How do I know if I have dry mouth?

  Dry mouth, also medically known as xerostomia, is the condition of not having enough saliva, or spit, to keep your mouth wet. There are many ways to keep dry mouth at bay, including: Brushing your teeth after every meal with a fluoride toothpaste Flossing every day after a meal Avoiding tobacco, as well as […]

Don’t brush after EVERY meal!

  This may come as a surprise, but brushing your teeth right after a meal can be one of the worst things you can do for your healthy teeth. A toothbrush can be considered an assault weapon against your smile if used immediately after eating certain foods. Enamel is like the tooth’s shield. It is […]

Xylitol: A significant factor for improving your oral health

  Xylitol is a naturally occurring sweetener found in tree bark, plants, fruits, and vegetables. The human body also produces it in small amounts. It looks and tastes like sugar, so as part of a health regimen, most people require no willpower to use it. Xylitol is safe (approved by the World Health Organization) because […]

To use or not to use mouthwash; that is the question

  A famous mouthwash company chose the marketing slogan, “Better than flossing.” As a consumer, would you believe a high-end commercial that essentially tells you to stop flossing? Just use this brand of mouthwash and the risk of gingivitis, cavities, etc., is gone. What a wonderful idea! Now for the reality: This is simply not […]

Which type of mouthwash is best?

  Taking care of your oral health involves a daily regimen of brushing, flossing, and rinsing to prevent tooth decay and bacterial infections. Though you may have asked us which toothbrush to use, few patients at Hunter Orthodontics ask about mouthwash. However, different mouthwashes you might choose will have varying effects on your oral health. […]

What’s the deal with bottled water?

As more people turn to bottled water and away from the tap, they may be missing out on one important ingredient that most brands of bottled water fail to include: fluoride! Because fluoride helps strengthen teeth, it is an important component of maintaining good oral health. Our friends at the American Dental Association have endorsed […]

Diet Soda vs. Regular Soda: Which is better for teeth?

  When most patients ask Dr. David Hunter this question, they’re thinking strictly about sugar content — cut out the bacteria-feeding sugar that’s present in regular soda by opting for a diet soda and it will be better for your teeth. That seems logical, right? Well, there’s a bit more to it than that. Let’s […]

Oral Piercing: What you should know

  If you have been thinking about getting a piercing, or if you already have one or more, there are some health risks our team at Hunter Orthodontics wants you to know about. It’s important to know the risks involved with oral piercing, including infection, chipped teeth, gum damage, nerve damage, loss of taste, or […]

Do we have your current contact info?

  As you probably know, you can always connect with Dr. David Hunter and our team by calling our Glendale, AZ office, or going to our Facebook page. However, if you’ve recently moved or gotten a new phone number, we’ll need to update our records so we can easily connect with you! If any of […]

Snacks for Healthy Teeth while Watching the Big Game

  It’s almost game day and you’re wondering what to put on the menu for your guests. Most snacks are typically highly processed and unhealthy. Why not mix it up this year and opt for some snacks that promote good oral health? Here are some of Dr. David Hunter favorites! Apples, carrots, celery, and cucumbers: […]