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5 Dental Problems You Should Not Delay Fixing

October 15th, 2017

If you begin to experience any of the following, it’s time to schedule an appointment, no matter how much you wish it might just go away. 

The truth is, there are some days when a dentist visit is a must, whether you like it or not.

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You Have Chronic Bad Breath

Bad breath is not uncommon. Everyone gets it now and then. A normal bout of bad breath is nothing to worry about. Chronic bad breath, however, is an indication of deeper problems that need to be addressed.

It may be gum disease, which you’ll want to address with early treatment. It may also be a sign of more serious issues. If you have chronic bad breath, it’s a good idea to have your dentist take a look so serious problems can be treated sooner rather than later.

You Have A Cracked or Chipped Tooth

Cracked and chipped teeth are also very common. Thankfully, modern cosmetic dentistry is effective and affordable, and you will have many options available to you to repair the damage. Take note that left unaddressed, issues like this can become more than just a cosmetic issue.

Cracked teeth can cause ongoing pain and can lead to infections that could put your other teeth in danger.

Even if the look of your cracked teeth doesn’t bother you, you should have your dentist examine them to be sure you are in no danger of suffering from other issues as a result of your injury

You Have A Toothache

A toothache is nothing to ignore. The pain from a toothache is telling you that something is wrong. You may think you can tolerate the pain or endure it, but letting a toothache go unaddressed is asking for worse problems down the road.

Whatever the cause of your toothache, the condition could continue to decline. In a worst case scenario, you may even end up losing the tooth. It’s preferable to address it early, when there’s a good chance the issue can be fixed with minimal hassle.

You Suffer From Jaw Pain

Jaw pain can come from toothaches, sinus infections, and other sources. If you are feeling constantjaw pain, have it looked at by your dentist to determine the cause of the problem. As with any issue you are having, the key to avoiding serious issues is to catch them early.

You Suffer From Bleeding Gums

If you suffer from bleeding gums during or after brushing, you may have an issue that needs addressing – but you also may not!

In many cases, bleeding gums are simply caused by nothing more serious than improper brushing techniques. That is simple to fix. In other cases, though, bleeding gums may be a sign of gingivitis or another underlying issues.

As with all such complications, addressing them early gives you the best chance of avoiding more serious issues in the future.

5 Weird Places in Cleveland To Visit Before Halloween

October 4th, 2017

Cleveland can be a pretty weird city, which makes it especially fun the month of Halloween. Here are five of our favorite stops for the offbeat urban explorer.

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1) Cleveland Coast Guard Station #219

Head to Whiskey Island in Cleveland to get a look at this abandoned location. It’s only accessible by boat, so you won’t be visiting it, but you can still get great views of this old Coast Guard station, which is now claimed to be haunted.

2) The Cleveland Toynbee Tile

The mysterious Toynbee Tiles began appearing in American cities in the 1980s, usually containing oddball, cryptic messages of a vaguely political nature or that ask readers to “Resurrect Dead on Planet Jupiter.”

Cleveland joined the list of cities that have been visited by the mysterious tile-maker when one appeared at W. Prospect and W. 3rd. There is another at East 14th and Prospect that appeared in 2014, though that one is likely from a copycat. It’s a small bit of weirdness worth seeing.

3) The Sidaway Avenue Footbridge

First and foremost, this odd Cleveland sight is located on private property, so seek permission before visiting it. But if you’re lucky enough to see it, congratulations, you’re looking at an unusual piece of Cleveland history and the city’s only suspension bridge!

Built in 1931 and operational until 1966, this pedestrian bridge was set on fire when race relations between two neighborhoods went sour. It now sits near E. 65th Street and Kinsman Road, overgrown with vines and looking like something out of a post-apocalyptic movie.

4) Helltown, Ohio

Did you know just a short drive outside of Cleveland is an abandoned town that has been plagued by human sacrifices, Satanists taking refuge in an empty church, mutant snakes, hauntings, and chemical spills? Welcome to Helltown, Ohio, located within the borders of Boston Township.

Okay, so maybe most of this stuff is just modern folklore that has sprung up surrounding this abandoned village, but it is an entire abandoned village, and that is a little creepy, isn’t it? But if you visit, be sure to bring a cross and some holy water, just in case.

5) The Dittrick Medical History Center

Most museums aren’t all that weird – they’re meant to enlighten and educate, after all – but when the museum is devoted to the creepiest looking old medical equipment you’ve ever seen, the museum becomes a place for nightmares, no matter how serious the caretakers are about making it an educational location.

That’s the Dittrick Medical History Center, located at 11000 Euclid Ave. Full of relics that will make you love modern medicine, this is a great stop if you like your blood chilled as you learn.

5 Places Near Beachwood Where Kids (Sometimes) Eat Free

September 13th, 2017

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We know how tough it is to keep the family entertained, especially during the school year. It’s easy for everyone to go stir crazy!

It can get pricy going out to eat, though. That’s why we put together this list of nearby places where kids eat free. That way you can get out of the house without spending a lot. Take a look:

Bob Evans
3700 Orange Place, Beachwood

Drop into our local Bob Evans on Tuesdays after 4pm, and kids eat free with the purchase of an adult entrée. If you like filling home style American food, Bob Evans provides it comfort food style – and when the kids can eat free, well, that’s a nice bonus!

Burntwood Tavern
5835 Landerbrook Dr, Lyndhurst

The Burntwood Tavern is a traditional local spot, with all that implies: great comfort, a good hometown feel, and satisfying food. If you want to take the family, remember that on Mondays kids eat free all day with the purchase of an adult meal.

Stir Crazy Fresh Asian Grill
25385 Cedar Rd., Lyndhurst

It’s great to mix things up every now and then, and Stir Crazy does a great job of that. Their food is fantastic! It’s even better on Tuesdays and Thursdays, when after 4pm you’ll get one free kid’s meal with the purchase of an adult entrée. Great way to get out for an evening with the family without spending much!

Willoughby Brewing Company
4057 Erie St, Willoughby

Don’t let the “brewing company” part fool you: this is a family-friendly establishment with great food, including gourmet pizza and fantastic sandwiches. Kids under 12 eat free when a full-priced adult meal is purchased, so consider stopping by for a relaxing afternoon with the family.

McCormick & Schmick's Seafood
26300 Cedar Rd, Cleveland

If you want a quick escape into the city, you don’t need to worry about spending a lot on a meal. Drop in on a weekend, and on Saturdays at McCormick & Schmick's, kids eat free with every adult entrée purchased. This deal is good from 11:30am to 4pm, so it’s easy to take an afternoon out and eat while you do it!

12 Things to Consider Before Skipping Flossing

August 1st, 2017

Look, we understand. Some people just don’t like to floss. In fact, as you’ll read below, up to half of all Americans don’t floss s often as they should.

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Since flossing helps protect you from oral infections, bad breath, gum disease and more, this is not a good thing.

Take a look at these 12 things you may not know about flossing and perhaps you’ll change your mind about this all-important hygiene habit.

1. Some dentists recommend flossing before you brush, not after, to better help the fluoride from your toothpaste get in between your teeth. However, there remains debate over whether this actually has any impact or not. Most dentists agree that the most important thing is that you floss.

2. If your gums bleed when you floss, you may be flossing improperly or at irregular intervals. Regular flossing with a good technique is essential.

3. If you are not using a clean section of floss for each tooth, you risk transferring bacteria from one tooth to another!

4. Floss actually comes in flavors for those who need a little more incentive. You can find all the expected stuff – mint flavors, fruit flavors – and even bacon. Yes, bacon flavored floss!

5. If you have bridgework or wider than average space between your teeth, it may be better to use wide floss, aka dental tape. This will provide better coverage of your teeth and ensure they remain cleaner and healthier.

6. If you have closely spaced teeth, consider waxed floss, which can be easier to slide between your teeth.

7. Listen for the squeak: You can actually hear when unwaxed floss is moving against clean teeth. This is your indication that plaque has been removed.

8. Only about 50 percent of Americans floss on a daily basis, and 18 percent don’t floss at ALL, according to the American Dental Association.

9. 27 percent of people LIE about how much they floss!

10. Any discomfort that comes with flossing disappears after the first week or so of regular flossing. It’s normal for it to feel “odd” the first few times, but that quickly goes away as long as you make it part of your routine.

11. If using floss feels weird or awkward to you, ask your dental hygienist about other options. There are actually many products that can provide the same sort of cleaning, including rubber-tips cleaners, pre-threaded flossers, tiny brushes, and more.

12. Waterpicks are NOT a replacement for flossing, as they do not remove plaque. They are for cleaning braces, but should not be used in lieu of flossing.

If you want to learn more about the importance of flossing, good flossing techniques, and how we can help, reach out to us to set up an appointment with our hygienist.

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