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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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Do You Have These Risk Factors of Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is a serious medical condition that can increase your risk of conditions like heart disease and type 2 diabetes and can even increase the chances that you could be hurt or lose your life in an accident. Sleep apnea happens to men and women alike and can happen to adults and children. Fortunately, […]


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Can Children Get Sleep Apnea?

Many people think of sleep apnea as something that happens to middle-aged men. In reality, it can happen to anyone, including children. Sleep apnea isn’t as common in kids and it is in adults, but it does happen, and it is becoming more prevalent. If your child is suffering from sleep apnea, his or her […]


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Questions to Ask Your Dentist About Your Sleep Apnea Treatment

Do you suffer from constant fatigue during the day? Does your sleep partner complain of chronic snoring? These issues can both be caused by untreated sleep apnea. Consider visiting your dentist to chat about your sleep quality. Your dentist can do an evaluation and recommend appropriate treatment options if you do have sleep apnea. Do […]


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What Are Some Common Causes of Jaw Pain?

If you have chronic or severe jaw pain, and haven’t recently sustained an injury to the area, then it might be caused by temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder. Temporomandibular disorder (TMD) causes pain and tenderness at the jaw joints. You have two jaw joints, located on either side of your head underneath your ears. Aside from […]


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Signs You Need a New Sleep Apnea Treatment Plan

Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) has long been considered the gold standard in treating sleep apnea. And for people with moderate to severe sleep apnea, CPAP is often preferable. But if you’re having trouble with CPAP treatment or it isn’t controlling your disorder well enough, it might be time to consider making a change. Visit […]


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Understanding the Diagnostic Process for Sleep Apnea

There are dozens of sleep disorders that can affect a person’s health and quality of life. One of the most serious sleep disorders is sleep apnea. It occurs when the airway gets blocked during sleep, causing breathing to stop. The brain detects the lack of oxygen and wakes up the patient to restart breathing. If […]


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Technologies that Are Changing the Way You Get Dental Care

Every day, the world around you is growing increasingly high tech, and so is dental care. Many patients prefer to go to a dental office that features sophisticated medical technologies. These innovations offer convenience, comfort, and better oral health. Improving Patient Comfort During Procedures A unique device by Isolite Systems has made old-fashioned bite blocks […]


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FAQs About Gingivitis

Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease, and it’s more common than you might think. Many Americans have gingivitis without realizing it, since its symptoms can be subtle. This is one reason why it’s so important to see your dentist at least every six months for a checkup. Your dentist can detect gum disease […]


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What to Expect During an Oral Cancer Screening

Every patient should receive routine oral cancer screenings. Although oral cancer is most common in tobacco users and former users, it can also be caused by human papillomavirus (HPV). This means that oral cancer could potentially affect anyone. Talk to your dentist about having an oral cancer screening. The sooner oral cancer is detected, the […]


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Why Your Dentist Needs Your Complete Health History

When you go to the dentist, he or she will ask questions not only about your teeth and gums but also about your overall health. Why does your dentist need to know about your other health problems? Although you may think that your health history is only of relevance to your primary care doctor, your […]


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Understanding and Dealing with Smoker’s Mouth

Smoking is extremely damaging to your oral health. Smoker’s mouth is a catch-all term that refers to the range of oral health challenges that are triggered by smoking. Fortunately, if you have some of these side effects, you can reverse them as soon you stop smoking. Your dentist will help you identify and correct the […]


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Gummy Smiles 101

A gummy smile is one in which more gingival tissue is visible than is typical when someone smiles. The diagnosis of a gummy smile can be very subjective—some people don’t mind the appearance of their smiles while others with a similar amount of gingival tissue are very self-conscious. Are you concerned about having a gummy […]


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Do Women Get Sleep Apnea Too?

Do Women Get Sleep Apnea Too? There is a stereotypical image of people who have sleep apnea. Most people picture overweight, middle-aged men with loud snoring that keeps their entire household up. Although some people with sleep apnea may fit this bill, not everyone does. One of the biggest misconceptions about sleep apnea is that […]


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Your Step-by-Step Guide to the CEREC Process

Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics, more commonly referred to by its acronym, CEREC, is a state-of-the-art milling machine and 3D software platform. It allows cosmetic dentists to create custom dental crowns while the patient waits. This means that it’s no longer necessary to send an impression away to a lab, and wait for weeks […]


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What Your Dentist Wants You to Know About Smoking

Prior to the mid-1960s, smoking was widely thought of as a hip thing to do. Cigarette companies had built a loyal following by advertising their products as a way to improve health. Fortunately, everyone now knows that smoking kills, but overcoming this addiction is still a significant challenge. If you’re looking for more motivation to […]


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Oral Complications in Patients with Celiac Disease

Oral health doesn’t exist in a vacuum. Oral health is affected by your overall health, and vice versa. Celiac disease is one of the systemic diseases that may lead to oral health complications. Patients with celiac disease are encouraged to see their dentist regularly, and to disclose any changes to their health history at each […]


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Could Your Partner Have Sleep Apnea?

There’s nothing quite like sinking into a comfortable bed to get some much-needed shut-eye after a long day’s work. But then, your partner starts snoring, and you end up lying awake for hours. Could sleep apnea be to blame? Consider scheduling an appointment with the dentist to find out about oral appliance therapy that can […]


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Why Dental Implants Sometimes Fail & How to Prevent It

If you have missing teeth, your dentist may recommend dental implants to restore your smile. Although dental implants are extremely reliable, they do occasionally fail. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to reduce the chances that you will experience any issues with your implants. Here is what you need to know about the most […]


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Everything You Should Know About Fluoride Supplementation

Fluoride has long been recognized as an important building block for healthy teeth. Despite some controversy, fluoride has been proven to be safe and effective when delivered in the right doses. Many people do not get an adequate amount of fluoride, which can leave them vulnerable to dental health issues. For kids, dentists often recommend […]


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Know the Signs of Oral Cancer

Oral cancer is usually very treatable in its early stages, but many cases are diagnosed when they are more advanced because people don’t recognize the signs. When you get a dental checkup, your dentist will examine your mouth for signs of oral cancer, but between appointments, you should be mindful of potential symptoms that need […]


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