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Wellness Dentistry

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What is Wellness Dentistry?The best course to retain your good health is not to get ill in the first place. To the degree that your good health is determined by shunning bad habits and fixing issues when they are small, it is possible to avert high-risk health factors. That’s what we call “Wellness Care.” And that’s just what we promote in our dental practice. We can unquestionably get your teeth and gums healthy and remedy any damage just like any dental office can. But we take it a step further and show you how to avoid dental issues before they become huge problems. 

We start with a detailed examination. Most of our patients state they’ve never experienced such an exhaustive examination of their gums or teeth. We study your bite and how your teeth fit together, we check for oral cancer, gum disease, signs of wear on your teeth, and any indicators of problems that you might encounter later. We want to halt issues in their tracks, making your teeth and gums healthier so you will spend…

Risks to Oral Health During Pregnancy

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Learn what the American Dental Association has to about risks to your oral health during pregnancy.


The above video is found on the American Dental Association YouTube Channel.

Cox Family Dentistry
James T. Cox, III, DMD
Dallas J. Kunkel, DMD
101 Perpetual Square Drive 
Anderson, SC 29621  
(864) 226-4300  
CoxFamilyDentistrySC.com

Teaching Children Dental Care

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A Lifetime Foundation of Good HabitsDr. Cox and Dr. Kunkel share your goals for preserving your child’s outstanding health. We want to help them learn proper dental care from the beginning and foster a lifetime foundation of strong dental habits. There are many factors that contribute to your child’s teeth being vulnerable to cavities from a very young age. Little kids often don’t have the dexterity to brush correctly on their own. Because of this, it is imperative for parents to assist in their child’s daily hygiene. This encourages both good cleaning and the development of appropriate dental habits. Poorly cleaned teeth are more likely to decay when exposed to food and juice acids. Small children tend to eat constantly throughout the day. This type of extended exposure to food acids often results in more cavities. 

The good news is that recognizing poor dietary and hygiene habits, along with employing a fluoride varnish to the mineralizing teeth, can drastically reduce the odds of yo…

Halloween Candy: Your Dental Health Survival Guide

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Below is an excerpt from an article found on MouthHealthy.org

With Halloween comes ghosts, goblins and goodies-and the sugar in those treats can play some unwanted tricks on your teeth if you’re not careful. 

Here’s why: The bacteria in your mouth are probably more excited to eat Halloween candy than you are. When the bacteria eat the sugar and leftover food in your mouth, a weak acid is produced. That acid is what can contribute to cavities. 

But don’t hang up your costume just yet. “Halloween is about candy, dressing up and having fun,” says ADA dentist Dr. Ana Paula Ferraz-Dougherty. “It’s OK to eat that candy on Halloween as a splurge as long as you’re brushing twice a day and flossing once a day all year long.”

To help you sort through the trick-or-treat bag loot, we have a rundown of some common candies and their impact on your teeth:
Chocolate
Chocolate is probably your best bet, which is good because it’s also one of the most popular kinds of candy handed out on Halloween. √¨Chocolat…

What are Cavities?

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Learn more about what the American Dental Association has to say about what cavities are.


The above video is found on the American Dental Association YouTube Channel.

Cox Family Dentistry
James T. Cox, III, DMD
Dallas J. Kunkel, DMD
101 Perpetual Square Drive 
Anderson, SC 29621  
(864) 226-4300  
CoxFamilyDentistrySC.com

12 Tips for a Healthy Halloween

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Below is an excerpt from an article found on MouthHealthy.org

Halloween is around the corner, which for most children means bags of free candy and a chance to build a stockpile of sweets for the winter. No surprise, Halloween can also present parents with a variety of health and safety challenges. “It’s OK to eat that candy on Halloween but it’s important to have a plan,” says ADA dentist Dr. Ana Paula Ferraz-Dougherty. 

Here's how you can help your family stay MouthHealthy on Halloween and year-round.
Time It Right
Eat Halloween candy (and other sugary foods) with meals or shortly after mealtime. Saliva production increases during meals. This helps cancel out acids produced by bacteria in your mouth and rinse away food particles.

Stay Away from Sweet Snacks
Snacking can increase your risk of cavities, and it’s double the trouble if you keep grabbing sugary treats from the candy bowl. “Snacking on candy throughout the day is not ideal for your dental health or diet,” Dr. Ferraz-Doughert…

Heart Disease Linked to Dental Gum Disease

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Gum Disease Can Contribute to Heart Disease and Even StrokeRecent medical research has verified a link showing that gum disease contributes to the onset of stroke, heart disease, and many other life-threatening ailments. So you can understand why treating gum disease is an extremely important step in your efforts to retain your overall good health. 

The American Dental Association estimates that 8 out of 10 people in the United States have periodontal (gum) disease. An 80% infection rate should require gum disease to be handled as a national epidemic, but because tooth loss has long been thought of as nothing more than unpleasant, the ruthlessness of the disease has been ignored for far too long. However, things are changing. 

The American Academy of Periodontology reports: “Studies found periodontal infection may contribute to the development of heart disease, increase the risk of premature, underweight births, and pose a serious threat to people whose health is already compromised due…