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What Is Occlusal Function, and Why Is It Important?

Occlusal function may sound strange, but this phrase refers simply to how your teeth line up to form your bite. Problems with your bite or teeth alignment are called malocclusions of the teeth. Your teeth can become misaligned at any stage in life due to the following factors: Genetics: Many people inherit an unhealthy or […]


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3 Tips for Avoiding Cavities

Cavity prevention is on the top of everyone’s oral hygiene list. Cavities are tiny holes in your teeth caused by decay. When food and plaque build up on the teeth, the enzymes in your mouth can wear away at your teeth’s protective enamel to form these holes. If left untreated, cavities and decay may lead […]


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How Soda Can Impact Your Teeth

Are you a regular or diet soda drinker? According to a recent Gallup poll, 48 percent of Americans consume at least one soft drink per day. On average, soda drinkers finish 2.6 glasses of the bubbly beverage every day. Soda has come under scrutiny recently because it has a long list of negative health side effects, […]


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Take Vitamin D for Your Teeth!

About one-third of Americans are at risk for low vitamin D levels or  are vitamin D deficient, meaning that they do not get enough of this essential vitamin from their diets or safe exposure to sunshine. A simple blood test reveals whether your vitamin D levels fall within the recommended range of 50 to 125 […]


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Let Dr. Carson Help You Overcome Your Fear of the Dentist

Do you feel tense or nervous about visiting the dentist? If you experience feelings of panic or anxiety around dental procedures, you are not alone. About 75 percent of Americans suffer from a mild to severe fear of the dentist, also know as “odontophobia.” There are solutions for dental patients to feel more at ease […]


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How To Get Your Kids to Brush Their Teeth

It can be difficult to motivate young children and teens to brush their teeth regularly and properly. Children who do not brush effectively are prone to tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral health problems later in life. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 25 percent of U.S. children ages 2 […]


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All-Natural Toothpaste: Is It Really Better?

Have you noticed how many all-natural types of toothpaste there are on store shelves today? Are all-natural toothpastes really better or healthier than regular products? Does the added cost of natural toothpaste outweigh any health benefits? In this article, we’ll take a look at some questions you can ask to decide if natural toothpaste is […]


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Acid Reflux: Bad For Your Teeth Too?

Do you ever experience a burning sensation in your chest and throat after eating? As many as three out of 10 people report occasionally experiencing this symptom of heartburn. Heartburn is also a primary symptom of acid reflux disease, otherwise known as Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease or GERD. In a recent study, scientists uncovered a link between […]


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3D Printing and Dentistry: What’s the Connection?

Have you noticed the phrase “3D Printing” popping up more and more frequently in the news? 3D printing involves creating a digital model on a computer and then using a machine to build the object. A 3D printer adds thin layers of material (typically plastics) to form the shape of the desired objects. This technology […]


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Consult the Following Websites to Read More About Dental Health

In our recent posts, we’ve discussed the root canal procedure and the health benefits of clear orthodontics. Read more about these oral hygiene topics on the websites below: Colgate.com features an overview of the root canal procedure for dental patients. Want to correct your smile but think you are too old for braces? Get the […]


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Root Canal: Why You Need One and What to Expect

Has your dentist recently informed you that you need a root canal? Don’t worry you are not alone. According to Colgate, root canals save about 24 million teeth from decay every year! There is no need to worry about this common procedure, which can help save and protect your tooth. Below is an overview of […]


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The Benefits of Clear Orthodontics for Adults

You may think that braces are only meant for children or teenagers, but today more and more adults are correcting their bites and perfecting their smiles with clear orthodontics. Clear orthodontics are a popular choice among adult patients who are looking for a discreet and comfortable way to correct their smiles. Below we’ll review the […]


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The Links Between Gum Disease and Diabetes

Gum disease and diabetes are two common ailments. According to the CDC, about half of U.S. adults suffer from periodontal disease.  Similarly, about 35% of U.S adults over age 20 have prediabetes, a condition that increases their risk of type 2 diabetes. There is a growing interest in the medical and dental communities in the […]


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Tucson Student-Athletes: Show Off Your Team Colors With Custom Sports Guards

Sports mouth guards may not be the most exciting piece of equipment to don before the big game, but they are very important. High impact sports, and even those less obviously physical can result in a multitude of injuries. Believe it or not sports guards protect against a variety of trauma. Under Armour mouth guards […]


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You’re Not a Shark, So Go to the Dentist!

There are many fascinating facts that you may not know about shark teeth. These magnificent creatures have quite a different dental structure than humans do, and some of the facts about their teeth are nothing short of remarkable! 1. If a shark loses a tooth, it can be replaced within one day of losing it. […]


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Tooth Sensitivity: Causes and Treatment

Do you ever experience sharp pains in your teeth when eating or drinking certain foods or even breathing in cold air? You may be experiencing symptoms of tooth sensitivity or dentin hypersensitivity. Below we’ll review the causes and treatments for sensitive teeth: Exposed Roots The most basic cause of tooth sensitivity is when your root […]


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Keep Your Smile Looking Great With These Oral Health Links

We hope you’ve enjoyed our recent articles on maintaining a youthful smile and preventing tooth sensitivity. To read more about these dental health topics, visit the websites below. For expert dental care in Tucson, contact John Carson DDS by calling (520) 514-7203. What happens to our smiles as we age? Find out with this WebMD […]


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How to Freshen Bad Breath

This video explains common causes for bad breath and tips for maintaining fresher breath. People most commonly experience bad breath upon waking up in the morning. Morning breath is so common because saliva production decreases while you are asleep, allowing bacteria to build up in the mouth. The excess bacteria can give off a foul […]


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Cosmetic Dentistry Treatments for Aging Gracefully

Cracked, missing, and stained teeth are some of the most common signs of an aging smile. Years of everyday use through eating and drinking, and habits such as drinking coffee and red wine or smoking, will stain teeth and eat away at your enamel. Without proper dental hygiene and regular checkups, many seniors experience increased […]


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How Stress Can Negatively Impact Your Oral Health

While stress is a normal part of life, it can be harmful to your health and your appearance. Not only does frequent stress lead to heart disease, wrinkles, and muscle tension, but it also causes a number of oral health issues. Here is a quick look at just a few of the potential oral health […]


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Take Better Care Of Your Smile With These Educational Links

If you have enjoyed reading about kids’ dental health and better habits for your teeth and gums, read through the articles below. To schedule an appointment for a dental cleaning, cosmetic consultation, or restorative treatment, call Dr. John Carson, DDS at (520) 514-7203. This fun experiment from Crest.com will help you educate your child about […]


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Tips for Detecting Gum Disease

Did you know that half of all Americans suffer from some type of gum disease? Most people with gum disease have early stage periodontitis, which is known more commonly as gingivitis. At this stage, gum disease can be treated with healthier habits at home like better brushing and daily flossing. As this video explains, the […]


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3 Healthy Dental Habits for Kids

When you set a foundation of positive habits for oral care early in life, your child will have stronger, healthier teeth for years to come. Kids can be stubborn when it comes to proper brushing and flossing, though, so you may need to employ some creative strategies to establish these beneficial habits. 1. Avoid sugary […]


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Root Canal Myths Busted

Root canal therapy is a highly common restorative dental treatment that has gained a bad reputation among patients, causing many people to avoid the care they need for a comfortable, healthy smile. In the past, root canal therapy was fairly unpleasant for patients, but years of advancing technology and shifting priorities emphasizing patient comfort in […]


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Learn More About Your Oral Health At These Sites

Are you in need of restorative dental care to get your smile back in good health? If so, you can find some helpful facts in the articles below before scheduling a consultation with Dr. John Carson, DDS. For appointments at our Tucson dental practice, call (520) 514-7203 or visit our website. Understand what you can […]


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Whitening and Brushing Are Not the Same

When you whiten your teeth, you will see a brighter, more pleasing shade when you smile and show off your pearly whites. However, just because your teeth are whiter, it does not mean that you can slack off on your oral hygiene routine at home. As this video from the American Dental Association explains, tooth […]


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Dental Implant FAQs

Modern dental restorations are designed to function like the natural teeth do, and no other treatment has had as much success in this challenge as dental implants. If you are considering dental implants to replace missing or extracted teeth in your smile, review these FAQs to start learning about the details of treatment. How are […]


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Congrats to Dr. Carson on his latest award!

We are very excited about this recent award from topDentists.  Congrats Dr. Carson!!!


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Additional Resources for Your Smile

For More On Taking Care Of Your Smile, Visit These Sites Following a good oral care routine at home and seeing a dentist for regularly scheduled check-ups and cleanings is a great way to ensure healthy teeth and gums for a lifetime. Dr. John Carson, DDS, is happy to help patients improve their oral health […]


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Media Summary

Discover the Benefits of Fluoride Did you know that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) praised community water fluoridation programs as being one of the most remarkable health achievements in the modern era? Fluoride offers incredible benefits for your oral health; it remineralizes teeth to strengthen them. By reinforcing your tooth enamel, fluoride […]


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