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Are Dental Sealants Appropriate for Adults?

Dental sealants are a treatment that is typically associated with pediatric dentistry. It’s customary for dentists to apply sealants to the molars of children because this treatment can reduce the risk of tooth decay. However, dental sealants can also be a good treatment option for adult patients. Talk to your dentist to find out if […]


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Why the Dental Office Doesn’t Have to Be Scary

If the thought of going to the dentist makes you nervous, you’re certainly not alone. Plenty of people struggle with dental anxiety. Sometimes, it can be severe enough to make a person delay getting needed dental treatments. Unfortunately, the longer you put off going to the dentist, the worse your oral health will get. Plus, […]


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Tooth Whitening After-Care Tips to Know

While over-the-counter (OTC) teeth whitening products may be popular, they won’t give you results as impressive as those you’ll get at a dentist’s office. Professional teeth whitening can lighten your teeth by several shades in just one quick visit! Plus, you’ll receive all of the post-whitening after-care tips you need to know, including the following. […]


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Should You Schedule Dental Work While You’re Pregnant?

There are many things that are off-limits during pregnancy for the sake of the baby’s health and proper development. However, preventive dentistry isn’t one of them. In fact, dentists strongly recommend that women who are pregnant or planning to be should schedule a professional cleaning and exam. Here’s why dental care is essential during your […]


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Dental Cavities: Facts vs. Myths

Tooth decay, cavities, and dental caries: They all mean the same thing—trouble. A cavity is essentially a bacterial infection on a tooth. It occurs when the enamel on the outside of the tooth gets worn away, allowing bacteria to attack the tooth and penetrate to the deeper layers. The longer a cavity is left untreated, […]


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Tips for Coping with Sensitive Teeth

If you feel a sharp pain in your teeth when you sip on hot coffee or drink cold water, then you are familiar with the distinctive discomfort that sensitive teeth can cause. Sensitive teeth are usually caused by erosion of the hard tooth enamel, which exposes the softer dentin underneath. Dentin is full of tiny […]


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How to Help Your Children Maintain Good Dental Hygiene in the Busy Back to School Season

When school starts back up, it can be a challenge just to get everyone dressed and out the door each morning. However, there are some parts of your routine that shouldn’t go by the wayside just because schedules are fuller this time of year. Dental hygiene, for example, should remain a priority, especially for kids […]


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When to Consider Replacing Your Metal Fillings with Composite Fillings

Today’s composite resin fillings have numerous advantages over their metal counterparts of the past. They are aesthetically pleasing with a color that blends into the natural teeth, and they only take a few minutes to bond to the tooth and harden. Furthermore, they can minimize drilling into the tooth, since the resin is able to […]


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Why a Waterpik Can’t Replace Daily Flossing

Water flossers like the Waterpik have become a popular addition to dental hygiene routines, often because they are recommended by dentists and other healthcare professionals. However, it’s important to recognize that a Waterpik is not intended to replace your daily flossing. Instead, it should be used to improve your flossing routine, allowing deeper cleaning and […]


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Taking Medications? Here’s Why You Should Tell Your Dentist

It’s common knowledge that patients should tell their doctors about all new medications they are taking, including over-the-counter (OTC) drugs and supplements. This is because some medications and supplements can interact with each other and cause side effects. But you may not know that your dentist also needs this information. Here’s why it’s important to […]


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How Alcohol Affects Your Oral Health

People generally expect that their primary care physicians will ask questions about their alcohol consumption. But what about your dentist? While it’s often thought that alcohol doesn’t have a significant effect on one’s oral health, the truth is quite different. In fact, alcohol consumption may also prompt you to visit your dentist for sleep apnea […]


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FAQs and Answers About Bruxism

FAQs and Answers About Bruxism Bruxism is the clinical term for chronic teeth grinding. It’s a movement disorder that can cause serious health complications, including dental problems. It’s possible to have bruxism without realizing it. In fact, some people are unaware that they have this disorder until they visit their dentist for a routine check-up. […]


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Can Sleep Apnea Develop Later in Life?

Sleep apnea is a chronic sleep disorder in which breathing temporarily ceases during sleep. When the brain senses the plummeting oxygen levels, it rouses the person from sleep and restarts breathing. Often, the patient is unaware that he or she stopped breathing and woke up. This cycle can happen dozens or even hundreds of times […]


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When to Worry About Your Partner’s Snoring

Snoring can be a nuisance in any relationship. If your partner is snoring all night, then you might have trouble getting restful sleep due to the noise. However, the problem may go even deeper than that. In some cases, snoring may be a sign of sleep apnea, a serious sleep disorder that frequently goes undiagnosed […]


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Why Do Older Adults Get Dry Mouth?

Dry mouth, or xerostomia, is a common condition among older adults, and it’s one that causes frequent complications with oral health. Saliva plays an important role in oral health and digestion. It protects the teeth by neutralizing acid, washing away food particles, and inhibiting bacterial growth. With dry mouth, saliva production is limited, and the […]


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Here’s How to Help Your Teeth Last for a Lifetime

Although there are many options available to restore lost teeth—including dental implants and dentures—it’s best to preserve your natural teeth for a lifelong healthy smile. Many seniors will suffer from tooth loss, but that doesn’t have to be your future. You can preserve the health of your natural teeth with the following guidelines for managing […]


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Are You Ready to Ditch Your Dentures in Favor of Implants?

If you are missing most or all of your natural teeth, then you may be used to wearing dentures to facilitate eating and speaking. You may also notice that dentures do not provide the same level of function as your natural teeth did. Additionally, dentures may effect your sense of taste. If you are experiencing either […]


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Should You Try a Water Flosser?

Technology has made daily life easier in so many ways. For example, you can use electronic water flossers to support your oral health. But should you? Dentists tend to agree that while water flossers can be helpful for removing food debris, they can’t entirely replace manual flossing. Here’s why. How Water Flossers Work Water flossers […]


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How to Reduce Your Risk of Sleep Apnea

People with sleep apnea repeatedly stop and restart their breathing while they sleep. Often, they’re unaware they are waking up dozens of times each night. If left untreated, sleep apnea can increase the risk of serious complications, including heart disease and diabetes. Fortunately, it’s possible to treat many cases of sleep apnea with oral appliance […]


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What to Know About ARESTIN® for Gum Disease

Gum disease affects countless people. If left untreated, it will progress and worsen. Eventually, gum disease leads to tooth loss and the breakdown of the jawbone density. Because the loss of a natural tooth can be a devastating event, dentists want to do everything possible to help their patients preserve the health of their teeth. […]


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How to Indulge Your Coffee Habit Without Staining Your Teeth

Countless people rely on a hot mug of caffeine (or two or three) to get them through the day. Unfortunately, coffee is among the most common causes of stains on the teeth. The easiest way to prevent this is to avoid drinking coffee, but for many people, this isn’t an acceptable option. Instead, consider using […]


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Easy Things You Can Do to Reduce Your Risk of Oral Cancer

Oral cancer can be a particularly devastating type of cancer because, even if the patient survives, the disease may result in visible disfigurement. While it might not be possible to cut your risk down to zero, there are several crucial steps you can take to significantly lower your risk of oral cancer. One of the […]


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Cavity Fillings 101

Cavities, also known as dental caries or tooth decay, are typically diagnosed during routine oral exams. However, they may also be discovered during emergency dental appointments if they are severe enough to cause pain. If your dentist determines that you have a cavity, he or she will treat it with a filling. Here’s a quick […]


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Answering FAQs About Cosmetic Dentistry Treatments

A cosmetic dentistry treatment is anything done for the purpose of enhancing the aesthetics of a person’s smile. This is in contrast to treatments done to improve oral health, such as cavity fillings. Some common examples of cosmetic dentistry treatments include teeth whitening, veneers, and gum contouring. If you’re unsure of which cosmetic treatments are […]


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What Your Mouth Tells Your Dentist About Your Health

Each time you visit the dentist, he or she will check for tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral health problems. This is to be expected, but did you know that your dentist might also pick up on clues to your overall health? Conditions like diabetes, sleep apnea, and eating disorders can all cause telltale […]


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What to Expect When You Get a Porcelain Bridge

Missing teeth are among the most devastating of all oral health problems, both medically and emotionally. You may no longer feel like smiling and you may not feel socially outgoing when you have an incomplete smile. Plus, missing teeth can worsen your oral health by encouraging the loss of bone mass from the jaw. If […]


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Understanding All-on-Four Implant Restorations

Dental implants are often the restoration of choice for treating missing teeth. Since they are anchored directly into the jawbone, they’re a permanent solution. They look, feel, and function just like your natural teeth. Some patients may be good candidates for All-on-Four dental implants. You can talk to your dentist to find out if this […]


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How Does Pregnancy Affect Oral Health?

Pregnancy changes a woman’s body in so many ways. While the growth of the belly is the most obvious change, pregnancy can also effect change in subtler ways, such as by impacting oral health. It’s important for expecting mothers to see a dentist for preventive oral care. Getting regular checkups, exams, and cleanings can reduce […]


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Poor Oral Health and Pancreatic Cancer: How They May Be Linked

Pancreatic cancer is a rare but serious cancer. The causes of this dangerous disease are largely unknown, but researchers have recently uncovered a potential risk factor: Oral bacteria. Although the link between poor oral health and an increased risk of pancreatic cancer is not fully established, there does appear to be a relationship that researchers […]


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FAQs and Answers About TMJ Disorder

Your temporomandibular joint, or TMJ, connects your jaw and our temporal bones of you skull. Essentially, it is the hinge that moves when you open and close your mouth. Since the TMJ gets a lot of wear and tear, it is prone to developing issues. These issues are usually referred to as TMJ disorders. If […]


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