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My Gums Don’t Bleed, So They Must Be Healthy—Right?

Maybe—but maybe not. One of the problematic things about gum disease is that it often occurs without any symptoms at all. So the only way to know for sure that your gums are healthy is to visit your dentist regularly for examinations and cleanings.

When you come to German Church Road Family Dental in Indianapolis, IN, twice each year, periodontal disease screening is part of your routine checkup. Dr. Dane Uhl will check the health of your gums to ensure this insidious disease has not taken hold in your mouth.

Signs of Gum Disease

As mentioned, often gum disease is present, and people are unaware they have it. The earliest sign can be ...

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Oral Hygiene 101: Get the Most Out of Your Brushing and Flossing Routine

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Preventive dental services are essential if you want to achieve optimal oral health. But you get the most benefit from exams and cleanings when you are proactive with your daily oral hygiene.

Unfortunately, many of us tend to get a little lazy with our brushing and flossing, and even believe that if there are no apparent problems, everything must be okay.

The Importance of At-Home Oral Hygiene

If you’re not proactive about brushing and flossing, decay and periodontal (gum) disease can quickly take their toll before you even realize there’s a problem. If you want to spend less time in the dental chair, here are three steps you can take:

  • Brush twice a ...

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What Role Does Alcohol Play in Your Oral Health?

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The British Dental Journal recently released the results of a study that deals with the way alcohol impacts our oral health. The information indicates that there are many areas where it can compromise your oral health. Bad breath, dental staining, periodontal (gum) disease, and oral cancer can all be related to alcohol consumption.

The Effects of Alcohol on Your Oral Health

Bad breath: It turns out that there is a relationship between alcohol consumption and bad breath. It’s not so much what type of drink you consume as it is the fact that alcohol is dehydrating, which can lead to bad breath. Dry mouth can also put you at increased risk for ...

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Do You Need More Than 2 Checkups a Year? In Some Cases, Yes

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Decades ago, health and dental organizations decided that a guideline needed to be established regarding the frequency of dental visits. The result was based on a “best guess” estimate of what would be appropriate for the broadest range of dental patients.

How Many Checkups Do I Need?

We should start by saying that everyone needs to see the dentist because even if you’re an oral hygiene superstar, you can’t get your teeth completely clean with brushing and flossing alone. And while semi-annual dental checkups are a good rule of thumb, the frequency of visits should be based on your personal oral health needs.

Your dentist and oral hygiene team will evaluate your needs and ...

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No More Mints! Let's Get Rid of Your Bad Breath for Good

Woman Covering Up Bad Breath | Dental Cleanings in Indianapolis

We have all had that moment in a social situation when you sense that your breath may not be quite as pleasant as you think. You discreetly do the blow-in-your-hand-and-smell test, and sure enough, you have dragon breath.

What does it mean to have bad breath?

Occasional bad breath, or halitosis, is common and can occur because of the foods we eat, whether or not we smoke, and even the acid in our stomach. This type of bad breath is short-term, and usually a good brushing and flossing can resolve it.

But if you find that you routinely have bad breath, you may need to change up your oral hygiene routine a bit. ...

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Avoid These Common Flossing Mistakes!

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Unless you are flossing daily, your teeth are not as clean as they should be. Brushing twice a day is essential, but don’t make the mistake of thinking that it alone can do the whole job!

Brushing + Flossing = A Healthy Smile

We know that you have heard a thousand times, but brushing AND flossing, combined with routine dental visits, are the only way to ensure your smile is clean and healthy.

If you are flossing, we applaud your efforts to protect your oral health. But despite your good intentions, you may be making a few common mistakes. Flossing is obviously most effective when done properly, so you want to ensure you ...

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