Dental Health: Plaque

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Does a filmy substance keep building up along your gumline and on your teeth? Does brushing, flossing, or gently scraping it usually make it come off? That could be plaque, a sticky, colorless film of bacteria and sugars that continually forms on your teeth. Bacteria naturally resides in your mouth... Read more »

Dental Upgrades: Oral Health Care Basics

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Your smile routinely depends on the care you give it. Although oral health checkups are important for detecting any issues that you may have, your smile depends on you making the right decisions on a day-to-day basis to keep your teeth and gums safe. This includes implementing effective treatments in... Read more »

What Causes Halitosis?

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Halitosis, or bad breath, is the result of foul-smelling or nasty odors emanating from your mouth. Oftentimes, this is caused by bacteria in your mouth, but the causes can be far and wide. In some instances, bad breath could be a symptom of more serious health issues in your body.... Read more »

Root Canal Therapy: How to Save a Diseased Tooth

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Dr. Carol Halloran and our Crossroads Dental team in Waterloo, Iowa, are here to assist you with all of your oral care needs. Do you have an infected or inflamed tooth causing you pain? If so, you may benefit from a root canal treatment which can save a diseased tooth.... Read more »

Do You Know About the Different Type of Cavities?

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Did you know that cavities are simply another name for tooth decay? Fortunately, the number of cavities Americans have every year has decreased significantly. This is due in large part to increased awareness of the importance of oral health, including brushing and flossing to prevent cavities. But tooth decay is... Read more »

How Our Periodontal Maintenance Can Help Your Gums

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At Crossroads Dental, Dr. Carol Halloran and our experienced team are happy to help our patients in Waterloo, Iowa, and the surrounding communities achieve healthy smiles. While the early stages of gum disease respond well to improved oral hygiene, such as daily toothbrushing, flossing, and oral rinsing, if gum disease is... Read more »

Electric or Manual: Which Brush is Right for You?

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How often do you replace your toothbrush? Did you know that you should replace your toothbrush once every six months? But with so many options available, how do you choose the best brush for you? For instance, would an electric toothbrush be better for you than a manual one? Similarly,... Read more »

Which Mouthwash Is Right for You?

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In your quest for excellent oral health, mouthwash can be a powerful addition to your daily routine. Some people prefer using an oral rinse before brushing to loosen oral debris (food particles and plaque) off the teeth so that brushing is more effective. Others prefer rinsing after brushing to wash... Read more »

Plaque and Its Effect on Your Oral Health

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Your mouth is an amazing piece of anatomy. It houses your teeth and gums, tongue and….millions of bacteria. When you eat or drink, this oral bacteria reacts with the sugar that is produced, resulting in acid which destroys the teeth as the bacteria multiplies. What is dental plaque? The bacteria... Read more »

How Gum Disease Can Affect Your Quality of Life

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You should know a few important facts about gum disease. The word “disease” suggests impairment in the normal state of a living thing, or any abnormal condition that interferes with physiological processes. Since healthy gums are important to healthy teeth — and healthy teeth are important to the process of... Read more »