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Common Dental Myths Solved by Peninsula Family Dental Center

At Peninsula Family Dental Center, we’re pretty sure we’ve heard every dental myth known to mankind. With social media and the internet providing access to information at the touch of a button, anyone can easily spread reports and statistics that may or may not be accurate. When it comes to dentistry there are a number of unhealthy and even potentially dangerous trends circulating the web that could impact the health of your teeth, and even affect your overall health. In order to help our patients avoid falling prey to these myths, we’ve compiled a list of the most common ones...

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custom-made sports guards

Custom Mouth Guards for Sports or Sleep

Your teeth don’t love sports. You may love the thrill of slamming a hockey puck through the goalie’s feet for the winning goal, or scoring the winning touchdown for your football team. But your teeth are begging you to protect them, to keep them strong, healthy, and safe for the duration of your life. You don’t want a chipped tooth because of that one, hard tackle in the second quarter. And you don’t want to lose a tooth because of that unfortunate fall onto the ice. At Peninsula Family Dental Center we want to see your smile remain safe in...

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health-conscious choices for both body and teeth

Health and Dental Tips for 2018

It’s a new year with new possibilities and for many, an opportunity to set new goals for improving health and well-being: goals like losing unwanted weight or getting in shape or eating better. At Peninsula Family Dental Center, we’re fully supportive of your health-conscious choices for both body and teeth. We hope the following tips make your 2018 resolutions a breeze! Eat more green vegetables, like kale and broccoli. Green vegetables are high in calcium and iron, which boost your immune system and keep your teeth strong. Drink plenty of water. Water flushes out bad bacteria from our...

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Fun Dental Facts by Peninsula Family Dental Center

Fun Dental Facts by Peninsula Family Dental

How much do you know about your teeth and gums. Did you know that the hardest part of the human body is our dental enamel? At Peninsula Family Dental Center, we find human teeth very interesting—and we think that our patients will too after learning a little bit more about them. Check out our list of favorite interesting dental facts! Toothbrushes date back to between 3500 and 3000 BC. The Egyptians and Babylonians made their own tooth brushes from twigs. However, the toothbrushes that we know today did not come into existence until 1938 (Colgate, 2017). Baby teeth usually start...

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Choosing the Right Dental Products

Choosing the Right Dental Products

Did you know that not all dental hygiene products are created equal? With so many toothpastes, mouthwashes, toothbrushes, and types of floss on the market, it can be overwhelming finding the right products for your specific smile. While all dental products claim to whiten, brighten, and clean your teeth, a recently released toothpaste from Crest has been rated among the best over-the-counter toothpastes available on the market, according to the American Dental Association. In November of 2017, The American Dental Association gave a Seal of Acceptance to Crest’s newest toothpaste, Crest Pro-Health Advanced (ADA, 2017). This toothpaste is the only...

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Tips to Keep Your Teeth in Top Shape This Holiday Season

Tips To Keep Your Teeth in Top Shape This Holiday Season

With the holidays upon us, keeping up with our dental health is harder than ever. Between family gatherings, work parties, and get-togethers with friends, the holidays promote indulging in sweet treats like candy, cookies, and sugary beverages. While there are many sweet temptations offered to us this time of year, there are plenty of alternatives that can keep our teeth healthy and strong. Peninsula Family Dental Center has a few tips to keep your teeth in top shape this holiday season. Drink water. Choosing a glass of water over acidic alcoholic beverages or sugary juices will keep teeth feeling clean...

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How Talking to Our Kids About Dental Health Can Combat Obesity

How Talking To Your Kids About Dental Health Can Combat Obesity

A recent study from Gothenburg University of Sweden has identified a potential link between dental health and obesity in children that may help you talk to your children about eating habits. The study conducted by Gothenburg University looked at bacteria found in children’s mouths. The children who participated in the research ranged in age from preschool to primary school. The data collected included measurements such as body mass index calculations and food intake throughout the day that was then compared to the presence of cariogenic (decay-causing) bacteria in the mouth. When the scientists at Gothenburg University compared the test results,...

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Dental Fillings in Soldotna, Alaska

Dental Fillings in Soldotna, Alaska

Dental fillings are utilized to help repair existing damage on our teeth. This decay can be caused by numerous factors, including exposure to very acidic or sugary foods and poor dental hygiene. These factors then lead to cavities, which are small holes in the tooth enamel. Once the cavities form, dentists often recommend that their patients receive a dental filling. This procedure is very quick and precise and will eliminate the risk of infection forming in the gums or teeth. The procedure is completed in a few steps, the first of which is to remove the decayed portion of the tooth....

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The Benefits of Dental Implants on the Kenai Peninsula

The list of benefits of using dental implants is almost endless. While standard bridges require the grinding down of healthy teeth to hold the artificial tooth in place, dental implants are held in the mouth with titanium rods. This makes the implant sturdier and longer-lasting than standard bridges. By using the implanted metal rod, the new tooth will not need to be held in place by the existing teeth, which keeps the neighboring teeth healthy and at a reduced risk for infection or damage. Dental implants also require less maintenance over time than bridges, and offer a more permanent solution...

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