. Also, sipping on water throughout the day can help your saliva neutralize the acids caused by the snacking. Eating a lot of sugar and drinking carbonated and syrupy beverages not only disrupts the acids in the mouth, leading to plaque and infection, but it can lower your immunities, leading to increased risk of tooth abscess or gum infection.
  • Obey Dental Advice.
    If you visit the dentist for those routine exams and tooth cleanings, that is good, but leaving without obeying the expert advice from your dentist is a bad idea. Your dentist or hygienist will recommend products and procedures at the end of your appointment. These recommendations are 100 percent preventative care that you can do from home at low cost. Brushing, flossing, and replacing your tooth brush regularly is much cheaper than an extraction, bridge, or root canal.

The Results of Poor Dental Health

Tooth decay, gum disease, periodontitis, mouth sores, and more. Fortunately, these conditions are preventable! When you don’t make dental health a priority, you can be affected by these problems. With poor dental health comes pain, procedures, time lost due to recovery from procedures, costs of care and medications, not to mention the loss of your smile and the blow to your own self esteem. Dental health can affect your mental and emotion health, as well as your physical health. HOW you are able to eat affects WHAT you eat. Pain affects your diet, your job, and your family. Take control of your dental health, and don’t let it control you!

If you’re unsure about how to best maintain your dental health, call your dentist today. Legacy Hill Dentistry is available Monday through Friday at 615-459-8050.

Preventing Gingivitis

Stages of Gingivitis Image - Smyrna TN - Legacy Hill DentistryGingivitis, or gum disease, is preventable in most cases. It’s easier to prevent than it is to treat. If you do end up with gingivitis it’s unpleasant and can lead to other issues, so prevention is important. The best way to prevent gingivitis along with a host of other oral health problems is to practice good oral hygiene and schedule routine appointments with your dentist.

Tooth Brushing

Brushing is the best way to remove plaque and acids from the surfaces of your teeth. You should brush your teeth twice daily, and once daily at the very minimum. When brushing your teeth, keep in mind: use a soft bristle brush that fits properly and brush all the surfaces of the teeth, then the tongue. This decreases the levels of bacteria in your mouth, decreasing your risk of gingivitis. Remember to change your brush every 1-3 months, and always choose a soft bristle brush to prevent abrasions on your gums.


Brushing cleans the accessible surfaces of the teeth, while flossing cleans between the teeth. You should floss once weekly, and although it’s been difficult in the past, there are now many options for floss. There is the standard roll of floss that you might have gotten from your dentist at your last check-up, and there are also individual, disposable flossers on the market that make flossing quick and easy.


There are so many brands and kinds of toothpastes that they take up nearly an entire aisle at the super market. You can choose and benefit from almost all of them, but you should steer clear of abrasive toothpastes if you have gum problems, especially if your gums are receding. If you already have gum problems, you can choose tooth paste for sensitive teeth than can help.

Mouth Wash

Mouth wash is another tool you can use against plaque and acids in the mouth to decrease the risk of infection and gum disease. You can choose a mouth wash product that is antimicrobial which means it’s designed specifically to prevent gingivitis.

Diet and Nutrition

A healthy diet and lifestyle is important in preventing gingivitis along with a host of other infections. A healthy body means a healthy mouth. You can avoid heavy snacking in between meals to help to prevent gingivitis, and what’s even more effective is rinsing the mouth with water after meals and snacks.

Avoid Cigarettes and Smokeless Tobacco

Smoking is one of the main risk factors for periodontal (gum) disease. If you’re able to quit, you’ll be taking the first and most important step to healing and preserving your gums. Healthy gums mean a healthy mouth because your gums actually protect your teeth.

Routine Dental Visits

If you don’t have a regular dentist to care for your teeth, you should find one right away. Your dentist knows your smile better than everyone except you, and will schedule visits and treatments according to your specific need. At Legacy Hill Dentistry we take pride in maintaining the same patients for years and put their care above all else. We want to restore your smile, and part of that is routine care. We are proud to offer many payment options to help all of our patients get the care they need to prevent gum disease and tooth decay.

Call Legacy Dental Care at 615-459-8050 and find out what our dentists can do for you.

Bubble Gum and Your Teeth

Believe it or not, chewing gum has existed for centuries! Ancient Greeks and Mayans chewed tree sap, as well as Native Americans, and later English settlers. Why they developed this habit is unknown. However, it has certainly reached into modern culture and is actually the world’s most common habit.

Bubble Gum and Your Teeth Image - Smyrna TN - Legacy Hill DentistryBubble Gum: Yay or Nay?

While gum is widely viewed as candy, it has some surprising benefits for oral health. Bubble gum marketed toward children can contain levels of sugar comparable to candy, but the act of chewing itself is healthy for the mouth. The physical act of chewing generates extra saliva, so chewing SUGAR FREE gum can actually benefit your teeth and gums! The extra saliva neutralizes acids in the mouth and cleans the teeth and gums. In fact, clinical studies have shown that chewing sugarless gum for 20 minutes following meals can help prevent tooth decay.

Protect Your Teeth From Decay

When you eat, drink, suck on, or chew anything that is filled with sugar, you introduce acid into your mouth. This promotes tooth decay. Gradually the acid (plaque) destroys the surface of the teeth (enamel). A hole in the enamel is called a cavity. Cavities are a great place for plaque to cling and continue damaging your tooth until decay becomes severe. Even if you are one of many thousand people who chew gum following meals to protect their teeth from cavities, you should still practice good oral hygiene habits.

Brushing your teeth and flossing daily is the best way to protect your teeth from decay and gums from disease. The ADA recommends brushing twice per day and flossing once per day to prevent costly damage and repairs in the future. The ADA also recognizes sugar free chewing gum that meets the requirements for safety and efficacy for sugar-free chewing gum. To date, no chewing or bubble gum containing sugar has earned the ADA Seal of Acceptance. Bubble gum containing sugar should be treated as candy. When you consume it, you should remember to rinse your mouth frequently to rinse the sugars away. This is to neutralize the acids there.

Remember Your Routine Dentist Exams

You should have an annual cleaning and exam in which a dentist checks over your teeth, makes recommendations, and schedules necessary repairs. It’s important to pay attention to your dentist’s recommendations. If your dentist advises you to switch from bubble gum to chewing gum, you should consider it. There are several brands that have earned the ADA Seal of Acceptance for improving dental health.

Oral Cancer Screening

Risk Factors for Oral Cancer

Oral Cancer Screening Image - Smyrna TN - Legacy Hill DentistryMany people mistakenly assume that tobacco use is the only risk factor for cancers. When it comes to oral cancer your gender and age play a large role. Oral cancer is twice more common among men than women and it’s diagnosed most often after the age of 55. Men who work outdoors in direct sunlight are more susceptible to oral cancers and should take screenings seriously and self-assess regularly.

Other risk factors include:

  • Compromised immune system due to certain medications or illnesses
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV) infection raises risk of oral and reproductive cancers
  • Regular use of tobacco or alcohol
  • Especially increased when tobacco and alcohol are used together
  • Family history of neck or head cancers

Symptoms to Consider

You should assess your mouth regularly, especially if you are at an increased risk for oral cancers. In addition to standard oral hygiene, you should check your mouth, jaw, and neck regularly and be aware of symptoms.

  • Swollen areas, lumps, and bumps
  • Rough, scab-like surfaces
  • Velvety-white, red, or white and red speckled patches on surfaces of the mouth
  • Unexplained bleeding, numbness, or pain in the mouth, face, or neck
  • Sores that don’t heal
  • A sensation of something stuck in your throat
  • Difficulty chewing, swallowing, speaking, or moving the jaw or tongue
  • Chronic sore throat or hoarseness
  • Dramatic weight loss

None of these symptoms may seem alarming, but if any of them persist for more than two weeks, especially if you are at increased risk for oral cancers you should contact your dentist right away. Your dentist is able to assess your symptoms and perform an oral cancer screening to put your mind at ease or to start treatment.

Your Screening

Today’s diagnostic tools are safe and painless and can identify the earliest signs of oral cancer so that patients can get treatment in time for survival. Legacy Hill uses Identafi, the latest oral cancer screening technology available to licensed dentists. The Identafi system utilizes three different lights (white, violet, and amber) to identify abnormalities in the oral tissue. The abnormal and unhealthy tissue will appear darker under the lights. This Multi-Spectral process gives your dentist more information than just a visual assessment and allows for a more educated and confident recommendation for referral and treatment.

When found early, oral cancer patients have a survival rate of 80 to 90 percent. Oral cancer screening is extremely important because it’s often overlooked in its early stages. Oral cancer has a high mortality rate specifically because it’s often diagnosed too late for adequate treatment. Depending on the severity of the case at diagnosis, treatment may be aggressive. The affected tissue may be removed followed by other treatment like chemotherapy and radiation. Screenings and check-ups will be scheduled more frequently to detect any more problems. While your dentist won’t treat your oral cancer, he or she works together with other professionals to offer you the best options for your case.

For early diagnosis and treatment for oral cancers, be sure to schedule your oral cancer screening. You can schedule your screening at Legacy Hill Dentistry today by calling (615) 459-8050.

Choosing the Right Toothbrush

Picking the Right Toothbrush Image - Smyrna TN - Legacy Hill DentistryThe Best Fit

Sometimes it seems like we like things big in America—big trucks, big meals, big wheels. When it comes to toothbrushes bigger isn’t always better. In fact, if you have a small mouth, a big toothbrush can damage your gums and scrape your teeth, not to mention make it difficult to reach the teeth at the best angles. Toothbrushes come in all sizes, and the best way to find the right one for you is trial and error. Just make sure you’re looking at the ADA Seal of Acceptance.


Your tooth brush can serve multiple functions. The most basic toothbrush includes just the handle and the bristles, however many brands and designs also have a tongue scraper on the back of the toothbrush. Some dentists and orthodontists might recommend a special toothbrush that has a tuft of bristles instead of brush. This is designed for patients undergoing orthodontic treatment. The tuft of bristles reaches into hard to reach spaces that a basic toothbrush doesn’t.

Soft or Hard Bristles?

Many individuals assume that hard bristles are the best choice for a good brushing, however the tougher the bristles, the harder they are on the gums. Brushing too vigorously or using a brush that is too firm can cause damage to the gums that can lead to infection and gum disease. The best option is a soft bristle brush and a consistent technique.

Eco-Friendly Toothbrushes

It’s estimated that 4.7 million plastic toothbrushes are discarded worldwide each year. This pollution has led to the creation of various eco-friendly toothbrushes. Some brands aren’t brushes at all, but pieces of root that’s to be chewed (much like pet “toothbrushes”). These are neither recommended nor proven to be safe or beneficial. It’s best to use a standard plastic brush with nylon bristles.

Manual or Electric

While there is currently no powered toothbrush that has the ADA Seal of Approval, the American Dental Association says on that “both types of toothbrush can effectively and thoroughly clean your teeth. It all depends on which one you prefer.” The main thing is to brush twice daily. Many who find manual toothbrushes difficult to use effectively would benefit from a powered toothbrush. There are even great options for children. They need only a little instruction so they don’t brush their teeth too vigorously.

Most dentists recommend changing your toothbrush every three months. The American Dental Association makes that recommendation and even offers an ADA Seal Shopping List to help you with the decision process. It also helps to get recommendations from your dental professional. No one knows your teeth like your dentist.

Are Energy Drinks Bad for Your Teeth?

Something we didn’t have to worry about just twenty years ago was energy drinks. Energy drinks are carbonated or non-carbonated drinks. They are designed to give the consumer an energy boost, either through the use of sugar or caffeine and other natural ingredients. These include ginseng, vitamins, and various amino acids and extracts. These ingredients are highly concentrated in order to fit many things into one drink. The result is a drink with higher acid levels than other popular drinks like teas and soft drinks. Energy drinks don’t just include the narrow cans in the soda aisle and shots at the check-out counter. Sports drinks marketed toward athletes and young people have the same acidic properties as the most popular energy drinks.

Are Energy Drinks Bad for Your Teeth Image - Smyrna TN - Legacy Hill DentristryThe Problem

Today people of all ages are consuming energy drinks at remarkable volumes. This affects their health, their energy, and yes, their teeth. According to a 2012 study energy drinks contain higher volumes of acid and deteriorate enamel two times faster than ordinary soft drinks.

Additionally, half of teens and young adults drink energy drinks regularly. Plus, more than half of those drink one or more per day. This means that young people are consuming these drinks at an age that is important for physical development, including the teeth. The acids are highly corrosive to enamel. So, when the enamel deteriorates then cavities and tooth decay is the result.

What You Can Do

When a dependence or habit is formed that includes regular consumption of energy drinks, it can be almost impossible to stop drinking them. Professionals in the medical field and dental health field recommend that children and adults limit the consumption of energy, sports, and soft drinks because of the damage these drinks can cause.

If you cannot stop them completely, it’s important to do you best to protect your teeth:

  1. Minimize Consumption
    A good way to decrease the amount of beverages you’re drinking? Drink a full glass of water between them. For example, if you usually drink an energy drink with your meals, then drink a full water bottle between meals to curb your thirst. The water will also energize you because a common symptom of dehydration is tiredness.
  2. Neutralize Acids with Water
    Whether from a water bottle or a drinking fountain, you should rinse your mouth with water after drinking energy drinks. This is to help your saliva neutralize the acids. Its recommended over brushing your teeth, because toothpaste isn’t designed to neutralize acids. If you brush your teeth after drinking an acidic drink you’re simply spreading the acids over the whole mouth.
  3. Schedule Regular Check-ups

It’s recommended that children AND adults have regular cleanings and check-ups!

Make routine exams a priority! You can have your teeth cleaned and assessed for damage. In addition, gain important tips and knowledge about oral health and at-home care. It’s at these appointments that your dentist can detect cavities forming early, as well.

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