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Does Gum Disease Run in Families?

Periodontal disease, which is commonly referred to simply as “gum disease” occurs in more than 75 percent of adults, according to The New York Times. Although gum disease is usually believed to be the result of poor oral hygiene habits, in reality, 30 percent or periodontitis sufferers are simply genetically susceptible. The Genetics of Periodontal Disease The biological children of gum disease sufferers are 12 times more likely to have an abundance of the oral bacteria responsible for causing plaque buildup that eventually leads periodontal disease versus children whose parents do not have periodontitis. It is believed that genetic gum disease sufferers have… Read Full Post

Drinks that Damage

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With the plethora of sugary prepackaged juice drinks and sodas on the store shelves these days, it’s nearly impossible for children and parents alike to resist the temptation to indulge. The bad news is that these sweet drinks not only hinder your child’s ability to concentrate, they also pose a significant threat to tooth enamel. Soda Study Recent research published in the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) journal General Dentistry highlighted the citric and/or phosphoric acid content of soft drinks and sugary non-cola drinks. These acids erode your tooth enamel, and though sodas have more acid than juice and other… Read Full Post

Naughty and Nice Christmas Food List…for Teeth!

The holidays are a time for good food and great company. While many of us are worried about our growing waistline this time of year, we need not forget about caring for our teeth. Keeping up with the proper brushing and flossing regimen is especially important, as well as, choosing the right foods to eat. We’ve listed foods that have made the naughty and nice lists for dental health. Naughty List Sweets: It’s a generic term, but around Christmas there are so many offerings of cakes, cookies, candies and chocolate. The majority of sweets are hard, sticky and packed full… Read Full Post

Why Do Teeth Turn Yellow? Teeth Discoloration Causes And Solutions

Yellow teeth are truly annoying. They prevent you from having that perfect white smile and can be a detraction in your professional life. They also can really affect your confidence! The problem is that there just doesn’t seem to be a way to avoid it. However, that is not truly the case. By understanding how teeth actually become discolored and turn yellow as well as what your options are, you will be able to figure out the proper steps to restore that perfect white shine. With help from Las Cruces Dental Solutions, we’re sure you’ll get the beaming, white smile… Read Full Post

Our Favorite Dental-Themed Halloween Costumes

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Since it’s Halloween, I bet you were thinking your friendly Las Cruces dentists were going to post something about candy and ruin all the fun! We can certainly stress that there are best and worst Halloween candy options for your kids’ teeth. However, we’d rather show you the best dental Halloween costumes this year instead! Darla from Finding Nemo Headgear has never looked more terrifying! It looks like that goldfish is the real deal, too… Image via The Money-Saving Garden The REAL Tooth Fairy There are certainly thousands of tooth fairy costumes out there on the internet, for both old… Read Full Post