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Sep
3

6 cavity myths busted

written by CariFree

  For years myths about the cause of cavities have been held on to as fact.  Today we set the record straight and give you the truth about decay. MYTH 1: Brushing and flossing are enough to fight decay. FACT: Brushing and flossing alone do not kill the bacteria that are the real cause of […]

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Jul
29

Some good news today

written by CariFree

In June I was privileged to be part of a team of doctors, dentists, pharmacists, nurses and students that traveled to the Dominican Republic to provide services for the refugee Haitian population.  Haiti is one of the poorest countries in the Americas, with virtually no infrastructure or natural resources to support its population.   Many people […]

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Jul
22

Have you heard of vaping?

written by CariFree

Have you heard of vaping?  It is the e-cigarette equivalent to smoking and it is taking a firm hold in the US. Backed by the world’s biggest tobacco companies, the industry is aggressively expanding its marketing across the country. More than 14 million U.S. adults and nearly 2 million teens and tweens have used e-cigarettes, and the […]

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Category: Discussion
Jul
8

When was the last time you flossed your child’s teeth?

written by CariFree

“Nearly half of American parents say their child’s teeth have never been flossed” is the title of an article recently published in Dentistry IQ.  As a hygienist, this title caught my attention.  Never been flossed?  According to the article, only 22% of American parents report their child’s teeth are flossed on a daily basis. The […]

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Jun
17

We want to highlight your success story!

written by CariFree

Here at the CariFree headquarters in Albany, Oregon, we love hearing success stories from CariFree patients.  We receive phone calls daily saying “your products have changed my life” and “I had my first cavity free checkup in 20 years thanks to CariFree!” Have a story of your own?  Want to share your success story with […]

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May
20

All bottled water NOT created equal

written by CariFree

Do you drink bottled water?  According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, more than half of all Americans drink bottled water and about a third of the public consumes it regularly.  Bottled water sales have tripled in the past 10 years, to about $4 billion a year. It’s apparent that as Americans, we like our […]

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May
6

When was the last time you visited the dentist?

written by CariFree

  A recent Gallup poll revealed 1 in 3 US adults haven’t visited the dentist within the past year.  When was the last time you visited the dentist?  Has it been longer than a year?      As a hygienist, I saw many patients who couldn’t remember the last time they visited the dentist.  And […]

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Category: Caries, Discussion
Apr
29

Real Talk: What does it mean to watch?

written by CariFree

I got a phone call from my good friend, Cassie, the other day.  She had just returned from a dental appointment and had some questions… “During my exam, Dr. Swanson rattled off several numbers to watch.  I’m assuming the numbers were referring to my teeth, but what does it mean to watch them?” Cassie asked. […]

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Apr
18

How awful is your dental insurance?

written by CariFree

With so much talk about the future of our nation’s healthcare in the news, with new rules and deadlines and things to consider, it has sparked a great deal of controversy.  I even read an article the other day titled Why American dental insurance is so unspeakably awful. In the article, author Terrance Heath observes […]

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