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Waterpik vs. Flossing: Which is Best?

Waterpik vs. Flossing: Which is Best?

A large part of having a beautiful smile is maintaining your oral health. Both your natural teeth and cosmetic restorations will need to be cared for daily to ensure that they stay in the best possible condition. The American Dental Association recommends that you brush at least twice a day and floss at least once […]

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Foods That Benefit Your Oral Health

When we’re taking care of our teeth, the usual rag and bone involves brushing our teeth, using floss, and rinsing with mouthwash. While these can go a long way to protecting our dental health, there are additional steps we can take throughout our day that can ensure our smile will always be looking its best. […]

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4 Ways Your General Dentist Alleviates Dental Anxiety

4 Ways Your General Dentist Alleviates Dental Anxiety

The American Dental Association recommends visiting your local dental office at least once every six months for a dental exam and teeth cleaning. However, some people avoid these regular dental visits because they fear going to the dentist and statistics state that as many as 9-20% of Americans avoid the dentist altogether. Dental anxiety is […]

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3 Options for Replacing Missing Teeth

3 Options for Replacing Missing Teeth

The human mouth contains 32 permanent teeth, which are all essential for chewing, biting, speaking, and smiling. When one or more of these teeth are lost due to damage, decay, or dental trauma, it can cause a range of problems for the remaining teeth. In order to prevent the remaining teeth from being negatively affected […]

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What Saliva Does

What Saliva Does

When people think about their oral health, they often focus primarily on their teeth and maybe their gums. However, many people don’t consider saliva. Saliva, or spit, is the clear, lubricating fluid inside the mouth composed of water, bacteria, viruses, enzymes, blood cells, mucus, and undigested food particles. There are three main locations where the […]

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What is the Black Spot on the Inside of my Cheek?

What is the Black Spot on the Inside of my Cheek?

During your regular brushing and flossing routine, you may be alarmed if you find a black spot on the inside of your cheek. Black spots or dark spots on the inside of your cheek can be caused by a variety of different things, most of which are mild and easily treatable. However, some causes of […]

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5 Causes of Protruding Teeth

5 Causes of Protruding Teeth

Did you know that children under the age of six with teeth that stick out more than 3 mm are three times more likely to suffer from dental trauma and children over the age of six with teeth that stick out more than 5 mm have double the chance of dental trauma? In fact, a […]

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Root Canal Vs. Dental Implants

Root Canals vs. Dental Implants: Which is Best?

Pulp infections occur when bacteria has entered the innermost layer of the tooth. Since dental pulp is composed of blood vessels and nerves, it can become inflamed and cause a sudden, deep tooth pain. Unfortunately, the only treatment for a pulp infection is to remove all the infected tissue. Traditionally, this has been accomplished through […]

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Everything You Need to Know About a Dry Socket

Everything You Need to Know About a Dry Socket

Tooth extractions are performed when one or more teeth poses an oral health threat to the surrounding structures. Teeth can be extracted due to damage or decay, but wisdom teeth are also often extracted because they don’t fit properly into the mouth. After one or more teeth are extracted, there is a possibility that one […]

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Common Flossing Mistakes

Common Flossing Mistakes

Last month, we covered some of the most common mistakes made while toothbrushing. Brushing your teeth is a part of your daily oral hygiene routine and should be completed at least twice a day for two minutes at a time. However, brushing your teeth is not the only way to keep your teeth clean. In […]

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Dental Care During Your Pregnancy

You’ve discovered you’re pregnant, and your family is going to grow! Let us be the first to congratulate you on this exciting time. We’re certain you have some questions about your dental health and what you can do to keep your smile looking great throughout your pregnancy. We’ll be happy to answer those, as well […]

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Tips to Manage Hypersensitivity

Tips to Manage Hypersensitivity

As summer approaches, there are several cold summer treats that you may be craving such as ice cream, slushies, popsicles, and much more. However your teeth may not share the same feelings as you do when it comes to cold treats. In fact, some people may even experience a sudden and severe pain coming from […]

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Dental Problems Besides Tooth Decay and Gum Disease

Dental Problems Besides Tooth Decay and Gum Disease

When it comes to your oral health, two of the biggest threats are gum disease and tooth decay. In fact, these two dental problems are the most common dental health problems. Unfortunately, however, tooth decay and gum disease are not the only ailments that can negatively impact your oral health. There are various other dental […]

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Things You Didn't Know About Toothpaste

Things You Didn’t Know About Toothpaste

Toothpaste is an integral part of your daily dental routine and is partially responsible for keeping your teeth clean and healthy. Although you use it twice a day to brush your teeth, chances are you have probably never put much thought into your toothpaste. However, if you did, you’d be surprised that there are some […]

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How Vitamins & Minerals Affect Your Teeth (1)

How Vitamins and Minerals Affect Your Teeth

One main function of the digestive system is to break down foods and beverages so that the necessary nutrients are absorbed into the body. As part of your digestive system, your teeth are one of the many structures that are directly affected by the vitamins and minerals absorbed into the body. Here is how some […]

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Toothbrush and Paste

Are You Using The Right Dental Supplies?

Going to the dental aisle at your local pharmacy can be more than a little overwhelming. The immense number of brands and variations on the same kind of product can make choosing the right product for you challenging. All you want are products that will keep your smile beautiful, healthy, and clean for years to […]

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Geriatric Dental Care

Geriatric Dental Care

Age plays an active role in many parts of your life, including your health. Just as your age can increase your risk of developing certain medical conditions, your age also affects your oral health as well. In fact, our dental needs change slightly as we age. For example, a child’s dental needs may be centered […]

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Does Chewing Gum Help Your Oral Health?

Does Chewing Gum Help Your Oral Health?

Did you know that about 560,000 tons of chewing gum are produced each year according to an article published in the National Library of Medicine? That is a lot of chewing gum! The article goes on to say that if each piece of gum is chewed for 30 minutes, this equates to around 187 billion […]

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The Most Common Toothbrushing Mistakes

The Most Common Toothbrushing Mistakes

Did you know that there is a right way and a wrong way to brush your teeth? While brushing your teeth the wrong way is still better than not brushing your teeth at all, you can significantly improve your oral health by correcting the way you brush your teeth. Here are some of the most […]

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Why Do I Need a Temporary Restoration?

Why Do I Need a Temporary Restoration?

Did you know that two dental appointments are needed to place indirect restorations? An indirect dental restoration refers to any restoration that must be fabricated outside the mouth using a dental laboratory. Examples of indirect restorations include: crowns, bridges, inlays, onlays, and veneers. Due to the time it takes to produce a customized dental restoration, […]

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Why Fluoride is So Important

Minerals are supplements that help the body maintain good health, giving cells the ability to release enzymes, produce hormones, properly digest food, and control your metabolism. Calcium is one of the main mineral sources that people rely on each day to maintain their bone strength. For those with teeth problems, however, calcium alone doesn’t always […]

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Why is Gum Health Important?

Why is Gum Health Important?

Many people associate dentists with teeth. While your dentist is certainly concerned about the health, function, and appearance of your teeth, they are also concerned with the health of your gums as well. In fact, there are even dental specialists known as periodontists that focus exclusively on gums. After all, the health of your gums […]

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Direct vs. Indirect Restorations: What's the Difference?

Direct vs. Indirect Restorations: What’s the Difference?

Did you know that there are two different types of dental restorations your dentist can use to restore teeth affected by damage or decay? They are known as direct or indirect restorations. Although both types of restorations will restore the look and function of the affected tooth, they will do so in different ways. Ultimately, […]

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What is Oral Thrush?

What is Oral Thrush?

Did you know that your mouth has naturally-occurring bacteria that can cause tooth decay when the population increases to excessive levels? While you may or may not be aware of this, you are probably not aware of the fact that your mouth can also be affected by fungus as well. In fact, the yeast fungus […]

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Covid 19 and Your Oral Health

COVID-19 and Your Oral Health

Due to the unfortunate emergence of SARS-CoV-2 virus, more commonly known as Coronavirus or Covid-19, there have been significant and immediate changes throughout the nation as people are told to practice social distancing as a preventative measure. Certain states have even implemented various orders for residents to remain in their homes and only leave when […]

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Dental Cleaning In Process

What Is A Periodontal Cleaning?

When you see your dentist for your twice-yearly visit, professional cleaning is a traditional part of that visit. This is usually enough to protect the dental health of most patients, but in some cases, it may become necessary to perform a more thorough dental cleaning. That’s where a periodontal cleaning comes in. Periodontal cleanings are […]

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The Various Causes of Toothaches

The term toothache is a general one, applied to any sense of discomfort we may experience from our teeth. Throbbing, sharp, or achy pain are all words used to describe this experience by patients, and it can be severe enough to make chewing, speaking, and even concentrating difficult. In severe cases, it can make it […]

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The Worst Oral Habits

The Worst Oral Habits

Did you know that there are certain habits that can be detrimental to your oral health? A habit is any behavior that is routinely performed by an individual consciously or unconsciously. Habits can be either good or bad, depending on what they are. For example, a good oral health habit is maintaining a daily routine […]

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What is a Flyer's Toothache?

What is a Flyer’s Toothache?

Did you know that WWII pilots used to complain about tooth pain that only occurred while flying? Even though this can sound odd, it is a legitimate phenomenon. In fact, it was found that tooth pain could occur as a result of rapid changes in pressure and given the name aerodontalgia, or flyer’s toothache.  At […]

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What is Dental Erosion

What is Dental Erosion?

Did you know that tooth enamel is the strongest substance in the human body? In fact, tooth enamel is 96% minerals, which also makes it the most mineralized substance in the human body. Specifically, enamel is composed of hydroxyapatite, which is calcium and phosphate arranged in a crystalline pattern. Both these components and their arrangement […]

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