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Do This If You Want to Keep Gum Disease from Progressing

Your teeth and gums are strong. But that doesn’t mean they aren’t vulnerable. Gum disease is a significant threat to your oral health. It’s the leading cause of adult tooth loss and can produce a variety of other costly dental issues. Your high risk zone The consistent build-up of plaque and tartar on your teeth and gums can increase your ...
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What an Oral Cancer Screening Does for Your Health (and Your Peace of Mind)

Your peace of mind is important. This is especially true when you have concerns about your health. Oral cancer awareness gives you the opportunity to increase your peace of mind. It should be due to the fact that you can do something about the thousands of deaths that result from oral cancer annually according to the Oral Cancer Foundation. Prevention ...
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A Dental Essential for an Active Lifestyle

Being active is good for a number of reasons. Adding a mouth guard to the list of protective gear will keep you active without injury. Helmets, pads, protective eye wear, etc are designed to up your “game.” They protect your bones and muscles from injury. Your teeth are bones as well. Mouth guards provide level of protection from potential damage ...
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How Teeth Sensitivity Happens and What to Do About It

Your teeth have feelings too. If you’ve experienced that noticeable “zing” then you know what I’m talking about. The “zing” is a reaction, most often, to hot or cold. Teeth sensitivity is annoying but it can also reveal something about your dental health. Surface issues The anatomy of your teeth and gums are similar to other areas of your body. ...
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Do You Have a “Gummy Smile?”

It’s no surprise. Your teeth are the first thing that are noticed with you smile. What if that’s not the case? For example, your gums could take “center-stage.” In other words, more of your gums show when you smile. It’s called a gummy smile. Why it’s vital to protect your gums More visible gum tissue is not always better. This ...
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Protect You and Your Family’s Teeth from Cavities

Problem teeth don’t begin as problems. In fact, your teeth are strong and should last a lifetime if… You protect them! Dental sealants are common among family and preventive dentistry services. Why? Because there are teeth that do a substantial amount of “heavy-lifting” in your mouth. If you protect them, you can count on them to remain decay and cavity ...
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How to Give Your Dentures an Upgrade

No dental treatment is perfect. That said, some treatment can be somewhat “perfected.” Dentures have a number of benefits. But they also come with a few problems. Again, no one said they’re perfect. The good news is there’s a way to upgrade their effectiveness should you choose dentures as your missing teeth replacement. Could your dentures use some assistance? Slipping ...
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What to Do About a Tooth Abscess (and When)

Certain oral health issues can come with a “warning.” A tooth abscess falls into that category. It starts with an infection. The concern increases if you ignore it and the infection progresses deeper into your tooth structure. What’s to blame? Pain or a throbbing toothache are an early indication that infection is present or worsening. An abscess occurs when the ...
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How Bad Breath Can Help You Improve Your Oral Health

Relationships matter. It’s important to protect your personal and work connections. There’s a common problem that can have a negative impact on your social life. It’s clinical name is halitosis but you probably know it simply as bad breath. More than a mint can solve It’s easy to dismiss it and pop a breath mint or stick of gum in ...
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Why Choose Tooth-Colored Fillings (Next to the Obvious Reason)

Some dental treatment should go unnoticed. Even so, you want the health benefits to align with your appearance. Tooth-colored dental fillings fit this category. You can have your tooth restored without it being noticeable. Metal fillings were once the common treatment for treating your tooth decay, cavities, or tooth damage. Tooth-colored resin (composite) is now the preferred choice for restoring ...
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What is a Root Canal, Really?

There’s a known “villain” among dental treatment. The mere mention of it can put distance between you and a dental chair. A root canal has a bad reputation. And it’s somewhat unfair given the outcomes. The pain associated with today’s root canal therapy is unfortunate. Worse, your avoidance of the treatment when it’s necessary can lead to more serious dental ...
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Why Dentures Are a Common and Effective Solution for Your Missing Teeth

Who wants to be without options? Having an option when you’re faced with tooth loss provides confident relief. Dentures are a common and popular restorative dentistry treatment when you need a solution for total or partial tooth loss. Full dentures, partial dentures, and implant supported dentures restore your ability to confidently eat, chew, and speak. Beyond confidence Your tooth loss ...
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What Dental Bonding Does to Improve the Health and Appearance of Your Teeth

Mention cosmetic dentistry and you’ll probably think of two popular treatments. Teeth whitening and veneers get much deserved attention. But there’s another treatment that’s gaining ground. Dental bonding is not only a simple procedure but the cost savings are notable by comparison. Bonding is a versatile solution for treating your damaged or unattractive teeth. The tooth colored resin that’s used ...
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How Botox Can Solve a Few of Your Dental Related Problems

Botox can do more for you and your dental health than you might realize. It’s common to think of the cosmetic treatment as a wrinkle remover. Over 20 years of practical use has proven that Botox has more to offer you. In fact, it has become an accepted treatment alongside many dental procedures. Botox Treatment Benefits: Reduce your face and ...
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Why Dental Crowns are a Long-term Solution for Tooth Restoration

Teeth are tough. But they’re also vulnerable and will occasionally require restoration. It’s essential that you care for them to help assure they stay healthy. Even so, your teeth can be damaged by disease, decay, or other damage that requires restorative dentistry. What a dental crown does for your tooth’s lifespan Tooth restoration should look natural. It should also improve ...
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Why Your Actions Matter During a Dental Emergency

Accidents, trauma, emergencies. These don’t happen on schedule. In fact, they most often catch you off-guard. When you’re faced with a dental emergency it’s essential to your oral health that you act promptly and appropriately. What first-response looks like Increased risk and health issues can multiply if you delay your response during a dental emergency. Your immediate attention will help ...
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Why There’s More to a Toothache than Pain and Discomfort

Pain avoidance is understood. When that’s not possible it’s important to take the next step. Your body from head to toe is “wired” to communicate when something requires attention. For example, a toothache can signal that your teeth, gums, or both are at risk. The risk might be something minor or it could be a sign that treatment is necessary. ...
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Gum Irritation? Why You Should Listen to What You Hear About Gingivitis

Not everything you hear is true. It would be helpful to know what is, right? This matters more when it comes to health related information. For example, television dental product commercials frequently mention one condition. Gingivitis. There’s a reason for the attention. Gingivitis is the first, early phase of a condition known as periodontal (gum) disease. Its impact on your ...
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How Dentistry Can Improve Your Sleep (and Your Health)

Next to your hours working you invest a significant amount of time doing this. What? Sleeping. More data is being discovered about the impact of a quality night’s sleep on your health. It’s also being revealed that interruptions to your sleep can create a number of health and lifestyle risks. Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a condition that affects 18 ...
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What Your Jaw Pain Could Be Revealing About Your Dental Health

Persistent headaches are annoying. That’s not news to you, right? The same is true of jaw and neck pain. And equally troubling can be the popping sound that occurs when you open or close your mouth. TMJ (temporomandibular joint) is often the source of the chronic pain you feel in your head, neck, and jaw. The “pop” you occasionally hear ...