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Is It Plaque Or Tartar?

Plaque and tartar are both bad for your teeth, but do you know which is which? They are connected, but they aren’t the same thing.  Here’s what you need to know. Plaque The bacteria that builds up in your mouth creates a clear, sticky film that coats the surface of your teeth. It gets all over your teeth and gums and it is constantly forming in your mouth. This sticky,…

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Simple Habits That Protect Your Teeth And Your Health

There are a few simple habits that can protect your teeth and your health.  Keep reading to learn more. Brush Your Teeth After Meals It is important to brush your teeth after every meal. To make this easy, pack your toothbrush in your purse or keep one in the drawer at your desk. When you brush your teeth hold the toothbrush in 45° angle and move it in small circular…

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4 Reasons To Show Off Your Smile

Smiling has a surprising number of powerful benefits. Consider these 4 reasons to show off your smile more often: 1. Smiling Releases Endorphins That Make You Feel Better Endorphins are neurotransmitters (chemical signals from your brain) that make you feel happier and relaxed. These chemicals can improve your mood, reduce your stress level, and they can even act as painkillers. Endorphins are the same chemicals that are released when you…

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How will the implant be placed?

First, the implant, which looks like a screw or cylinder, is placed into your jaw. Over the next two to six months, the implant and the bone are allowed to bond together to form an anchor for your artificial tooth. During this time, a temporary tooth replacement option can be worn over the implant site. Photo of extension attached to implantOften, a second step of the procedure is necessary to…

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Replacing a Single Tooth

Often, patients find that they need to have one tooth extracted for whatever reason. It may have succumbed to decay or was broken somehow. Patients who are getting orthodontics may need to have teeth removed if their mouth is overcrowded and the room is needed to move the other teeth into a more proper position. Typically, a dentist will replace a missing tooth with an implant and a crown. The…

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How your Diet Affects your Teeth

Believe it or not, what you eat affects absolutely everything about your body. Whether it’s junk food, healthy food, sugar-free, fat-free, your body absorbs and figures out what to do with everything you put in your mouth and swallow. There are some things that are devastating to your health, especially your teeth. If you are eating all kinds of sugars and sweets and brushing your teeth after each time, you…

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Making Your Mouth Health a Priority

It’s a given that someone in your life, probably your parents, taught you the importance of brushing and flossing. They likely told you that you need a beautiful smile to be proud of. If those lessons didn’t stick and you’ve neglected your teeth, don’t lose hope. If you haven’t started already, get re-started on your oral health and hygiene! Begin by making brushing and flossing a regular routine, both in…

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Dental Pain Management at Home

When you feel a toothache coming on, it can be incredibly difficult to get anything done. Sometimes, it’s hard to think straight when you have mouth pain. When you don’t know what’s causing it, it seems to hurt more. And when ibuprofen and Tylenol aren’t easing the pain, it might be time to consult a professional to see what’s going on. Throughout history, many forms of treatment have been tried,…

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Explaining Prosthodontics for the Average Person

Prosthodontics is a dental specialty that most people have never heard of. A prosthodontist will treat patients who have missing, diseased, or deficient teeth. Any time there is severe damage to the facial structure, the doctor will carefully plan out and execute programs to treat the problem. One of the conditions prosthodontists correct is TMJ. TMJ occurs when the jaw is not set properly, causing the teeth to fail to…

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Questions about Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

People who need oral or maxillofacial surgery are referred to a specialist by their regular dentist. Here are a few answers to some common questions about dental surgery: Why do I need a tooth extraction? If your dentist has requested a tooth extraction, you can be sure it is necessary. Dentists do all they can to help you keep your natural teeth, if they can be saved. When you have…

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