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Woman using a tongue scraper to clean her tongue.

You Can’t Have a Clean Mouth Without a Clean Tongue

Do you brush and floss every day? Even if you think you have a flawless dental care routine, you may be missing an important step: cleaning your tongue. Bacteria in your mouth doesn’t only affect your teeth and gums. The same bacteria can be found on your tongue – top and bottom. To have a…

Girl with braces and painful expression holding her cheek from tooth pain.

The Shocking Truth: Why Biting Aluminum Foil Hurts Your Teeth

Have you ever accidentally chewed on aluminum foil, only to experience an immediate, sharp pain in your mouth? You’re not alone! It’s an unusual question, but one that we hear often: “why does biting aluminum foil hurt so bad?” The pain you felt is from called galvanic shock, and as you may already know, the…

Smiling woman holding an orthodontic retainer between her fingers.

Dr. Andy’s Guide to Properly Cleaning Retainers

The last major step in your orthodontic treatment is a retainer. After braces have readjusted the alignment of your teeth, retainers help keep them in place. They’re every bit as important as braces to give you the beautiful smile you want. It’s important to keep in mind that with retainers comes the responsibility of properly…

Two boys running towards a soccer ball on a soccer field.

Mouth Guards for Braces

The new school year is just around the corner, and that means it’s time to start thinking about school sports. While every sport has its own safety requirements, one of the most important precautions any athletes – young or old – should take is protecting their mouth. But for those working on getting a new…