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Lawrence Oswick, DDS, MAGD

Following the steps to maintaining good oral hygiene can be simple and easy. You will know you have reached good oral hygiene when your teeth are clean and free of debris, you have healthy pink gums that don’t bleed, and you do not have problems with bad breath. If you are experiencing any of these problems, you need to seek attention from your dentist immediately. 

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Lawrence Oswick, DDS, MAGD

Almost 3.5 million children age 14 and under are injured while playing sports or participating in extracurricular activities every year. Many of these happen to the face and mouth, and many can be prevented by wearing a mouthguard. 

This protective guard can help cushion a blow that may otherwise cause cracked, broken, or loose teeth, as well as other injuries.

Lawrence Oswick, DDS, MAGD

Most people know amalgam filling as “silver fillings,” because of their silver-like appearance. However, amalgam fillings contain silver, copper, tin and mercury. The mercury is safe and used as a bonding agent to harden the materials together.

Lawrence Oswick, DDS, MAGD

Understanding women’s health is difficult to completely grasp. What makes women so different from men in terms of health? There are a few ways and reasons as to why women are more prone to developing oral health problems. 

Hormone changes during a women’s life make it easier to develop periodontal disease or other gum related diseases.

Lawrence Oswick, DDS, MAGD

As I’m sure you’ve noticed, there are all kinds of toothpaste brands, each offering to whiten your teeth, freshen your breath and fight plaque. There are toothpastes with baking soda, toothpastes for sensitive teeth, toothpastes for tartar control, etc. With so many options, choosing the right one can seem like a chore.

Lawrence Oswick, DDS, MAGD

Starting children out with proper oral health can benefit them throughout their entire lifetime. Here are ten helpful hints for you:

  • Your child’s first visit should happen right around his or her first birthday (approximately six months after the eruption of the first tooth).
  • Primary teeth typically start to erupt around six months. All 20 primary teeth should be completely in by age 3.
  • Children
Lawrence Oswick, DDS, MAGD

Keeping up with brushing, flossing, and regular checkups can help maintain good oral health, but can maintaining your oral health also be connected to the chance of being diagnosed with heart disease? Scientific studies are still working on find a direct connection, however, signs and symptoms may be directly related.

Cardiologists, heart specialists, and Periodontists, the doctors who treat gum

Lawrence Oswick, DDS, MAGD

1. Eating Cheese

a. Some researchers believe that casein, a protein in cheese, may have a protective property that promotes healthy teeth and could help with cavity prevention. 

2. Chewing Gum 

a. Chewing sugar-free gum has long been recommended to avoid cavities.


Lawrence Oswick, DDS, MAGD

Television commercials and internet advertisements tell you to buy their whitening toothpastes. They fill your screen with beautiful people with blinding smiles. Who doesn’t want a beautiful bright smile?  – But do these toothpastes actually work?

Whitening toothpastes do help you gain a brighter smile! They start by removing stains on the surface.

Lawrence Oswick, DDS, MAGD

If you are wondering about amalgam-type fillings, this post should be able to answer most of your questions. First I want to start by explaining what an amalgam-type filling really is. You may have heard of this type of filling referred to as a silver filling. This is due to the fact that the filling appears to have a silver-like color. Amalgam actually does contain some silver.